Choosing Your Major/Curriculum
Choosing your major does not need to be a daunting task. Almost one quarter of our First Year students enter as Curriculum Deferred (undecided major) and declare by the end of the year.
It is recommended that undecided students define a list of all possible majors of interest. Based on the requirements for each of these programs, students should select courses that will keep their options open for as long as possible. This is easy to do for the first year, but gets increasingly difficult over time. You should also be sure to meet with the Undergraduate Chair for each of your interested majors.
Each year at pre-registration time, the school offers informational seminars on choosing your major. Watch for announcements concerning these programs. Also, Career Services occasionally offers seminars to help students select a major.
If you are Curriculum Deferred and you are ready to declare a major/curriculum, click here.
If you have already declared a major/curriculum but would like to CHANGE to something different, please download this form and follow the step-by-step instructions.
Check Out Engineering 101
If you know you want to be an engineer, but need help determine which field of study to pursue, Engineering 101 (EAS 101) is for you. EAS 101 is a hands-on introduction to all branches of engineering at Penn. The course centers on a series of laboratory experiences in each department from Bioengineering to Systems Science and Engineering. Use EAS 101 to discover what field of engineering interests you most.
Undergraduate Programs By Department
Use the links below to review the undergraduate program offerings in each of the departments. You can find a list of the Undergraduate Coordinators for each major by clicking here.
- Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
- Computer and Information Science
- Electrical and Systems Engineering
- Materials Science and Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics