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Deciding on a Major at CSUSM

It’s okay to be undeclared! If you’re not sure of what you want to major in yet, you are not alone. At CSUSM, about 10% of students are undeclared when they first arrive on campus. Look at these national statistics (National Center for Education Statistics, 2013):

  • About 80% of students in the United States change their major at least once.

  • On average, college students change their major at least 3 times over the course of their college career.

During your first year, you will be able to sample a wide range of courses, many of which will count toward the general education requirements that you'll need for graduation.  Exploration and discovery are all part of your first year experience at CSUSM.  As you take courses and adapt to college life,  you will be gaining information and developing the life skills you need to be able to make good decisions. Along the way, we have excellent resources to help you decide what's right for you.

It is important to know the Nursing and Biological Sciences majors at CSUSM are currently impacted (they have more qualified students interested in declaring the major than can be accommodated at this time), resulting in additional criteria for acceptance into the major. Current students may not declare these majors. 

If you’re unsure of how to start the process of deciding your major, follow our suggested steps below where you will find more detailed information to help you find the right major for you: