Lower Division Engineering Advising
All students will be 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 can continue to receive support from the same Program Advisor or anyone at the Engineering Edge Center.
Students will continue to be 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) will go through the Engineering Edge Center for their advising needs.
Students enrolled in or have credit for MATH 1411 (Calculus I) will be classified as Engineering Major. (i.e., CE, CEM, CS, EE, EL, ISE, ME or MME) and are strongly encouraged to attend an Lower Division Exit Workshop at the Engineering Edge Center within the first two weeks 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:
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Lower Division Engineering students in good-standing must follow these steps before registering for classes:
Complete Lower Division Engineering Modules on Blackboard.
Schedule a 1-on-1 advising appointment with a Program Advisor at the Engineering Edge Center.
- Attend the advising appointment and holds will be removed.
Students Exiting Lower Division or already in their Departments should visit their departments for the most up to date advising process.
Programs Advisors aim to advise students in the highest and most appropriate math course. Placement is determined by exams. Students can also place into a math course through Advanced Placement (AP) test scores or Dual Credit.
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 held on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Engineering Edge Center (Engineering Building, room E-201B) within the first two 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 must be done prior to requesting an appointment to see your Program Advisor.
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 will keep you connected with your advisor and address questions that may have regarding courses on your degree plan, internships and/or research.
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 go through the Engineering Edge Center for their advising needs. Student must also have a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) before exiting Lower Division Engineering.
Will I always be advised by a Program Advisor at the Engineering Edge Center?
No. You will only get advised by an Engineering Edge Center Program Advisor while you are classified as a Lower Division Engineering major. The semester you are in Calculus I or higher AND have a 2.0 grade point average (GPA), you will follow the advising process established by your department.
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. To drop a course, email firstname.lastname@example.org from their 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-201F
Peer Career Advisors
Liaison to the College of Engineering
Peer Career Advisor