Major Minor Information
- Changing your Major or Minor
Download the Major/Minor Change form. Then follow the instructions below:
In order to better serve our students , we are implementing a new system for accepting major/minor change forms. This process will reduce the need of obtaining signatures from multiple parties.
- Advisors (either major or minor) will initiate the form submission for the student
- If the program of study requires a licensure or endorsement, the advisor will add to the form. Approval from Licensing unit not required.
- After the advisor signs/completes the form (If unable to sign the form, please submit from your unco.edu email address), it is submitted directly to the Office of the Registrar at email@example.com
- Once processed by the Office of the Registrar, an email will be sent to the student and advisor confirming the requested change
- If for any reason the student does not confirm the changes, then the Office of the Registrar will revert back to the original program of study and work with the student to clarify the student’s intended degree program. If program change is correct, no further action is required.
Information about Minor/Major Changes
- The catalog used for your major requirements is the catalog that is in effect at the time your major is declared.
- If you change your only major, you will move to the current catalog for the new major. A change of major emphasis is considered to be a major change.
- If you have two or more majors and change one, your new major will follow the catalog of the remaining original major(s) as long as the new major existed in the catalog of the remaining major(s). If it did not exist, both majors will be moved to the current catalog. It is your responsibility to know what affect this change may have on your requirements.
- Minors, Licensures and endorsements will follow the major catalog as long as the newly declared minor, licensure or endorsement existed in the catalog of the major. If it did not, the current major must move to the current catalog in order to add the minor, licensure or endorsement. It is your responsibility to know what affect this change may have on your degree requirements.
- Individual Liberal Arts Core requirement information may be found on your degree evaluation through Ursa.
- If you matriculate into UNC under a seeking program (Nursing, Athletic Training, Dietetics etc.), you will be required to change to the most current catalog once officially accepted into the program.
- Minors may be declared only if a degree-seeking major has been declared.
- Major or minor changes are declared in the office of that specific major or minor.
- Licensure and endorsement changes are made in the School of Teacher Education.
- Major/Minor Requirements
- To receive a degree from UNC, you are required to complete a minimum of nine (9) upper division UNC credits (300-400 level) in that major.
- To receive a minor, you are required to complete a minimum of six (6) upper division UNC credits (300-400 level) in that minor.
- You must meet all requirements and pass all courses required by the school/college or department from which you select a major or a minor. See the UNC Catalog for more information.
- A maximum of 12 credit hours of coursework can be shared between a major and minor. Exceptions to this policy may be found in the requirements for individual programs as described in the UNC catalog.
- Exploring the Liberal Arts
Exploring the Liberal Arts
Any new or transfer student entering the University of Northern Colorado can choose to be designated as Exploring the Liberal Arts when he or she enters the University.
Students with a declared major who wish to change their major status to Exploring the Liberal Arts should contact the Office of SOAR to make an appointment for review and approval.
Students requesting this change must have fewer than 18 credits combined of registered and/or previously earned hours.
Students who would like to explore other major or minor options may receive services from the Office of Academic Support and Advising regardless of their current major status.
The 30-Credit Policy directs students towards successfully completing a degree at the University of Northern Colorado.
- 120 credits are required to complete a degree at Northern Colorado.
- A student who has earned 30 credits should have completed one quarter of the requirements for earning a degree. Usually students reach 30 credits after either their second or third semester. Ensuring that students have a clear path for degree completion is of utmost importance to Northern Colorado, and the 30-Credit Policy illustrates this commitment to student success.
The 30-Credit Policy requires students who have earned 30-credits to declare a major. Credits used in calculating earned hours at Northern Colorado include all applied transfer credit, college credit earned in high school, and Northern Colorado credit hours.
A No-Major Hold is applied to Exploring the Liberal Arts students’ accounts upon the completion of 30 credits. Once a student has completed the appropriate paperwork and met any admission requirements for declaring a chosen major, the No-Major Hold is removed from the student’s account.
- Multiple Majors - Concurrent Degrees
Students who complete multiple majors can be awarded multiple degrees if they complete an additional 30 credits (above and beyond the 120 credits required for the first degree) for each additional major. For example:
- Students who complete two majors and 150 or more credits can receive two degrees.
- Students who complete three majors and 180 or more credits can receive three degrees.
The following examples illustrate transcript and diploma display when the additional 30 hours are completed, and also when fewer than 30 additional hours are completed.
Students who complete two majors and 150 or more credits earn a double degree. Example: For a student with a first major of Business Administration and a second major of Sociology:
- Transcript display:
- Bachelor of Science - Business Administration: Finance
- Bachelor of Arts - Sociology: Social Issues
- Diploma display (two separate diplomas are produced):
- Degree of Bachelor of Science with acknowledgment of major achievements in Business Administration.
- Degree of Bachelor of Arts with acknowledgment of major achievements in Sociology
Students who complete two majors but have fewer than 150 credits earn one degree with two majors. Example: For a student with a first major of Business Administration and a second of Sociology:
- Transcript display:
- Bachelor of Science - Business Administration:Finance
- Major Acknowledgment - Sociology: Social Issues
- Diploma display (a single diploma is produced):
- Degree of Bachelor of Science with acknowledgment of major achievements in Business Administration, Sociology
Students who complete one major with multiple emphases (in selected majors where allowed) earn one major and one degree, regardless of the number of credits completed.
Degrees and majors are approved through the Colorado Department of Higher Education. All credits acquired during pursuit of a degree are incorporated in that degree and may not be used to satisfy any future degree. Students may not pursue both an undergraduate and a graduate degree program simultaneously without prior approval from both the Registrar’s Office and the Graduate School.
Questions regarding multiple majors and concurrent degrees should be directed to the Office of the Registrar.
- Second Baccalaureate Degree
Second BA Degrees
If you received your first degree at UNC and wish to declare an intent to complete a second baccalaureate degree, you must complete a Change of Major form available in each academic school. Upon completion of the form and approval by the appropriate programs, your record will be changed to reflect the intent to complete a second baccalaureate degree.
In order for the classification change to be approved for a particular semester and thus allow you to pay undergraduate rather than the graduate tuition rates, the form must be sent from the appropriate program department to the Office of the Registrar by Wednesday of the third full week of the first semester you are enrolled in courses to count toward the second baccalaureate degree. Applications submitted after this point in the semester will not affect your classification (undergraduate, second baccalaureate degree) until the following semester. You must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of UNC credit to qualify for the second bachelor's degree.
If you have completed your baccalaureate degree at another institution and seek a second baccalaureate degree at UNC, you must complete an admission application through the UNC Admissions Office in order to pay undergraduate tuition rates. If you have completed your baccalaureate degree at another institution, you must also complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of UNC credit to qualify for the second bachelor's degree from UNC.
A second baccalaureate - or a minor pursued in conjunction with a second baccalaureate - cannot be completed in the same area of study as that of a previously completed bachelor's degree earned at UNC.
If you have earned a baccalaureate at another institution and are seeking to complete a second baccalaureate at UNC, you are not allowed to pursue the same major/program of study previously earned.
UNC offers several undergraduate certificate programs. A list of current programs may be found at http://unco.smartcatalogiq.com/en/current/Undergraduate-Catalog/Undergraduate-Programs/Undergraduate-Certificate-Programs.
To declare or change a certificate, please complete and print the Undergraduate Certificate Declaration form and then submit it to the appropriate academic office(s) for signature approval. The completed form must then be submitted to the Office of the Registrar.
- Upon completion of the Certificate, a notation will be placed on your UNC academic transcript.
- All certificates must be declared in the Fall 2014 catalog and forward in order to complete and cannot be retroactively awarded. The catalog used to determine certificate requirements is the catalog in effect at the time the certificate is declared. If a certificate is being completed in conjunction with a major, it does not have to follow the major catalog year.
- Each catalog is in effect for a six-year time limit. At any time, or at the expiration of a catalog’s six-year time limit, you may select any subsequent catalog up to and including the current one, provided you are or were in attendance at the University during that academic year. You will need to submit the Undergraduate Certificate Declaration form to the Office of the Registrar.
- If your certificate program does not exist in the desired subsequent catalog, you must instead declare a different certificate, also using the Undergraduate Certificate Declaration form. If your certificate has changed names in the subsequent catalog, you must obtain signature approval from the academic department of the new certificate.
- Certificates are not recognized nor awarded at the commencement ceremony.
Application for Certificates
For information on applying for certificates, please visit the Application for Certificates.