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How to Declare a Major in the College of Engineering

To Change Your Major to Engineering:

  1. Read through the information below carefully.
  2. Look at our Undergraduate Majors to determine which major interests you.
  3. Attend an information session or meet with an advisor (if all information session dates have passed.)
  4. Fill out Change of Major Form only after meeting ALL criteria, including published grades in SPIRE.

INFORMATION SESSIONS

Current students who wish to change their major to Engineering should attend an information session before scheduling an individual advising appointment. Although it is not advised, you can request to change your major without attending a meeting. For more information please call the Engineering Office of Student Affairs (413) 545-2035

  • SPRING 2019 MEETING DATES
    • Tuesday January 23, 10:00 a.m. in Gunness Student Center Conference Room (through Marcus Hall Cafe)
    • Wednesday January 24, 10:00 a.m. in Gunness Student Center Conference Room (through Marcus Hall Cafe)
    • March Pre-Registration TBA: check back later!

Criteria for on-campus change of major:

Students in other majors on campus must meet the following criteria to be eligible to enter the College of Engineering as a PR-ENGIN major:

  • Academic good standing
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better
  • C or better in Math 131, EnglWr 112 and either Chem 111 or Physics 151

You must apply and be admitted to the College no later than your fourth semester at the University. Use a Change of Major Form only upon meeting eligibility criteria above.

Change of majors are processed at the end of each semester, after grades have been finalized by the Registrar’s Office.

 

Engineering Course Override Request

BEFORE FILLING OUT THIS FORM: Check course restrictions on SPIRE to be certain you need an override.

In general for spring overrides, students should contact the engineering department overseeing the desired course to request an override. Please include your full name and ID number, as well as a phone number where you can be reached. Please also make sure your course schedule is free of time conflicts and that you have adequate credits available to enroll in an additional course:

  • Chemical Engineering: Tami Paluca (paluca@ecs.umass.edu)
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering: Jodi Ozdarski (ozdarski@ecs.umass.edu)
  • Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering: Fill out the ECE override request form
  • Mechanical and Industrial Engineering: Dorothy Adams (dadams@umass.edu) Note that Engin 113 is full and cannot accept requests. Students should enroll in Engin 100.
  • Biomedical Engineering: Engin 114 is full and will not accept requests. Students should enroll in an alternative Intro to Engineering course.

Please Note: an override will not enable you to enroll in the course via SPIRE. Rather, it is a request for the College or Department to enroll you into the course.

 

I am a PR-ENGIN. How do I get into my engineering major?

Each engineering department has specific criteria for admission. PR-ENGIN student records are audited twice a year, and are automatically transferred to the major upon achieving these criteria:

Grade of C or better in:

  • English Writing 112
  • Math 131
  • Math 132
  • Engin 100, 110, 111, 112, 113, or 114
  • Physics 151
  • Chem 111* or Physics 152
  • Second semester Engineering Introductory Course satisfying Major Requirement by discipline:
    • Biomedical: ECE 122
    • Chemical: Chem-Eng 120
    • Civil: CE-Engin 121
    • Electrical and Computer: ECE 122 (students entering UMass fall 2016 or later) or CMPSCI 121 (students entering UMass before fall 2016)
    • Mechanical and Industrial: M&I-Eng 124 (or Chem-Eng 120 or CE-Engin 121 or CMPSCI 121)
  • Both cumulative, and most recent semester (Fall or Spring term), GPA of 2.0 or above


*Chem 111 may be satisfied by taking the Honors equivalent: Chem 121H

Notes:

  • A C- or lower is not sufficient to satisfy the requirement.
  • Intro to Engineering courses (100, 110, 111, 112, 113, and 114) are interchangeable for admission to majors. For example, if a student takes Engin 110 (Intro to Chemical Engineering) and then decides to major in Civil Engineering, he/she does not need to take Engin 111.

 

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