Advising FAQs

Advising Questions and Answers

Have a question? Below are answers to some of the frequently asked questions our office receives.
If you still have more questions, contact the Engineering Undergraduate Office.

Academic Difficulty

  • 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.
    •    Readmission Guidelines (PDF)

    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.

  • Can I appeal my dismissal?
  • Yes. Read the guidelines below on instructions on how to appeal. 
    •    Guidelines for Appealing Dismissal

    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 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.
    •    Information for Students Leaving UC Davis

  • How can I determine my academic standing?
  • Academic standing is determined by your grades and your minimum progress toward degree. Click here for more information.

Majors

  • How do I change my major into the College of Engineering?
  • If planning to change your major, or add an additional major, you 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:
           a.    completed at least the following five courses: MAT 21A,B,C; PHY 9A; and CHE 2A* and
           b.    a GPA of 2.0 or higher 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 or higher 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 or higher UC GPA in completed engineering courses. For Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering must have a 2.8 UC GPA or higher in completed engineering courses.
    8.    For Computer Science Engineering a 3.0 overall UC GPA or higher is required.


    *Students changing their major into Computer Engineering are not required to take CHE 2A. 

    For students that 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.    Have completed all transfer admission coursework and GPA requirements for the intended major for the term originally admitted to UC Davis
    (see https://www.ucdavis.edu/admissions/transfer/major-requirements-college-engineering for details). For students who have not completed all transfer admission requirements at their previous institution, they must earn a 2.0 GPA or higher in these remaining courses at UC Davis, and receive a C- or better in each of these courses. For Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering a 2.8 GPA or higher 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 or higher in completed engineering courses. For Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering must have a 2.8 UC GPA or higher in completed engineering courses.
    8.    For Computer Science Engineering a 3.0 overall UC GPA or higher is required.
  • 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.

  • 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 intended 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 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.

  • Can I change my major if I am not in good academic standing?
  • In order to change your major (either within College of Engineering or to a major in another College) you must be in good academic standing—both for your GPA and minimum progress. If you are not in good standing, think carefully about your decision to change your major. Visit the advisor 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 that major. If you are unsure, you may want to meet with advisors at the Undergraduate Office in 1050 Kemper Hall during express advising.

Courses

  • 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.

  • How do I enroll in Open Campus Courses?
  • Open Campus courses are UC Davis courses offered to the general community through UC Extension. UC Davis students may be required to take Open Campus courses as part of their readmission expectations.

    To enroll in UC Davis courses through Open Campus, students must follow the procedure below:
         1.  Complete one enrollment form per course. You can find the forms and Open Campus Policies at: https://cpe.ucdavis.edu/open-campus/forms.
         2.  Obtain a signature from the instructor of the course. Please email your form, approved by your instructor, to your readmission advisor. If you do not have a readmission advisor, or do not remember who they are, then please email the form to engugrad@ucdavis.edu.
         3.  Obtain a signature from the Engineering Dean’s Office .

    Before your enrollment is granted:
         -  You must meet the prerequisites for each course requested.
         -  There must be more than 1 seat available in the course.
         -  There is no option to waitlist course via open campus so there must be open seats.

    Please note: 
         -  Open Campus courses are considered not in residence for the Senior Residency requirement
    You can learn more about the Senior Residency degree requirement here: https://engineering.ucdavis.edu/degree-requirements
         -  You may only take up to 8 units in any term. College of Engineering regulations state that students may only take 16 units total of all coursework through Open Campus. Taking units in excess of 16 will require petitioning to use those units and may cause delays to your time to degree completion.
         -  Open Campus courses will not appear in OASIS while you are enrolled and these courses are not automatically added to your record. You must request your official Open Campus transcript to be sent to UC Davis Undergraduate Admissions to have the courses added to your record.
         -  
    Engineering courses taken through open campus will impact your engineering GPA and all open campus courses will impact your UC GPA.

  • 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.

  • Can I take some of my courses as Passed/Not Passed (P/NP)?
  • For information about the College of Engineering Passed/Not Passed Policy, COVID-19-related exceptions and FAQs, please visit the P/NP Policy Information Page.

  • 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.

Holds

  • What is an advising hold?
  • Each year, students in the College of Engineering are required to meet with an academic advisor and as a result, have an advising hold placed on their record. This hold requires that you meet with your major advisor to discuss your educational, professional, personal goals and challenges. Not clearing the hold by the effective date will impact your next quarter’s registration. Learn more on the advising holds page.

  • 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 question 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.

  • When should I see my advisor to clear an advising hold?
  • The deadline for clearing an advising hold depends on your academic year - see the advising holds page for more information.

  • 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 by meeting your advisor at College of Engineering.

    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.

Degree Requirements

  • 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 or emailing to EUO general email engugrad@ucdavis.edu.

    •    My Degree Review Request (PDF)
    Then the Undergraduate Office will perform the degree check and contact you via the messaging system to update you. You can then address any questions about the degree check, curriculum issues or necessary petitions.

    Make sure you file for candidacy and file for commencement

    •    Graduation Checklist

  • What is the minimum progress requirement?
  • Minimum progress requirements are standards that define the number of units a student must satisfactorily complete each quarter to stay on track to complete their degree.

    Students 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 12 units over all quarters of enrollment. Minimum progress is calculated at the end of each quarter (Fall, Winter, Spring). Only full-time quarters are considered.

    Detailed information on the minimum progress requirement can be found on the Registrar’s page and on the College of Engineering Expected and Minimum Progress page.

  • 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.

  • 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:

    •    Petition for Transfer Credit Evaluation (PDF)
    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 or email to EUO general email: engugrad@ucdavis.edu.

  • 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

  • Can I enroll in another institution while attending UC Davis?
  • The College of Engineering discourages students from simultaneous enrollment at a non-UC campus while enrolled full-time at UC Davis. However, there are situations in which simultaneous enrollment may be appropriate, such as the following:

    • You commute to UC Davis and this is a hardship that prevents you from fully participating and meeting the course requirements or objectives.
    •You have difficulty enrolling in an impacted course.
    • You have a schedule conflict with a required course and you are close to graduation.

    If you would like to receive transfer credit for your simultaneous enrollment and completion of a course at a non-UC campus, you must submit a Simultaneous Enrollment Petition describing your special circumstance to the Engineering Undergraduate Office before your enrollment in the non-UC course. Your petition should be emailed to engugrad@ucdavis.edu and will be reviewed within 10 business days.

    Transfer credit will not be granted if your petition is not received prior to your enrollment in the non-UC course or if your petition is otherwise denied.

    Note: This petition is not required for your enrollment in a course at a non-UC campus during the summer, after becoming a UC Davis student.