Change of Major

Welcome to the Change of Major information page for the Bouvé College of Health Sciences. This page is designed to be your first step in considering an internal transfer into one of our majors. It is intended for current Northeastern University undergraduate school students only. All other prospective students should refer to the University Admissions website. You may also find some helpful information on our transfer page. Please read this information carefully. After you have reviewed it, you can contact or meet with an advisor if you have additional questions.

1. Reflection

Begin the transfer process by exploring your interest in changing majors. Examine your goals, skills and values to ensure that they are a good fit for the major and career you are considering. Make sure you understand the academic and professional practice involved in your field of choice. We recommend the following resources:

  • Talk to your current faculty and/or academic advisor.
  • Set up an appointment with an advisor in Career Services. You can do this on the Career Services tab on your myNEU. You can also access Career Services information online.
  • Read course descriptions for the classes that you would be taking for the new major. You should be interested in the class work of your proposed major! You can find course descriptions here.
  • Look online for more information about Healthcare Careers at websites such as www.explorehealthcareers.orgwww.discovernursing.comwww.aacp.orgwww.apta.org, www.asha.org, and www.asph.org
  • Shadow a professional in your field of interest.
  • Volunteer at a hospital, rehab center, clinic or in a research setting.

2. Process

After reviewing the information on this website, schedule an appointment with an Academic Advisor in 120 BK. A list of advisors can be found in the Contact section below. Please set up your appointment via your myNEU account.

At this meeting you will review your interest in your new major, course requirements, and the Year of Study that you will fit into for your program of choice.

Students are required to submit the following for internal transfer:

  • Completed Program of Study Petition
  • Unofficial transcript from Northeastern
  • Unofficial transcript from any other schools attended
  • Personal Statement referencing your science studies and detailing what compels you to be interested in your new major

Documentation is due on the last day of classes of the semester. It can either be e-mailed to the Bouvé Office of Student Services advisor in your major of interest, or delivered in person to the Bouvé Office of Student Services front desk in 120 Behrakis Health Sciences Center.

Students will be admitted either Directly or Provisionally. Reviews will take place in May, August, and December.

Denial: If you do not meet the entrance criteria required for admittance, we will be unable to offer you admission into the program at the time of application.

Direct: If you meet the entrance criteria for your new major, your petition will be approved and processed and you will receive a confirmation email that you have been changed into your new major.

Provisional: If you meet some but not all of the entrance criteria, you will receive an email offering the possibility of provisional admittance for one semester. Under these circumstances, students are required to:

  • Meet with an Academic Advisor in 120 Behrakis to complete an Academic Plan for Provisional Majors.
  • Meet the terms specified on the Academic Plan at the end of your provisional semester.
  • If you do not meet the criteria of your provisional plan at the end of one semester, you will be required to meet with an Academic Advisor in 120 Behrakis to discuss alternative major options.

3. Entrance Criteria

Health Science:

Any student who meets the following criteria is eligible for entry:

  • Overall GPA of 3.000 or better
  • Required science GPA of 3.000
  • Completion of Biology 1 with lab, with a grade of C or better
  • Completion of Chemistry 1 with lab, with a grade of C or better
  • Completion of Calculus 1, with a grade of C or better

Students who have an overall GPA of 2.000 – 2.999 and who have grades of C or better in any required science courses may be admitted for a provisional semester. Provisional admission occurs only for the fall and spring semesters. Students will work with the appropriate major advisor to choose four courses (4 credits each) to be taken during the provisional semester. Students must earn a current-term GPA of 3.000 for the provisional semester with no grade below a C in any course.

Nursing:

Any student who meets the following criteria is eligible for entry:

  • Overall GPA of 3.000 or better
  • Required science GPA of 3.000
  • Completion of Anatomy & Physiology 1 with lab, with a grade of C or better
  • Completion of Chemistry 1 with lab or Microbiology with lab, with a grade of C or better

Students who have an overall GPA of 2.000 – 2.999 and who have grades of C or better in any required science courses may be admitted for a provisional semester. Provisional admission occurs only for the fall and spring semesters. Students will work with the appropriate major advisor to choose four courses (4 credits each) to be taken during the provisional semester. Students must earn a current-term GPA of 3.000 for the provisional semester with no grade below a C in any course.

Pharmacy:

Any student who meets the following criteria is eligible for entry:

  • Overall GPA of 3.500 or better
  • Required science GPA of 3.500
  • Completion of Biology 1 with lab, with a grade of B or better
  • Completion of Chemistry 1 with lab, with a grade of B or better

The School of Pharmacy has specialized accreditation. Students with GPA below 3.500 are not eligible for entry. Students admitted to the Pharmacy major will need to adhere to progression policies to enter the third year of the program, also known as the P1, professional year of the program. An interview is required. Students who have not completed the required Biology or Chemistry course may be admitted for a provisional semester. Provisional admission occurs only for the fall and spring semesters. Students will work with the appropriate major advisor to choose four courses (4 credits each) to be taken during the provisional semester. Students must earn a current-term GPA of 3.500 for the provisional semester with no grade below a B in any course.

Physical Therapy:

Any student who meets the following criteria is eligible for entry:

  • Overall GPA of 3.300 or better
  • Required science GPA of 3.000
  • Completion of Anatomy & Physiology 1 with lab, with a grade of C or better
  • Completion of Chemistry 1 with lab or Physics 1 with lab, with a grade of C or better

The Department of Physical Therapy has specialized accreditation. Students with GPA below 3.300 are not eligible for entry. Students admitted to the Physical Therapy major will need to adhere to progression policies to enter the third year of the program, also known as the P1, professional year of the program. Students who have not completed the required Anatomy & Physiology course or the required Chemistry/Physics course may be admitted for a provisional semester. Provisional admission occurs only for the fall and spring semesters. Students will work with the appropriate major advisor to choose four courses (4 credits each) to be taken during the provisional semester. Students must earn a current-term GPA of 3.300 for the provisional semester with no grade below a C in any course.

Communication Sciences & Disorders

Any student who meets the following criteria is eligible for entry:

  • Overall GPA of 3.000 or better
  • Required science GPA of 3.000
  • Completion of Anatomy & Physiology 1 with lab, with a grade of C or better
  • Completion of one term of Calculus, with a grade of C or better

Students who have an overall GPA of 2.000 – 2.999 and who have grades of C or better in any required science courses may be admitted for a provisional semester. Provisional admission occurs only for the fall and spring semesters. Students will work with the appropriate major advisor to choose four courses (4 credits each) to be taken during the provisional semester. Students must earn a current-term GPA of 3.000 for the provisional semester with no grade below a C in any course.

4. Additional Information about Bouvé

The Bouvé College of Health Sciences curricula all have a strong science component; as such students wishing to be admitted to Bouvé as internal transfers must demonstrate strong performance in lab science courses prior to full admission.

All internal transfer applicants should familiarize themselves with the academic progression policies of their intended major before applying. Some majors require a 3.0 GPA to enter the professional phase of the program. The School of Pharmacy requires an interview to enter the professional phase of the program. Policies can be found Academic Progression Policies.

Internal Transfer Applicants should also review the provided program plans for your major of interest to see what Year of Study you will fit into. Summer coursework may be an option to make up one or two classes that you are missing. Professional classes (starting in HSCI, HLTH, NRSG, PHMD, PHSC, PHTH, PT, and SLPA) must be taken at Northeastern. A Bouvé Office of Student Service advisor will help you to determine exactly where you will fall in the curriculum.

We strongly recommend students talk to their financial aid advisor in 354 Richards Hall to find out the financial implications of your proposed change.

5. Contact

Office of Student Services

Bouvé College of Health Sciences
120 Behrakis Health Science Center
Tel: 617.373.3320
Fax: 617.373.8994

Health Science

Jennifer O'Flynn

Jennifer O’Flynn, Ed.M
j.o’flynn@neu.edu

Nursing

Christine Muller

Christine Muller
c.muller@neu.edu

Pharmacy

Nguyen Doan

Nguyen Doan
n.doan@neu.edu

Physical Thearpy

Erin Durkin

Erin Durkin, MS
e.durkin@neu.edu

Communication Sciences & Disorders

Maegan Anyzeski

Maegan Anyzeski
m.anyzeski@neu.edu

Contact Info

Office of Student Services
120 Behrakis Health Science Center
Tel: 617.373.3320
Fax: 617.373.8994
bouvestudentservices@neu.edu

Office Hours
Monday through Friday
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Did you know? You can check your advisor’s walk-in hours and/or schedule an appointment online through myNEU (Self-Service tab, Advising Resources channel, Advisor Calendar link).