Changing Your Major

All students at Rutgers University are encouraged to carefully consider a major before applying to a program. If you are considering a SC&I major, you may wish to take more than one of the school’s 100-level survey courses (04:189:101, 04:189:102, 04:189:103) to gain exposure to more than one major before submitting an application. Taking a second 100-level class early will help because such courses are:

  • Required in order to graduate from SC&I
  • Required as a prerequisite for all upper (400-level) classes

Students admitted to a SC&I major who later feel that a different major would be a better choice can apply to change majors during our admissions process each semester. To make the change from the online application:

  • Log in and select to apply for a change of major.
  • Submit an essay explaining:
    • Why you are requesting a switch
    • What you hope to gain from the new major
    • What you see yourself doing five years after graduating from Rutgers