All Biological Sciences majors were capped to restrain continued growth in the number of students pursuing these majors. This allows the Division of Biological Sciences to continue to offer the highest quality academic program to our students, and avoid delays in time to degree due to lack of capacity in our laboratory and lecture courses.
Students planning to declare a biology major should be aware of specific screening criteria to be considered for admission into any one of the eight biology majors. Admission criteria can vary each year and will apply to all students regardless of admit year.
The capped status does not affect current Biology majors. Biology majors may switch among any of the offered biology majors without restriction. Change of major requests can be submitted via the Major and Minor tool on TritonLink. Please note, it may take a few business days for your request to be approved and for your record to be updated.
To be considered for admission into a biology major, students must satisfy all criteria listed below.
Capped Major Admission Courses:
Additional Criteria and Information:
Current Biology Majors
Non-biology students who entered UC San Diego as freshmen planning to double major with a biology and a non-biology major must first apply through the Capped Major Application process. If the student is admitted into a biology major, they must use the Major and Minor tool to change their major to Biology by the specified deadline, and then must add the secondary non-biology major through the Double Major Petition process.
Note if your non-biology major is capped, before processing a change of major request, speak to your current major department regarding implications of dropping your major as a result of attempting to declare two capped majors.
Please refer to the Non-Biology Majors drawer above for a complete listing of Capped Major Admission criteria, application, and deadlines.
If you have further questions about Capped Major, please carefully review frequently asked questions.