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Changing Majors
School and College Transition Criteria

Majors in the College of Engineering

Note: The criteria below are in addition to the GPA and advisor-discussion criteria outlined on the changing-majors main page.

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College of Engineering Transition Criteria


Current undergraduate day school students who have been at the university at least one semester and have a cumulative GPA of 2.000 or above are eligible to apply to change their major.

  • Direct Entry: Students who have a Northeastern GPA of 3.200 or above
  • Provisional Semester: Students who have a Northeastern GPA of 2.000–3.199


Students must submit all change-of-major materials no later than six weeks before the first day of classes for the term in which they wish to enroll.


Students interested in changing their major to the College of Engineering are required to attend an Engineering Wednesday Information Session.  These occur each Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. in the Admissions Visitor Center, West Village F.

Schedule an appointment with the change-of-major advisor by contacting the Undergraduate Engineering Student Services office. Please stop by 220 Snell Engineering Center or call 617.373.2154.

Bring to your appointment:

  • Unofficial transcript from Northeastern
  • Degree audit for your new major
  • Personal statement referencing science and math studies and indicating why you wish to transfer to the College of Engineering
  • Proof of attendance at an Engineering Wednesday presentation

Provisional Semester

Students who have been accepted on a provisional basis must meet with the change-of-major advisor before the first-day of classes to sign a Provisional Contract. The contract states that students must achieve a semester GPA of 2.800 or higher in four advisor-approved required courses.

Course work taken during the provisional semester may include the following courses:

The next appropriate sequential calculus or mathematics course:
MATH 1341 Calculus 1 for Science and Engineering (4 SH)
or MATH 1342 Calculus 2 for Science and Engineering (4 SH)
or MATH 2321 Calculus 3 for Science and Engineering (4 SH)
or MATH 2341 Differential Equations and Linear Algebra for Engineering (4 SH)
The next appropriate sequential science course:
PHYS 1151 Physics for Engineering 1 (3 SH)
   with PHYS 1152 Lab for PHYS 1151 (1 SH)
   with PHYS 1153 Interactive Learning Seminar for PHYS 1151 (1 SH)
or PHYS 1155 Physics for Engineering 2 (3 SH)
   with PHYS 1156 Lab for PHYS 1155 (1 SH)
   with PHYS 1157 Interactive Learning Seminar for PHYS 1155 (1 SH)
or CHEM 1151 General Chemistry for Engineers (4 SH)
   with CHEM 1153 Recitation for CHEM 1151 (0 SH)
GE 1110 Engineering Design (4 SH)
GE 1111 Engineering Problem Solving and Computation (4 SH)


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