Double Majors | Minors

MINORS

How to Declare a Minor

ECE offers three minors in accord with the general university policy that a minor requires five upper-division courses. Students must realize that these upper-division courses have extensive lower-division prerequisites (please consult the ECE undergraduate office). Students should also consult their college provost’s office concerning the rules governing minors and programs of concentration.

The minors consist of 7 courses: 2 lower-division courses and 5 upper-division courses.

Electrical Engineering: Twenty units chosen from the breadth courses: ECE 101, 102, 103, 107, 109

Engineering Physics: Twenty units chosen from the junior year courses: PHYS 110A, 130A, MATH 110, ECE 101, 102, 103, 107, 109

Computer Engineering: Twenty units chosen from the junior year courses: ECE 102, CSE* 100, 101, 105, 120, 140, 140L, 141, 141L
*Keep in mind that the CSE Department strictly enforces their prerequisites.

The department will consider other mixtures of upper-division ECE, CSE, physics, and mathematics courses by petition. Courses used to satisfy minor requirements must be taken for a letter grade and passed with a C- or better.

EFFECTIVE SPRING 2023: Math-CS (MA30) and Data Science (DS25) majors CANNOT minor in Computer Engineering (EC26)  in the ECE Department.


DOUBLE MAJORS

How to Declare A Double Major

I'm a non-ECE Major and would like to double major in a major offered by ECE. What should I do?

Non-ECE majors need to:

1. Complete screening courses and get a competitive GPA in the screening courses.

2. Apply to the Jacobs School of Engineering Capped Major Application during the application period.

3. If you are admitted to the ECE Department and accept your offer of admissions, your major will be changed to an ECE major and your non-ECE major will be dropped. Your first major will be an ECE major and you will add your second non-ECE major via the Double Major Petition form. If your non-ECE major is capped, check with your non-ECE major advisor if you can declare your non-ECE major as your second major in your Double Major Petition. 

4. Send the following completed forms to ece-ugadvising@ucsd.edu. Include your PID in the email. 

Double Major Petition Form

Academic Planning Worksheet

5. Notify the ECE Undergraduate Advisors through the VAC that you have emailed your Double Major Petition forms.

Students should not submit their Double Major Petition forms to both departments at the same time. One department should review your forms before you submit them to the other department.

Keep in mind:
Starting in the summer 2024 application cycle, there will be no spots available for continuing non-ECE majors who wish to apply to double major in CE (EC26). The spring 2024 application cycle will be the last application cycle where spots will be available for continuing non-ECE majors to apply to double major in the CE (EC26) major.  All screening courses must be completed by the end of winter quarter 2024 in order to apply for the spring 2024 application cycle.

I'm an ECE major. How do I submit the Double Major Petition forms?

Send the following completed forms to ece-ugadvising@ucsd.edu. Include your PID in the email.

Double Major Petition Form

Academic Planning Worksheet

Students should not submit their Double Major Petition forms to both departments at the same time. One department should review your forms before you submit them to the other department.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I declare a minor?

Complete an Undergraduate Declaration of Minor using the Major/Minor Tool. For more information, click here

Can my classes overlap with both major and minor?

Lower-division classes can apply to both your major and your minor. You can use two upper-division courses that satisfy your major to fulfill your minor requirements. For more information on overlapping classes, read the Academic Senate Policy on minors (section E).

Can I take minor courses P/NP?

No, minor courses must be taken for a letter grade and passed with a C- or better. In spring quarter 2020 only, courses applying towards minor requirements can be taken PNP.

Can I major and minor in the same or another engineering department?

No, per Jacobs School of Engineering policy, you cannot minor in the same engineering department or another engineering program. You can minor outside of JSOE.

I'm a Math-CS or Data Science major. Can I minor in Computer Engineering in the ECE Department?

No, effective spring 2023, Math-CS and Data Science majors CANNOT minor in Computer Engineering in the ECE Department.