Change of Major Process

An undergraduate student may change from one degree program or college when space is available. Most colleges and programs have different policies and requirements for accepting new majors. For example, most departments require that you be in good academic standing. Some majors may have limited space and therefore have very competitive requirements. It is important that students work with the appropriate department to submit their change of major request.

 

Current Lee College of Engineering Students

All new freshmen are advised by the college's Office of Student Development and Success (OSDS). Students advised by OSDS who wish to change to another major within the College of Engineering must submit a Change of Major form and meet with their academic advisor to discuss future goals and the effect of changing majors will have on future semeter schedules. Change of Major requests will be reviewed by the Director of Freshman Advising. Students will be notified of a decision via their 49er email.

 Advised in OSDS: To apply for a change of major, complete the following steps:

  1. Submit a Change of Major form to initiate the process.
  2. Schedule a meeting with your academic advisor to discuss request to change your major. 

Students who are advised by their major department and are interested in changing to another College of Engineering degree program must contact the new major department or visit their website for admission eligibility and instructions on how initiate the change of major.

Students wishing to change to a non-College of Engineering major must visit new major department or the University Advising Center (Colvard North 2200) to complete the Change of Major process.

Engineering Admissions Criteria for Currently Enrolled Non-Engineering Students

Currently enrolled UNC Charlotte students who wish to change to an engineering major must first satisfy the following requirements in order to be considered eligible for admission:

  1. Complete the freshman engineering curriculum as outlined in the program Academic Plan of Study.
  2. Complete all non-elective courses in the freshman engineering curriculum with a grade of C or better.
  3. Earn a 2.5 cumulative GPA (3.0 cumulative GPA for mechanical engineering).
  4. Pass all courses within two attempts which includes withdrawing from a course with a grade of W.

The Academic Plan of Study (https://academics.uncc.edu/undergraduate-majors) identifies the courses required in the four-year curriculum and in some cases also specifies pre- and co-requisites and which courses require a grade of C or better.

Upon satisfying all of the above requirements, students may request admission to an engineering program by submitting a complete Change of Major packet:

  • Print an unofficial copy of academic transcript
  • Highlight all D, F, and W grades on the transcript
  • Take highlighted transcript to new major department to complete the Change of Major process

Civil and Environmental Engineering (3242 EPIC)
Electrical and Computer Engineering (2242 EPIC)
Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science (380 Duke Centennial Hall)
Systems Engineering (206 Cameron Hall)

Students who do not submit a complete Change of Major packet as described above may not be considered for admission.

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Taking Engineering courses as a non-major

Non-engineering majors cannot take any sophomore-level and higher engineering-specific courses until you are admitted to an engineering program. Non-engineering majors cannot enroll in ENGR 1201 (Introduction to Engineering I) or ETGR 1101 (Introduction to Engineering Technology) during the fall semester but may enroll during the spring or summer if seats are available. Non-engineering students must request entry to a discipline-specific section of ENGR 1202 via the respective academic department:

Civil and Environmental Engineering (3242 EPIC)
Electrical and Computer Engineering (2242 EPIC)
Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science (380 Duke Centennial Hall)
Systems Engineering (206 Cameron Hall)

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Engineering Technology and Construction Management Admissions Criteria

Current UNC Charlotte students who are interested in changing majors to Engineering Technology or Construction Management must meet major specific requirements in order to declare a major.

Please visit: http://et.uncc.edu/prospective-students/change-majors for more information on the change of major process.

NOTE: The Engineering Technology and Construction Management process is not intended for students currently advised in the Office of Student Development and Success. Students advised in the Office of Student Development and Success should follow the guidelines listed under Current Lee College of Engineering Students.

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