Students must officially declare a major before they
can graduate from SDSU. You will be held to major
in the General Catalog that are in effect at the time you declare
Declaring/Changing Your Major
The same form and process is used to declare a major or minor,
or change your existing major or minor. You cannot change your
major status to "undeclared."
- Obtain a "Declaration of Major or Minor" form from
either Office of the Registrar or the Office of Advising and
- Complete your student information and take the form to the
department of the major or minor you wish to declare. They will
fill out the rest of the information and provide you with the
- Return the form to the Office of the Registrar.
Note: You may change your major as often as you
wish; however, every change of major involves new requirements and
a potential delay in graduation.
Many of the academic programs at SDSU are in very high demand and
are designated as "impacted" programs. If you apply to
an impacted major,
you will first be admitted as a "pre-major." You must meet
a specific set of requirements before you can be admitted to the
major. These requirements generally include lower division courses
in preparation for the major, minimum unit requirements, and GPA
When to Declare a Major
SDSU requires that you declare a major when you achieve 70 units. If you have not declared a major by 70 units, you will receive a registration hold.
You are responsible for the preparation
for the major and the upper-division major requirements in the catalog
at the time you declare a major. Therefore, the sooner you declare
a major, the more direction you have in meeting your graduation requirements.
If you are having trouble choosing a major, visit Career
Meeting specific requirements in your major is
one of the nine graduation requirements. Refer to the General
Catalog in effect at the time you declare your major for details.
Note: Do not take classes CR/NC (credit/no credit)
if they are required for your intended major.