Lower Division Engineering Advising
All students are advised for the first time during orientation through a 1-on-1 advising session with a Program Advisor. During this time, all students entering the College of Engineering are classified as Lower Division Engineering until the beginning of the semester and will continue to receive support from the same Program Advisor.
Students are classified as Lower Division Engineering if enrolled in MATH 1508 or MATH 0311. All Lower Division Engineering majors (i.e., LDCE, LDCEM, LDCS, LDEE, LDEL, LDISE, LDME and LDMT) should contact Engineering Edge Center for their advising needs.
Students enrolled in or have credit for MATH 1411 (Calculus I) are classified as Engineering Majors (i.e., CE, CEM, CS, EE, EL, ISE, ME or MME) and are strongly encouraged to attend an Lower Division Exit Workshop at the beginning of the semester.
Advising Every Semester
Students should always plan and prepare for their advising sessions regardless if they are Lower Division or in their departments. In general, advising occurs twice a year:
|Get Advised In
|To Register For
Lower Division Engineering students in good-standing should follow these steps before registering for classes:
Schedule a 1-on-1 advising appointment with their Program Advisor at the Engineering Edge Center via MS Bookings. MS Bookings Link:
Complete Lower Division Engineering Modules on Blackboard.
- Attend the advising appointment and advising hold will be removed.
Students Exiting Lower Division or already in their Departments should visit their departments for the most up to date advising process. See FAQ for the exact contact information.
Programs Advisors aim to advise students in the highest and most appropriate math course when entering the College of Engineering. Placement is determined initially by a variety of exam scores and course credit. The following graphic aims to illustrates the various options of math placement.
Lower Division Exit Workshop reviews student success topics, creates awareness of career & academic pathways, and introduces students to their department policies & advising process. Workshop are available within the first three (3) weeks of every fall and spring semester. PowerPoint slides are also available below:
- LD Civil Engineering Exit Workshop
- LD Computer Science Exit Workshop
- LD Electrical Engineering Exit Workshop
- LD Engineering Education and Leadership Exit Workshop
- LD Industrial, Manufacturing & Systems Engineering Exit Workshop
- LD Mechanical Engineering Exit Workshop
- LD Metallurgical, Materials and Biomedical Engineering Exit Workshop
Lower Division Engineering Modules are online and should be completed prior to the 1-on-1 advising appointment with their Program Advisor. Modules are available on Blackboard:
If a student does not have access to the Blackboard shell, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
By when do I need to get advised?
It is recommended to get advised during advising seasons which happen twice per year. Advising seasons occur during the months of October and March. Getting advised will remove the advising hold that will prevent you from registering for the upcoming semester(s).
Do I need to get advised every semester?
Yes. Getting advised every semester keeps you connected with your advisor. Advisors can address questions that you may have regarding courses on your degree plan, internships and other UTEP Edge experiences.
Do I have a specific advisor? If so, how do I know who it is?
Students classified as Lower Division (LD) Engineering get advised by their Program Advisor in the Engineering Edge Center. All non-LD majors in the College of Engineering are advised by their respective departments.
How do I know if I’m a Lower Division (LD) Engineering student?
Lower Division Engineering (examples: LDCE, LDCEM, LDCS, LDEE, LDEL, LDISE, LDME, LDMT) status is based on the math you are enrolled in or have credit for. Students enrolled in MATH 1508 or MATH 0311 are classified as Lower Division Engineering majors and should contact Engineering Edge Center for their advising needs. Student must also have a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) before exiting Lower Division Engineering.
How do I pick a major?
There are several recommendations that can assist you: 1) Interview faculty in the majors you are interested in; 2) Interview professional engineers; email EngrEdge@utep.edu for guidance; 3) Visit the University Career Center Mining Majors page and/or 4) Research how STEM majors convert to jobs. Visit the US Census infographic.
How do I change my major?
To change your major, it is recommended that you visit with your advisor to confirm that this is the best option for you. If you are changing to a major out of the College of Engineering, email Sukie Quezada at email@example.com to start the process and include your UTEP student ID number.
How do I know which classes will transfer from a different college or university?
Student should submit transcript to the Office of Admissions & Recruitment to be evaluated. Transcripts are not evaluated by the Engineering Edge Center. Classes that do transfer will be reviewed during orientation, specifically during your 1-on-1 advising session. Most classes being transferred require a grade of a “C”.
How do I know what courses to take?
To start, use the Degree Evaluation Report on Goldmine to see which courses you have to take and need to complete. To access the Degree Evaluation, go to Goldmine, click records and then click Degree Evaluation. You can also use the Degree Plan (checklist), Critical Path (Flowchart) and Prerequisite Table found on Degrees & Programs page under the Undergraduate Programs section.
How do I drop a course?
It is recommended that you visit with your advisor first as there may be different options for your situation. There are multiple ways to drop a course, the easiest is to email firstname.lastname@example.org from your UTEP email account and include: 1) your name, 2) UTEP student ID, 3) course name (e.g. UNIV 1301), and 4) the course CRN (e.g. 25896).
What is the Engineering Edge Center?
It is the space on the 2nd floor of the Engineering Building that is dedicated to support and service all College of Engineering students with the crucial transitions of their college career. These include attending orientation and getting advised for their first semester and then engaging in all the UTEP Edge experiences. These experiences are high-impact practices for students that include conducting research as an undergraduate, joining a student organization, and obtaining an internship to name a few.
Assistant Dean for Engineering Student Success
Engineering Building, Rm. E-201E
Program Advisor & Lecturer
Engineering Building, Rm. E-201P
International Student Advisor
Engineering Building, Rm. E-201N
Engineering Building, Rm. E-201B
Career Center Partners
Additional support to the Advising Team includes the services offered by the University Career Center. Students can get dedicated support with developing their resume, enhancing the interview skills and establishing their professional network.
University Career Center
Liaison to the College of Engineering