Major Qualification, Petitioning to Declare, and Appeals

Major Qualification Policy

Admission to the mathematics majors (all concentrations) and minor is contingent on students successfully passing the following introductory courses or their equivalents:

  • Mathematics 19A, Calculus for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics, Or Mathematics 20A, Honors Calculus
  • Mathematics 19B, Calculus for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics, Or Mathematics 20B, Honors Calculus
  • MATH 21, Linear Algebra
  • MATH 23A, Multivariable Calculus
  • MATH 23B, Multivariable Calculus
  • MATH 100, Introduction to Proof and Problem Solving
Students should submit a petition to declare as soon as they complete the major qualification (MQ) courses or reach their declaration deadline quarter (whichever comes first). Students who receive two grades of NP, C-, D+, D, D-, or F in the introductory courses are not eligible to declare in the major or minor. Students who are not eligible to declare may appeal. The advising office will subsequently notify the student, and the college of the decision, no later than 15 business days after the submission of the appeal.

Petition to Declare

Log into MyUCSC and submit the Petition for Major/Minor via MyUCSC as soon as you have met major qualification requirements and/or reach your declaration deadline quarter, whichever comes first.  


  • If you are not yet logged into MyUCSC, the petition can also be accessed by going to MyUCSC and navigating to the Student Homepage and selecting the Undergraduate Student eForms tile > Petition for Major/Minor.


Once you submit your petition it can take up to 10 business days to receive a response. 

Students petitioning when the campus declaration deadline is imminent (i.e. in their sixth quarter, for students admitted as frosh), will either be approved, denied, or provided with conditions (e.g. completion of some courses with certain grades) that will be resolved within at most one more enrolled quarter, even if they have not completed major qualification (MQ) courses.

For students Declaring a Double or Minor

For students Declaring a Combined Econ/Math Major





Once a student no longer satisfies the qualification criteria they may appeal by writing a letter to the Mathematics Undergraduate Vice Chair. A student does not need to be finished with the qualification coursework to appeal. The UG Vice Chair will review and respond to appeals within 15 business days. Please submit your appeal through the google form in the link below:

Mathematics Department Major Appeal Form