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Advising & Registration Information for Electrical and Computer (ECE) Engineering Students

Important Notice: Everyone will have a "service indicator (code-RAC)" on their SPIRE accounts, which prevents enrollment and which can be removed only by meeting with an advisor and turning in a signed Course Selection Form to Ms. Barbara Hastings in Marcus 207. 

Advising Procedure:

Step 1: March 6 - March 10, 2017:   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. (Make sure you pick up the correct worksheet).  You also need to sign up for an appointment with your faculty advisor using UMass Apps.  Your advisor should send you a link for scheduling an appointment calendar. If you do not receive an email, contact Ms. Barbara Hastings (Marcus 207, 545-2441,  for assistance. 

Step 2: Getting ready 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 21 - March 31, 2017:   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 2017, 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 Ms. Barbara Hastings, Marcus Hall, Room 207This is how you will get the RAC service indicator removed from your SPIRE account, which is the ONLY way you will be able to preregister for Spring classes. 

Step 5. After your SPIRE Access Period Begins - Sign up for Fall 2017 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, the student must:  (1) be in good academic standing, and (2)  have earned a C or better in each of the following six courses:

ENGIN 112 (Engin 110, 111 or 113 are also acceptable*); ECE 122 or COMPSCI 121**; PHYSICS 151; MATH 131; MATH 132; and ENGLWRIT 112.

*A course in Digital Systems is a degree requirement for EE and CSE majors. If a student enters the major with ENGIN 110, 111 or 113, then you should take ECE 221 as soon as possible. Either ENGIN112 (Fall 2014 or earlier) or ECE 221 (Fall 2015 or later) is a prerequisite for ECE 232.

** Students who entered PR-ENGIN in Fall 2016 or later must complete ECE 122; all others must complete COMPSCI 121.  To find out if you qualify for an exception,contact Prof. Bill Leonard (

Note: A grade of C- in any of the courses listed above is insufficient for admission to the EE or CSE major and should be repeated.  To apply for an exception, contact Prof. Bill Leonard, (