CSE Capped Major Status

Updated 2.22.2018

MyJSOE Major Change App

  • In 2017-2018 academic year, requests to change into a CSE major will be open for Spring 2018 and Summer 2018
  • See MyJSOE Major Change App for time line. Spring 2018 time line has been updated.   
  • All non-CSE majors must apply to change into a CSE major:  MyJSOE MAJOR CHANGE APPLICATION
  • All students already in a CSE major must apply to change into another CSE major: My Triton Link
  • Be sure to read the MyJSOE Major Change Application home page material carefully.
  • Any course substitutions requiring a petition must be submitted to the CSE department no later than noon the Friday before the MyJSOE Major Change App opens
  • Students who have more than 150 completed units must get approval from their college advisor before being accepted into the major. Students may submit their application but will not be offered a seat until a college advisor has reviewed the student's long term plan. 

 

Non-Major Walk - In Advising

Please be advised that Non - Major Walk- In Advising will be Friday mornings 9:00am - 11:30 am at EBU3B Room 1200  (excluding the first two weeks of classes).

 

CSE MAJOR APPLICATION INFORMATION - Q & A

I was admitted directly into one of the CSE Impacted/Capped Majors, but wish to switch to a different CSE Impacted/Capped major.  What should I do?

  • All students already in a CSE major must apply to change into another CSE major: My Triton Link
  • CS-Bioinformatics became impacted in FA14, and students who wish to change from it one of the majors that became impacted in FA13 must apply competitively for a spot.

 

Why was the continuing student admission policy changed? 

See New Major Admission Policy Rationale

 

What is the application process starting 2017-2018 Academic Year (applications submitted AFTER July 1, 2017)? 

  • Apply using the MyJSOE Major Change Application.  
  • It is open 2-3 times per year, with strict deadlines, so plan carefully.  See the App's home page for dates. 
  • Your application will be NOT be considered until grades for all criteria grades are posted on Tritonlink.   
  • CSE WILL REVIEW APPLICANTS TO ALL OF OUR MAJORS AS ONE LARGE POOL!   There is no advantage to requesting one major over another.  For this reason, select what is truly your First Choice CSE major.
  • Students who meet the 3.3 GPA cutoff for screening courses will be entered into a lottery. Students will be randomly selected until the open number of seats in CSE are filled.
  • 3.3 GPA cutoff will be based on grades received in the UC San Diego CSE screening courses.
  • In the email you receive informing you of the department's decision, we will explain what the next steps are if you were or were not approved to declare the major.
  • Students may apply for a change of major into the CSE department a maximum of two times (not including applications submitted previous to the 2017-2018 academic years)

 

How many students will be accepted during each application? 

For the 2018 Spring and 2018 Summer applications, we will accept 75 students in each application cycle.  

What are the eligibility requirements for submitting an application?

  • Minimum of eight units completed at UC San Diego for a letter grade, drawn from the following screening courses: CSE 8B or CSE 11, CSE 12, CSE 15L, CSE 20 (or MATH 15A or MATH 109), CSE 21, CSE 30, and CSE 100.
  • All of the following eligibility courses (or their accepted equivalent) must have been completed prior to application: CSE 8B or 11, CSE 12, CSE 15L, and CSE 20 (or MATH 15A or MATH 109). If taken at UC San Diego, courses must be completed with a letter grade.

 

What courses will be used to calculate the GPA for the change of major application? 

All of the following screening courses that have been taken at UCSD (or their approved petitioned equivalent) will be used to calculate the GPA for the change of major application: CSE 8B or 11, CSE 12, CSE 15L, CSE 20, CSE 21, CSE 30, and CSE 100.

 

I was admitted into one of the CSE Capped Majors, changed to a major outside of CSE, and now wish to change back into CSE.  What should I do?

  • Use the MyJSOE Major Change Application  to request a change of major.  
  • You will have to meet eligibility criteria, and your application will be reviewed along with other applicants.
  • You may or may not be approved to change into the major.  

 

If I am interested in the computational and data sciences, what are my options at UC San Diego?

There are several excellent choices available.  This CSE webpage only describes how to apply for a CSE major.  To discuss any of the below major requirements, we recommend contacting the appropriate department OR visit computingpaths.ucsd.edu  for information on the array of all the Computational Sciences offered at UCSD.

 

If I am interested in a CSE major, what should I do?

  • We recommend you first take some time to assess whether a CSE major is the best one for you. 
  • Take some CSE courses at UCSD.  Did you earn strong grades?  Do you have a real passion for the field?   The answer to both should             be "Yes"!
  • Visit the Career Services Center and your College Adviser to discuss your academic and career goals.  Use their resources to identify           all the majors that may be a good fit for you and explore each of them. 
  • Consider your academic level.  Normally we recommend that students change into the CSE major by Fall quarter of their junior                   year, at the latest.  Also, the colleges may block a change of major for students with advanced standing.

 

I was not admitted into one of the CSE Capped Majors and am currently Undeclared or other major.   If I hope to change into a CSE major in a future quarter, what should I do prior to applying?

  • Can CSE be your "back up plan?"  Explore open majors -- is there one that meets your academic and career goals?  Popular choices are Math CS, Cognitive Science, ICAM, Bioinformatics (via Biology or Chem/Biochem)
  • Enroll in the CSE courses that are required to meet eligibility requirements for applying to the major (see below).
  • These courses also fulfill requirements for the major, which means you will be making progress toward the degree by taking them.   
  • Talk with your undergraduate college adviser to determine which General Education courses to take.
  • Did you earn strong grades in CSE courses?  Have you developed a real passion for the field?  If the answer to both is "Yes!", then you should proceed with the application process (see below).

 

What courses should I take if I am interested in any of the above computational majors and CSE?

We recommend utilizing the following worksheet as a guide during your first year at UC San Diego.  Please remember, students should meet with the appropriate department to review any transfer coursework and to learn how to apply for any of the computational majors.  Please note, both Bioengineering and Electrical & Computer Engineering are currently impacted/capped, and students must satisfy separate eligiblity criteria courses.

 

I received transfer credit from my previous institution for a CSE eligibility criteria course.  Can I repeat this course at UC San Diego and use my UC San Diego grade and/or units towards the CSE major application?

  • Repeating a course at UC San Diego, in which transfer credit has already been assigned, is considered duplicate credit (won't count towards UC San Diego GPA/units).  
  • The CSE Department follows this same policy, so students cannot use duplicate credit towards the CSE major application.

 

What are my odds of being accepted into a CSE major?

  • The odds will vary from quarter to quarter, which will depend on: 
    • How many students are being accepted that quarter? 
    • How many eligible applicants are there in the quarter for the lottery? 
  • The odds of getting into the major should not be your focus!  Focus on setting your long-term goals for academic and career development.  Explore the many options you have for attaining them. Learn to manage expectations, and to be resilient, resourceful, adaptable, and creative! Resources included College Advisors, Computing Paths, Career Services Center, and CAPS.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Why is the CSE major capped?

The field of computer science is experiencing an explosion of growth not seen before, and the number of students wishing to major in the field has reached all time highs.  The Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) is committed to providing an excellent education and learning environment for our students. To achieve this goal, we must assure students have access to the faculty and courses they need to thrive. Since a quality education and timely progress to graduation are thwarted by a disproportionately large student body, UCSD has made the difficult decision to implement Capped Major status.

 

What does Capped Major status mean?

Capped Major status means that there is a cap on the number of students who can declare the major. CSE will do everything in our power to grant access to our courses and our major for as many students as possible. Open access and a diverse student population are priorities.  There will be spaces available in the major for incoming freshmen, transfer students from other institutions, and continuing UCSD students who wish to change into the CSE major.  

 

Will CSE courses remain open to all majors?

Yes. We will make as many seats available as possible for non-CSE majors, especially in the courses that are required for application to the major (see below).   We offer these courses every quarter, so do not despair if you do not get a seat the first quarter you try!  Work with your College Adviser to decide what General Education courses you could take instead, or take a course in another major you are contemplating.  See also Enrolling in CSE Courses.

 

Which CSE majors are Capped Majors?

All four of the CSE undergraduate majors are impacted for incoming and continuing students. See UCSD's Capped Majors web page for a list of all UCSD majors that are impacted, including other majors in the Jacobs School of Engineering. 

 

How many students will be accepted into the Capped Majors?

At the start of the UC Admissions cycle each year, CSE and the campus will determine the target number of new majors to be drawn from freshmen admissions, transfer admissions, and continuing UCSD students petitioning to change into CSE.