Effective Fall 2016 - Admissions to the Major

Admission to the University

For information on how to apply to the University, please see the UC Santa Barbara Admissions Page or apply directly online through the UC Admissions Page.

Admission to the Major

Students interested in computer science who apply to UCSB should declare the computer science major when they apply. UCSB students in majors other than computer science major can petition to the Department of Computer Science for consideration for admission via change-of-major once they complete the minimum requirements (specified below) for doing so. Computer Science majors have priority when registering for all Computer Science courses. Students admitted to the computer science major are responsible for satisfying major requirements in effect when they declare their major. Upper and lower division courses required for the major that are offered by the Department of Computer Science or any other department must be taken for letter grades.

Changing Your Major to the Computer Science BS (UCSB students only)

Severely limited resources and our desire to provide Computer Science (CS) majors with an excellent education and learning experience has made the CS change-of-major process extremely competitive.

The following are the minimum requirements for consideration - achieving them do not guarantee approval of the change-of-major petition. Preference will be given to those who complete these requirements at UCSB and to those with the strongest academic records. Transfer students are not eligible to apply for change of major into CS.

Complete the following requirements:

  • A cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
  • Satisfactory completion of Computer Science 16 and 24 with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher; First takes only.
  • Satisfactory completion of Math 3A, 3B, 4A, 4B and Computer Science 40 with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; First takes only.

In addition, petitions are required to have

  • Never been placed on academic probation,
  • Fewer than 105 total units, and
  • Demonstrable evidence (via a study plan submitted with the petition) that the CS degree can be completed without exceeding 200 units or five total years of post-secondary study, including time enrolled at other institutions.

Students should submit their petitions to the Computer Science Department when they are in the quarter completing the last of the minimum requirements. The department will make its best effort to review and respond to petitions when the quarter is over. Any denied petitions will be automatically considered and evaluated a second time the following quarter (unless the student withdraws his/her petition). Petitions denied a second time will not be reconsidered. For additional questions, contact the CS Undergraduate Advisor Margaret Salisbury

Change of major petitions can be found here. Print friendly version of change of major information here.

Recent Admissions Statistics 

Five Year Enrollment History Computer Science - BS Only

Fall 2011   Fall 2012   Fall 2013   Fall 2014   Fall 2015  
326   342   320   354   369  


Computer Science Degrees Awarded - BS Only

2009-10   2010-11   2011-12   2012-13   2013-14   2014-15  
35   45   73   71   75   107