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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 adviser 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 advisers 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 completed six or more semesters of enrollment, please consult with a dean or academic adviser in LAS Student Academic Affairs 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 fall 2016

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

June 6 through July 1

or

Aug. 15 through Sept. 2

Submit your request or visit the LAS Access and Achievement Program office, 112 English (south courtyard entry), with questions
All other students changing from one LAS declared major to another LAS declared major

June 6 - July 1

or

Aug. 15 through Sept. 2

Submit your request or visit the LAS Student Academic Affairs office, 2002 Lincoln Hall, with questions

If you are ready to change your major within LAS, complete the Curriculum Change Form during the posted application period.

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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 adviser for help regarding these criteria or course prerequisites.

Note: * = this curriculum involves a tuition differential

Actuarial Science

Permission is required from the departmental academic adviser 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 adviser before processing in LAS Student Academic Affairs.

Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering*

Students must obtain written approval from the department before processing in LAS Student Academic Affairs. The department broadly evaluates transfer candidates according to the following three requirements: (1) Required U of I at Urbana-Champaign GPA of 3.10 or higher, based on at least two full semesters of course work at UIUC. (2) Two of CHBE 221, 321, or 421 completed with grades of C or higher in each individual course. (3) Approved graduation plan showing sufficient academic progress in each semester with degree completion in no more than 10 semesters from college entrance. Students should develop graduation plan for approval by the CHBE departmental officer – either head adviser or faculty/staff member designated by department head.

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 adviser 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*

New, effective Fall 2015: Students must have completed at least two CS courses on this campus, excluding CS 125, with a B+ or higher in each course. Students must also complete two approved courses in the LAS discipline, with grades of B or higher, and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5.

Economics

New, effective Spring 2016: Students must have completed Econ 102, 103, and 202; at least one Econ course must be completed at U of I at Urbana-Champaign. Student must also have completed Math 220 or 221 with a C or higher and must have earned a 2.33 grade point average for all Econ major courses taken on this campus.

Global Studies (formerly International Studies)

Students must meet the college ICT requirements and are required to consult with a global studies adviser 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 adviser 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 adviser 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*

New, effective Fall 2015: Students must have completed at least two CS courses required for the major other than CS 125 (typically CS 173 and CS 225), with grades of A- or above. Additionally, students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.67.

Molecular & Cellular Biology*

Written approval is required from the departmental academic adviser 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 adviser 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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