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Advising & Registration Information for Electrical and Computer (ECE) Engineering Students (CSE, EE and PR-ENGIN, with CSE or EE subplan)

Important Information: Follow the advising procedure outlined below. If you do not, a HOLD will be placed on your SPIRE account and you will be unable to register for classes and/or make changes to your schedule, until the HOLD is lifted.

Advising Procedure:

Step 1: March 10 - March 14 - Getting Started - Come to M5 (Marcus Hall, Room 5) to pick up your registration paperwork (a Curriculum Worksheet and a Course Selection Form) which are located directly outside the main door to M5.  You also need to sign up for an appointment with your faculty advisor.  Most advisors post advising hours on their office doors; otherwise, you should contact your advisor.  (Contact information is listed on the departmental website, as well as SPIRE).

Step 2: Getting read for your Advising Appointment - Print and review your SPIRE (unofficial) transcript and write each of the grades from your transcript in the appropriate box on your EE or CSE Curriculum Worksheet.  Enter a grade of "TR" for all transfer courses that are listed as being satisfied on your Academic Requirements Report (ARR).  Review your ARR online, but please do not print out the report.  When you have completed all of this, write out a draft of your academic plan for next semester. 

Step 3. March 25 - April 3:  Meeting with your Advisor - Go to your advising appointment prepared with your partially completed Course Selection Form, a copy of your SPIRE transcript, a completed Curriculum Worksheet and your draft of next semester's academic plan. You and your advisor will finalize your academic plan for Fall 2014 and you will both sign the Course Selection Form.  If you need to change the agreed upon academic plan later (e.g., because you failed to meet a minimum grade requirement in one of your classes this semester), you must first consult with your advisor.  Also if you go to your appointment unprepared, don't be surprised if your advisor asks you to reschedule your appointment.

Step 4. After your Advising Appointment - Return the signed Course Selection Form to Barbara Hastings, Marcus Hall, Room 203 (this will insure that an advising hold will not be placed on your SPIRE account).

Step 5. After your SPIRE Access Period Begins - Sign up for Fall 2014 classes beginning on the date and time shown on your Student Center page on SPIRE.

Requirements for Admission to either the CSE or EE Major: In order for an undergraduate to be admitted to the CSE or EE major, she or he must: be in good academic standing, be in the PR-ENGIN major and have earned a C or better in each of the following courses:

ENGIN 112 (Engin 110, 111 or 113 are also acceptable but ENGIN 112 is still a required course*); CMPSCI 121; PHYSICS 151; MATH 131; MATH 132; and ENGLWRIT 112.

*ENGIN 112 is a degree requirement in EE and CSE. If the student enters the major with ENGIN 110, 111 or 113, he or she must take ENGIN112 as soon as possible. ENGIN 112 is a prerequisite for ECE 232.

Note: A grade of C- in any of the courses listed above is insufficient for admission to the EE or CSE major and must be repeated.