Majors and Minors


Students must declare a major by the time they have reached 90 units. With the major departments, students have access to an Academic Advisor who can assist them with their progress through the major. View a complete list of undergraduate majors and degrees at UCSD on TritonLink.


A minor is a set of courses within a well-defined subject. Academic departments and programs may offer minors and the requirements vary by department. A minor is at least 28 units, including at least 20 upper-division units.

TMC hosts two academic minors:

Double Majors

Students who wish to explore a second academic program in depth may petition to declare a double major.  Double majors must be outside of the student’s current academic department (or school), and is available to students who have completed 90 units, but no more than 135 units, at the time of application.

Find out if double majoring is right for you. Come in to speak with an academic counselor today to review a possible double major.


Are you unsure what major to declare? Review the steps below to help you find the best major for you!

First ...

Identify Your Skills, Interests, and Values

  • What are your favorite academic subjects?
  • What extracurricular activities and interests have you pursued that may be related to or furthered by a major?
  • What personal goals and values do you want to work toward in your academic and working years?
  • What have you learned about your skills, interests, and values through work experience?


Career Services offers 2 computer-based programs designed to help you identify your skills, interests and values to form a foundation for your major exploration:

  • Focus
  • Type Focus

Please see the Career Services website for more information.

Second ...

Consider the Academic Possibilities

  • What do you hope to gain through a college education — a professional job? Status? Intellectual skills and stimulation?
  • Do you want a liberal arts or a technical education?
  • What major(s) here will best develop your primary skills and interests?
  • What are the demands and rewards of the major(s) you are considering? What are the special requirements?
  • Consider possible majors based on class size and availability, departmental philosophy and emphasis, reputation among students, faculty advisors and professionals, and course content and flexibility of academic requirements. How does this major compare with programs at other schools?


  • Discuss majors you’re considering with an academic counselor.
  • Talk to faculty advisors and seniors in the department(s) you’re considering.
  • Sit in on a few upper-division courses in that major.
  • Read the general catalog and handouts from the department(s), and compare possible UCSD majors with programs at other schools.
  • Attend programs sponsored by the college that are designed for the undecided student. This includes the Undeclared Majors Workshop held during Winter and Spring Quarters.

Three ...

Investigate Career Possibilities That May Be Related to Your Major

  • Although your major does not have to relate to your intended career goal, what are the typical and not-so-typical career possibilities related to this major?
  • Do these careers require graduate study or work experience for entry?
  • Consider career possibilities based on skills used, on work, people, and geographic environments they offer, on occupational outlook, and possibilities for advancement and career change.
  • What are the rewards and frustrations of the field(s) you’re considering?


  • Attend one of the career seminars sponsored by Career Services. These seminars provide you with an opportunity to listen to and talk with professionals in a field you are considering.
  • Read career literature in Career Services’ library. Review the Career Survey Handbook.
  • See an advisor in the Career Services Center.
  • Do informational interviews with professionals. Career Services can help you connect with professionals related to your field of interest.
  • Do volunteer work or an academic internship in a work setting related to your major or field of interest.

 Lastly ...

  • Develop an academic plan with your new major department.
  • See TMC Academic Advising to develop a curriculum plan that will integrate academic opportunities to help you achieve your academic and professional goals