The Importance of Preparing for a Major
Declaring and preparing for your major can help you be more successful in completing your transfer degree and in transferring to a university because...
- Many four-year universities require that prerequisite coursework be completed before acceptance.
- For many competitive majors (Business, Engineering, Education, and Sciences) it is imperative to plan for prerequisites within your first 30 college level credits.
- Many four-year universities give priority admission to students who have completed major preparation.
- Some four-year universities give declared majors priority registration for upper division major coursework.
- For some majors, postponing prerequisite course work may result in an additional one or more years of course work after completion of the associate degree before being admitted to the major department. Many majors only admit students once a year. Careful prerequisite planning aids in timely admission.
- Student financial aid funding could be jeopardized without careful major preparation planning.
- Some professional-technical degrees closely parallel the transfer degree and certain courses can apply to both degrees (i.e., Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, etc.). Early course planning can enhance these and similar programs.
The earlier in your college career you begin major preparation work, the more prepared you will be, and the more time and expense you will save. Advisors can help provide information about choosing a major and choosing courses that will help satisfy your selected major prerequisites.
Educational planning courses are available for elective credit each quarter as well as a variety of major planning and transfer workshops.
Major/degree planning worksheets are available in the entry and advising center, Laidlaw Center, 116. Comprehensive degree planning resources are available on the College’s website.
Always check with the college or university you plan to transfer to for specific requirements.