Declaring a Major

Most AB students declare their majors in April of sophomore year, whereas BSE students formally declare their majors in May of their first year after meeting with departments in April.

AB Major Declaration 

A.B. sophomores preparing to enter the junior year must declare their intended concentration prior to selecting courses for the fall semester. The 2019 concentration declaration period is April 4-22. Each department has its own pre-requisite courses and steps required to enter the major. Refer to the general department information for prospective AB concentrators and follow the instructions for concentrators or new majors for your intended department. If you have questions contact the department office to make an appointment with the Departmental Representative or designated departmental adviser.

After following departmental instructions, complete the process outlined below to declare your intended concentration. After completing this process, you will be able enroll in courses for the coming semester:

STEP 1. Meet department requirements and declare intention to concentrate

Indicate your intended concentration on the Concentration Declaration web site between April 4 and April 22, 2019. (Some departments may require you to complete additional steps prior to this deadline. Refer to the Registrar's page on A.B. Concentration Information or attend open houses for more information.) Intended concentrations are processed overnight. Departments will have access to your academic records one business day after you complete this form. Note, entry into a concentration is subject to final approval by the department and assumes successful completion of pre-requisite courses. Meet with representatives from your intended department prior to deadlines to make sure the process goes smoothly.

STEP 2. Complete Departmental Academic Planning Form (DAFP)

One business day after you have declared your intended concentration, you may complete your Departmental Academic Planning Form (DAPF) in TigerHub. (Concentrations are processed overnight during the business week.) Submit your completed DAPF in TigerHub,

STEP 3. Follow department instructions for course advising and confirmation of major

After submitting your DAPF, review course plans with a departmental adviser, and secure approval for your courses for the coming semester. Note, you must declare your intended concentration before both you and your department are able to view your DAPF. Some departments require additional steps to complete entry into the concentration (e.g., a department meeting or submission of additional forms). Be sure to follow all instructions from your department.

After declaring your intended concentration and meeting with an adviser in your department to have your DAPF approved, you are ready to enroll in courses for the coming term for the coming term. Sophomores will be able to enroll in courses April 24-26, 2019.

If you change your mind about your major, there is a simple process for changing it later as long as you can fulfill all the requirements for the new major. For more information about this process, contact your residential college dean. 

BSE Major Declaration

STEP 1. Departmental Approval and Course Advising. The process of choosing a major involves attending the Engineering Departmental open houses at the beginning of April, meeting with an adviser in your intended department (you may meet with advisers in several departments before deciding), having your intended program of study approved, and enrolling in the fall-term courses appropriate for a sophomore in your department.

STEP 2. Major Declaration. During the first week in May, BSE students confirm their choice of major by visiting the major declaration page on the Registrar’s website, having been sent a link to this page when it is activated. If you change your mind over the summer or at the beginning of sophomore year, there is a simple process for changing departments.

Complete information on the process of joining a department is sent to all BSE first-year students by the Undergraduate Affairs Office of the School of Engineering and Applied Science after spring recess.