Declaring a Major

CSULB students must meet precise major-specific criteria in order to formally declare a major. This requires that students begin as pre-majors and then declare the major if and when they complete the major-specific criteria. All students must have a declared major by the time they reach 60 earned units.

This applies equally to students who are:

  • Undeclared
  • Admitted into a "pre-major" and are requesting to declare the major
  • Requesting to change major
  • Requesting to add a major

Please see the Major-Specific Requirements from Enrollment Services to declare a major within the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

If you are a declared student from another college and would like to switch to CNSM, please contact the assigned faculty advisor for your intended major: Find My Advisor. Students must have completed the Major-Specific Requirements for their intended major and meet the guidelines in the Timely Graduation Policy be eligible to switch to CNSM.

If you are a pre-major from another college and would like to switch to CNSM, you will need to complete the CNSM Pre-Major Change Request Form.

Before completing this, please review the Pre-major Declaration Guidelines below. This is will be used to determine your eligibility for your intended pre-major.

Things to Keep in Mind When Switching Your Major

  • Submitting a request form does not guarantee your major change. Your form/record will reviewed by our Academic Team for approval. You should hear back from an advisor in about 2 business days regarding your decision and next steps.
  • It is important to submit your request well in advance of registration or any other deadlines. CNSM Advising is not responsible for registration delays that may occur while requests are being reviewed and/or processed.
  • Have a back up plan. For additional major and career exploration, visit the following:

Pre-major Declaration Guidelines

First-time freshmen (FTF) admitted as undeclared (UNDCL) or admitted to a different college will be allowed to switch their pre-major to the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (CNSM) based on the criteria outlined in the table "FTF Major Switching Criteria" (listed by semester since FTF admission).

After the 3rd semester, students should meet major-specific requirements (MSRs) and other policy requirements. Students meeting pre-major declaration guidelines should submit request to pre-major advisor who will either approve the request (and submit ARS) or will refer the case to Associate Dean.

Students not meeting specified criteria can petition to declare pre-major; petition should describe why student is not meeting guidelines and should be submitted to Coordinator of Advising. Petitions will only be approved if there is compelling evidence that the student will be successful in the CNSM major.

FFT Major Switching Criteria
Major During the 1st Semester During the 2nd Semester During the 3rd Semester
Applicable to all departments enrollment in MATH 119A or MATH 122, or credit in MATH 122 2.5 GPA in STEM MSR suite 2.5 GPA in STEM MSR suite
Biology
(all options)
enrollment in CHEM 111A or above enrollment in CHEM 111A or above

enrollment in MATH 119A or above
credit in MATH 119A or above

enrollment in CHEM 111B
Chemistry
(all options)
enrollment in CHEM 111A or above enrollment in CHEM 111A or above

enrollment or credit in MATH 122
grade of "B" in CHEM 111A or above, enrollment in CHEM 111B

credit in MATH 122 or above, enrollment in MATH 123, or enrollment or credit in MATH 224
Earth Science/
Geology B.S.
enrollment in CHEM 111A or above enrollment or credit in CHEM 111A or above

enrollment or credit in MATH 122

enrollment in GEOL 102/4
enrollment or credit in CHEM 111B

credit in MATH 122 or above, enrollment in MATH 123 or credit in MATH 123
Mathematics B.S.
(all options)
enrollment in MATH 122 or above enrollment in MATH 123 or above credit in MATH 122 and 123
Physics
(all options)
enrollment in MATH 122 or above credit in MATH 122 or above credit in MATH 123 or above

enrollment in PHYS 151

NOTE: All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better; must have a GPA >2.5; as an advising guideline, we recommend that most MSRs be completed with a "B" or better. While the grade of "C" is acceptable in each course, students earning B's or better have a significantly higher chance of success in upper division science and mathematics courses. Please refer eligible students to CNSM Academic Advising Center to declare a pre-major.

Degree Progress

Biology: pre-biology FTF must complete CHEM 111A and MATH 119A or higher within one year of matriculation. Some students may need to take courses during Summer Session to meet these requirements. Students who have not met the requirements by the required semester must either declare another major or meet with an Academic Advisor to determine if the student's performance in the courses merits an additional semester to complete.

Chemistry and Biochemistry: pre-chemistry and pre-biochemistry FTF must complete CHEM 111A and MATH 122 or higher within 1 year of matriculation and must complete CHEM 111B and CHEM 220A within 2 years of matriculation. Some students may need to take courses during Summer Session to meet these requirements. Students who have not met the requirements by the required semester must either declare another major or meet with an Academic Advisor to determine if the student's performance in the courses merits an additional semester to complete.

Appointments

Academic Advisors will have both online and on-campus availability for 30 minute advising appointments. Please see our Appointment Guide regarding on-campus advising appointments.

Appointment via SSO
Beach Connect

Drop-In Hours

Fall 2021

  • Mon: 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Tue: 3:30pm-6:30pm
  • Wed: 12:00pm-3:00pm
  • Thu: 1:00pm-4:00pm

Online: CNSM Advising Zoom Room, Zoom room ID: cnsmadvising

On-campus: Hall of Science (HSCI) - Room 164

Students will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis by a limited number of advisors. Availability is subject to change: see Announcements on CNSM Advising.

Contact CNSM Advising

Please include your student ID number in all email correspondence.