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Advising and Registration Information for Biomedical Engineering (BME) Majors

Fall 2022 BME Registration Notes

Biomedical Engineering Majors and Pre-Engin BME students.

Summary of Steps

  1. Log onto Spire and check either (1) your enrollment appointment date (found on the right hand side of your SPIRE home page, click “details” to find your specific start time), or (2) the total of your completed credits to determine what group you will register with (three ways to check listed below)
    1. From Spire go to Main Menu -> Academics -> Unofficial Transcript
    2. From Spire go to Main Menu -> Academics -> My Grades
    3. From Spire go to Other Academic Drop Down -> ARR No Shopping Cart
  2. Review your ARR & the BME Curriculum, then complete the fillable Course Selection Form (CSF), attached and also available on the BME Undergraduate Students webpage.
  3. REQUIRED: Email the Course Selection Form (CSF) to Natalia Kolk at or John Amante at before your enrollment appointment (see below for a schedule & advisor suggestion). Students who do not submit the CSF will not have their advising hold removed, and will not be able to register for classes.
  4. Optional: Schedule a remote advising appointment through Navigate as directed via a provided link (Registration Advising campaign emails will be sent March 25th – April 11th).
  5. Drop-in advising hours will be available on Zoom if you have a quick question to ask and don’t need a full advising appointment. Details are also provided on the BME Undergraduate Students webpage.
    1. Zoom link for drop-in advising only:
    2. Drop-in Advising hours: (starting Monday, March 28th)
      i. Monday & Wednesday 11:00am-1:00pm
      ii. Tuesday & Thursday 1:00pm-3:00pm
  6. Fall 2022 BME Override requests can be submitted online beginning April 11th (they will be processed beginning April 27th). The link will be provided on the BME Undergraduate Students webpage. Please do not submit overrides before your enrollment appointment date, or before you attempt to enroll yourself.

Registration Schedule (based on your academic level):

Academic level (for the upcoming year)

Spring SPIRE enrollment appointment dates

Submit CSF no later than:

Schedule an advising appointment during these dates:

Suggested advisor:

Seniors (87 + credits)

April 11th-12th

Monday, April 4th

March 28th – April 11th


Juniors (57 – 86 credits)

April 14th – April 15th  

Wednesday, April 6th

April 1st  – April 14th Natalia/John

Sophomores (27-56 credits)

April 20th – April 22nd  

Wednesday, April 13th

April 7th – April 21st

Freshmen (0-26 Credits) April 25th – April 26th Monday, April 18th   April 15th – April 25th John

Make-up appointments

If you missed, did not schedule advising, or submit the CSF prior to your enrollment appointment


April 26th – May 1st  

See above

Required Registration Process

Pre-Registration Advising is mandatory for undergraduates in Engineering to enroll in courses on SPIRE for next semester. See SPIRE to determine when your enrollment appointment opens. Students must discuss their course plan with an advisor before they can enroll as advising holds will need to be lifted prior to class registration. Additionally, if you fail to contact your advisor before your enrollment date, you are not guaranteed a seat in the class(es) you need.

BME Advising will be provided both in-person and remotely. All students assigned a BME advisor will receive an email with detailed instructions. The first step will be to complete the Course Selection Form (CSF) and email the PDF to a BME advisor. After that, there will be options to make an appointment (Zoom, in-person, or drop-in) with Natalia or John if you feel you need additional guidance.

Advisor Contact Info:      

Admission to the Major/Continuation Policy 

To be admitted to the BME major, or continue in the major, a student must complete, with a grade of C or better, the following courses: Math 131 and Math 132; Engineering 114 (or any of the following: Engineering 100, 110, 111, 112, or 113); CS 119, ECE 122, or CS 121; Physics 151; and Chemistry 111. A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 and the most recent semester GPA of 2.0 are also required. NOTE: transfer students from on- or off-campus who have not completed the Introduction to Engineering course (100, 110-114) should contact Natalia Kolk to discuss their course options.

Curriculum Planning

Advisors offer assistance, but they do not plan the student’s course of study. Curriculum worksheets are only guides as not all required courses are offered every semester. Please inform Natalia Kolk now about any problems that arise from anticipated course offerings. NOTE: The BME time scheduling grid will be available on the BME Undergraduate Students webpage if you are planning your schedule before classes are available in SPIRE.

Academic Requirements Report (ARR)

This report is used for graduation clearance. Each student should check their ARR on SPIRE and let Natalia Kolk ( know if there are any errors or omissions, particularly regarding transfer credits, AP credits, elective courses, and GenEd courses. Please review your ARR prior to your advising meeting.

Course Selection Form (CSF)

The Course Selection Form (CSF) is available online as a fillable PDF on the BME Undergraduate Students webpage. Please complete as much information as you can and email the form to Natalia Kolk ( or John Amante ( for their approval. Students who do not submit the CSF will not have their advising hold removed.

Scheduling an Appointment

Beginning the week of March 28th, we will start sending out emails to schedule an advising appointment. These will be sent out in stages, based on your enrollment appointment date (Figure 1).

Figure 1: Your advisor will send you an email like this containing your appointment link.

In order to make an appointment, please click on the appointment link provided in the email, select a time that works with your schedule, and click Save (Figure 2).

Figure 2: Once you click “Schedule an Appointment,” pick a time that works for you.

You will receive an email confirming the appointment time and details (including the Zoom link). You will also receive a reminder text or email before the appointment. NOTE: appointments must be scheduled at least 24 hours before you meet with your advisor. Drop-in advising hours are an alternative option if you need to meet with an advisor with less notice.

Enrollment Issues

Register as soon as your SPIRE enrollment appointment opens if you need a specific class or section. BME courses are currently offered once per year and we will do our best to accommodate enrollment issues, however we cannot guarantee enrollment for students with non-standard schedules or missing prerequisites.

Fall 2022 BME Override requests can be submitted online beginning April 11th. The link will be provided on the BME Undergraduate Students webpage. Please do not submit overrides before your enrollment appointment date, or before you attempt to enroll yourself.

BME Technical Electives

You can find a list of the current pre-approved Technical Electives for BME, as well as the alternative elective request form, on the BME Undergraduate Students webpage.

Independent Study

It is often possible to arrange an independent study which can be used as BME Tech Elective. Typically this is done when students are working in a faculty member’s research lab. Note that only one Tech Elective can be satisfied with BME 296, 396 or 496 (3 credits total). The Independent Study Contract can be found on the BME Undergraduate Students webpage, and submitted to Natalia Kolk. NOTE: honors students may not complete an independent study to meet a technical elective requirement; the honors thesis counts for 2 technical electives.

Study Abroad

BME students have studied abroad. The spring semester of your sophomore or fall semester of your junior years are the best suited for this opportunity. Please see an International Programs Office advisor if you are interested. Students interested in the 5-year double major in German and engineering iSTEP program which includes a year in Germany (one semester of classes and then an internship with a German manufacturing company) should visit Upon return from abroad, students should meet with Natalia Kolk to ensure all courses transfer correctly.

Summer or Winter Classes

If you are interested in UMass Amherst summer or winter classes, request an enrollment appointment through SPIRE by navigating to: Main Menu > Enrollment > Summer/Wtr/Non-deg Enroll Appt.

UMass Summer 2022 courses include Engin 351, KIN 270, KIN 272, CS 121, and ECE 122, as well as Math 131, 132, 233, 331, STAT 515, Physics 151/152, and Chem 111/112, as well as many other introductory level STEM courses. Potential technical electives include Bio 285, Bio 311, Biochem 320, Chem 261/262 and 269, Microbio 310, and Psych 330. Other courses, including gen eds and technical electives in other departments, may also be offered during the summer or winter.

Transfer Credit

Before taking classes at another campus, students must complete a prior approval form; this is to prevent students from spending time and money on a class that will not transfer in for credit towards your undergraduate degree. Classes completed elsewhere do not impact your UMass cumGPA and will not count for credit unless a grade of “C-“ or above is earned. The Registrar’s Office approves all general education requirements, the Office of Student Affairs in 126 Marston Hall approves all science and math courses, and the Academic Advisor approves all BME courses. If you have any problems with transfer credit, email your name, student ID, and course information (both course description and syllabus) to the Academic Advisor. Note: course(s) you completed elsewhere must appear on your UMass transcript before BME course credit can be awarded. Courses taken elsewhere for the 3rd time need approval from the Academic Dean.