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Civil & Environmental Engineering Undergraduate Advising

Academic Advising is key to a successful undergraduate experience. Undergraduate students in the CEE Department have several options for advising depending on their placement in the program and individual needs.

Useful Forms for Academic Year 2014-15

BS in Civil Engineering 4 Year Course Plan in Grid Format (Blue Sheet)

BSCE Prerequisite Tree

BS in Environmental Engineering 4 year Course Plan in Grid Format (Green Sheet)

BSENVE Prerequisite Tree

Students interested in partnering a Masters degree with their Bachelors degree can do so with one additional year of course work.  These are sample 5 year course plans for the BS/MEng in Civil or Environmental Engineering.  Students interested in the graduate programs in the CEE Department should carefully read through the information about those programs, and schedule an advising meeting with the Department Chair or their faculty advisor to discuss their options.

Occasionally students need a modified course plan to complete the course work with fewer classes per term.  There are many variations on how classes can fit in such a modified course plan, and students are advised to work closely with an advisor to map out a course plan.  These are two sample plans of how students could take an average of 8 credits per term in the BSCE or BSENVE degree programs, and complete the course work in 8 years.

Information about Freshmen Inquiry, Sophomore Inquiry, and Upper Division Cluster Classes (including the current list of acceptable classes by Cluster) can be found on the University Studies website.

Arts & Letters/Social Sciences (general education) requirements for transfer students

Lower Division (Freshman and Sophomore) students can meet with the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science (MCECS) Undergraduate Advisor, Jodi Steigemeyer.  To schedule an appointment, please contact (503) 725-4631 or at

Upper Division (Junior and Senior) students have several options depending on the advising needs.

  • For general academic advising, course planning, DARS updates, and other administrative needs, students can schedule a meeting with Ariel Lewis, CEE Department Manager and Undergraduate Student Services Coordinator. Use to schedule an appointment.
  • Faculty advisors can help with larger questions, such as determining an area of focus, research opportunities, and career plans - they can offer advice on how to maximize your academic experience to give students the best possible start in the career.  Students are assigned a faculty advisor upon admission to the Upper Division Progam, but are welcome to meet with any faculty member to discuss individual areas of interest and the research that faculty member is conducting. Please contact individual faculty member directly to schedule a meeting.
  • The Department Chair handles questions about academic standing, course equivalencies, graduation checks, and other intricate issues.  Use to schedule an appointment.

Please visit the Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering pages for information and pertinent forms related to those degree programs prior to meeting with an advisor.

How to Get the Most Out of Your Advising Session

Students will get more out of advising if they come prepared with good information and questions, and reasonable expectations.  Academic advising is a collaborative educational process, students and their advisors are partners in meeting the essential learning outcomes that support student success.  The partnership requires participation and involvement of both the advisor and the student and spans the student's whole educational experience.  In this partnership both the advisor and the advisee have well-defined responsibilities.

Advisee Responsibilities

  • Attend advising sessions prepared and organzied (bring planner, schedule, DARS, questions, petitions/forms fully filled out).  You can learn more about how to run a DARS report for yourself here.
  • Understand relationship between your goals and your academic choices.
  • Take responsibility for your educational plans and academic success.
  • Keep track of your academic progress by using DARS in consultation with your academic adviser.
  • Take initiative in utilizing services and resources offered at the University.
  • Be open and willing to consider recommendations from faculty, advisers and other mentors.

Advisor Responsibilities

  • Develop supportive environment for students.
  • Connect advising to individual student motivations throughout academic career and assist in developing an academic plan aligned with their goals.
  • Explain requirements for graduation and give accurate information.
  • Be knowledgeable of, increase awareness in and guide students to appropriate campus resources.
  • Assist students in development of behaviors conducive to appropriate decision-making processes.

Ultimately, responsibility for a student's educational planning and overall university experience falls to the student.  It is the student's responsibility to know the requirements for courses and their degree, learn time management skills and study habits, and reach out for support when needed.  Advisors in MCECS and the CEE Department are here to help.