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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 completed six or more semesters of enrollment, please consult with a dean or academic advisor 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 Spring 2019

Student status Application dates Where to apply
All other students changing from one LAS declared major to another LAS declared major

Oct. 1-26

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.

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 academic catalog for an overview of your major. In addition, contact the departmental advisor for help regarding these criteria or course prerequisites.

Note: Majors marked with an * have a higher tuition rate, or differential. If you declare two majors in LAS, the major with the higher tuition rate will always be your primary major. You can find tuition rates by visiting the Office of the Registrar's website and selecting the current year, then viewing the "tuition rates" link.

Actuarial Science

Permission is required from the departmental academic advisor before processing in LAS Student Academic Affairs. Student must have completed ASRM 210 (formerly Math 210), plus one of ASRM 401 (formerly Math 408), Stat 400, or Math 461 with grades of B- 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*

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 advisor 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 advisor before processing of a curricular declaration in LAS Student Academic Affairs.

CS + X majors*, listed individually below

Fall 2015 to spring 2019: Students must have completed CS 173 and CS 225 at Illinois with a minimum grade of B+ in both courses. Students who earn proficiency or transfer credit in CS 173 and/or 225 must complete CS 233 then CS 241 at Illinois with a minimum grade of B+. 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.

Effective fall 2019: Students must have completed at least two CS courses required for the major, beyond CS 125, taken at Illinois for a minimum grade of B+. Typically, these courses would be CS 173 and CS 225, but for students who earn proficiency or transfer credit for these courses, CS 233 would be the next step, then CS 241. Students must also have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 and meet the standards for the LAS discipline as indicated below. Students must be approved for transfer to the CS+X majors via a portfolio application process. More information can be found on the CS Undergraduate Advising website.

CS+Anthropology*

B or higher in two ANTH courses.

CS+Astronomy*

B- or higher in ASTR 210.

CS+Chemistry*

B or higher in two CHEM courses. (Students completing two approved chemistry courses through AP credit or proficiency exams must complete the lab requirements for the approved courses, i.e. CHEM 103/105 or CHEM 203/205, on campus and receive a grade of B or higher.)

CS+Economics*

B- or higher (or test-based credit) in MATH 231, B- or higher in ECON 102, 103 and 203 (at least two courses must be completed at Illinois), and B- or higher in any additional ECON courses taken at Illinois.

CS+Geography and GIS*

B or higher in two GEOG/GIS courses, one of which is 200-level or higher.

CS+Linguistics*

B or higher in LING 100 and one from LING 225, 270, 210, 250, or 307.

CS+Philosophy*

B or higher in two PHIL courses.

Economics

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.

Econometrics & Quantitative Economics

Students must have completed ECON 102, 103, 202, and 203 (at least one of those taken at Illinois),MATH 220 or 221 with a B- or higher (proficiency or AP credit is acceptable), and a 2.67 GPA in all Economics courses taken at Illinois.

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

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 241 and 347 with an on-campus math major GPA of at least 2.50.

Mathematics/Computer Science*

Fall 2015 to spring 2019: Students must have completed CS 173 and CS 225 at Illinois with a minimum grade of A- in both courses. Students who earn proficiency or transfer credit in CS 173 and/or 225 must complete CS 233 then CS 241 at Illinois with a minimum grade of A-. Students must also have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.67

Effective fall 2019: Students must have completed at least two CS courses required for the major, beyond CS 125, taken at Illinois for a minimum grade of A-. Typically, these courses would be CS 173 and CS 225, but for students who earn proficiency or transfer credit for these courses, CS 233 would be the next step, then CS 241. Additionally, students must have completed MATH 241 and MATH 347 with minimum grades of B- and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.67. Students must be approved for transfer to the CS+X majors via a portfolio application process. More information can be found on the CS Undergraduate Advising website.

Molecular & Cellular Biology*

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

Physics*

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 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). Students who do not meet the above criteria must receive permission from the physics advisor.

Psychology

Students must earn credit for an introductory psychology course (PSYC 100 or equivalent), a course in social, clinical or developmental psychology (PSYC 207, 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 advisor for Secondary Education Programs in LAS Student Academic Affairs. Ask about the State Basic Skills Test requirement for application.

Statistics

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

Statistics and Computer Science*

Fall 2015 to spring 2019: Students must have completed CS 173 and CS 225 at Illinois with a minimum grade of A- in both courses. Students who earn proficiency or transfer credit in CS 173 and/or 225 must complete CS 233 then CS 241 at Illinois with a minimum grade of A-. Students must also have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.67

Effective fall 2019: Students must have completed at least two CS courses required for the major, beyond CS 125, taken at Illinois for a minimum grade of A-. Typically, these courses would be CS 173 and CS 225, but for students who earn proficiency or transfer credit for these courses, CS 233 would be the next step, then CS 241. Additionally, students must have completed STAT 400 with minimum grade of B- and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.67. Students must be approved for transfer to the CS+X majors via a portfolio application process. More information can be found on the CS Undergraduate Advising website

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