Registration for Civil Engineering Majors
Advising and registration news and instructions
Fall 2023 Registration Notes for Civil Engineers
Summary of Steps (see below for details):
- Registration advising will take place on Wednesday, April 12 from 4:00-7:00 pm in the Gunness Engineering Student Center at the times designated below.
- Review your Academic Requirements Report (ARR) on SPIRE. Review your ARR
- Complete the left column (current semester) of the fillable Course Selection Form (CSF) sent to you by email. Course Selection Form (CSF)
- E-mail your ARR and your partially completed CSF to your advisor at least a day in advance of your meeting.
- Meet with your advisor at your designated time (see below).
- Enroll in classes once your enrollment appointment opens (beginning April 19).
Students whose last names begin with:
- H to P must come from 4:00-5:00 pm;
- Q to Z must come from 5:00-6:00 pm;
- A to G must come from 6:00-7:00 pm.
If your advisor needs to change the time of your appointment from those listed above, they will be in contact with you the week of April 12th. If you have an unmovable conflict with your designated time, please contact your advisor to let them know you need to change the time. Check SPIRE to determine when your enrollment appointment opens. Students must meet with an advisor before they can enroll in Fall 2023 classes; an advising hold has been placed in your account and will only be cleared after you have met with your advisor.
Students should prepare for the meeting with their advisor. Prepare the CSF form (Step 3) by completing your personal information (top), the courses you are currently taking in the left set of columns labeled “Current Semester”, and, if you have an idea of what you’d like to take, start filling information on the right set of boxes labeled “Next Semester”. You will discuss these courses with your advisor. Students must type their name in the signature box at the bottom of the form. Juniors should review their Academic Requirements Report (ARR) on SPIRE and bring questions about remaining course requirements with them to advising.
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact your advisor, Dr. Sergio Brena (Chief Undergraduate Advisor), or Jodi Ozdarski.
Civil Engineering Requirements
All Sophomore, Junior and Senior students taking CEE classes should be CE majors.
Your advisor will make the recommendation to repeat any course from the list below in which you earn a C- or less. This is to ensure that you are academically prepared for subsequent classes. Please take the recommendations from your advisor seriously; past experience has shown that poor performance in early semesters might cause academic problems is subsequent semesters.
- Math 131 & 132
- Engin 111 (or equivalent)
- Physics 151
- Chem 111 or Physics 152
- Englwp 112
- 2nd Semester Engineering Intro Course Satisfying Major Requirements (CEE 121)
Five hundred (500) level courses are open to undergraduates only if they are seniors (those within 30 credits of graduation) and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or by consent of the instructor.
Academic Requirements Report
This report is used to verify you have met all academic requirements of the CE Major, and will be used to clear you for graduation. Each student must check their Academic Requirements Report (ARR) on SPIRE and contact Jodi Ozdarski if there are any errors or omissions. Pay particular attention if you have transfer credits, AP credits, elective courses, and GenEd courses to make sure they are correctly directed to the curriculum requirement they are intended to satisfy.
Graduating seniors must check their SPIRE Graduation Date (update if needed) and the Academic Requirements Report to verify that all degree requirements will be satisfied at the end of their last semester. Failing to ensure that all requirements are satisfied may delay graduation. It is particularly important to verify that credits for any classes taken elsewhere (summer, semester abroad, etc.) have transferred into UMass and are correctly accounted to satisfy any required credits (this can be verified in the ARR).
Full-time Student Status
Undergraduate students must take a minimum of 12 credits per semester to retain full-time student status. If a student falls below this minimum, you will not be eligible for campus housing, may risk losing any financial aid you have been awarded, and may lose any UMass health coverage. Consult with the appropriate campus office if you have any questions.
Before taking classes at another campus, students must complete a transfer work prior approval form that can be found in the Registrar’s Office website. Classes taken at other institutions, if not pre-approved, may fail to meet a UMass requirement and could be rejected from transferring into UMass. Grades from classes completed elsewhere do not impact your UMass cum GPA; they will not count for credit unless a grade of “C-“ or better is earned. The Registrar’s Office approves courses taken to satisfy any general education requirements, the Office of Student Affairs in 126 Marston Hall approves all science and math courses, and the CEE Chief Undergraduate Advisor (Prof. Brena) approves all CEE courses. If you have any problems with transfer credit, send an email to the Chief Undergraduate Advisor with an explanation, your name, student ID, and course information (both course description and syllabus). Note: course(s) you completed elsewhere must appear on your UMass transcript before CEE course credit can be awarded.
Summer or Winter Classes
If you are interested in UMass Amherst summer or winter classes, request an enrollment appointment through SPIRE. To enroll in a summer or winter class, first logon to SPIRE: Enrollment > Summer/Wtr/Non-deg Enroll Appt; then add the appropriate summer or winter session.
- ENGIN 351 – Online
- CE-ENGIN 240 – Online (offered by MIE)
- CE-ENGIN 260 – Online (offered by MIE)
- CE-ENGIN 310 – Online
Approval requires completion of the Substitution Form for Civil Engineering courses which is added to the student's file when a substitution is approved. The Form shall include a summary of the course content and its relation to an existing course within the Department if any and a statement of the reason for the substitution. Approval for the CEE course substitution must be granted by the student’s advisor, the instructor and/or group in the CEE subject area in which the substitution is requested, and the Undergraduate Program Director. Approval of the instructor and/or group for the substitute course shall be based on the course syllabus and its relation to an existing course within the Department, and/or be based on the clear and definite career goals of the student.
It is often possible to arrange an independent study guided by a member of the CEE faculty, which can be used as a CE Elective. Students are encouraged to approach CEE faculty to discuss topics of mutual interest. Note that only one independent study can be used towards a CE Elective; contact Jodi Ozdarski for the Independent Study request form.
Fundamentals of Engineering Exam
It is strongly encouraged that students take the FE exam during their last semester while undergraduate course knowledge is still familiar. The FE exam is the first step all Civil Engineers must take in the process towards becoming a licensed professional engineer (PE). The 8-hour exam consists of 180 multiple choice questions. After passing the FE exam, one must obtain at least 4 years of experience (accepted by specific state licensing board) under the supervision of a licensed PE to subsequently be permitted to take the Principles and Practice (PE) exam. See http://ncees.org/engineering/ for more information. Chi Epsilon in our department typically coordinates free review sessions taught by CEE faculty every spring semester and communicates the schedule to students when available.
Elective options for the Fall 2023 semester for CEE undergraduates
Links to forms, answers, and regulations surrounding courses and enrollment