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College Advising & Registration

Your Advising & Registration Process is coordinated by your assigned advising center or department faculty advisor. Need to learn about your specific process and what to expect? Find your declared major below and select its college advising center's link, which will then direct you to your advising center's website. There you'll find the details, dates, and deadlines regarding your Advising & Registration Process. You should also receive a series of emails from your advising center/faculty advisor that outline this process – be sure to check your BeachMail ( and personal email accounts on a regular basis.


WANT TO CHANGE YOUR MAJOR? (effective May 3, 2021)

Special Note: Do not miss the Tuesday, June 1, 2021 deadline to make your SOAR Virtual Orientation Workshop reservation. The request to change majors process takes time so reserve your spot before the deadline or risk jeopardizing your admission status. Visit How Do I Make My SOAR Virtual Orientation Workshop Reservation? for detailed directions.

Freshmen should first visit the college advising center website for the major you want to switch to – see the College Advising Center Websites & Major List below for guidance. Then, complete and submit the online Change of Major request form found on their advising website. An advising center representative will follow up with you regarding this request and guide you through the rest of your advising and registration process. Finally, contact SOAR to ensure you are in the appropriate registration and orientation dates – email for assistance.

Transfer students cannot change majors without jeopardizing your admission status. Contact the advising center of the major you’re interested in, as well as visit the Admissions Major Specific Requirements for Transfer Students, Transfer Application Process: Explore & Declare Major, and Changing Major Process websites for additional information.

Are you a NCAA Student Athlete? Contact your Bickerstaff Academic Center (BAC) advisor for guidance on changing your major.


New freshmen may be required to complete a math and/or chemistry exam, as well as a survey for self-placement in your first-semester writing course. Transfer students will need to fulfill the Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). Visit Complete Required Exams for additional information about the Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces (ALEKS), Directed Self-Placement Survey, and the GWAR Placement Exam (GPE).



College of the Arts (COTA)
Majors include Art, Art Education, & Art History; Dance; Design including Interior Design and Industrial Design; Film & Electronic Arts; Music; and Theatre Arts

College of Business (COB)
Majors include Accountancy; Finance; Information Systems; International Business; Management, Human Resource Management, & Supply Chain Management; and Marketing

College of Education (CEd)
Majors include Liberal Studies

College of Engineering (COE)
Majors include Aerospace Engineering; Biomedical Engineering; Chemical Engineering; Civil Engineering; Computer Engineering; Computer Science; Construct on Engineering Management; Electrical Engineering; Electronics Engineering Technology; Computer Engineering Technology; and Mechanical Engineering

College of Health & Humans Services (CHHS)
Majors include Criminology, Criminal Justice & Emergency Management; Family Consumer Sciences including Dietetics & Food Administration, Child Development & Family Studies, Consumer Affairs, Family Life Education, Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, and Hospitality Management; Health Care Administration; Health Science; Kinesiology including Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Fitness, Physical Education-Teacher Education, and Sport Psychology & Leadership; Nursing; Recreation & Recreation Therapy; Social Work; and Speech-Language Pathology

College of Liberal Arts (CLA)
Majors include Africana Studies; American Sign Language & Deaf Cultures; American Studies; Anthropology; Asian American Studies; Asian Studies; Business Economics; Chicano & Latino Studies; Chinese; Classics; Communication Studies; Comparative World Literature; Economics; English; Environmental Science & Policy; French; Geography; German; Greek; History; Human Development; International Studies; Italian Studies; Japanese; Jewish Studies; Journalism; Latin; Linguistics; Philosophy; Political Science; Psychology; Public Relations; Religious Studies; Sociology; Spanish; Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages; Translation Studies; and Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies

College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics (CNSM)
Summer guidance for incoming CNSM Freshmen
Summer guidance for incoming CNSM Transfer Students
Majors include Biological Sciences including General Biology, Biology Education, Molecular Cell Biology and Physiology, Organismal Biology, Marine Biology; and Microbiology; Biochemistry & Chemistry; Geological Sciences including Earth Science and Geology; Mathematics and Statistics including Applied Mathematics, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, & Statistics; and Physics and Astronomy including Physics and Material Science

University Center for Undergraduate Advising (UCUA)
Majors include students who are Undeclared, exploring multiple majors, or working toward eligibility for their intended pre-major.