UC Irvine Change of Major Criteria

School of Biological Sciences

Change of Major Requirements:

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Requirements Description
Cumulative UC GPA

Students must meet BOTH requirements:

  • 2.00 GPA
  • A quarterly GPA of 2.00 in the quarter immediately preceding the change of major.
Course Grades

Students must complete ALL of the following requirements:

  • Completion of Bio Core through 99
  • Completion of Chem 51A-B-C and 51LB-LC OR Chem 52A-B-C and 52LA-LB
  • An average 3.00 GPA in all required biology courses completed at the time of application
  • Completion at UCI of at least 5 required science courses for the major, 3 of which must be in the biological sciences
Other

Junior-level standing (90 or more units).

Limited to 24 new majors each year.

If the eligible applicant pool exceeds 24, additional selection criteria will be grades in Bio Sci 98 and 99, and participation in Bio Sci 199 research in the field(s) of biochemistry and/or molecular biology, as approved by the B&MB Faculty Board.

Timeline Applications to declare the major can be made at any time, although typically in the sophomore year, with review of applications and selection to the major by the Faculty Advisory Board.
Biological Sciences
Requirements Description
Cumulative UC GPA

Students must meet BOTH requirements:

  • 2.00 GPA
  • A quarterly GPA of 2.00 in the quarter immediately preceding the change of major.
Course Grades

Students must meet ALL of the following requirements:

  • Completion of Chem 1A-B-C and 1LC OR Chem H2A-B-C and H2LA-LB-LC with an average GPA of 2.00
  • Completion of two additional science/math courses required for the major with an average GPA of 2.00
  • An average 2.00 GPA in any additional required science course sequence completed for the major (i.e., the separate GPAs for biology, general chemistry, and organic chemistry required course sequences must each average a 2.00 GPA or above)

Until Fall 2013:

Transfer students who meet the UCI admission requirements for biological sciences may declare the major immediately. Transfer students who do not meet the UCI admission requirements for biological sciences must also meet the following requirements: completion at UCI of at least 4 of the required science courses for the major, two of which must be required biological sciences courses, with an average GPA of 2.00 or better.

Effective Fall, 2013:

No change of major will be approved for entering transfer students. Transfer students who meet the UCI admission requirements for biological sciences before entering UCI must also meet the following requirements: completion at UCI of at least 4 of the required science courses for the major, two of which must be required biological sciences courses, with an average GPA of 2.00 or better. Transfer students who did not meet the UCI admission requirements for biological sciences before entering UCI will not have the option to declare the major at any time in the future.

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Biology Education
Requirements Description
Cumulative UC GPA

Students must meet BOTH requirements:

  • 2.00 GPA
  • A quarterly GPA of 2.00 in the quarter immediately preceding the change of major.
Course Grades

Students must meet ALL of the following requirements:

  • Completion of Chem 1A-B-C and 1LC OR Chem H2A-B-C and H2LA-LB-LC with an average GPA of 2.00
  • Completion of Bio Sci 93 and 94 with a "C" average or better

 

Developmental and Cell Biology
Requirements Description
Cumulative UC GPA

Students must meet BOTH requirements:

  • 2.00 GPA
  • A quarterly GPA of 2.00 in the quarter immediately preceding the change of major
Course grades

Students must complete ALL of the following requirements:

  • Completion of Bio Core through 99
  • An average 3.00 GPA in all required biology courses completed at the time of application.
  • Completion at UCI of at least 5 required science courses for the major, 3 of which must be in the biological sciences.
Other

Junior-level standing (90 or more units).

Limited to 30 new majors each year.

If the eligible applicant pool exceed 30, the following additional criteria will be used:

  • Completion of/performance in Bio Sci D103 and Bio Sci D104.
  • Student's GPA in required biology courses.
  • Students applying at the end of their sophomore year will be given preference over those applying later so that students can participate in the program for two years rather than one without exceeding their time to degree beyond four years total.

 

Timeline Applications to declare the major can be made at any time with review of applications and selection to the major by the Faculty Advisory Board.
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Requirements Description
Cumulative UC GPA

Students must meet BOTH requirements:

  • 2.00 GPA
  • A quarterly GPA of 2.00 in the quarter immediately preceding the change of major
Course grades

Students must complete ALL of the following requirements:

  • Completion of Chem 1A-B-C and LC OR Chem H2A-B-C and H2LA-LB-LC with an average GPA of 2.00
  • Completion of two additional science/math courses required for the major with an average GPA of 2.00
  • An average 2.00 GPA in any additional required science course sequence completed for the major (i.e., the separate GPAs for biology, general chemistry, and organic chemistry required course sequences must each average a 2.00 GPA or above)

Transfer students who meet the UCI admission requirements for biological sciences may declare the major immediately. Transfer students who do not meet the UCI admission requirements for biological sciences must also meet the following requirements: completion at UCI of at least 4 of the required science courses for the major, two of which must be required biological sciences courses, with an average GPA of 2.00 or better.

Genetics
Requirements Description
Cumulative UC GPA

Students must meet BOTH requirements:

  • 2.00 GPA
  • A quarterly GPA of 2.00 in the quarter immediately preceding the change of major.
Course grades

Students must complete ALL of the following requirements:

  • Completion of Bio Core through 99
  • An average 3.00 GPA in all required biology courses completed at the time of application
  • Completion at UCI of at least 5 required science courses for the major, 3 of which must be in the biological sciences
Other

Junior-level standing (90 or more units).

Limited to 30 new majors each year.

If the eligible pool applicant pool exceeds 30, the following additional criteria will be used:

  • Completion of/performance in Bio Sci D103, D104, M137A and D137.
  • Student's GPA in required biology courses.
  • Students applying at the end of their sophomore year will be given preference over those applying later so that students can participate in the program for two years rather than one without exceeding their time to degree beyond four years total.
Timeline

Applications to declare the major can be made at any time with review of applications and selection to the major by the Faculty Advisory Board.

Human Biology
Requirements Description
Cumulative UC GPA

Students must meet BOTH requirements:

  • 3.50 GPA
  • A quarterly GPA of 2.00 in the quarter immediately preceding the change of major.
Course grades

Students must complete ALL of the following requirements:

  • Completion of Bio Core through 99
  • Humanities Core 1A-B-C
  • Chemistry 1A-B-C-1LC-1LD
  • Chemistry 51A-51B-51LB-51C-51LC
Other

Junior-level standing (90 or more units).

Limited to 30 new majors each year.

If the eligible pool applicant pool exceeds 30, the following additional criteria will be used:

  • Supplemental Application Information
  • Students applying at the end of their sophomore year will be given preference over those applying late.
Timeline

Applications to declare the major can be made between May 15th and August 5th of each year, with review of applications and selection to the major by the Faculty Advisory Board. 

Microbiology and Immunology
Requirements Description
Cumulative UC GPA

Students must meet BOTH requirements:

  • 2.00 GPA
  • A quarterly GPA of 2.00 in the quarter immediately preceding the change of major.
Course grades

Students must complete ALL of the following requirements:

  • Completion of Bio Core through 99
  • Completion of Chem 51A-B-C, 51LB-LC or Chem H52A-B-C, 52LA-LB
  • An average 3.00 GPA in all required biology and chemistry courses completed at the time of application
  • Completion at UCI of at least 6 required science courses for the major, 2 of which must be in the biological sciences
Other

Junior-level standing (90 or more units).

Limited to 24 new majors each year.

Timeline

Applications to declare the major can be made at any time, although typically at the end of sophomore year, with review of applications and selection to the major by the Faculty Advisory Board.

Neurobiology
Requirements Description
Cumulative UC GPA

Students must meet BOTH requirements:

  • 2.00 GPA
  • A quarterly GPA of 2.00 in the quarter immediately preceding the change of major
Course grades

Students must complete ALL of these requirements:

  • Completion of Bio Core through 99 and 110
  • An average 3.00 GPA in all required biology courses completed through the quarter of application
  • Completion at UCI of at least 5 science courses required for a biology major, 3 of which must be in the biological sciences
Other

Junior-level standing (90 or more units).

Limited to 30 new majors each year.

If the eligible applicants exceed 30, the additional criteria will be:

  • Grade in Bio Sci N110 (B or better).
  • Students applying at the end of their sophomore year will be given preference over those applying later.
Timeline Applications to declare the major can be made between May 15th and August 5th of each year, with review of applications and selection to the major by the Faculty Advisory Board.  Please visit the following website for additional information: http://neurobiology.uci.edu/ugrad/ugrad.html.

Updated: RCB July 18, 2013


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