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 2018 concentration declaration period is April 5-24. 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.

Follow the three steps 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

After following departmental instructions, indicate your intended concentration by going to the Concentration Declaration web site. The University deadline for submitting your concentration declaration is April 24, 2018. (Some departments may require you to complete additional steps or department-specific forms prior to this deadline. Refer to the general department information for prospective AB concentrators 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.)

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

Submit your completed DAPF in TigerHub, then 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 select courses for the coming term. 

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 freshmen by the Undergraduate Affairs Office of the School of Engineering and Applied Science after spring recess.