Choosing a Major

Sometime the process for choosing a major can be confusing. If you are unsure of your major, this is the time to do some serious research! Incoming Frosh are required to declare their major by the end of their second year (6th quarter). Junior transfer students must formally declare their major at the beginning of their second quarter. For all students it's important to begin satisfying major requirements right away. The following information may help you decide on a major.

Possible Career Paths for UCSC Majors:

“What Can I Do With a Major In…” guides

Tips on Researching a Major:

  • Look at alumni profiles in our Career Advice Network to see what UCSC alumni are doing with their majors.
  • Take a career assessment to explore which majors may be a good match for you and meet with a career adviser to discuss the results. 
  • Review the General Catalog Programs information to see a list of majors offered at UC Santa Cruz. 
  • Research major information for new students and cluster information posted on the advising website.
  • Visit the websites for the majors you're considering, and learn more about the department and the opportunities available to students. 
  • Talk with the department adviser for majors that are of interest to you. Discuss the major's curriculum, requirements, and opportunities. 
  • Talk with faculty during major department orientations and/or during their office hours about opportunities within a major.
  • Visit the bookstore and look at the books required by professors for majors that you are considering. 

Other Considerations: 

  • If you are interested in a science or engineering major, start on the prerequisites in your first year.  These majors require extensive sequential coursework and lower division prerequisite courses.
  • Considering graduate or professional school? Meet with a career adviser ASAP to find out if there are certain course requirements for entry and which major may best prepare you.

When you've completed some research and you've come up with some strong possibilities, be sure to talk with a department adviser for that major (or majors) to be sure you're taking courses that will allow you to make progress and declare on time.