Change of Major

Current Students

Change of Major

Prospective Students

Contact Info

Office of Student Services
120 Behrakis Health Science Center
Tel: 617.373.3320 | Fax: 617.373.8994
bouvestudentservices@neu.edu

Office Hours
8:30am to 5:00pm | M-F

Did you know? You can check your advisor’s walk-in hours and/or schedule an appointment online through myNEU (Self-Service tab, Advising Resources channel, Advisor Calendar link).

Welcome to the Change of Major information page for the Bouvé College of Health Sciences. This page is designed to be your first step in considering an internal transfer into one of our majors. It is intended for current Northeastern University undergraduate school students only. All other prospective students should refer to the University Admissions website. You may also find some helpful information on our transfer page. Please read this information carefully. After you have reviewed it, you can contact or meet with an advisor if you have additional questions.

1. Reflection

Begin the transfer process by exploring your interest in changing majors. Examine your goals, skills and values to ensure that they are a good fit for the major and career you are considering. Make sure you understand the academic and professional practice involved in your field of choice. We recommend the following resources:

  • Talk to your current faculty and/or academic advisor.
  • Set up an appointment with an advisor in Career Services. You can do this on the Career Services tab on your myNEU. You can also access Career Services information online.
  • Read course descriptions for the classes that you would be taking for the new major. You should be interested in the class work of your proposed major! You can find course descriptions here.
  • Look online for more information about Healthcare Careers at websites such as www.explorehealthcareers.orgwww.discovernursing.comwww.aacp.orgwww.apta.org, www.asha.org, and www.asph.org
  • Shadow a professional in your field of interest.
  • Volunteer at a hospital, rehab center, clinic or in a research setting.

2. Process

After reviewing the information on this website, schedule an appointment with an Academic Advisor in 120 BK. A list of advisors can be found in the Contact section below. Please set up your appointment via your myNEU account.

At this meeting you will review your interest in your new major, course requirements, and the Year of Study that you will fit into for your program of choice.

Students are required to submit the following for internal transfer:

  • Completed Change-of-Major Application Form
  • Unofficial transcript from Northeastern
  • Unofficial transcript from any other schools attended
  • Personal Statement referencing your science studies and detailing what compels you to be interested in your new major

Applications can either be e-mailed to the Bouvé Office of Student Services advisor in your major of interest, or delivered in person to the Bouvé Office of Student Services front desk in 120 Behrakis Health Sciences Center.

Reviews will take place in May and December, with the final review deadline on the last day of classes each semester unless otherwise noted below.

Denial: If you do not meet the entrance criteria required for admittance, we will be unable to offer you admission into the program at the time of application.

Direct: If you meet the entrance criteria for your new major, your petition will be approved and processed and you will receive a confirmation email that you have been changed into your new major.

3. Entrance Criteria

Health Science and Combined Majors:

Change of Majors in Health Science will be reviewed on a monthly basis, from September to April. Any student who meets the following criteria is eligible for entry:

  • Overall GPA of 3.000 or better
  • Required science GPA of 3.000. For BIOL, CHEM, MATH courses you must have a C- or better
  • For all professional courses (courses with HSCI, HLTH or PHTH prefix) you must have a C or better
  • Completion of Biology 1 with lab, with a grade of C or better
  • Completion of Chemistry 1 with lab, with a grade of C or better
  • Completion of Calculus 1, with a grade of C or better

Nursing:

Change of Majors will be reviewed twice per year, in May and December.  Admission is based on meeting the criteria below and as space allows for lab and clinical experiences.

  • Overall GPA of 3.000 or better
  • Required science GPA of 3.000
  • If you have taken Developmental Psychology (PSYC 3404), you must have received a C or better
  • Completion of Mathematical Thinking (MATH 1215) or Calculus 1 (MATH 1241) with a grade of C or better
  • *Completion of Anatomy & Physiology 1 (BIOL 1117 and 1118) with lab, with a grade of C or better
  • *Completion of General Chemistry with lab (CHEM 1101 and 1102) and Microbiology with lab (BIOL 1121 and 1122) for May admits, General Chemistry with lab (CHEM 1101 and 1102) or Microbiology with lab (BIOL 1121 and 1122) for December admits, with a grade of C or better

* BIOL 1117/8 (A&P 1); CHEM 1101/2 (Gen Chem), BIOL 1119/20 (A&P 2) and BIOL 1121/2 (Micro) are required to begin the NRSG curriculum. If necessary, non-COS courses will be reviewed for equivalency.

Early-Assurance Pharmacy (PharmD) or BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences:

Change of Majors will be reviewed on a monthly basis, from September to April.  Any freshman/sophomore student who meets the following criteria is eligible to be considered for entry:

  • Overall GPA of 3.00 or better
  • Required science GPA of 3.00. For BIOL, CHEM, MATH, PHYS courses you must have C or better with a 3.00 overall GPA. The following exceptions apply:
    • Must complete Biology 1 with lab (BIOL 1111 and BIOL 1112), with a grade of B or better
    • Must complete Chemistry 1 with lab (CHEM 1211, CHEM 1212, and CHEM 1213), with a grade of B or better
  • S on all co-ops
  • 3.00 GPA to start co-op

The Pharmacy program has specialized accreditation standards. Students with GPA below 3.000 are not eligible for entry and all applications are reviewed by the School prior to acceptance. Students admitted to the PharmD or BS Pharmaceutical Sciences major will need to adhere to the progression policies specified for their program. See the current edition of the Undergraduate Catalog for details.

Physical Therapy:

Any student who meets the following criteria is eligible to be considered for entry:

  • Overall GPA of 3.000 or better
  • Required science GPA of 3.000
  • Completion of Anatomy & Physiology 1 with lab, with a grade of C or better
  • Completion of Chemistry 1 with lab or Physics 1 with lab, with a grade of C or better

The Department of Physical Therapy has specialized accreditation. Students with GPA below 3.000 are not eligible for entry. Students admitted to the Physical Therapy major will need to adhere to progression policies to enter the third year of the program, also known as the P1, professional year of the program.

Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology:

Change of Majors will be reviewed on a monthly basis, from September to April.  Any student who meets the following criteria is eligible to be considered for entry:

  • Overall GPA of 3.00 or better
  • Required science GPA of 3.00. For A&P, PHYS, MATH courses you must have a C or better.
  • For all professional courses you must have a B- or better
  • Completion of Calculus 1 (MATH1241) or Mathematical Thinking (MATH1215) with a grade of C or better
  • Completion of Anatomy & Physiology 1 with lab (BIOL 1117 & BIOL 1118) with a grade of C or better
  • Completion of Physics 1 (PHYS 1145/6) with lab, with a grade of C or better

4. Additional Information about Bouvé

The Bouvé College of Health Sciences curricula all have a strong science component; as such students wishing to be admitted to Bouvé as change of major students must demonstrate strong performance in lab science courses prior to full admission.

All change of major applicants should familiarize themselves with the academic progression policies of their intended major before applying. Some majors require a 3.0 GPA to enter the professional phase of the program. The School of Pharmacy requires an interview to enter the professional phase of the program. Policies can be found in the Academic Progression Policies.

Change of major applicants should also review the provided program plans for your major of interest to see what Year of Study you will fit into. Summer coursework may be an option to make up one or two classes that you are missing. Professional classes (starting in HSCI, HLTH, NRSG, PHMD, PHSC, PHTH, PT, and SLPA) must be taken at Northeastern. A Bouvé Office of Student Service advisor will help you to determine exactly where you will fall in the curriculum.

We strongly recommend students talk to their financial aid advisor in 354 Richards Hall to find out the financial implications of your proposed change.

5. Contact

Health Science

Physical Therapy

Nursing

Katherine Podgurski

k.podgurski@northeastern.edu

Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Combined Majors and Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology

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