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Advising and Registration Information for Chemical Engineering (ChE) Majors

The details of how registration advising is going to be handled was emailed to Chemical Engineering students on Thursday, March 12 at 12:30 PM EST, with the subject line, “Registration Advising Update *MAJOR CHANGES*”. It is extremely important that you read and follow all instructions.

If you have further questions, you may email Tami at: paluca@ecs.umass.edu.

 

Advising and Registration Information for Chemical Engineering (ChE) Majors

  • October 13 - 15 All ChE and Pr-Engin (with a ChE sub-plan) students with a primary advisor on the ChE faculty sign up for an advising appointment. You may choose to schedule an appointment with your faculty advisor or the advising coordinator (Matt Langer).  Please watch for instructions from your faculty advisor or the advising coordinator. (Your faculty advisor is listed on your student page in SPIRE.)  If you are Pr-Engin with a ChE sub-plan, but your primary advisor is not from the ChE faculty, you should follow the general Pre-Engin Instructions, available here:  http://engineering.umass.edu/current-students/academics-advising/registration/advising-and-registration-information-et
  • October 19 – 30: Advising meetings will be held. Seniors are encouraged to meet with their advisors or the advising coordinator early in the advising period so they can register for the courses needed for graduation. Once you both agree on a course plan, your advisor or the advising coordinator will sign your Course Selection Form.
  • After meeting with your advisor or the advising coordinator and before 4pm on October 30: Confirm that your registration hold has been lifted.  If you meet with the advising coordinator, your appointment will be lifted at the end of the meeting.  If you meet with your faculty advisor, your hold will be lifted when your faculty adviser emails the completed course selection form to the Advising Office.   If you still see an advising registration hold after you have met with an adviser, please contact the adviser you met with and confirm that the hold will be removed ASAP.


Registration Materials:

You are required to have the following Registration materials with you when you meet with your advisor or the advising coordinator:

  1. A copy of your Academic Requirements Report (from SPIRE).
    In SPIRE, select "Academics" from the main menu, then select "Academic requirements".  You can then save it as a pdf.
  2. Curriculum Flowchart showing completed courses with grades and current courses. A fillable pdf version of the curriculum flowchart is available https://che.umass.edu/worksheets-forms.
  3. Course Selection Form, completed to the extent possible.  A fillable pdf of the course selection form is available https://ece.umass.edu/sites/default/files/CSF%20fillable%2020-0326.pdf.

When using the fillable pdf forms, make sure you download the form and save it BEFORE you input information. The forms are designed NOT to save information entered into them as a website to prevent any leak of personal information.
 

Advising Procedure:

  • Please arrive at the assigned zoom meeting room on time with a draft of next semester’s academic plan. E-mail your forms to the person you are meeting with at least 24 hours before your meeting. When you complete the form, include:
    • Name, ID number, major, email, and cell phone and intended major/sub-plan if applicable.
    • For courses you are currently taking, fill in department and course number (e.g. Che 330), course title (e.g. Fluid Mechanics), # of credits, and Gen Ed code if applicable.
    • In the right column, fill in the courses you propose taking next semester (based on the Curriculum Flowchart).
    • In the next section please check any boxes that apply.
  • Students should bring a Curriculum Flowchart with the previous grades reported in each box for the classes that have been completed. Mark with an "X" the classes currently being taken.
  • Check SPIRE to make sure there are no time conflicts in your plan and that the courses you propose are being offered next semester.
  • Discuss your proposed schedule with your advisor or the advising coordinator.  You should also discuss any problems you are having, questions you have, or advice you need.
  • When the advising session is finished, the faculty adviser will e-mail the completed course selection form to the Advising Office.  Their e-mail will act as their signature.  Based upon that e-mail, the HOLD will be released on your registration.   You will not be able to sign up for classes until that HOLD has been lifted.
  • The Course Selection Form is a plan based on a mid-semester discussion between Student and Advisor concerning the appropriate courses to take during the next semester. If your interests change, and depending on the grades you receive at the end of the current semester, you may need to change your plan and/or repeat courses. All changes should be discussed with your advisor or the advising coordinator.
     

Notes:

  1. Admission to a BS degree program in engineering requires a grade of C or better in English 112, Math 131, Math 132, Physics 151, Chem 111 or Physics 152, a first semester engineering course (Engin 100, 110, 111, 112, 113, or 114) and a 2nd semester engineering intro course satisfying the major requirement (ChE 120, CEE 121, ECE 122, or MIE 124). Students must also have a cumulative and most recent Fall or Spring Semester GPA of 2.0 or higher. *Chem 111 may be satisfied by taking the Honors equivalents: Chem 121H.
  2. A student must maintain a cumulative GPA of C (2.0) in the core Chemical Engineering courses to remain in good standing in the major. To graduate with a degree in Chemical Engineering, students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 in the core Chemical Engineering program.
  3. The department will remove students from Chemical Engineering courses if the students do not have the appropriate course prerequisites or if the student's Chemical Engineering cumulative GPA falls below 2.0. It is the student's responsibility to make sure they have passed the appropriate prerequisites for each course. (Individual faculty that teach each course during the semester can make exceptions to this policy.)