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Restricted Undergraduate Majors

Note: This information is subject to change. Consult the department of the major you’re interested in to confirm that the requirements are current. Visit the department website for additional detailed program information.

Please note: University College students must meet with their Academic Advisor in order to declare any of the following majors to ensure admission requirements are met. Schedule an Appointment on Navigate.

COLLEGE OF THE ARTS

Department of Art and Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts – Illustration

  • 3.00 cumulative GPA (recommended)
  • Prospective Illustration students must undergo a Portfolio Review (see requirements)
  • To begin the process, please contact Christina Rodriguez-Unalt, tufarorodric@montclair.edu

Bachelor of Fine Arts – Product Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts – Visual Communication Design

Bachelor of Arts – Fashion Design and Merchandising

  • 2.75 GPA required
  • Prospective students cannot declare the major using the Change of Major form process on NEST. Students should instead contact Dr. Abby Lillethun via email at lillethuna@montclair.edu to request a major change into Fashion Design and Merchandising.
  • For more information, please contact Dr. Abby Lillethun, 973-655-4102, lillethuna@montclair.edu

Minor in Fashion Design or Fashion Merchandising

  • 3.00 overall GPA required
  • Suggested sequence of completion requires at least four (4) semesters. Students are encouraged to apply for the minor no later than the fall semester of their junior year.
  • For Fashion Design:
    • Please note: Certain courses in the minor must be taken sequentially, as they are pre-requisites for the later courses. The following courses require successful completion of the following pre-requisite courses:
      • ARTX 355 requires successful completion on MKTG 240 and ARTX 201
      • ARTX 426 requires successful completion of ARTX 120, ARTX 226 (offered only in the spring), ARTX 201, ARTX 298, and ARTX 321
      • ARTX 422 requires successful completion of ARTX 426
  • For Fashion Merchandising:
    • Please note: Certain courses in the minor must be taken sequentially, as they are pre-requisites for the later courses. The following courses require successful completion of the following pre-requisite courses:
      • ARTX 355 requires successful completion of MKTG 240 and ARTX 201
      • ARTX 398 requires successful completion of ARTX 298 and ARTX 321
      • ARTX 410 requires successful completion of ARTX 360
  • For more information, as well as suggested course sequence, please contact: Dr. Abby Lillethun, 973-655-4102, lillethuna@montclair.edu

School of Communication and Media

Bachelor of Fine Arts – Animation/VFX

  •  3.00 cumulative GPA (recommended)
  • Prospective Animation/VFX students must undergo a Portfolio Review (see requirements)
    • In addition to the above, prospective students must also submit a statement of interest (cover letter) and 2 letters of recommendation
  • To begin the process, contact Lauren Carr, 973-655-7281, carrl@montclair.edu

Bachelor of Fine Arts – Filmmaking

John J. Cali School of Music

Students looking to schedule an audition for the listed programs should follow the directions outlined on the Cali School – Apply Page. Further questions regarding the audition process can be directed to the Audition Coordinator – Linsay Setzer – at musauditions@montclair.edu.

Bachelor of Music – School and Community Settings with Voice, Guitar, Instrumental or Keyboard Primary

  • Audition on primary instrument (or voice), and interview with music education faculty
    • Please note: Students whose ultimate degree goal is Music Education or Music Education/Special Education will be accepted in this program before final acceptance into the Teacher Education Program in their sophomore or junior year.

Bachelor of Music – Jazz Studies

  • Audition on primary instrument (or voice) via video submission only.
    • Please note: A live audition may be requested after the video review.

Bachelor of Music – Performance (Voice, Instrumental, or Keyboard)

  • Audition on primary instrument (or voice)

Bachelor of Music – Theory/Composition

  • Audition on primary instrument (or voice), interview, and portfolio review

Bachelor of Music – Music Therapy with Voice, Guitar, Keyboard, or Strings, Brass, Woodwind, and Percussion Primary

  • Audition on primary instrument (or voice), and interview
    • As part of the interview, candidates are required to sing a song from any genre of music (popular, rock, jazz, blues, show, etc.) while self-accompanying on piano or guitar. Use of basic chords to support the harmonies of the song — versus precise, written accompaniment — is fully acceptable.

Minor in Music

  • Restricted to students previously or currently declared into one of the John J. Cali School of Music’s programs.

Department of Theatre and Dance

Bachelor of Fine Arts – Acting

  • Audition and interview (See requirements)
  • Essay, letter of recommendation (2), resume, recent headshot or school photo, copy of transcripts, application, audition fee ($50)
  • Contact: Kim Whittam, Life Hall, Room 005A, 973-655-7201, whittamk@montclair.edu

Bachelor of Fine Arts – Musical Theatre

Bachelor of Fine Arts – Production & Design

  • Portfolio review and interview (See requirements)
  • Essay, letter of recommendation (2), resume, recent headshot or school photo, copy of transcripts, application, audition fee ($50)

Bachelor of Arts – Theatre Studies

  • No audition or interview required, however a meeting to learn more about the program and its curriculum is recommended
  • Contact: Jessica Brater, Life Hall, Room 440, 973-655-3259, braterj@montclair.edu

Bachelor of Fine Arts – Dance

Bachelor of Arts – Dance Education

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AND HUMAN SERVICES

Department of Nutrition and Food Studies

Bachelor of Science – Nutrition and Food Science (Concentration in Dietetics)

  • 3.20 GPA required
  • Completed NUFD 150, NUFD 192, MATH 109 and CHEM 113
    • Earned a C or higher in dietetic (DPD) coursework
  • Contact: Maddalena Antosiewicz, University Hall, Room 2154, 973-655-6681, antosiewczm@montclair.edu

Department of Exercise Science and Physical Education

Bachelor of Science – Exercise Science (Concentration in Clinical and Pre-Professional Studies)

Bachelor of Science – Physical Education (Concentration in Physical Activity in Educational Settings

  • 2.75 GPA required for Sophomores; 3.00 for Juniors
    • Students seeking teaching certification must also complete Teacher Education Program requirements.
  • Contact: 973-655-5253, espe@montclair.edu

Department of Family Science and Human Development

Bachelor of Arts – Family Science and Human Development (Concentrations in Family Services or Families, Children, and School Settings)

Teacher Education and Certification

Application required. Learn More and Apply Here.

Prospective students are encouraged to request an appointment on Navigate with the Teacher Education Admissions, Recruitment and Diversity team to learn more about the admissions process, attend information sessions (held throughout the academic year) or contact the Center of Pedagogy directly via email at TEAdmissions@montclair.edu.

Annual Application Deadlines:

  • September 15 for Spring admission
  • February 1 for Fall admission
    • Applicants to the Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Program with Dual Certification can only apply in the spring (February 1).

If these dates fall on either a Saturday or Sunday, students have until the following Monday to submit their application. 

Requirements for All Certifications

  • Completion and submission of Teacher Education Admissions Application by the designated deadline (see above)
  • Passing standardized test score(s) (Praxis Core, SAT, or ACT (PDF))
  • 3.00 cumulative GPA required for applicants to a single certification program; 3.25 cumulative GPA required for applicants to the Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Program with Dual Certification
    • An applicant with an overall major GPA of 2.75 or higher may apply for admission but must complete the Supplemental Essay as part of the application process.
  • Meeting the minimum required GPA for respective major
  • Demonstrating evidence of satisfactory written (essay) and oral skills (interview)
  • Submission of a professional resume and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member

Pre-K through Grade 3 or Elementary Education K-6 Certification

  • 3.00 cumulative GPA required
  • Prerequisites for application:
    • Completion of the following courses with a C or higher: PSYC 101, CMST 101, ECEL 200, FCST 214, and EDFD 221
    • Completion of 9 – 11 credits in respective major coursework
      • Math majors must complete 11 credits, including:
        • Calculus I
        • Calculus II
        • One (1) additional course that requires Calculus II as a prerequisite (i.e., MTHM 201)
  • Continue with “Requirements for All Certifications” (see above)

P-12 Subject Area Certifications (e.g. Math, English, etc.)

  • Prerequisites for application:
    • Completion of the following courses with a C or higher: SASE 210, EDFD 200 (or one of the equivalent courses, PSYC 200 or FSHD 216)
    • Completion of 9 – 11 credits in respective major coursework
      • Math majors must complete 11 credits, including:
        • Calculus I
        • Calculus II
        • One (1) additional course that requires Calculus II as a prerequisite (i.e., MTHM 201)
  • Continue with “Requirements for All Certifications” (see above)

Combined Dual Degree/Certification Program

  • Complete the course requirements for your certification area (see above)
  • 3.25 cumulative and major GPA required
  • Additional essay and interview required
COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

Bachelor of Arts – Language, Business and Culture (All Concentrations)

Department of Political Science and Law

Bachelor of Arts – Jurisprudence, Law and Society

  • 3.00 GPA at the completion of 24 college credits at Montclair State University or at transfer institution
  • Students must meet one of the following criteria:
    • Top twenty percent of high school graduating class OR an overall minimum 3.00 GPA in the student’s first three courses in the Jurisprudence major
  • Contact: Ian Drake, Dickson Hall, Room 208, 973-655-7223, drakei@montclair.edu

Department of Justice Studies

Bachelor of Arts – Justice Studies

COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS

Department of Biology

Bachelor of Science – Biology, Molecular Biology

Certain pre-qualified students may be accepted into the major; others will need to complete the following:

  • 2.50 overall GPA required
    • Please note: The Biology, Molecular Biology, and Coastal Science majors have retention policies. By the end of their second semester in the major (i.e. spring), students must maintain a minimum 2.50 GPA and have completed the following courses: BIOL 112 or BIOL 113, CHEM 106 or CHEM 120, and MATH 111 or AMAT120 with a C- or better.
  • Departmental meeting required
  • Contact: Dr. Dirk Vanderklein, Science Hall, Room 116, 973-655-5265, vanderkleid@montclair.edu

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Contact: Saliya Desilva, Richardson Hall, Room 356, 973-655-5140, desilvas@montclair.edu

Bachelor of Science – Chemistry, Biochemistry

There is no GPA requirement for either of these programs.

  • Successful completion of MATH 111 with a C- or higher
  • Successful completion of CHEM 120 with a C or higher

Bachelor of Science – Chemistry (Concentration in Business)

  • 2.70 overall GPA required
    • Please note: Students may only apply for this program after their freshman year.
  • Successful completion of MATH 111 with a C- or higher
  • Successful completion of CHEM 120 with a C or higher

Department of Computer Science

Bachelor of Science – Computer Science, Information Technology

  • 3.00 overall GPA required or an average grade of a B in the courses listed below
    • Please note: The above majors have a retention policy. Students must earn passing grades during their first two semesters with a C- or higher in the following courses while maintaining a minimum 2.65 cumulative GPA: CSIT 104, CSIT 111, CSIT 170 and MATH 111 (or MATH 122 or AMAT 120)
    • Failure to meet the above requirements will lead to removal from the major, unless the Department of Computer Science determines that the student can satisfy the above requirements if given one more semester to do so.
      • The above courses require the following pre-requisite courses or placement(s):
        • CSIT 104 requires successful completion of MATH 100 with a C- or higher, or placement into MATH 111
        • CSIT 111 requires MATH 111 as a co-requisite, if not already completed, or placement directly to Calculus I

Bachelor of Science – Data Science

  • 3.00 overall GPA required or an average grade of a B in the courses listed below
    • Please note: Data Science has a retention policy. Students must earn passing grades during their first two semesters with a C- or higher in the following courses while maintaining a minimum 2.65 cumulative GPA: CSIT 104, CSIT 114, CSIT 170 and MATH 111 (or MATH 122 or AMAT 120)
    •  Failure to meet the above requirements will lead to removal from the major, unless the Department of Computer Science determines that the student can satisfy the above requirements if given one more semester to do so.

Minor in Computer Science 

  • 3.00 overall GPA required or an average grade of a B in the courses listed below
  • Successful completion of the following courses with a C- or higher: CSIT 104, CSIT 111, CSIT 170 and MATH 111 (or MATH 122 or AMAT 120)
    • Please note: The above courses require the following pre-requisite courses or placement(s):
      • CSIT 104 requires successful completion of MATH 100 with a C- or higher, or placement into MATH 111
      • CSIT 111 requires MATH 111 as a co-requisite, if not already completed, or placement directly to Calculus I

Minor in Data Science

  • 3.00 overall GPA or an average grade of a B in the courses listed below
  • Successful completion of the following courses with a C- or higher: CSIT 104, CSIT 114, CSIT 170 and MATH 111 (or MATH 122 or AMAT 120)
FELICIANO SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

Prospective Feliciano School of Business students must have a minimum of 12 college credits completed for admission into any of the following degree programs.

Contact: Eric Moskovitz, Feliciano School of Business, Room 170, 973-655-6815, moskovitze@montclair.edu

Bachelor of Arts – Economics

Bachelor of Arts – Hospitality, Sports, Events and Tourism

  • 2.50 overall GPA required
    • Please note: Hospitality, Sports, Events and Tourism has a retention policy. Students must maintain a minimum 2.30 major GPA. 
  • Contact: Yawei Wang, 973-655-4099, wangya@montclair.edu

Bachelor of Science – Business Administration (All Concentrations)

Bachelor of Science – Business Administration (Concentration in Finance)

  • 3.00 overall GPA required; 2.50 Business Major GPA required
    • Please note: The Finance concentration has a retention policy. Students must maintain a minimum 2.50 major GPA.

Bachelor of Science – Accounting

  • 3.00 overall GPA required; 2.70 Business Major GPA required
    • Please note: The Accounting major has a retention policy. Students must maintain a minimum 2.70 major GPA.

Minor in Business

  • 2.75 GPA required
    • Please note: All majors are allowed to declare a Minor in Business except for current Business Administration (any concentration) students. 

Minor in Business Relationships and Professional Selling

  • 2.50 GPA required

Minor in Finance

  • 2.50 GPA required
    • Please note: Only current Feliciano School of Business students are eligible to declare a Minor in Finance, with the exception of students majoring in Economics (Concentration in Asset Management) and Business Administration (Concentration in Finance).

Minor in International Business

  • 2.25 GPA required
    • Please note: All majors are allowed to declare a Minor in International Business except for current Business Administration (Concentration in International Business) students.
SCHOOL OF NURSING

The School of Nursing only accepts eligible, incoming first-time freshmen directly into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

Internal transfers into the School of Nursing are not permitted through change of major requests.

All current undergraduate students should schedule an appointment with their academic advisor on Navigate to discuss parallel academic pathways to healthcare-related fields.

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE

University College only accepts eligible adult students (25 years or older) who are returning to college to complete their unfinished studies in the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies online degree completion program.

All current undergraduate students who do not meet the minimum criteria for admission should schedule an appointment with their academic advisor on Navigate to discuss their academic options at the university.

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