Declare Your Major



All five steps must be completed to be officially declared in an SOE major.

Being that our process requires verification of major qualification requirements and attendance at a workshop you must start the SOE Declaration of Major process prior to the Monday, April 17th deadline.  The Campus Declaration of Major deadline for Spring 2017 is April 28th and this is when your Major Declaration must be completed. 

If you have missed the April 17th deadline to submit an MQV form, or are still in the process of completing the major qualification courses or minimum credits for your major:

  • You will not be able to declare your major this quarter. However, it is not our intent to keep students from being able to enroll for their next quarter's worth of classes and we can work with you to help prevent this from happening.
  • If you receive an email message telling you that a hold will be placed on your enrollment if you do not declare your major this quarter, you should contact your college advising office ASAP to let them know that you will not be able to declare your major this quarter due to not yet meeting major qualification requirements.
  • If they ask you to put together a plan outlining when you can complete the major requirements and have it signed by one of our staff advisors, our staff advisors will be signing and reviewing academic plans for all students in this situation during our plan review workshops that are scheduled to be held in early May in the weeks before enrollment for Fall classes begins.
  • More information about these workshops, including the schedule, can be found on our website here:


In addition, please refer to the below links for:

1. Complete and submit your respective online MQV form. The qualification requirements for declaration of each major are found on the links below. You must be logged into Google with your UCSC e-mail account to access these forms.

2016-17 Major Qualification Verification (MQV) Forms

 The deadline for declaring an SOE major in Spring 2017 has passed. Links to MQV forms will be available again here at the start of Fall quarter.

2. Three business days after submitting the online SOE MQV Form, please come to the SOE Undergraduate Advising office during Express Advising hours.  At this point, you will be directed to sign up for a Major Declaration Workshop OR schedule a future advising session with a Staff Advisor. The deadline to PICK UP your MQV form is Thursday, April 20th at 4:00pm.

Submit MQV form by 4:00pm on:






Pick up between 1:30-4:00pm in Baskin Eng. 225 starting on:






 **Forms submitted after 4:00pm on Friday, or over the weekend, are considered to be submitted on Monday.

3. Prepare the following forms and bring them with you to the Major Declaration Workshop:

a) On the curriculum chart, cross off all completed courses on the curriculum chart to help you keep track of course progress. When putting together your plan, it’s recommended to try and schedule no more than two major classes per quarter.

b) Refer to the SOE course schedule to find out when SOE courses are being offered and add these to the front of the curriculum chart.  Make sure you pay attention to prerequisites. To locate prerequisites consult the General Catalog.  Click on Programs and Courses, then at top of Programs and Courses, click on Links to Programs by Department, then click on Course Descriptions.

c) Refer to the Physical and Biological Sciences (aka PBSCI) Enrollment website for information about course scheduling, and prerequisites for all Physical and Biological Sciences courses.  These include biology, chemistry, math, physics, etc.

d) Sample plans for your major can be found in the following locations:

e) You will be planning your schedule for the rest of your time at UCSC based on this year’s class schedule.  You should check each year's class schedule as they become available to ensure your courses will still be offered as planned.

4. At the Major Declaration Workshop our advising staff will answer general questions, review your academic plan and sign your Petition for Major/Minor Declaration.

5. After the Major Declaration Workshop

a) Enter your proposed academic plan into "My Planner" in your MyUCSC portal. For assistance, please refer to our Course Planner Tutorial. If you do not enter your plan in your Planner in MyUCSC then you will need to go through the declaration process AGAIN the following quarter.

b) 24 hours after the workshop, our staff will verify that you entered your plan.  If it was, your Petition for Major/Minor Declaration will then be processed and your major should be reflected in your MyUCSC portal within 3-5 business days.

A visual flowchart of the steps for the SOE Major Declaration process is also available.

For further information or if you have questions about the new MQV Forms, please contact the School of Engineering Undergraduate Advising Office (225 Baskin Engineering) during Express Advising hours Monday-Friday 1:30-4:00pm, or call (831) 459-5840 or email