Internal Transfers/Changing Majors 2015-16
The following information applies to Undergraduate students only for the 2015-16 academic year. Graduate students should contact Graduate & Professional Education.
The University of Delaware has developed a university-wide policy that enables students to move more freely among majors and colleges. This also provides students with the flexibility to pursue multiple majors and minors, to work at the interfaces between established disciplines, and to experience a broader selection of electives. However, there may be limited availability in some majors. See explanation of Restricted Majors below.
UD is committed to ensuring that all students are making informed decisions regarding their academic interests and their professional goals and objectives. The information below is based on updates provided from the colleges as received by the academic departments. Change of majors will be accepted during the academic year based on the information provided. Any changes to the internal transfer policy/change of major policy may only apply to the next academic year and will not be posted until after the current academic year.
Prior to requesting a transfer/change of major...
- Please consult with your academic advisor.
- See UD Baccalaureate majors offered. Some majors have restrictions and dates associated with processing internal transfer requests - see below.
- Non-Restricted Majors majors have year-round admissions. Students must be in good academic standing (i.e., GPA should not be less than 2.0).
- Review your Degree Requirements Using the What-If Report. This report shows how certain courses can apply towards degree requirements for a different/additional major or minor. Access this report from your UDSIS Student Center - Academics section, in the "other academic dropdown box", by selecting What-If Report. (More Info).
Ready to request a transfer/change of major?
- Review Frequently Asked Questions about the change of major process along with the Restricted Majors information and deadlines below.
- Once your form has been approved and received in the Registrar's Office, your student record will be adjusted within 5 business days.
- To submit a request to change major or minors, complete the form available here, or in the blue Web Forms box in UDSIS.
The following majors, listed below, are limited by accreditation or other academic requirements (minimum GPA, pre-requisites, etc.), availability of resources, physical space limitations (such as lack of laboratory space), or already have full capacity (e.g. training at Vita Nova):
|Agriculture & Natural Resources||Arts & Sciences||Business & Economics|
|Earth, Ocean & Environment||Education & Human Development||Engineering||Health Sciences|
- Animal & Food Sciences – Internal transfers must have a 2.5 GPA.
- Landscape Horticulture & Design (Landscape Design concentration) - Internal transfers will be considered for admission upon successful completion of 45 credit hours, a 2.5 GPA, and submission of an acceptable portfolio of their work. The following courses must be completed before the portfolio review course (PLSC 203): PLSC 103, PLSC 202, PLSC 232, and one approved ART course.
- Pre-Veterinary Medicine & Animal Biosciences - Internal transfers must have a 2.5 GPA.
- Wildlife Ecology & Conservation – Internal transfers must have a 2.25 GPA.
- Dates to request transfers:
- For the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources applications for change of major are accepted at any time throughout the academic year.
- Apparel Design and Fashion Merchandising:
Major restricted due to availability of lab space and faculty resources.
Students should have a 2.0 GPA or higher. Acceptance into either program will be made based on number of open seats,
seniority and academic performance.
- Apparel Design: FASH core courses require a C- or better (see catalog for a list of applicable courses). Must have taken FASH122 and submit an online portfolio (see website for details of portfolio requirements).
- Fashion Merchandising: FASH core courses require a C- or better (see catalog for a list of applicable courses). Must have taken MATH114 or higher.
- Art: Admission/transfers require portfolio review for consideration to enter the major.
- Communication: Accepts students into Communication interest and then selects the top 125 sophomore to junior students based on performance in the lower level communication courses.
- Foreign Language Education “Interest”:
Students who wish to change their major to Foreign Language Education must first declare a Spanish Studies, French Studies, Italian Studies, German Studies, Latin Studies or Classics Studies major. The following requirements must be met in order to be eligible to declare the Foreign Language Education major:
- Completion of at least two 300-level Foreign Language courses
- A minimum GPA of 3.00 Overall
- A score of Intermediate High or higher on the OPI (for modern languages) or a score of Intermediate 4 or higher on the ACTFL Latin Interpretive Reading Assessment (ALIRA) for Latin.
- Praxis I passing score.
For additional information see: Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
- Liberal Studies: See http://www.cas.udel.edu/bals/.
- Music: Admission/transfers require audition for consideration to enter the major.
- Apparel Design and Fashion Merchandising: Major restricted due to availability of lab space and faculty resources. Students should have a 2.0 GPA or higher. Acceptance into either program will be made based on number of open seats, seniority and academic performance.
- Dates to request transfers:
- For the College of Arts & Science, applications for change of major are accepted year round, with the following exceptions:
- Apparel Design: Spring Admissions: Submit your application by September 15th and you will be notified by September 30th; Fall Admissions: Submit your application by February 15th and you will be notified by February 28th. For students taking FASH122 during spring semester, Internal Transfer applications are due on May 15th and students will be notified by May 30th.
- Fashion Merchandising: Application deadlines- FALL-September 15th; SPRING-February 15th.
- Communication: COMI students will be reviewed once they have completed the four required entry courses.
See the Lerner College's web page Interested in Changing Majors?. All majors are restricted:
- Accounting and MIS: Students must have taken MATH 221 and ECON 101/103 courses with a grade of C- or better, and have 28 credit hours completed before they are admitted. ACCT: Minimum GPA of 3.2 also required. MIS applicants are encouraged to take MISY 160.
- Economics: ECON-BA and Economics Education require ECON 101/103, and MATH requirement (MATH 114, 115, 117, 221, or 241) all completed with a grade of C- or better; Completion of 28 credit hours at UD. A Minimum GPA of 2.0 needed to apply. For students admitted, Fall 2015 and forward, completion of at least one ECON class with a grade of C- or better taken at the University of Delaware (not transferred in).
ECON-BS: complete ECON 101/103 and MATH 221 or MATH 241 with a grade of C- or better; Completion of 28 credit hours at UD. Minimum GPA of 2.0 needed to apply. For students admitted, Fall 2015 and forward, completion of at least one ECON class with a grade of C- or better taken at the University of Delaware (not transferred in).
- Entrepreneurship & Technology Innovation: Admission into the major is highly selective due to capacity limitations. Preference will be given to those who have completed ENTR350 or ENTR351. Minimum GPA of 3.0 is required; however, any student with a demonstrated record of involvement in entrepreneurship will be considered.
- Finance and Financial Planning: Students must have taken MATH 221 (or MATH 241) and ECON 101/103 courses with grades of C- or better, and have 28 credit hours from UD completed before they are eligible for internal transfer. Current students need a minimum GPA of 2.8 required. Students admitted to the University of Delaware, Fall 2015 and forward, are required to have a 3.2 minimum GPA.
- Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management (HRIM) majors and Hospitality Industry Management (HSIM): Student must have completed 15 credit hours and have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA for 15-60 credit hours.
- International Business Studies: Students must have completed ECON 101/103 and MATH 221 with a grade of C- or better, be enrolled in a foreign language course at the time of application, and have 28 credit hours completed. Minimum GPA of 2.8 is also required.
- Marketing, Management, Operations Management, Sport Management: Students must have completed ECON 101/103 and MATH 221 with a grade of C- or better, and have 28 credit hours completed before they are admitted. Minimum GPA of 2.8 also required.
- Dates to request transfers:
- For the College of Business & Economics, for the Entrepreneurship & Technology Innovation major, students may apply at any time by completing an application. Applications will be accepted and processed on a rolling basis. However, the end of the second week of spring semester will be the deadline for fall admission into the major.
- For all other BE majors, follow the guidelines listed on the web page above.
- Marine Science: Minimum GPA of 2.5 and have completed at least two of the following with a grade of C or better: BISC207, CHEM103, MATH241.
- Dates to request transfers:
- FALL 2015: From September 1, 2015 through September 15, 2015. Departments will notify students of their decisions by September 24, 2015.
- SPRING 2016: From February 8, 2016 through February 22, 2016. Departments will notify students by February 29, 2016.
- Early Childhood Education: students with 0-32 credits earned must have a minimum of 2.25 GPA; students with 22-60 credits must have a minimum of 2.4 GPA as well as passing Praxis Core scores; students with 61 or more credits must have a minimum of 2.5 GPA as well as passing Praxis Core scores.
- Elementary Teacher Education: Minimum 2.60 GPA (this is necessary so that teachers can be certified in neighboring states) and passing scores on the Praxis Core exam.
- Dates to request transfers:
- For the College of Education and Human Development, applications will be accepted at any time and reviewed and admitted on a rolling basis.
- Restricted Major Information:
- Biomedical Engineering: Restricted for all students due to program capacity limitations. Prospective student applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a grade of B- or better in both CHEM 103 and MATH 241.
- Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering: Restricted for all students due to program capacity limitations. Prospective student applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 and a grade of B or better in both CHEM 111 and MATH 242, or equivalent.
- Civil and Environmental Engineering: Students wishing to transfer into one of the two majors will need a minimum GPA of 3.0 and have earned a grade of B or better in MATH 242: Analytic Geometry and Calculus B and CHEM 103: General Chemistry.
- Computer Science or Information Systems: Students must have earned a grade of C or better in CISC 106 or CISC 108 or CISC 181 and a grade of C or better in MATH 117 or MATH 241 (or a higher level mathematics course). Student must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA.
- Mechanical Engineering: Restricted for all students due to program capacity limitations. Prospective student applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. However, grades in program-required technical courses (math, basic science, and engineering) will also be heavily considered in the decision.
- Athletic Training: Students interested in the major should apply for admission to the Athletic Training Interest program. Pre-requisite courses for AT are KAPP155, KAPP220, KAPP210 and KAPP240. Directed observation hours, clinical evaluations and competencies, essay, and recommendations are required.
- Dietetics: Must have completed at least one semester of chemistry (CHEM 101 or 103). Minimum GPA of 2.5 also required.
- Exercise Science: Students must have taken CHEM103, CHEM104, BISC207, BISC208 with a minimum grades of C- in each, have completed 28 credit hours at the University of Delaware, and have approximately a 3.0 GPA when seeking admittance to Exercise Science. Meeting the minimum criteria does not guarantee entry into the major; approval for change of major is contingent on available space.
- Health Sciences: Requires interview with program manager.
- Health Sciences/Occupational Therapy option: Admission is limited due to joint admission decisions by UD and Thomas Jefferson University.
- Medical Laboratory Science: Completion of BISC207, 208, 276, 300, CHEM103, 104, 213, 215, 214 and 216. Completion of 60 credits and a 2.0 GPA are required. Students interested in the major can apply at any time for admission to the Medical Lab & Diagnostics Interest program.
- Medical Diagnostics: Completion of BISC207, 208, 300, CHEM 103, 104, 321, 322, BISC 276/PHYS201/PHYS 202 OR KAAP309/310, and MATH course from approved list. Completion of 60 credits and a 3.0 GPA are required. Students interested in the major can apply at any time for admission to the Medical Lab & Diagnostics Interest program.
- Nursing: Completion of BISC205 or BISC207 and CHEM103 or CHEM105, BISC276 and NURS101. A 3.0 minimum UD GPA required. Admission is very competitive and dependent upon space available in the major at the time of the request. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the major.
- Dates to request transfers:
- Exercise Science: Students must submit the "Change of Major" form in UDSIS from January 1-15 (for spring acceptance) or June 1-15 (for fall acceptance); students will be notified by February 1 or July 1 respectively.
- Nursing: The time period when Nursing makes change of major decisions is dependent on final grades for Fall/Spring and space availability. Students who have completed the requirements for consideration should submit a change of major webform by May 15 for fall entry or December 15th for spring entry.
- For other CHS majors, change of majors are approved as received, as long as the student meets the prerequisites.
The College of Engineering processes requests for changes of major into their Restricted Majors twice a year.
For Spring Term Requests, students can submit a Change Major, Minor, Concentration form through UDSIS between the time their fall term grades are published and January 15. Decisions will be made and communicated via email on or before January 22.
Please note that the Restricted Major policies for the majors listed below do NOT apply to first-year freshmen Engineering Undecided (EGU) students. The Engineering Common First Semester is designed so Engineering Undecided (EGU) students can learn about the different Engineering majors and then request to change their major to any of them for their spring semester. At any point between the Change of Registration deadline (the end of the eighth week of classes) and November 15 each year, EGU students will be able to request a Change of Major. All EGU students who meet this deadline and who are in good academic standing (2.0 cumulative GPA at the end of the Fall term) will be allowed access to the major at such a time it can be determined the major has not exceeded its physical capacity limitations.
For Fall Term Requests, students can submit a Change Major, Minor, Concentration form through UDSIS between the time their spring term grades are published and August 15. Decisions will be made and communicated via email on or before August 22.
Please note that the Restricted Major policies for the majors listed below apply to ALL students for change of major requests for the Fall Term - including those who are still listed as EGU students after their freshmen fall semester.
Additionally, please note that first-year freshmen EGU students are not allowed to request a Change of Major for their first fall term through this process.