Capped Major Frequently Asked Questions

Will Capped Major Status impact me if I was admitted prior to Fall 2016?

Capped Major impacts all students regardless of admit year.  Please review the Capped Major page to determine how this status may affect you.

If I am a declared major in Biology and decide to declare a major in a different department, and then in the future decide I want to change back to a major in the Division of Biological Sciences, can I do so?

If you change your major from Biology to a different major, your request to switch back to a Biology major will be treated the same as any other non-Biology major request. You will not have preferential access to return to a Biology major. Please review how Capped Major Status affects Non-Biology Students for further details.

If I have AP/IB/A-Level transfer credit for Capped Major Admission courses, will that credit be calculated into the screening GPA requirement?

No.  Only coursework taken and completed with a letter grade at a UC will be factored into the screening GPA.

If I have transfer credit for a Capped Major Admission course, can I retake that course at UC San Diego so the course will be calculated into the screening GPA requirement?

No.  Coursework that has been completed with a C- or better (or a Pass grade for AP/IB/A-Level) cannot be repeated for credit at UC San Diego.

Do Capped Major Admission courses need to be complete by the time I apply for admission, or will they be considered if they are work in progress, or incomplete?

All Capped Major Admission coursework, whether taken here at UC San Diego or elsewhere, must be recorded on your UC San Diego academic history with a final grade, no later than one week after the application close date for that application cycle, to be considered for admission into a biology major.  If you have a blank/incomplete grade recorded for a Capped Major Admission course, you will be considered ineligible until these grades are resolved with an A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, or C-.  Students who entered UC San Diego as freshmen that were denied admission based on missing coursework, or grades, can reapply for consideration during the next application cycle, if within their sixth quarter at UC San Diego.

What are my odds of being accepted into a biology major?

Odds for admission into a biology major cannot be predicted.  Please also note that your chances for admission are the same regardless of the biology major you are interested in.

Which courses will be used to calculate my GPA for entry into a biology major?

Grades earned in the following Capped Major Admission courses that were taken at a UC will be included in the GPA considered for admission into a biology major: BILD 1, BILD 3, CHEM 6A, CHEM 6B, CHEM 6C, CHEM 7L, MATH 10A or 20A, and MATH 10B or 20B.

I applied through the Capped Major Application process and was denied. Can I apply again in the future?

Students who started at UC San Diego as freshmen may continue to apply through the Capped Major Application process through their sixth quarter at UC San Diego.  Please keep in mind that applying does not guarantee admittance.  Students should consider a back-up major and time to degree if they plan to apply through the Capped Major Application process.

I am not eligible to apply for a major in the Division of Biological Sciences, but have taken several biology courses. What can I do?

Students who are not eligible for a biology major may consider declaring a Minor in Biology.

I am applying for Readmission, can I still declare a major in the Division of Biological Sciences?

If you were a declared biology major when you left UC San Diego, you can list your proposed biology major on your readmission application or appeal form.

If you were in a non-biology major when you left UC San Diego, you will need to list an eligible non-biology major on your readmission application or appeal form.  If you are readmitted to UC San Diego and would like to attempt a change of major to one offered in the Division of Biological Sciences, you will need to reference the Non-Biology Majors section on the Capped Major page for information on consideration of admission into a biology major.

What is the numerical limit on the number of non-biology majors that will be allowed to declare a biology major?

Target numbers will vary for each quarterly application cycle so an exact number is not available.