Getting into the CoE
Students who want to change their major into the College of Engineering must meet eligibility requirements and apply to change their major. Your GPA, completion of core prerequisite courses, and, number of earned units (units you have completed at SJSU, transfer credit, and test scores) will determine your acceptance into the major.
NOTE: The application process also applies to students who are current engineering majors interested in switching majors within the CoE.
First, click on one of the links below that best represents your situation.
- I will be attending SJSU for the first time as a Freshman
During orientation, an advisor will work with you to plan your first semester. You may discuss changing your major out of the College of Engineering or switching your major to a different department within the College of Engineering. Advising helps you clarify your decision.
- I will be attending SJSU for the first time as a New Transfer
Transfer students will receive information during orientation. Otherwise, you will likely have to follow the 60 units and above change of major process.
Note: Departments usually want to see how new students do their first semester to determine eligibility and often recommend courses to register for in their first semester. We recommend you talk to the department's major advisor about suggested courses. Otherwise, you can use the course planning resources to help you choose classes.
Remember that acceptance into another major after transferring is not guaranteed and may delay graduation. For example, upper division major courses require you to be in the major for which the course is intended. It is highly recommended that you talk to the department for course recommendations as soon as possible.
- I have below 60 earned units.
Students with less than 60 units earned will work with an Engineering Student Success Center (ESSC) change of major advisor. The advisor will review impaction criteria and assist students with course planning to ensure timely progress.
- I have 60 or more earned units
- Meet with the appropriate Advisor for the intended major, i.e. Major Advisor, Department Chair, etc., depending on the department.
- Discuss requirements for changing into that major such as:
- Good academic standing
- Completion of any recommended prerequisite courses
- A graduation timeline using the "what if" feature in MyPlanner.
- You and the advisor will agree upon the conditions for changing your major. This may include a GPA minimum, a timeline minimum, and completion of specific courses.
Remember that acceptance into another major after transferring is not guaranteed and may delay graduation.
4. IF accepted into the new major,the advisor will submit the change of major form to the Office of the Registrar, who will update your program plan (major) on your MyProgress report.
Frequently asked questions for students interested in switching their major into/within the College of Engineering.
- I have below 60 earned units. When do I apply to change my major?
If you have below 60 earned units, apply online during the term in which your final prerequisites are in progress for completion.
For example, if you are currently taking your last prerequisites such as PHYS 50 and MATH 31, you are eligible to apply this term as long as it is either Fall or Spring semester. We don't accept applications during the Winter and Summer sessions.
If you have below 60 earned units, you may use the ESSC’s online application.
- I have 60 or more earned units. When and how do I apply?
- How likely am I to get accepted?
- Do I have to go to a workshop?
No, workshop attendance is optional, and is not a requirement to apply. You can also preview the Change of Major Workshop content.
PLEASE NOTE: Some students may be required to attend a change of major workshop and provide an academic plan as part of their mandatory advising requirements within their specific department.
There are other options for Change of Major advising:
- What if I want to change out of the College of Engineering?
- See an advisor or attend a workshop in the major for which you want to apply. For example, if you want to change to Business, you will need to go to the success center for Business majors.
- Contact us at email@example.com for hold removal. We will clear your major advising hold if we see proof of attendance of a workshop or appointment in Spartan Connect. All centers are now using Spartan Connect to create advising reports, which we will review to make sure you are getting the proper information.
- Complete your change-of-major with your new department.
- Which prerequisite courses do I need to be eligible to apply?
Students with 60 or below earned units at the time of applying to change their major can generally follow the plan below.
If you wish to change your major to CompE or SE, please visit https://cmpe.sjsu.edu/Undergrad-CoM-FAQ
Access the complete Change of Major Transition Plan
Otherwise, choose the link that best reflects your situation.
- Where is the online application to change my major in the College of Engineering?
The application process depends on the number of earned units you have (If you don't know how many earned units you have, check your transfer credit report).
Choose the link that best fits your situation.
According to my records, I have:
Students who need proof of their intent to change their major to the College of Engineering can use the ESSC Change of Major Transition Plan. Depending on your advisor, you might be required to have an ESSC advisor sign this form in order to get an advising hold removed. Please attend a Change of Major workshop or make an appointment with Monica Montelongo through Spartan Connect
- I'm an incoming Frosh or Transfer student (upper division), and I want to change my
major. Can I change my major before attending my first semester?
Departments usually want to see how new students do their first semester to determine eligibility and often recommend courses to register for in their first semester.
During the portion of new frosh orientation in which they register for classes, new frosh will have the opportunity to discuss their plan to change majors (into or within Engineering) with an academic advisor.
New transfer students will need to wait until the semester begins to receive in-depth advising about changing majors from the department.
If you wish to change your major to CompE or SE, please also visit https://cmpe.sjsu.edu/Undergrad-CoM-FAQ
- I need my Major advising hold removed, but I am changing my major. Who should I see
to remove my hold?
If you are transitioning out of Engineering, you need to get advising from the success center housed in the major you want. THEN, email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know that you received help and are ready for your hold to be removed. We will check Spartan Connect to verify your meeting with an advisor and remove your Major Advising hold.
If you received any email correspondance with the advisor, please forward that as proof of advising.
If you are transitioning within Engineering, please meet with an ESSC advisor via:
- I've read these web pages. How can I get more help?