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Declaring or Changing a Curriculum or Major

Changing Curriculum/Major | LAS Curricular Declaration Criteria

Declaring/Changing Primary Curriculum or Major

Do not take a change of curriculum or major lightly. If you are contemplating a change, we encourage you to contact an advisor in the department into which you wish to transfer to discuss curriculum requirements.

General Guidelines for Students

  • No student may initiate more than one curriculum change within each course registration period.

  • International students must consult with the Office of International Student Affairs before initiating any curricular change.

  • NCAA athletes should consult with DIA and departmental advisors prior to initiating a curricular change within LAS.

  • For students already in LAS who are interested in double majors or minors, consult your admissions/records officer any time in the semester for more information.

  • Students interested in the LAS/Combined Engineering Program or a second degree in LAS must petition the college for approval. Apply for admission to second degree candidacy.

When You Can Make Curriculum Changes

Students who are already within LAS may request curricular changes at two times each semester: at the beginning of each semester or at midsemester. See the specific dates noted below.

First-year freshman students who wish to change from one LAS major to another LAS major may request a curricular change at the beginning of their second semester of enrollment.

If you have accumulated 90 or more credit hours, you must obtain the permission of a dean before changing your major or curriculum.

Students not already admitted to LAS must follow Intercollegiate Transfer or second degree application procedures and guidelines.

Application Periods for Changes Effective Spring 2015

Student Status Application Dates Where to Apply
Educational Opportunities Program (EOP), President's Award Program (PAP), and Transition students who are already in the College of LAS  and declaring or changing their LAS major

January 12-February 2

LAS Access and Achievement Program office at 112 English (south courtyard entry)
All other students changing from one LAS declared major to another LAS declared major

January 12-February 2

LAS Student Academic Affairs

Initiate a request for...

  • a change of major for declared curricula at LAS Student Academic Affairs (complete your Change of Major form beforehand).

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LAS Curricular Declaration Criteria

The criteria for declaring a curriculum or major vary among the many fields within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. They apply to all intercollegiate transfer, re-entry, and continuing LAS students.

If your major of choice is not listed below, no formal criteria have been established for declaring this major. We encourage you to consult the Programs of Study for an overview of your major. In addition, contact the departmental advisor for help regarding these criteria or course prerequisites.

Note: * = this curriculum involves a tuition differential

Actuarial Science

Permission is required from the departmental academic advisor before processing in LAS Student Academic Affairs. Student must have completed Math 210, plus Math 408 or Math 461, with grades of 2.5 or better in each course.

Biochemistry*

Written approval is required from the departmental academic advisor before processing in LAS Student Academic Affairs.

Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering*

Required U of I at Urbana-Champaign GPA of 3.10 or higher, based on at least one full semester of course work, plus normal progress in the following sequences: MATH 220/221-231-241; PHYS 211-212-214; and CHEM 202-203-204-205, or CHEM 102 (+103) -104 (+105) -222-223. “Normal progress” is assessed by the “Suggested Four-Year Program” for chemical engineering and biomolecular engineering. Students missing two or more courses from the suggested program at the time of application may not be approved for transfer to the department. Students must obtain written approval of the departmental academic advisor before processing in LAS Student Academic Affairs.

Chemistry*

Students must have earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all courses applying to the chemistry major as well as a minimum GPA of 2.0 in each of the following courses: CHEM 102 (+103) and CHEM 104 (+105) or equivalents, as well as MATH 220 or 221 and MATH 231 or equivalents. Students not earning their Calculus I and II and/or General Chemistry I and II credits at U of I at Urbana-Champaign must obtain written approval of the chemistry departmental academic advisor before processing of a curricular declaration in LAS Student Academic Affairs.

Computer Science and Anthropology*
Computer Science and Astronomy*
Computer Science and Chemistry*
Computer Science and Linguistics*

Students must have completed CS 125, MATH 220 or 221, and either CS 173 or MATH 213, with a GPA of at least 3.20 in these and any other MATH and CS courses counting toward the major. Additionally, students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.20.

Economics

Students must have completed Econ 102, 103, 202 and 203, must have completed at least two economics courses at U of I at Urbana-Champaign, and must have earned a 2.5/4.0 grade point average for all economics/statistics courses taken at U of I at Urbana-Champaign (excluding Econ 199 and 399).

Engineering—LAS Five-Year Curriculum*

Must complete an application packet. For more information, see Applying for a Second Degree in LAS. Expected to have completed at least 60 hours of credit, including basic sequences in chemistry, mathematics, and physics, and have a GPA of B- and above. These students will be reviewed individually depending on the engineering curriculum that they intend to follow.

Global Studies (formerly International Studies)

Students must meet the college ICT requirements and are required to consult with a global studies advisor during an informational meeting prior to declaring the major or minor. Information on these meetings and the major can be found at www.globalstudies.illinois.edu. Written approval is required from the departmental academic advisor before processing in LAS Student Academic Affairs.

History

Students declaring the history major after freshman year must have passed two 100-level history courses and must have completed and earned a grade of 2.0 or better in History 200 on this campus. (Off-campus transfers must enroll in HIST 200 during their first semester on campus.) All students must have taken HIST 200 before enrolling in the research seminar, HIST 498.

Individual Plans of Study (IPS)

Students who meet the college ICT admissions policy and have been accepted into an LAS department may obtain an application for admission to this program at 2002 Lincoln Hall. Written approval of admission from the LAS Student Academic Affairs is required before a curriculum declaration may be made of IPS.

Integrative Biology*

Written approval is required from the departmental academic advisor before processing in LAS Student Academic Affairs.

Mathematics

Students must receive permission of the director of Undergraduate Studies in 313 Altgeld Hall. Minimum expectations at the time of transfer are that the student has completed Math 347 and Math 241, 242, or 243 with an on-campus math major GPA of at least 2.50.

Mathematics/Computer Science or Statistics/Computer Science*

Students must have completed CS 125, MATH 220 or 221, and either CS 173 or MATH 213, with a GPA of at least 3.20 in these and any other MATH and CS courses counting toward the major. Additionally, students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.20.

Molecular & Cellular Biology*

Written approval is required from the departmental academic advisor before processing in LAS Student Academic Affairs.

Physics*

Students must have completed PHYS 211-212-213-214 and MATH 220/221-231-241 with a GPA in these courses of 2.5 or higher for both the Science and Letters concentration (BSLA) and for Specialized Curriculum (BS). Freshmen already declared in either the Science and Letters concentration or the Specialized Curriculum may initiate a curricular change to the other program during either of the curricular declaration periods during their first term of enrollment without consultation with the department. All other students must see the departmental academic advisor before processing a curriculum change in LAS Student Academic Affairs.

Psychology

Students must earn credit for an introductory psychology course (PSYC 100 or equivalent), a course in social or clinical or developmental psychology (PSYC 201, 216, 238, 239, 245, 250, or equivalent), and a U of I at Urbana-Champaign biological/cognitive psychology course (PSYC 204, 210, 220, 224, 230, or 248).

Secondary Teacher Education Programs

Students are admitted only in the fall semester during their junior or senior year. A competitive application process takes place in the semester preceding admission, with applications accepted between the first day of spring classes and February 1. Interested students should contact the LAS Director of Secondary Education Programs in LAS Student Academic Affairs. Ask about the State Basic Skills Test requirement for application.

Statistics (effective Spring 2013)

Students must have completed one of STAT 400, STAT 408, or MATH 461 with a grade of B- or better.

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