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 qualificaiton verification form will open for Winter 2021 on Monday January 4, 2021. The final day to submit a major qualification verification (MQV) form for Winter is Wednesday January 20, 2021 at 4:00pm.

Please Note: The Campus Declaration of Major deadline for Winter 2021 is Friday February 5, 2021. However, because this process requires verification of major qualification requirements, you must start this process at the beginning of the quarter.

Starting Spring 2020, the major declaration process for all School of Engineering majors will be moved online. 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.



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.

2020-2021 Major Qualification Verification (MQV) Forms

Applied Mathematics

Biotechnology B.A.


Biomolecular Engineering & Bioinformatics

Computer Engineering

Computer Game Design

Computer Science

Electrical Engineering

Network and Digital Technology


Technology and Information Management

Step Two:

You will receive an email within 5-7 business days of submitting your Major Qualification Verification (MQV) form. This email will indicate that your form has been processed and will inform you of your next steps. At this point, you will either be given information regarding next steps for Major Declaration 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.

At this time the major declaration process and major appeal process for all Baskin School of Engineering majors has been moved online. 


Step Three:

Please use the following resources to create an Academic Plan through Graduation:

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, please send an email to with the subject line “Appeal Academic Plan - YOUR STUDENT ID.”

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:

If instructed to follow the major declaration process, please complete the instructions in the assigned Canvas course by the assigned due date for the quarter. 


Step Five:

After the Major Declaration Canvas Course: 

a) Enter your proposed academic plan into "My Planner" in your MyUCSC portal. For assistance, please refer to our Course Planner Tutorial



In addition, please refer to the below links for:

For further information or if you have questions about the MQV Forms, please contact the Baskin School of Engineering Undergraduate Advising Office (225 Baskin Engineering) at