As an undecided engineering student in the A. James Clark School of Engineering, please know the Office of Undergraduate Advising & Academic Support is here to support you on your journey to declaring an engineering major. We encourage students who are uncertain as to which engineering discipline to pursue to select undecided engineering for their first year or three semesters within the Clark School.

Engineering students tend to have a strong background in science and mathematics; however, continuous education in these fields is required for a successful future.  We recommend you start your path to a successful career by exploring all of the majors available to you.  Please begin by watching a virtual information session.

What is undecided (undeclared) engineering?
Students directly admitted to the Clark School of Engineering who would like additional time to explore the variety of engineering majors we have to offer can select undecided engineering before declaring their major. Engineering students are encouraged to select their major as soon as possible but must choose no later than the end of the third semester.  Please know your interests and goals may shift over time so this path may provide the most flexibility.

What engineering majors can undecided engineering students declare at UMD?
Effective September 12, 2017 students in the A. James Clark School of Engineering may request a change or major/declaration of major to any of the other engineering majors.  Current engineering students who wish change their major should submit a request for Declaring/Changing major within Engineering.

Where do undecided engineering students go for advising and/or assistance?
Undecided engineering students are encouraged to meet with an academic advisor and should reach out to the Office of Undergraduate Advising & Academic Support for assistance by calling (301) 405-9973 and requesting an appointment. Undecided engineering students will be required to meet with one of our advising team members to have their mandatory advising block (hold) removed.

What classes might I enroll in as an undecided engineering student?
The freshman and sophomore years in engineering are designed to lay a strong foundation in mathematics, physical sciences, and the engineering sciences upon which the student will later develop a professional program during the upper division (junior and senior) years. During the first two years, students are introduced to the concepts of engineering design and work in multidisciplinary teams. The School course requirements for the freshman and sophomore years are similar for all students, regardless of their intended academic program, thus affording the student maximum flexibility in choosing a specific engineering specialization. For an overview of all of our curriculum, please visit our Four-Year Plan website.


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