Change of Major Policy

Students that wish to change their major to a PSTAT major must attend a PSTAT Change of Major Workshop, which takes place twice a quarter on the Tuesday of weeks 3 and 7 between 1:00pm and 4:00pm. All materials will be provided. Peer advisors will be available to assist in course scheduling and answering questions. Please click here for upcoming workshops.

PSTAT will not endorse any change of major petitions until the following qualifications have been met:

  • Student must have at least 2 math or pstat courses from UCSB on their transcript before they will be considered
  • Student must show that they are able to pass the majority of their math or pstat courses from UCSB in one attempt
  • Student must demonstrate that they will be able to graduate within normative time

What is a Change of Major Workshop?

During the Change of Major Workshop, students will put together a packet which includes their Change of Major petition, a copy of their intended major sheet, and a personalized course schedule for the major. Peer advisors are available to assist in any questions regarding the petition and can advise on course scheduling. Tools are available to assist students in understanding prerequisite requirements, course routes, and VEE requirements (for Actuary majors). All materials will be provided during the workshop.



You must take PSTAT 10; beyond that, PSTAT will consider you with CS 16, MATH 8, ECON 10A (for PRE-FMS majors only), ECON 1 (Actuary majors only), or any UD PSTAT course. Students are able to enroll in UD PSTAT courses during pass 3 if there is room. If the course is full, you may add yourself to the waitlist during pass 3.

Students that are struggling with math courses early on are strongly encouraged to pursue a major that is a better fit. The college advisors will work with you in finding appropriate alternatives. If you nonetheless still wish to pursue a PSTAT major, you may continue to attempt to take courses; once you have proven that you can regularly pass a UD PSTAT course in one attempt, you may reapply and be considered for the major. The department suggests you have at least two quarters of PSTAT courses passed within 1 attempt on your transcript before you apply. Please be aware that, as you will not be a major, you will not have priority registration and may find it difficult to enroll in required courses without going through the waitlist process.

PSTAT will accept a change of major petition outside of the workshop if you provide a printout of your schedule proving that you have a conflict when you submit. You may turn the petition in to the front desk; just let them know you have a course or work conflict.

If the College or the Department has requested that you submit a second Change of Major Petition due to a processing error with a previous petition, you do not need to attend a workshop. You may turn the petition in at the front desk.

If you have been advised by the college that you need to submit a Change of Major Petition as soon as possible, PSTAT will accept the petition so long as you have an email from a college advisor stating that you need the petition as soon as possible. If you speak with the advisor in person, please ask them to write an email to you stating you will need to submit a petition as quickly as possible, and you may turn in this printed email along with your petition to the front desk.