Engineering

Advising Questions and Answers

Contact the Engineering Undergraduate Office for all your undergraduate advising questions at (530)752-1979 or stop by 1050 Kemper Hall. The office is open Monday – Friday 9:00AM-Noon and 1:00-4:00PM.

 
Majors
  1. How do I change my major into the College of Engineering?
  2. How do I declare a double major?
  3. How do I change from a major in the College of Engineering to a major in another college?
  4. Can I change my major if I am not in good academic standing?
Courses
  1. What happens if I register for a course and I haven’t taken the prerequisite course(s)?
  2. Can I drop a course after the drop deadline?
  3. Can I take some of my courses as Pass/No Pass (P/NP)?
  4. Can I repeat a course more than once?
Holds
  1. What is an advising hold?
  2. How do I know if I have an advising hold?
  3. When should I see my advisor to clear an advising hold?
  4. Do I still need to clear a hold if I am planning to change to a major that is not in the College of Engineering?
Degree Requirements
  1. How do I make sure I have satisfied all requirements for completing my degree?
  2. What is the minimum progress requirement?
  3. How do I petition to satisfy a minor program?
  4. How can I satisfy a general education requirement with a course I took at another institution?
  5. How can I satisfy a major program requirement with a course I took at another institution?
  6. Can I request an exception to a stated degree requirement?
  7. Can I enroll in another institution while attending UC Davis?
Dismissal and Readmission
  1. What do I do if I have been dismissed and what do I need to do to be readmitted?
  2. Can I appeal?  

1. How do I change my major into the College of Engineering?

Students planning to change your major, or add an additional major, are required to complete a Change of Major webform. The Change of Major webform will be submitted to the appropriate advisors and dean’s offices involved.

In order to change your major to, or to double major with, a major in the College, you must satisfy requirements that have been established by the College of Engineering faculty:

For students that matriculated to UC Davis as a Freshman:

  1. Be a registered student and have completed at least one quarter (minimum of 12 units) at UC Davis
  2. Have completed not more than 135 cumulative units (excluding AP units); students who have completed more than 135 units will be considered on an appeal basis only
  3. Be in good academic standing and meet minimum progress requirements
  4. Have received a letter grade for all courses that satisfy Engineering degree requirements
  5. Have met the following:
    1. completed at least the following five courses: MAT 21A,B,C; PHY 9A; and CHE 2A and                       
    2. a GPA of 2.0 or better in all completed MAT, PHY, BIS, and CHE courses required for your intended major, and have received a C- or better in each of these courses. For Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering a 2.8 GPA is required.
  6. Have no grade lower than a C- in any completed engineering course required for your intended major(s) taken at UC Davis
  7. Have a 2.0 UC GPA in completed engineering courses. For Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering must have a 2.8 UC GPA in completed engineering courses.

For students who matriculated to UC Davis as a Transfer Student:

  1. Be a registered student and have completed at least one quarter (minimum of 12 units) at UC Davis
  2. Have completed not more than 135 cumulative units (excluding AP units); students who have completed more than 135 units will be considered on an appeal basis only          
  3. Be in good academic standing and meet minimum progress requirements
  4. Have received a letter grade for all courses that satisfy Engineering degree requirements
  5. Transfer students must have completed all transfer admission course requirements for the intended major, and must have received a 2.0 GPA or higher in these courses, and received a C- or better in each of these courses. For Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering must have a 2.8 GPA or higher.  Transfer admission course requirements can be found here:  https://www.ucdavis.edu/admissions/transfer/major-requirements-college-engineering
  6. Have no grade lower than a C- in any completed engineering course required for your intended major(s) taken at UC Davis
  7. Have a 2.0 UC GPA in completed engineering courses. For Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering must have a 2.8 UC GPA.

 

2. How do I declare a double major?

The process to declare a double major is the same as declaring a single major. Students who wish to add an additional major are required to complete a Change of Major webform. The Change of Major form must be submitted to the appropriate advisors and dean’s offices involved.

Double majors within the College of Engineering will be allowed with the exception of the following combinations:

  1. Computer Science Engineering and Computer Science (L&S)
  2. Computer Science Engineering and Electrical Engineering
  3. Computer Science Engineering and Computer Engineering

Please note: Triple (and more) majors will not be approved.

 

3. How do I change from a major in the College of Engineering to a major in another college?

  1. First, you must meet the academic requirements of the major and receive the appropriate approvals.
  2. Complete the Change of Major webform.

Please note: permission to transfer from one college to another may be denied or deferred if you are are not in good academic standing and/or you have a GPA of less than 2.0 in courses that are required by the new major.  

 

4. Can I change my major if I am not in good academic standing?

In order to change your major (either within Engineering or to another major in another College) you must be in good academic standing—both for your GPA and for minimum progress. If you are not in good standing, think carefully about your decision to change your major. Visit the advis0r in your intended major to learn more about the program and to discuss the requirements you first must satisfy in order to enter that major. Be realistic and make sure that you will be able to sustain stronger academic performance in the new major. A complete list of majors offered at UC Davis is available on the Undergraduate Admissions website.
 

Once you have returned to good academic standing, you may then submit a Change of Major webform. Double check with your intended major to verify that you still qualify to enter the that major. If you are unsure, feel free to stop by the Undergraduate Office in 1050 Kemper Hall.  

 

5. What happens if I register for a course and I haven’t taken the prerequisite course(s)?

Prerequisite requirements for every course are listed in the General Catalog, Schedule Builder, or the Class Search Tool.

For fall 2017 registration and beyond, Schedule Builder will check to see if students have completed the required prerequisites for all courses. Instructors have the right to drop students from a class if they have not completed the appropriate prerequisites.

For more information about the automated prerequisite checking process and how to submit a petition, please visit Student Information on Prerequisites.

 

6. Can I drop a course after the drop date?

Requests to drop a course after the 10 or 20 day deadline may be approved by the Undergraduate Office in 1050 Kemper Hall. Such requests may be approved only for the following reasons and must be accompanied by full documentation:

  1. Death in immediate family (death certificate required)
  2. Large and necessary increase in work hours, at your employer’s request (signed letter from your employer on letterhead required)
  3. Medical (with documentation by Student Health and Wellness Center or a licensed physician)
  4. Serious personal problems (with documentation from a professional)

Late drop requests will not be approved for poor academic performance, academic difficulties, change of interest in a course, or lack of midterm results prior to the drop date.

If you feel your case fits into one of the above categories, please first consult with an adviser in the Undergraduate Office in 1050 Kemper Hall. The adviser can evaluate your request and discuss with you the likelihood of approval. If your petition for a late drop is approved, you will be issued a permission to drop (PTD) number. You must use this PTD number to drop the course via Schedule Builder within three calendar days. You will be charged a $3.00 fee for each course dropped through this procedure.

Late drops requests submitted in the 7 days preceding the start of final exams are subject to heightened scrutiny. Any such requests submitted during this time that are absent an extreme or extenuating circumstance will be denied.

  

7. Can I take some of my courses as Pass/No Pass (P/NP)?

Students may exercise the Pass/No Pass grading for General Education (GE) courses or unrestrictive electives taken outside of the College of Engineering, up to 16 units.

Pass/No Pass Guidelines

  • Students who petition to take a GE course P/NP must be in Good Standing Qualitatively 

  • P/NP grading option will only be approved for GE courses or unrestricted electives taken outside of the College of Engineering, up to 16 units

  • P/NP petitions submitted after the P/NP deadline (4:00PM by the 25th day of instruction during the academic year; check the Summer Sessions calendar for summer deadlines) will not be approved

  • Courses taken prior to Summer Session 1 2017 on a P/NP basis cannot be used toward GE requirement

  • Students may not exercise P/NP grading for: 

    • any coursework offered by the College of Engineering (BIM, EAE, EBS, ECH, ECI, ECM, ECS, EEC, EME, EMS, ENG)

    • any coursework used for satisfaction of course requirements toward their degree (e.g. technical electives)

  • Courses offered on only a P/NP basis (i.e. cannot be taken for a letter grade):

    • are acceptable for specific program area degree requirements (for example: ENG 199’s)

    • cannot be used to satisfy GE requirements (for example: EDU 181, GEL 81, MUS 141)

For questions or further information concerning degree requirements, contact an advisor in the Engineering Undergraduate Office, 1050 Kemper Hall (530-752-1979).

 

8. Can I repeat a course more than once?

You are allowed to repeat one time for credit a course for which you received a D+, D, D-, or F.

If you wish to repeat a course for a second time you must receive approval from the Undergraduate Office. To petition to repeat a course more than once, submit a Multiple Repeat Petition webform. Your request will then be reviewed by the Undergraduate Office in 1050 Kemper Hall within 10 business days.

  

9. What is an advising hold?

Annual advising is one component of the College of Engineering’s mandatory advising system to help students stay on track towards graduation. Every academic year, you will be required to meet with your department academic advisor to review progress towards graduation requirements.

The process varies a bit from major to major, so make sure you check early to see what you need to do for your major. In most majors, you’ll look over what courses you’ve taken and talk about plans for the future. This is also when you’ll get information about any upcoming changes to the curriculum and can ask any questions.

  

10. How do I know if I have an advising hold?

  • Check myucdavis, Schedule Builder, and OASIS.
  • Advising holds are placed each year.
  • You must clear your hold by the deadline associated with the first letter of your last name (see #11 below).
  • If you don’t clear the hold by the deadline you will be unable to make changes to your class schedule until the hold is removed.

  

11. When should I see my advisor to clear an advising hold?

The quarter in which you will have a hold to clear is determined by the first letter of your last name:

  • A—G: By December 15 every year
  • H—N: By March 15 every year
  • O—Z: By September 15 every year

  

12. Do I still need to clear a hold if I am planning to change to a major that is not in the College of Engineering?

Yes. As long as you are listed as a College of Engineering student you must clear your hold.

Students planning to change their major, or add an additional major are required to complete a Change of Major webform. The Change of Major form must be submitted to the appropriate advisors and dean’s offices involved.

  

13. How do I make sure I have satisfied all requirements for completing my degree?

As a student it is your responsibility to satisfy degree requirements. Your program advisor can answer questions about these requirements and offer guidance either during your annual advising hold meeting, or during any other meeting you schedule with your adviser.

If you are within four quarters of graduation, you can request a degree check by filling out and submitting the following form to the Undergraduate Office at 1050 Kemper Hall:

Then the Undergraduate Office will perform the degree check and contact you by email to arrange to review it with you. You can address any questions about the degree check, curriculum issues or necessary petitions during this appointment.

When you file for candidacy, you will receive an email from an adviser in the Undergraduate Office relaying the results of an evaluation of remaining requirements. Because the University holds students responsible for knowing all degree requirements and making sure they are complete, it is your responsibility to ensure that this final degree checks is correct. Therefore if you have questions or concerns about your final degree check, please bring them to the attention of your adviser immediately.

  

14. What is the minimum progress requirement?

Minimum progress requirements are quantitative standards that define scholarship in terms of the number of units a student must satisfactorily complete.

You are expected to earn the 180-unit minimum degree requirement within 12 quarters (four years) by completing, on average, 15 units per quarter.

To meet the minimum progress requirement, a full-time regular undergraduate must pass an average of at least 13 units over all quarters of enrollment. Minimum progress is calculated at the end of every Spring quarter for the preceding academic year (Fall, Winter, Spring). Only full-time quarters are considered.

Detailed information on the minimum progress requirement can be found at the Registrar and in FAQs on Minimum Progress.

  

15. How do I petition to satisfy a minor program?

If you want to have the completion of a minor certified on your transcript, please complete the Minor Declaration webform and file it no later than the deadline for filing for graduation. Requirements for the minor must be met by the time of graduation.

  

16. How can I satisfy a General Education requirement with a course I took at another institution?

Please submit a General Education request webform and attach a course syllabus. Your request will then be reviewed by the Undergraduate Office in 1050 Kemper Hall within 10 business days.

  

17. How can I satisfy a major program requirement with a course I took at another institution?

Submit the course for evaluation by the department that teaches it on the UC Davis campus, using the following form:

You must also submit with your petition a course syllabus.

Ask the department to evaluate the course and bring the completed form to the Undergraduate Office in 1050 Kemper Hall.

  

18. Can I request an exception to a stated degree requirement?

Yes, it is possible you may be able to request an exception to a degree requirement. Please first consult with either your program adviser or the Undergraduate Office in 1050 Kemper Hall to discuss how to proceed. The process to approve such requests depends on the kind of degree requirement you seek to petition. Regardless, however, be prepared to:

  1. Provide a thorough written justification for your request
  2. Submit all appropriate documentation
  3. Obtain required recommendations from your major program

  

19. Can I enroll in another institution while attending UC Davis?

In general, the College of Engineering discourages students from simultaneous enrollment or enrolling in classes through another institution while attending UC Davis.

But there are situations in which simultaneous enrollment is appropriate:

  • You plan to take summer session courses at an institution that is on the semester system and the summer courses begin before Spring Quarter is completed at UC Davis.
  • You commute to UC Davis and it is a hardship for you to attend a course that meets five days a week.
  • You have difficulty enrolling in an impacted class.
  • You have a schedule conflict with a required class and you are close to graduation.

You may attend a community college summer session after becoming a UC Davis student.

Undergraduate Admissions accepts up to 105 quarter units of community college coursework, but the university’s residence requirement states that you must take no more than 10 of your last 45 quarter units at another institution.

To petition to enroll in a course at another institution while simultaneously attending UC Davis, please submit a Simultaneous Enrollment petition to the Engineering Undergraduate Office in 1050 Kemper Hall. Your request will then be reviewed within 10 business days.

Please Note: The petition must be filed and approved before you enroll in the course at another university or college.

  

20. What do I do if I have been dismissed and what do I need to do to be readmitted?

The academic probation and dismissal policies outlined in the General Catalog will be rigorously enforced according to the following guidelines:

Dismissal

A student who is placed on academic probation (AP) or becomes subject to academic disqualification (SD) at the end of a given quarter will be promptly dismissed if he/she is SD at the end of the second quarter following the quarter first resulting in AP or SD status.

(See the General Catalog for SD and AP definitions.)

Readmission

Dismissed students and those who withdrew while not in good academic standing should refer to the following guidelines before applying for readmission. These guidelines will be strictly enforced to ensure that you have prepared adequately to resume your studies at UC Davis. Detailed information about the readmission application is available on the Registrar’s Website.

Second and Final Dismissal

If you have been dismissed and readmitted, you may have up to three quarters to return to good academic standing.

You may be dismissed in the first or second quarter following readmission if you have not established a clear trajectory toward regaining good academic standing and completing your major.

You will be dismissed promptly if you are subject to disqualification after completing the third quarter following readmission.

A second dismissal is final and means you may not enroll at any University of California campus. Subsequent applications for readmission will not be approved.

If you are no longer subject to academic disqualification at the end of the third quarter following readmission, a second and final dismissal could still occur later according to the guideline for dismissal stated above under Dismissal.

Please Note: Dismissal and readmission of students according to the guidelines outlined above shall be ultimately at the discretion of the Associate Dean of the College of Engineering for Undergraduate Studies.

  

21. Can I appeal my dismissal?

Yes. Read carefully the instructions below on how to appeal. You also must schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Undergraduate Office in 1050 Kemper Hall.

If your appeal is denied, or even if you choose to accept your dismissal, there is important information you should know – including details on readmission. The Exit Counseling document below has information you may find helpful. Please be sure to consult with an advisor in the Engineering Undergraduate Office (1050 Kemper) for more details.