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Verify Your Major

One of the items on your Tasklist asks you to verify the major we have on record for you.

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Why is it important to verify my major?

At Red Raider Orientation, you will meet with an academic advisor from the college that you were admitted into. If you are considering changing your major, it is recommended you do so before attending RRO to ensure that you get the most out of your advising and class registration sessions.  Additionally, scholarship and financial aid opportunities may differ for each academic major.

Information About Selecting a Major

If you do not meet the entrance requirements for your chosen application major once you are admitted, your major will automatically be changed to your second choice upon admission. If you did not select a second choice or if your second choice is also restricted, you will be placed into University Undeclared.

Please note: It may take up to 48 hours for any major change requests to appear.

Uncertain about your major?

How to Change your Major

To change your major:

  1. Log into your Raider Connect account at www.raiderconnect.ttu.edu
  2. Go to your “My Applications” tab
  3. Select Major Change
  4. Choose your desired major from the available options, then click save.

Please allow up to 48 hours to process this request.

NOTE ON RESTRICTED MAJORS: If you have been admitted to the University at the time of your request, the options for changing your major could be restricted due to additional requirements of some programs. You will be allowed to select a major from the programs that you are qualified to enter.Please refer to information on admission requirements for specific colleges to see if you are qualified for restricted majors.

 FAQ

Major Changes

Why is my major listed as Pre-Engineering?

Students who do not meet the assured admission requirements, but are still admitted to Texas Tech, are initially admitted to the PreEngineering program.

While in PreEngineering, you will enroll in normal university core curriculum and engineering math courses. PreEngineering students benefit from the highly personal, success-oriented, and career-focused advising provided by University Advising during your first academic semester.

To change into foundational engineering, students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and at least 12 hours of Texas Tech coursework.

What is foundational engineering?

All new students who have met assured admission requirements are admitted to the Whitacre College of Engineering. During your first year, you will initially work to complete a foundational engineering curriculum within your emphasis area.

Although your major will be listed as "Foundational Engineering" during your first year, you will still work toward your engineering emphasis area: chemical, civil, computer, construction, electrical, environmental, industrial, mechanical, petroleum, or computer science.

I wanted to major in business or biology, but my major is listed as undeclared or another major. Can I switch back to the major I want?

Admission to Texas Tech University does not guarantee admission to majors the Rawls College of Business, and majors in Biology, Microbiology and Cell & Molecular Biology.

All business majors have enrollment restrictions for incoming first year students (see below). If you applied to a restricted major and did not meet the assured admission requirements, you were either admitted into your second major choice or as an undeclared student.

If you still want to pursue a degree in your first choice, don't worry; many TTU students apply to these restricted majors after their first year.

Please refer to information on admission requirements for specific colleges to learn more about restricted majors.

What is a "COBA" major?

In order to ensure student success, the Rawls College of Business Administration (COBA) has established minimum requirements and expectations for undergraduate business students. All students will be classified as COBA pre-business students until they have successfully completed the lower division coursework with a minimum cumulative 3.0 Texas Tech GPA. Students will then apply to a specific major within the Rawls College of Business.

I want to be a Nurse. What should my major be?

Pre-nursing is considered a designation at Texas Tech; it is not a major. Students designated as pre-nursing are advised by Pre-Professional Health Careers and will take the prerequisite nursing courses at Texas Tech in order to apply for admission to the School of Nursing at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center (or other nursing program) to complete their degree.

What is pre-advertising, pre-electronic media, pre-journalism, pre-media strategies or pre-public relations?

All students interested in earning a bachelor's degree in the College of Media and Communication, including transfer students, are initially placed into pre-major status. The pre-major serves as an opportunity for students to gauge preparation for more advanced courses. You will work with your academic advisor to meet the requirements to be fully admitted into your major.

I want to be a coach or work in the health and fitness industry. What should I major in?

The College of Education is now offering three new programs for students interested in coaching careers. A degree in multidisciplinary studies with a minor in coaching prepares students to teach math or science at the middle school level, grades 4 – 8, and gain the skills necessary for coaching in all sports. Multidisciplinary science with a minor in coaching prepares students to teach biology at the secondary level, grades 8 – 12, while gaining necessary skills for coaching sports in high school.

**Prior to Red Raider Orientation, you will need to verify only your major. During RRO, you can work with your academic advisor to declare a minor.

A second major option is kinesiology and sport management, through the College of Arts & Sciences. This degree prepares individuals for professional careers, advanced graduate study, and entry into allied health programs (e.g., physical therapy, occupational therapy, medical school).

I am in the Honors College. Why does my "college" and major say something else?

The Honors College curriculum is completely independent of your major. The Honors College offers honors courses throughout the various academic colleges at Texas Tech. Therefore, students of all majors can participate in the Honors program. If you are accepted into the Honors College, your college listed within the RRO registration system and on the Admitted Student Dashboard will be associated with the academic major you chose on your ApplyTexas admissions application.

There is no "Honors" major. Students enroll in an academic program in a college of their choice AND they enroll in the Honors College at the same time; so most honors students have dual enrollment in two colleges. The Honors College offers one major, honors arts and letters (HAL) and one minor, environment and the humanities (EVHM). Students in the HAL program enroll only in the Honors College.

Students who apply to the Honors College at Texas Tech will have a primary academic advisor in the college of the major they are pursuing, AND will also have an Honors College advisor who will help guide them in selecting courses to meet the honors requirements. At Red Raider Orientation, you will meet with both your primary academic advisor and your Honors College advisor.

If you have questions about the Honors College, please email honors@ttu.edu or call (806) 742-1828.

How do I change my major?

To change your major:

  1. Log into your Raider Connect account at www.raiderconnect.ttu.edu
  2. Go to your “My Applications” tab
  3. Select Major Change
  4. Choose your desired major from the available options, then click save.

Please allow up to 48 hours to process this request.

NOTE ON RESTRICTED MAJORS: If you have been admitted to the University at the time of your request, the options for changing your major could be restricted due to additional requirements of some programs. You will be allowed to select a major from the programs that you are qualified to enter.Please refer to information on admission requirements for specific colleges to see if you are qualified for restricted majors.

If you are considering changing your major, it is recommended you do so before attending RRO.