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Definition: A minor is defined as a coherent group of courses which stands alone and provides a student with broad knowledge of and competency in an area outside the student's major.


  • A major and a minor may not be taken in the same degree program (e.g., a student majoring in history may not complete a minor in history, whereas a student majoring in crop science may complete a minor in plant protection).
  • The minor will be completed along with the requirements for the bachelor's degree. Courses in the minor may be used to satisfy major, support, and general education requirements.


  • Students who wish to complete a minor are to contact the department offering the academic minor as early as possible in the program and fill out the appropriate agreement form.
  • A minor consists of 24 to 30 units.  At least half of the units must be from upper-division courses (300- or 400-level), and at least half of the units must be taken at Cal Poly.
  • Not more than one-third of the courses in a minor can be graded Credit/No Credit (CR/NC), except for courses which have mandatory CR/NC grading.
  • A minimum overall 2.0 GPA is required for completion of the minor.  Prior to 3/29/2017, French, German and Spanish language minors must have a minimum overall 2.75 GPA. 


  • The minor is declared when the student requests a graduation evaluation in the Evaluations Office.
  • The completion of the minor will be noted on the student's transcript but will not be shown on the diploma. In no case will a diploma be awarded for the minor.

  • Check with the Office of the Registrar for online minor forms.

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