Each of OSU’s undergraduate colleges and academic programs has unique procedures for declaring majors in their area. Here is guide to help you understand these various processes.

College of Agricultural Sciences

  1. If major is known, email the department Lead Advisor to receive advising. 
  2. After receiving advising, change-of-major paperwork will be completed during the appointment.
  3. Students must be in Good Academic Standing to declare, which includes a minimum cumulative 2.0 OSU GPA. Example, if a student has a 2.30 OSU cumulative GPA, but their record shows Academic Warning (individual term below 2.00 GPA), they will not be able to declare until they return to Good Standing.
  4. If unsure about a major, contact the Academic Programs Office via email at [email protected].

College of Business

  1. Students interested in pursuing a business major or a design major must schedule an appointment to meet with an advisorStudents may also call 541-737-3716 or stop by 122 Austin Hall to schedule an appointment.
  2. Students interested in Apparel Design or Interior Design must apply to those studio based majors once they meet the eligibility requirements.
  3. Non-business majors and minors are encouraged to meet with a College of Business advisor any time throughout the term other than during priority registration.

College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science

  1. Students need to schedule an advising appointment to declare.
  2. No restrictions to declare.

College of Engineering

  1. First-Year student visit the following page to connect with an academic advisor
  2. Second year students and beyond should connect directly with the appropriate school advising office to declare the major.
  3. Student must meet (remotely) with an advisor prior to having the forms signed/process triggered.
  4. Any student beyond the first-year cannot declare a pre-engineering or general engineering. All transfer students and readmitted students will go directly into their major. 

College of Education

  1. Prospective Education students are encouraged to start by attending a Pre-Education Orientation Session to learn more about teacher education programs at OSU and declare the Double Degree (if desired). Details about the dates/times of the sessions are available on the College of Education website

College of Forestry

  1. Students wanting an overview of all COF majors may schedule an appointment with Autumn Granger.
  2. Students interested in a specific major within Forestry should schedule an appointment with a major advisor. Change-of-major paperwork will be completed during the appointment.

College of Liberal Arts

  1. Visit the College of Liberal Arts Students Services Virtual Lobby or send an email to [email protected] or via CLA FInd My Advisor to declare.
  2. No GPA restrictions to declare, except for Liberal Studies & Digital Communication Arts – but to graduate may need to repeat any D’s in a major
  3. To declare Liberal Studies, you must have a cumulative 2.0 GPA and you must submit a Liberal Studies plan of study and Essay for approval
  4. Digital Communication Arts (DCA), requires a cumulative 2.0 GPA to enter the program.
    • Students interested in declaring DCA need to meet with an advisor ahead of a potential switch into the major.
  5. Art, pre-Graphic Design, email Felix Oliveros or follow this link to schedule an appointment.
  6. Music, email Kristin Rorrer or follow this link to schedule an appointment.

College of Public Health and Human Sciences

  1. Students interested in changing or adding a major in Public Health and Human Sciences should schedule an appointment with a major advisor. The Change-of-major process will be completed during the appointment.
  2. PHHS minors: PHHS allows students to apply to add the minors (Nutrition, Public Health, Environmental & Occupational Health, Human Development & Family Sciences, Health Management & Policy, and Exercise Physiology) through an on-line process
  3. PHHS programs require a C- or better in any coursework already taken for the major/minor. Some programs incorporate higher GPA requirements (see MyDegrees or department websites).

College of Science (includes Pre-Pharmacy majors)

  1. No restrictions to declare, except in CHEM. The Chemistry department requires that students must be in Good Academic Standing to be able to declare their major.
  2. Student should contact Lead Advisor within the major for intake and signature.


  1. It is a very common experience for students to realize that their initial major choice is not the right fit. If that is your experience, do not panic! UESP is here to help you figure out which major direction at OSU is the right fit for you. You are welcome to switch to UESP or even just consult with one of our advisors. Either way just requires that you make an appointment as we want to make sure we have enough time to have a good conversation with you.
  2. Call our office at 541-737-8144 or use this site to book with one of our advisors online
  3. A student must meet (remotely) with a full-time advisor to declare in UESP.
  4. No restrictions to declare, but UESP students need to schedule and see an advisor every term before they can register.

Requirements for Double Degrees, Dual Majors, Honors Degrees, Certificates

Registrar’s website 10/08/2021

Information on Making a Change of OSU Campus 

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