Declare Your Major

Steps for Declaring a BSOE Major 

All steps must be completed to be officially declared in a BSOE major. 

Deadline The Major Qualification Verification (MQV) Forms for Winter 2020 will be open from Monday January 6, 2020 - Wednesday January 22, 2020. These forms expire at the end of each quarter.

Beginning Spring 2019, the major declaration process for Computer Science has changed. Please turn in an MQV and review step two for next steps. 

Due to a high volume of submissions, please allow for extra time for processing the MQVs. Thank you for your patience.

Please Note: Because our process requires verification of major qualification requirements and attendance at a workshop you must start the BSOE Declaration of Major process prior to the Winter 2020 deadline. The Campus Declaration of Major deadline for Winter 2020 is February 7, 2020 and this is when your Major Declaration must be completed.


Step One:

Complete and submit your respective MQV (Major Qualification Verification) form online . The qualification requirements for declaration of each major are found on the links below.

You must be logged into Google with ONLY your UCSC e-mail account to access these forms.

2019-20 Major Qualification Verification (MQV) Forms



Biomolecular Engineering & Bioinformatics

Computer Engineering

Computer Game Design

Computer Science

Electrical Engineering

Network and Digital Technology


Technology and Information Management

Step Two:

No later than on week after submitting the online BSOE MQV form, you will receive an email from our office indicating that your form has been processed and informing you of your next steps.   At this point, you will either be signed up for a Major Declaration Workshop OR directed to submit an appeal. 

Beginning Spring 2019 the major declaration process for Computer Science has changed. Students who meet the Computer Science major qualification requirements will be added to a Canvas course. The Canvas course will consist of several modules and a quiz. Students will need to have a 100% in the quiz before their major declaration will be processed.


Step Three:

If you are attending a workshop, prepare the following forms and bring them with you to the Major Declaration Workshop:

a) To assist with creating an academic plan we recommend that you refer to the major curriculum chart of the year that you are following for a list of all course requirements.  BSOE curriculum charts can be found here.  On the curriculum chart, cross off all completed courses to help you keep track of course progress. When putting together your plan, we recommend you try and schedule no more than two major classes per quarter.

b) Refer to the BSOE course schedule to find out when BSOE courses are being offered. Make sure you pay attention to prerequisites. The prerequisites for courses can also be found on the BSOE course schedule as well as a course description.

c) Refer to the Physical and Biological Sciences Undergraduate Website (aka PBSCI)for information about course scheduling and prerequisites for all Physical and Biological Sciences courses.  These include biology, chemistry, math, physics, etc. Once at the site you will need to navigate to individual department advising pages to find information about course scheduling.

d) Sample plans for your major can be found in the General Catalog.  Click on Programs and Courses, then at top of Programs and Courses, click on Links to Programs by Department.  Please keep in mind that these are templates.  You may need to modify these plans for your circumstances. If you are following a catalog year other than 2018-19, please refer to that year’s catalog as sample plans may be different based on that year’s requirements. (scroll all the way down to see the template)

e) If you would like your Academic Plan reviewed before submitting your appeal, you can come into open counter hours and meet with a peer advisor.

f) 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.

Step Four:

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

Step Five:

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

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.


In addition, please refer to the below links for:

For further information or if you have questions about the new MQV Forms, please contact the Baskin School of Engineering Undergraduate Advising Office (225 Baskin Engineering) during Counter Hours Monday-Friday 9:00-11:30 am and 1:30-4:00 pm, or call (831) 459-5840 or email