Advising Plans
Plan your courses strategically to prepare you for whichever major best suits your needs, passion, and path. Also, consider a minor if it suits your interests and plan.
It is important to review your proposed plan with an advisor; your course plan may be different based on many factors (incoming students, especially freshmen, can use plans.ucsd.edu). Consult the department whose major you wish to declare for instructions on admission into that major. Many computational majors are capped so you should contact the major department as soon as possible. Do your best to land in your major by the start of your junior year.
For specific questions about a major of interest, please contact that respective department for specific information.
1st Year Plans ( Freshmen )
Major  Fall  Winter  Spring 

Bioengineering / Biology / and Chemistry Bioinformatics 
CSE 8A

CSE 8B MATH 20B 
CSE 12 MATH 20C 
**Cognitive Science with a special. in Computation or HCI  CSE 8A MATH 20A GE 
CSE 8B CSE 20 or Math 15A MATH 20B 
CSE 12 CSE 15L MATH 20C GE 
*Math Computer Science  CSE 8A MATH 20A GE 
CSE 8B CSE 20 or Math 15A MATH 20B 
CSE 12 CSE 15L MATH 20C GE 
Music / Visual ArtsInterdisciplinary Computing and the Arts  CSE 8A VIS 1 MUS 4 GE 
CSE 8B CSE 20 or Math 15A GE 
CSE 12 CSE 15L VIS 41 GE 
Physics with a special. in Computational Sciences  CSE 8A MATH 20A CHEM 6A GE 
CSE 8B CSE 20 or Math 15A MATH 20B PHYS 4A 
CSE 12 CSE 15L MATH 20C PHYS 4B 
* Get to Linear Algebra and Multivariable Calculus as quick as you can (opens up MATH 109 and UD Math courses)
** Most CogSci courses are offered once a year, so plan accordingly. Also, math and programming requirements are
prerequisites for most upperdivision CogSci Computation courses so get them out of the way ASAP.
1st Year Plans (Transfers)
Major  Fall  Winter  Spring 

Bioengineering / Biology / and Chemistry Bioinformatics  CSE 12 CSE 15L CHEM 6B GE 
CSE 30 CSE 20 or MATH 15A CHEM 6C 
CSE 21 CHEM 7L PHYS 2A BILD 94/CSE 191 
Cognitive Science with a special. in Computation or HCI  CSE 12 CSE 15L COGS 1 GE 
CSE 30 CSE 20 or Math 15A COGS 14A COGS Elective 
CSE 21 COGS 14B COGS Elective 
Math Computer Science  CSE 12 CSE 15L MATH 109 GE 
CSE 30 CSE 20 or Math 15A MATH CSElective 
CSE 21 MATH CSElective MATH CSElective 
Music / Visual ArtsInterdisciplinary Computing and the Arts  CSE 12 CSE 15L MUS 170 (ICAM Music) GE 
CSE 30 CSE 20 or Math 15A MUS 171 (ICAM Music) 
CSE 21 MUS 172 (ICAM Music) GE 
Physics with a special. in Computational Sciences  CSE 12 CSE 15L PHYS 100A PHYS 105A PHYS 110A 
CSE 20 PHYS 100B PHYS 105B PHYS RE 
CSE 30CSE 21 PHYS 120 PHYS 130A PHYS RE 
Note: this plan assumes completion of some transfer coursework. Talk to your major advisor to craft your personal plan.