Change of Major: Biological Sciences

The Biology Change of Major materials and application process is for current students declared a major in the Biological Sciences Department AND for students declared a major outside the Biological Sciences Department interested in pursuing a change of major to any major within the Biological Sciences Department.

Students are encouraged to attend a Change of Major Informational Session and/or request a Change of Major Informational Packet each academic year due to potential changes to department-specific application requirements between application periods.

Learn about majors in the Biological Sciences Department:

  • BA, Biological Sciences
  • BS, Biological Sciences, Concentration in Microbiology
  • BS, Biological Sciences, Concentration in Molecular Biology
  • BS, Biological Sciences, Concentration in Systems Physiology
  • BS, Ecology and Evolution
  • BS, Marine Biology

Biology Change of Major Informational Packet

    • NEW! Request a Spring 2024 Informational Packet to view current information related to Change of Major criteria, deadlines, and the process of applying to a major in Biology
    • Complete the Change of Major Planning Worksheet (found in the Informational Packet) to gain access to the Change of Major Advising
    • Requesters will receive a Biology Change of Major Informational Packet in 3-5 business days

Biology Virtual Change of Major Informational Sessions

    • Register to attend a Biology Virtual Change of Major Informational Session led by a CoS-SSC Advisor to receive detailed information related to the Biology Change of Major process
    • Spring 2024 Biology Change of Major Informational Session Dates & Times:
      • Monday, January 22, 2024 (11:00 am-12:00 pm) - Rescheduled
      • Monday, January 29, 2024 (11:00 AM-12:00 PM)
      • Tuesday, February 20, 2024 (2:00 pm - 3:00 pm)
      • Wednesday, March 20, 2024 (1:30 pm - 2:30 pm)
      • Tuesday, April 16, 2024 (10:00 am - 11:00 am)

Change of Major Advising

Change of Major Advising is available to students who have completed the Change of Major Planning Worksheet found in the Informational Packet.

Review April Drop-In Hours for Change of Major Advising in DH 212.

Drop-In Hours return to Monday - Thursday 9:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:00pm May 06, 2024. Change of Major Advising will not be available during CoS-SSC Office Closures.

Students may also request Virtual Change of Major Advising by contacting science-advisingcenter@sjsu.edu.

Apply to Biology

To apply to a major within the Biology Department, evaluate your eligibility based on current admission criteria. When ready to apply, request a Change of Major Application. Requesting an application will be available in Spring 2024.

Request a Change of Major Application and submit a College of Science Change of Major Application by the application deadline: May 1st (for Fall 2024 admittance consideration).

Requesting a Change of Major Application does not automatically result in admittance to the major.