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Why is the ECE major impacted?

The field of electrical and computer engineering is experiencing an explosion of growth not seen before and the number of students wishing to major in the field has reached all time highs. The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is committed to providing an excellent education and learning envrionment for our students. To achieve this goal, we must assure students have access to the faculty and courses they need to thrive personally and professionally. Since a quality education and timely progress to graduation are undermined by a disproportionately large student body, UCSD has made the difficult decision to implement Impacted Major status for its engineering majors. 

What does Impacted Major status mean?

In an effort to preserve resources and access to faculty, impacted major status means there is a cap on the number of students who can declare the major. ECE will do everything in our power to grant access to our courses and our major for as many students as possible; open access and a diverse student population are priorities. Each year, we will ensure there are spaces availble in the major for incoming freshmen, transfer students from other institutions, and continuing UCSD students who wish to change into the ECE major. 

Which ECE majors are impacted majors?

All of the majors in the Jacobs School of Engineering, including our four ECE undergraduate majors are impacted.

How do I switch from one Engineering major to another Engineering major?

The process for students switching from Engineering major to another Engineering major (regardless of the department) is the same as that from non-Engineering major to an Engineering major.

What should I do to prepare for switching into the major?

You must complete all required screening courses listed below and do the best you can in all your courses.

What are my chances of getting in?

This is hard to say, since it will depend largely on the pool of applicants and the number of spaces available at that time.  




I have been admitted as an "Undeclared" student, what do I need to do?

The ECE Department may grant admission to UCSD undergraduate students who were not admitted to the department as entering students. Admission will be considered for students who have completed the screening courses below demonstrating special aptitude for the ECE curriculum. In order to be considered, you must take the following steps:

1. Take the ECE screening courses. All Freshman students who enter UCSD in Fall 2014 and after who want to switch or declare one of the ECE majors must complete the following screening courses before they can apply through the My JSOE Major Change Application

Screening Courses:

Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics, Electrical Engineering & Society Majors:

  • MATH 20A, 20B, 20C
  • PHYS 2A, 2B
  • ECE 35, 45, 65

Computer Engineering

  • MATH 20A, 20B, 20C
  • PHYS 2A, 2B
  • ECE 35, 45, 65
  • CSE 8A/8B or CSE 11 (If you've had previous programing experience)

2. Apply using the My JSOE Major Change Application.

  • Students may apply in any quarter after they have completed the courses above, but should take into consideration time to graduation. 
  • You may apply the quarter in which you are completing the eligibility course requirements (see above "Screening Courses"). However, your application will not be considered until grades for all criteria grades are posted on Tritonlink.
  • ECE will rank applicants according to grades received in the UC San Diego courses from the screening list. All courses will be weighed equally. Applicants will be chosen from this ranking until all open slots in the major are filled. 



Transfer students who entered in Fall 2014 and continuing students who entered UCSD prior to Fall 2014 can switch into any ECE major using the Major/Minor Tool on Tritonlink.

Effective Fall quarter 2015, all engineering majors will be considered impacted and any student wishing to change into ECE will need to complete the screening courses.



Please contact the ECE Undergraduate Advisors through the Virtual Advising Center (VAC).