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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

If it is LESS than 48 hours prior to your RRO session, please attend the RRO Major Change Zoom meeting on your RRO Schedule and do not submit the form below.

 

If it is MORE than 48 hours prior to your RRO session, 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

I wanted to major in engineering, business or biology, but my major is listed as eXplore 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, Whitacre College of Engineering, and majors in Biology, Microbiology and Cell & Molecular Biology.

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 into and eXplore major.

While in eXplore, you will enroll in core curriculum and pre-requisite math courses. Explore students benefit from the highly personal, success-oriented advising provided by University Advising.

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.

What is eXplore?

eXplore is a designation which provides personalized advising on your path to confirming a major and minor! There are six eXplore designations including: Public Service, STEM, Business & Industry, Arts & Humanities, Social Science, and Multidisciplinary. Some eXplore students are working towards completing pre-requisites to declare their major of interest; meanwhile, other students collaborate with eXplore advisors to identify their best fit academic path! Once students meet departmental pre-requisites to declare, students are assisted by advising staff through the process of transferring to their major of choice.

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.

What is a "COBA" major?

In order to ensure student success, the Rawls College of Business (COBA) has established minimum requirements and expectations for undergraduate business students. All students will be classified as COBA upon admission to TTU and will apply to a specific major during RRO. A minimum cumulative 2.75 Texas Tech GPA is required to progress in 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 degree-granting 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.

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

The College of Education offers a minor in athletic coaching that requires 18 hours and can be completed entirely through online courses. This minor is primarily designed for College of Education students who want to teach a content area in high school and be a coach, but is open to all students.

**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.

Another major option is kinesiology or 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 Tasklist 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 Sciences & Humanaties (HSH) and one minor, environment and the humanities (EVHM). Students in the HSH 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?

If it is LESS than 48 hours prior to your RRO session, please attend the RRO Major Change Zoom meeting on your RRO Schedule. 

If it is MORE than 48 hours prior to your RRO session, 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.