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April 2020 Advising & Registration Information for ECE Students ( CompE, EE and PR-ENGIN*, with CMPSYS or ELECTRICAL subplan)

Important Notice: Everyone will has 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 2020:   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 near the main door to M5.  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. If you do not receive an email from your advisor, contact Ms. Barbara Hastings (Marcus 207, 545-2441,  for assistance. 

Step 2: Getting ready for your Advising Appointment - Print and/or review your SPIRE (unofficial) transcript and write each of the grades from your transcript in the appropriate box on your EE. or CompE Curriculum Worksheet.  Enter a grade of "TR" or "AP" for all transfer or Advanced Placement  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 24 - April 3, 2020:   Meeting with your Advisor - Go to your advising appointment prepared with your partially completed Course Selection Form, a copy of your SPIRE transcript (if printed), a completed Curriculum Worksheet and your draft of next semester's academic plan. You and your advisor will finalize your academic plan for Fall 2020, 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 Fall  classes.   In the event that Ms. Hastings is unavailable, please see Professor Leonard in Marcus 8B.

Step 5. After your SPIRE Access Period Begins - Sign up for Fall 2020 classes beginning on the date and time of your Enrollment Appointment, as shown on your Student Center page on SPIRE.

Requirements for Admission to either the CompE or EE Major: In order for an undergraduate to be admitted to the CompE or EE major, the student must:  (1) be in good academic standing, and (2)  have a semester GPA of 2.00 or above in the previous "regular" semester (Fall or Spring), and (3) have earned a C or better in each of the following seven courses:

ENGIN 112 (Engin 100, 110, 111, 113,  114, and 197E are also acceptable); ECE 122*; PHYSICS 151; PHYSICS 152***; MATH 131; MATH 132; and ENGLWRIT 112


  • The Chief Undergraduate Advisor for ECE is Professor Bill Leonard.  He can be reached at
  • Credit for COMPSCI 121 might count as being equivalent to ECE 122.  Contact Professor Leonard for more information.
  • ​A grade of C- in any of the courses listed above is insufficient for admission to the EE or CompE  major, and therefore, must be repeated. 
  • If you have not met one or more of the listed requirements, and you are not sure exactly when to take or repeat a course, contact Professor Leonard.