Degree Programs, Choosing a Major, and the Undergraduate Catalog
Declaring a major is an important step in your college career. It is important for students to do thorough research of various majors, visit their respective department offices, and ask questions of people who are majoring in an area that interests you. The average college student changes his/her major 2 to 4 times over the course of their college career before finding the right major to match their interests.
The primary resource for students looking to find out more about degree programs, major requirements, course descriptions, University policies, and essentially all official details concerning UCF is the University of Central Florida Undergraduate Catalog.
Students may also find a selection of resources from the Undergraduate Catalog listed below, along with some general information on how to declare a major program. Remember: it’s always best to consult with a Departmental or College advisor before changing majors to ensure no delays in graduation. For questions concerning changing majors please contact COSAS@ucf.edu.
A Degree Program is a course of study offered by one of the College of Sciences departments or schools that leads to a respective baccalaureate degree. Commonly known as Majors, you can find all 20 of our degree programs below complete with major requirements and contact information:View Catalog
Minors and Certificates
Minors are authorized only for certification with baccalaureate degrees. Minors must be certified at the same time as the student’s baccalaureate degree. Unless a second baccalaureate degree is earned, certification will not be made at a later time even if additional courses have been completed.
A student may declare a minor up to but no later than the submission of the online
Intent to Graduate Form. However, students are strongly urged to declare a minor as early as possible. Contact the COSAS as soon as possible should you have any questions on declaring a minor.
You can find all available minors here: http://catalog.ucf.edu/
An undergraduate Certificate is a supplement to the bachelor’s degree program/major. Certificates are optional. Students must be admitted in a degree seeking program to be eligible to receive an undergraduate Certificate, and a Certificate will only be granted together with completion of a UCF baccalaureate degree. All graduation requirements (i.e. the certificate and major/minor) must be from the same UCF Undergraduate Catalog for which a student is eligible. Certificates can be declared or changed online at https://my.ucf.edu.
You can find all available certificates here: http://catalog.ucf.edu/
Declaring a Major, Minor or Certificate
Declaring a major is an important step in your college career. Research various majors, visit their respective department offices, and ask questions of people who are majoring in an area that interests you. The average college student changes his/her major 2 to 4 times over the course of their college career before finding the right major to match their interests.
There are two types of majors: open-access and limited-access programs.
NOTE: All majors have tough classes, and some majors have all tough classes. Remember if you find yourself struggling in a class, don’t panic and change your major. Instead, get help from your professor, a teaching assistant, SARC (Student Academic Resource Center), or a classmate. Also be aware that certain courses have specified help in the Math Lab, and the University Writing Center.
Most of the Majors in the College of Sciences are open-access programs, meaning that there are no limitations on students who want to declare. For these programs, the process is simple.
- Log into my.ucf.edu
- Navigate to “Student Self Service”
- Open the drop down window titled “Other Academics”
- Choose “Change Major : Request”
- Choose “Add” to add a second major or “Change” to declare or change your current major
If you are applying to a limited access program, the process is a bit more complex. Entrance requirements vary by program, so check with an advisor about how best to proceed. For example, you may need to complete a separate application, have a select set of courses with a specific grade, or have a minimum grade point average. When you initially declare a Limited Access major, the name of your major will be followed by “Pending”. “Pending” means that you are this major until you do or do not apply and get accepted into the program. The Limited-Access Programs in the College of Sciences are:
- Advertising/Public Relations
- Film B.F.A.
Since each of these Limited Access majors are in the Nicholson School of Communication and Media , you can contact the NSCM with questions (COMM 143, 407-823-2681).