Individual Major

(College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences)

The Individual Major in this College has been suspended indefinitely.

Program Office. 150 Mrak Hall; 530-752-0108; http://www.caes.ucdavis.edu/students/current/advising

Student Proposal. An Individual Major may be organized by a student having a specific academic interest not represented by an established major. Each student wishing an Individual Major should submit a proposal to the Dean's Office, prior to reaching 120 units, for review by the Student Actions and Individual Major Subcommittee. This proposal must include (1) an essay describing the special educational aims of the student, including a statement indicating why the educational objectives cannot be met by existing majors; (2) a list of planned courses; and (3) faculty advisor recommendations. It is critical that students contact a college counselor in the Dean's Office for consultation and development of the proposal.

(College of Biological Sciences)

Program Office. Biology Academic Success Center; 1023 Sciences Laboratory Building; 530-752-0410.

The Major Program

The Individual Major, an integrated program composed of courses from two or more disciplines, is designed by the student and is subject to approval by an advisor and appropriate college committees. This major enables a student to pursue a specific interest that cannot be accommodated within the framework of an existing major. It must clearly and specifically meet the student’s educational goals as well as meet university and college academic standards.

Student Proposal. A student who wishes to propose an individual major must submit the proposal to the Committee on Undergraduate Student Petitions prior to reaching 120 units. It is important for the student to make arrangements to speak with an advisor in the Biology Academic Success Center early in the development of his/her major as no individual major will be approved after a student has completed 120 units.

Principal Advisor (selected by student). A faculty member in a department or program in the College of Biological Sciences.


Preparatory Subject Matter
Units: 0
Lower division courses basic to the program or needed to satisfy prerequisites for upper division requirements as determined by the Committee on Undergraduate Student Petitions.
 
Depth Subject Matter
Units: 28-42
Upper division course work must include:
 
(a) Choose at least 30 units from courses offered by departments in the College of Biological Sciences.
 
(b) Additional requirements as determined by the Committee on Undergraduate Student Petitions; see the Biology Academic Success Center for details.
 
(c) For the B.A. degree, a maximum of 80 units toward the major.
 
All University, General Education, and College of Biological Sciences Bachelor's degree requirements; variable units.
 
Total: 180

(College of Biological Sciences)

Program Office. Biology Academic Success Center; 1023 Sciences Laboratory Building; 530-752-0410.

The Major Program

The Individual Major, an integrated program composed of courses from two or more disciplines, is designed by the student and is subject to approval by faculty advisor and appropriate college committees. This major enables a student to pursue a specific interest that cannot be accommodated within the framework of an existing major. It must clearly and specifically meet the student’s educational goals as well as meet university and college academic standards.

Student Proposal. A student who wishes to propose an individual major must submit the proposal to the Committee on Undergraduate Student Petitions prior to reaching 120 units. It is important for the student to make arrangements to speak with an advisor in the Biology Academic Success Center early in the development of his/her major as no individual major will be approved after a student has completed 120 units.

Principal Advisor (selected by student). A faculty member in a department or program in the College of Biological Sciences.

Preparatory Subject Matter
Units: 0
Lower division courses basic to the program or needed to satisfy prerequisites for upper division requirements as determined by the Committee on Undergraduate Student Petitions.
 
Depth Subject Matter
Units: 40-68
Upper division course work must include:
 
(a) Choose at least 30 units from courses offered by departments in the College of Biological Sciences.
 
(b) Additional requirements as determined by the Committee on Undergraduate Student Petitions. See the Biology Academic Success Center for details.
 
(c) For the B.S. degree, a maximum of 110 units toward the major.
 
All University, General Education, and College of Biological Sciences Bachelor's degree requirements; variable units.
 
Total: 180

(College of Letters and Science)

Program Office. 200 Social Sciences and Humanities Building (Undergraduate Education and Advising office); http://www.ls.ucdavis.edu/students

The Major Program

The Individual Major, an integrated program composed of courses from two or more disciplines, is designed by the student and is subject to approval by the faculty advisor and appropriate college committees. This major enables a student to pursue a specific interest that cannot be accommodated within the framework of an existing major. It must clearly and specifically meet the student’s educational goals as well as meet university and college academic standards.

Student Proposal. A student who wishes to propose an individual major must submit the proposal to the Faculty Committee on Individual Majors in the College of Letters and Science prior to reaching 120 units. The proposal must be submitted by the end of the fourth week of the quarter. This proposal will consist of (1) an essay, identifying the specific educational and professional objectives, including an indication of why the objectives cannot be met within existing majors, (2) a list of courses planned to complete the major, and (3) faculty advisor recommendations. The proposal will be reviewed and a decision provided the quarter of submittal. It is important that you carefully review the information in the Individual Majors Handbook; available at http://ls.ucdavis.edu/advising/academic-pdfs/individual-major-handbook.pdf.

Honors Program. By the fourth week of the last quarter of the junior year, students potentially eligible for high or highest honors at graduation (see College section), may petition the Individual Majors Committee for tentative acceptance into an honors program.

Final admission will depend upon the Committee's approval of a senior thesis prospectus that has been agreed upon by the student and faculty advisor. The prospectus must be presented to the Committee by the end of the fourth full week of instruction of the first quarter of the senior year. Graduation with high or highest honors will be conditional upon both the maintenance of the required grade point average and the satisfactory completion of the senior thesis project. Students who anticipate doing a senior honors thesis should allow up to three units of independent study in the program during each of two quarters in the senior year as course options.

Major Advisor (selected by student). Principal Advisor: a faculty member in a teaching department or program in the College of Letters and Science in the major field of emphasis. Secondary Advisor: a faculty member from a secondary area of interest.

Preparatory Subject Matter
Units: 0
Lower division courses basic to the program or needed to satisfy prerequisites for upper division requirements.
 
Depth Subject Matter
Units: 45-54
Upper division units must include:
 
(a) Interrelated and complementary courses from two or more departments which provide a unified pattern and focus.
 
(b) At least 30 units from Letters and Science teaching departments or programs.
 
(c) No more than 10 units in courses numbered 194H, 198 and 199.
 
(d) For the A.B. degree, a maximum of 80 units toward the major; for the B.S. degree, a maximum of 110 units toward the major.
 
Total: 45-54

(College of Letters and Science)

Program Office. 200 Social Sciences and Humanities Building (Undergraduate Education and Advising office); http://www.ls.ucdavis.edu/students

The Major Program

The Individual Major, an integrated program composed of courses from two or more disciplines, is designed by the student and is subject to approval by the faculty advisor and appropriate college committees. This major enables a student to pursue a specific interest that cannot be accommodated within the framework of an existing major. It must clearly and specifically meet the student’s educational goals as well as meet university and college academic standards.

Student Proposal. A student who wishes to propose an individual major must submit the proposal to the Faculty Committee on Individual Majors in the College of Letters and Science prior to reaching 120 units. The proposal must be submitted by the end of the fourth week of the quarter. This proposal will consist of (1) an essay, identifying the specific educational and professional objectives, including an indication of why the objectives cannot be met within existing majors, (2) a list of courses planned to complete the major, and (3) faculty advisor recommendations. The proposal will be reviewed and a decision provided the quarter of submittal. It is important that you carefully review the information in the Individual Majors Handbook; available at http://ls.ucdavis.edu/advising/academic-pdfs/individual-major-handbook.pdf.

Honors Program. By the fourth week of the last quarter of the junior year, students potentially eligible for high or highest honors at graduation (see College section), may petition the Individual Majors Committee for tentative acceptance into an honors program.

Final admission will depend upon the Committee's approval of a senior thesis prospectus that has been agreed upon by the student and faculty advisor. The prospectus must be presented to the Committee by the end of the fourth full week of instruction of the first quarter of the senior year. Graduation with high or highest honors will be conditional upon both the maintenance of the required grade point average and the satisfactory completion of the senior thesis project. Students who anticipate doing a senior honors thesis should allow up to three units of independent study in the program during each of two quarters in the senior year as course options.

Major Advisor (selected by student). Principal Advisor: a faculty member in a teaching department or program in the College of Letters and Science in the major field of emphasis. Secondary Advisor: a faculty member from a secondary area of interest.

Preparatory Subject Matter
Units: 0
Lower division courses basic to the program or needed to satisfy prerequisites for upper division requirements.
 
Depth Subject Matter
Units: 45-54
Upper division units must include:
 
(a) Interrelated and complementary courses from two or more departments which provide a unified pattern and focus.
 
(b) At least 30 units from Letters and Science teaching departments or programs.
 
(c) No more than 10 units in courses numbered 194H, 198 and 199.
 
(d) For the A.B. degree, a maximum of 80 units toward the major; for the B.S. degree, a maximum of 110 units toward the major.
 
Total: 45-54