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Declare A Major

Students are required to declare a major upon earning 45 credits.  New transfer students who matriculate as sophomores, juniors, or seniors must declare a major during their first semester.   Please be advised:  Please refer to the Academic Calendar regarding the deadline for submission of the Major/Minor Declaration form.  The Major/Minor Declaration form is available on the Registrar's website during the open declaration time frame.   

All students must satisfy the requirements of a declared major in order to earn a degree from Stony Brook University. Major requirements are detailed in the “Approved Majors, Minors, and Programs” section of the Bulletin

Procedure to Declare a Major

College of Arts & Sciences
Select the major that most interests you, and one in which you believe you will do well academically. If you are unsure of what major to select, you are encouraged to speak with an advisor in Academic & Transfer Advising Services office located in room E-2360, Melville Library.  Once you have decided on a major, bring the Major/Minor Declaration form to the Undergraduate Program Director or staff professional for signature. Take the signed Major/ Minor Declaration Form to the Registrar’s Office, 276 Administration building. Within three days, check your Stony Brook Unofficial Transcript and Degree Works Report on SOLAR to ensure  that the major has been posted. For more information on the CAS majors and minors, click here.
College of Business
Student must meet the admissions requirements to apply to the College of Business as a major or minor. More information is available on the Majors & Minors site or in person in Room 109, Harriman Hall.
College of Engineering & Applied Sciences
To apply to enter a major in the College of Engineering & Applied Sciences, go directly to the relevant department and meet with the Academic Major Advisor.  Majors include: Applied Mathematics & Statistics, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical and Molecular Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Science, Information Systems, Mechanical Engineering, and Technological Systems Management. After you have been admitted by the academic major advisor, please visit the CEAS Undergraduate Student Office, 231 Engineering Building, for information about CEAS general education requirements which are different from those in the College of Arts & Sciences.  For more information on the CEAS majors and minors, click here.
Health Science Major
If you plan to major in the Bachelor of Science in Health Science, you must attend an information session.  The information session will provide a detailed overview of the Health Science major.  To sign up for an information session, click here. 
School of Journalism
To declare a major in the School of Journalism bring the Major/Minor Declaration form to the Undergraduate Program Director for signature. Take the signed Major /Minor Declaration Form to the Registrar’s Office, 276 Administration building.  Within three days, check your Stony Brook Unofficial Transcript and Degree Works Report on SOLAR to ensure  that the major has been posted to the record.  For more information on the Journalism major and minor, click here.
School of Marine & Atmospheric Science
The School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences  offers nine degrees and eight minors.  To declare one of these majors or minors in the School of Marine & Atmospheric Sciences, bring the Major/Minor Declaration form to the Undergraduate Program Director or staff professional for signature. Take the signed Major /Minor Declaration Form to the Registrar’s Office, 276 Administration building by the deadline listed in the academic calendar. Within three days, check your Stony Brook Unofficial Transcript and Degree Works Report on SOLAR to ensure  that the major has been posted to the record. For more information on majors and minors housed in the School of Marine & Atmospheric Science, click here.
Pre-Major Area of Interest (AOI)
If you have an AOI noted on your transcript, it is not considered an academic major by neither Stony Brook University nor the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). If you are a TAP recipient, you are required to officially declare a major upon earning 57 credits.   For more information about TAP, click here.

 

Please be advised:  Please refer to the Academic Calendar regarding the deadline to submit the Major/Minor Declaration form. The Major/Minor Declaration form is available on the Registrar's website and is available in Academic and Transfer Advising Services during the open declaration time frame.

 

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