Capped Major Application

UC San Diego undergraduate students who would like to change from another major or undeclared into the DSC program may apply to the major via the Capped Major Application. Applications must be submitted on or before the deadline. 

We recommend that all interested students looking to switch majors meet with their current Major Advisor, College Advisor, and a DSC Advisor during drop-in advising. Prospective transfer students are strongly encouraged to meet with their College Advisor and a DSC Advisor to discuss their interest and ability to become a DSC major. Advising hours and instructions can be found on the Advising page of our website.

The Data Science Capped Major Application can be found on the UC San Diego Capped Major tool here: https://soeapp.ucsd.edu/cappedmajor/DSC  

Tentative 2021-2022 Capped Major Application Dates:

  • WINTER 2022:
    • Open to Students to Apply: Monday, January 3rd
    • Deadline to Apply or Make Changes: Sunday, January 16th
    • Offers of Admission Sent: Monday, January 17th to Friday, January 28th
    • Deadline to Accept/Deny: Friday, February 4th
  • SPRING 2022:
    • Open to Students to Apply: Monday, March 28th
    • Deadline to Apply or Make Changes: Sunday, April 10th
    • Offers of Admission Sent: Monday, April 11th to Friday, April 22nd

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Successful completion of the 3 screening courses: (MATH 18 or MATH 31AH), (MATH 20C or MATH 31BH), and DSC 10.
    • Courses must be completed at the time of the Capped Major Application to be eligible. Students may not have any outstanding grades for screening courses or any reason (e.g., Incompletes, pending Academic Integrity case, etc.)
  2. Students who entered UC San Diego as Freshmen must apply by the end of their 6th academic quarter at UC San Diego. 
  3. Students who entered UC San Diego as Transfer Students must apply by the end of their 3rd academic quarter at UC San Diego. 
  4. Students with 150+ units at the time of the application will need to submit a quarter-by-quarter (QxQ) plan for their remaining requirements to be reviewed by the DSC department and their college. QxQ plan must be emailed to dscstudent@ucsd.edu no later than the Capped Major Application deadline.
  5. Students are allotted 2 application attempts.

Selection Process:

  1. Students will be ranked based on their GPA in the 3 screening courses: (MATH 18 or MATH 31AH), (MATH 20C or MATH 31BH), and DSC 10.
  2. Grades from transfer credit will be used in calculating the GPA for the screening courses, but not overall GPA.
  3. Students with the same GPA in the screening courses will be ordered by their overall GPA.
  4. Students will be admitted according to their ranking based on the number of available seats. If there are more students at a given rank than the available seats, random selection will be made from among the students at that rank to fill in the remaining seats.

Time to Degree Considerations:

Students who entered UC San Diego as Freshmen: 

Students must be on track to complete DSC 30 and DSC 40A prior to their 3rd year at UC San Diego to be on track for an on-time graduation. Prospective students in their 2nd year are strongly encouraged to meet with a DSC Advisor during drop-in hours to review their long term plan for the major. Advising hours and instructions can be found on the Advising page of our website.

Students who entered UC San Diego as Transfer Students: 

Currently, the DSC major requires a minimum of 8 quarters for transfer students to complete. To remain on this 8-quarter transfer plan, transfer students must be on track to complete DSC 30 and DSC 40A prior to their 2nd year at UC San Diego. Prospective transfer students are strongly encouraged to meet with a DSC Advisor during drop-in hours to review their long term plan for the major. Advising hours and instructions can be found on the Advising page of our website.

Prospective Double Majors:

Double Major Restrictions: Students majoring in the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Department are not able to pursue a DSC double major.

All students who wish to add DSC as a 2nd major must first be accepted through the Data Science Capped Major Application. Once accepted, students will then submit their Double Major Petition materials for review. Students who intend to double major with another Capped Major should pay close attention to the instructions provided in the Capped Major acceptance message.

Please carefully read and review the Double Major Petition Instructions on the Petition Instructions page of our website. This page currently includes information for both DSC majors and non-DSC majors. Also, please refer to the How to Declare a Double Major page of your TritonLink for more information on this process and to access the necessary documents. To reiterate, students must receive approval from both departments before submitting their materials (Double Major Petition, Academic Planning Worksheet, and Statement of Purpose) to their College for final approval.