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Petitions are written requests for an exception to a published policy. All petitions are considered an exception and as such are not always approved. It is recommended you speak with an academic advisor before submitting a petition. The petitions below represent the most frequently utilized petitions for the College of Engineering. Individual majors and departments within the College have their own petitions (e.g., faculty approval of electives). The Office of the Registrar also hosts a number of petitions (e.g., complete withdrawal, incomplete, and graduate course registration).
Undergraduate Petition for Change of Major/College
The Petition for a change of major/college is used any time a student is requesting to change majors or declare a double major. For students wishing to change out of the College of Engineering, please consult with the advisor in your intended major to ensure that you have met that major's requirements for the change. If you determine that you must remain in the College of Engineering while completing coursework to attain eligibility for the change into your desired major, please consult with the College of Engineering Undergraduate Studies Office.
For students wishing to change in to the College of Engineering, please take a look at the change of major requirements for your intended major and meet with the advisor in that major.
Proposal for a Double Major
Anyone petitioning for a double major must complete this form as well as the Undergraduate Petition for Change of Major/College.
Download: Proposal For A Double Major
Proposed Study Plan
Any student requesting to stay in the College of Engineering beyond 4 years to complete a degree, or add an academic program such as a minor or certificate, must complete a study plan. The plan must be approved by the major advisor and the College of Engineering.
Download: Study Plan (including explanation for request)
Students requesting reinstatement or readmission to the College, students on academic probation, and students who repeating required major courses are also required to submit study plans. The plan must be approved by the major advisor before being submitted to the College of Engineering for review.
Download: Study Plan
Petition to Withdraw from a Course
Used to request a withdraw from a single course after the drop deadline but before the end of the quarter. Requests to drop a course after the deadline are only approved in situations where circumstances outside of the student's control had a detrimental effect on the student's ability to complete and to participate in the course. The student must provide documentation supporting their request (e.g., thorough medical documentation). Please note that the instructor's signature does not constitute approval of this petition. The final decision rests with the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the College of Engineering.
Used to request a withdraw from a single course after the drop deadline and after the end of the quarter ("Retroactive Withdrawal"). The same petition may be used to request a retroactive drop or withdrawal from a single course or multiple courses. Retroactive petitions are rarely granted, consistent with campus precedent. The student must provide documentation supporting their request (e.g., thorough medical documentation). Please note that the instructor's signature does not constitute approval of this petition. The final decision rests with the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the College of Engineering.
Download: Petition to Withdraw from a Course
Petition to Add a Course
Used to request to add a course after the add deadline. Requests to add a course after the deadline are only approved in exceptional circumstances in which the student was prevented from adding the course prior to the deadline.
Download: Petition to Add a Course
Petition for Second Repeat
Used to request to repeat a course for the second time (i.e., take a course for a third time). Students must provide rationale as to why the course is being repeated again and why they believe they will be successful the third time. Students making this request will be placed on Academic Probation and must complete the course with a B or better.
Download: Petition for Second Repeat
Petition for Excess or Deficit Program
Excess: Used to request to take more than 21 units in a quarter or less than 12 units in a quarter. Excess requests are reviewed alongside a thorough review of the student’s grades and progress in the major. The College will not accept this petition until you have enrolled in courses during Pass 2. The petition should accurately report the courses you are enrolled in and those you are petitioning to add during Pass 3.
Deficit: Deficit requests are only considered in two situations:
- Where circumstances outside of the student's control had a detrimental effect on the student's ability to perform well in the class. The student must provide documentation supporting their request. The final decision rests with the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the College of Engineering.
- Students who are in their final quarter before graduation. Students in their final quarter may request a deficit load and, if approved, also request a partial fee reduction from the Office of the Registrar. To be eligible for a fee reduction, you also need to complete the Request for Partial Fee Reduction form and submit it to the Office of the Registrar prior to the first day of instruction. Office of Registrar form download: Request for Partial Fee Reduction. Please note fee reductions may impact financial aid. Please consult with the Financial Aid Office for additional information.
Download: Petition for Excess or Deficit Program
Petition to Receive Degree Credit for Extension Courses
If you wish to take courses via UC Extension and wish to have the courses applied to degree requirements, this form needs to be submitted prior to enrollment. Courses taken via Extension will not count toward your residency requirement. Students on academic probation or previously dismissed from the College may not be eligible to take Extension courses. Please consult with the College of Engineering advising office.
Petition to Enroll in a Graduate Course
Used to request to enroll in a graduate level course (courses numbered 200+). Students may only petition if they have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and have taken at least 12 units of upper-division coursework with a grade of B or better in the subject of the graduate course. Graduate courses completed by undergraduate students will not apply toward graduate degrees, unless taken while enrolled in a combined BS/MS program.
Download: Petition to Enroll in a Graduate Course
Petition to Use Minor/ Double Major for Depth Requirement
Students wishing to use an approved minor or double major to fulfill the depth requirement need to complete a petition. Please submit the petition after you've complete the requirements for the minor/major or in your final quarter, whichever is first. Approved majors and minors appear in the GEAR publication.
Petition for Graduation Matters
The Petition for Graduation Matters is a general-purpose petition. It should be used for any course substitution requests, such as EAP courses for General Education, concurrent enrollment requests, or any other request not covered by the petitions listed above.
Download: Petition for Graduation Matters