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Changing Your Major

A Change of Curricula (CODO) occurs when a Purdue West Lafayette student requests to transfer to a program in another college or school in the University. To prepare for a successful CODO, students should review and meet all of the requirements which have been set forth by the College of Science for their program of interest. CODO requirements vary within the College and will not be waived. The College of Science recommends the following process to ensure a successful CODO process.

  1. Talk to your current advisor
    Work closely with your current advisor to understand and complete the CODO requirements of the College of Science program you would like to pursue.  
  2. Talk with an advisor in your program of interest (optional)
    Connect with the College of Science during non-major drop-in times to discuss your CODO plan. 
  3. Start the CODO process with your current advisor
    The College of Science will receive your request electronically. 

 

Helpful Resources for Changing Your Major (CODO)

Special Notes:

  • Computer Science: Due to high enrollment in the program and space limitations, CODO is not guaranteed even when requirements are met. Visit CS CODO requirements for more information. As a space restricted program, Computer Science has an application deadline of 5pm the Friday of finals week each term (fall, spring, and summer)
  • Data Science: Students wishing to be considered for the Data Science program will complete a survey outlining their interest in the program. Select the Data Science CODO or Dual Degree Application to complete the survey in addition to submitting a CODO request through your advisor. Due to space limitations in the program, CODO is not guarenteed even when requirements are met. As a space restricted program, Data Science has an application deadline of 5pm the Friday of finals week each term (fall, spring, and summer)
  • Biology: Due to high enrollment in the program and space limitations, CODO is not guaranteed even when minimum requirements are met. As a space restricted program, Biological Sciences majors (including Science Education with a Biology Education concentration) have an application deadline of 5pm the Friday of finals week each term (fall, spring, and summer)
  • Mathematics with Computer Science major (MACS) is a space available basis only major.  Currently, there is no space available for the addition of students to this major, and space it not anticipated in the immediate furture to open or be added.  Students should seek alternative pathways to career options in this area.  Considerations may include the addition of a Computer Science minor for students currently majoring in a Mathematics programs or the addition of a Mathematics minor for students currently majoring in a Computer Science program.  Students may also consider the Data Science – Mathematics major which will be available for students with a graduation timeline of Spring 2025 or after.
  • Archived CODO Requirements

Requests to Add or Change Programs within the College of Science

The University CODO process is not used when a College of Science student requests a change of major or addition of a program or major within the College. The student's advisor will apply the CODO requirements for the requested program to determine if a program may be added or changed. 

Dual Degree policy

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