Effective January 2, 2019: The Change of Major process pertains to current Northeastern University undergraduate day school students. Only NU undergraduate day school credentials are considered in the Change of Major process. Coursework completed prior to matriculation in the Northeastern undergraduate day school will not be considered.

Step 1

Schedule a meeting with an academic advisor in the requested major. Program requirements and foundational coursework will be discussed at this time. Appointments may be made online through the myNortheastern appointment calendar.

College of Engineering Undergraduate Academic Advisors by Major:

  • Bioengineering
    Meghan Severance (Last Names A-C)
    Eve Young (Last Names D-Z)
  • Chemical Engineering
    Meghan Severance (Last Names A-K)
    Lara Obadowski (Last Names L-Z)
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering
    Russ Rakouskas
  • Computer & Electrical Engineering
    Nicole Diamond
  • Industrial Engineering
    Joy Erb
  • Mechanical Engineering
    Roy Dalsheim (Last Names A-G)
    Katherine Bradley (Last Names H-N)
    Laura Kenney (Last Names O-Z)
  • Undecided Engineering (First-year only)
    Krystal Ristaino

Step 2

After meeting with an academic advisor, complete and submit this petition by the deadline for the term:

  • March 22, 2019 – Deadline for students to apply for change of major effective Summer 1 2019
  • June 28, 2019 – Deadline for students to apply for change of major effective Fall 2019

Step 3

Academic records are reviewed at the end of the term. Students will be notified after grades are posted.

Direct Admission

A major change will be processed for students who meet direct admission criteria, effective the following term.  After admission into the College of Engineering, students may register for courses restricted to College of Engineering students.

Direct Admission Criteria:

  • Minimum cumulative Northeastern Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0
  • Grade of B- or higher in one required math course and one required science course as indicated in the current engineering curriculum
  • No more than one deficiency (I, W, U) in any previous math or science coursework as indicated in the current curriculum

Transitional Term

Students who do not meet the direct admission criteria will be allowed a transitional term the following semester, while remaining in their home college. To be eligible for a transitional term, students must be in good academic standing, with a cumulative Northeastern undergraduate day GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Transitional term criteria:

  • Students must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours (full-time student status)
  • Each transitional term student must review their planned schedule with the academic advisor for their intended major and complete a Transitional Term Agreement Form, the terms of which must be agreed to by the academic advisor and student, and are considered binding to complete the change of major into the college. 
  • Students must earn a term GPA of 2.7 or higher during the Transitional Term, with no math, science or general engineering grade below a B-.

Important Note: Only one term may be taken on a transitional basis. Students who do not achieve entry to the College of Engineering after a transitional term must have a discussion with their home college academic advisor to identify another major.