Upper-Division/Declared Major Advising
Upper division students in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering are advised by faculty advisers. The department recognizes the importance of faculty-student interaction, and the advising requirement helps to build a relationship at the program and professional levels.
Why Have an Adviser?
The purpose of the advising meetings is multifold. Advisers can
- help students understand tools to stay on track to graduate
- discuss potential technical electives, internships, or research opportunities like UROPs
- help with career planning including the possibility of graduate school or study abroad
- tell you about scholarship opportunities and extracurricular opportunities (student organizations, for example)
- help you find resources on campus available to ensure success with academic and life balance issues
- provide a letter of recommendation; a letter from a faculty member is often needed for scholarships, employment, or graduate school applications
Thus, it is imperative for students to meet with their faculty adviser to discuss academic interests and career opportunities.
Students are required to meet with their faculty adviser at least once per semester before registering for classes. An advising hold is placed on each student’s record such that they are not able to register until they have met with their adviser.
NOTE: Probationary status reviews require meeting with the Director of Undergraduate Studies within your area of study.
Students in the civil engineering program (CivE), are advised by civil engineering faculty. Multiple possibilities for emphasis exist within civil engineering. Students can:
- Review the list of Advisers for Civil Engineering Majors.
- Indicate their preference by completing the Adviser Request Form.
Students in the civil engineering program can also meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies for Civil Engineering about general questions. (These meetings, however, do not meet the requirement to meet with your adviser.)
Director of Undergraduate Studies Civil Engineering
Prof. Miki Hondzo
Office: CivE 157
Students in the environmental engineering program (EnvE), are advised by environmental faculty. Students can:
- Review the list of Advisers for Environmental Engineering Majors.
- Indicate their preference by completing the EnvE Adviser Request form.
Students in the environmental engineering program can also meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies for Environmental Engineering about general questions. (These meetings, however, do not meet the requirement to meet with your adviser.)
Preparing for Your Advising Meeting
Come prepared to your advising meeting to get the most out of your appointment.
Set up appointment ten (10) days prior to the desired meeting time. Contact your faculty adviser and request an appointment. It is your responsibility to make an appointment with your adviser in time for you to register for classes.
Review the requirements and sample programs:
Bring the following materials to your advising appointment:
- Printout of your APAS report.
- List of courses you are planning to take the following two semesters. Review the prerequisite hierarchy.
*Note that required courses are typically offered Fall and Spring semesters, and many technical electives are not offered every year. Plan to take technical elective courses as soon as you have met the required prerequisites.
- List of technical electives you are considering to complete your technical elective requirements.