Policies on Majors and Minors
Choosing a Major • Departmental DUS • Major in A&S • Major in Engineering • Interdisciplinary Major • Changing Majors or Advisers • Double Majors • Restrictions for Double Majors • Double Natural Sciences Major • Eng Majors with Second Major in A&S • Declaring a Minor
Directors of Undergraduate Studies
a Major in Arts and Sciences [Top]
a Major in Engineering [Top]
Students who select the Biomedical Engineering major must be accepted into the program at the time of application for admission. The student’s offer of admission to the university will indicate either:
On a space available basis, BME may accept a limited number of students into the program after the freshman year based on the overall academic credentials of each applicant. However, this option is exercised very infrequently by the BME department.
Students may also select the more general “undecided engineering” category on the admissions application to enter the WSE. It is recommended that undecided engineering students select a specific major no later than the end of freshman year.
This major requires the support of a faculty advisor and the approval of the Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee. A student wishing to complete this major must work with a full-time faculty member from the Homewood campus to construct a curricular plan of past and future course work. This plan should offer a list of courses representing 45 to 60 credits. These courses can include all related prerequisites and related courses, such as language study. Independent study, research, and internships may be included. Twenty-one of these credits must be earned at the 300-level or higher. Courses from the School of Engineering are not permitted, except by petition.
The written proposal should show how each of these courses provides insight on a given topic, concept, issue, time period, etc. There is no need to defend the principle of interdisciplinary study, as that is a given, but the student must show that the courses from two or more departments represent a conceptual whole.
After receiving approval from a sponsoring faculty advisor, the student then works with Dean John Bader in the Office of Academic Advising to finalize the proposal and to present it to the Curriculum Committee, consisting of faculty and undergraduates, who must approve the proposal by majority vote. After approval, the student continues to work with the faculty advisor and Academic Advising to oversee completion of requirements.
Majors or Advisers [Top]
After students in Engineering have enrolled at Hopkins, they may change their major or their faculty advisor by completing a Change of Major form available from the Office of the Registrar (75 Garland) or the Office of Engineering Advising (126 NEB). Note that students may declare the BME major only as entering freshmen or as one of a limited number of students accepted into the program after the freshman year based on the overall academic credentials of each applicant and on space available.
Completion of the Change of Major form requires that a student contact the director of undergraduate studies in the new major department to be assigned a new faculty advisor. The completed Change of Major form should be submitted to the Registrar’s office.
Upon graduation, a notation is placed on the academic record acknowledging completion of requirements for the additional major(s). A student with a double major receives the degree (B.A./B.S.) associated with the student’s primary major. Completing a second major does not entitle the student to a second degree. When completing a double major, students need only satisfy the distribution requirements of one of the majors.
Applying to Double Majors [Top]
Majors with a Natural Sciences Area Major
Students with a Second Major in Arts and Sciences
Official recognition with notation on the academic record is not given for completion of majors or minors at other divisions of the university or at other colleges.