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Undergraduate Handbook

The purpose of this Handbook section of the website is to provide advisory information to help you all the way through the program to graduation. If you have any questions about this information please contact the CEE Main Office.

Recommended Calculators

Only FE Exam Approved calculators are allowed in core undergraduate classes. Prices range from $15 up. Click here for a list of approved calculators.


Academic Advising 

Information on undergraduate advising can be found here.



Unique among cooperative programs, the Multiple Engineering Cooperative Program and the Civil Engineering Cooperative Program (MECOP and CECOP) at Oregon State University, Portland State University and Oregon Institute of Technology demonstrate the power of an effective business/education partnership. The source of strength for these programs is the imaginative ideas they are founded upon: support by a voluntary annual assessment on member companies; insisting upon a high order of industry interaction with the university and its students; and continual improvement as the University adjusts its curriculum on recommendations made by the industry partners.

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Writing Resources

PSU Writing Center

Need help with your writing? The PSU Writing Center can help! Although writing consultants do not proofread, the writing center offers personalized assistance with any stage of the writing process. The services offered by the writing center are free and open to the public. Make an appointment today with a writing consultant.

The Owl Purdue

Have questions about APA format? Need citation help? Visit the the Owl Purdue for all your writing needs! The Owl is a great and free resource.


PSU Student Code of Conduct

Click here to review the PSU Code of Student Conduct and Responsibility.



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Academic Standing

Click here to view information about academic standing.



Incomplete Grade (I)

The instructor may issue a grade of I (for Incomplete) when certain criteria have been met and satisfactory student-instructor arrangements have been made. (See more info on the PSU grading site) I grades are not included when calculating GPA.

The deadline for completion of an Incomplete in an undergraduate course is one calendar year. The instructor may set a shorter deadline, which is binding. Failure to make up the Incomplete by the end of one year will result in the mark of I automatically changing to a grade of F or NP, depending on the grading option chosen by the student at registration.

Repeat Policy

Grades earned in all courses remain on students' permanent academic records; however, University policy holds that repeated courses affect the calculation of official G.P.A. as follows:

  1. Credit is retained on the first A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, and all grades in subsequent attempts are included when calculating G.P.A., and
  2. the first PSU grade of D+, D, D-, or F is excluded in calculating G.P.A. if the course is repeated at Portland State University for a differentiated grade (not Pass/No-Pass). Credit is retained on the last grade received.

Students who have repeated course work must submit a completed Notice of Repeated Course form to the Registration windows in the lobby of Neuberger Hall to ensure that an initial D or F grade is excluded when calculating G.P.A. and that the official G.P.A. is reflected on student transcripts.


Curious to know how GPA is calculated? Click here to find out!


Computer Accounts and Access

  1. Go to Neuberger Hall and purchase a PSU ACCESS BADGE
  2. Activate your after hours building access and computer lab (EB 325) with the Office of Student Services in the Engineering Building suite 100
  3. Activate your  College of Engineering and Computer Science account ‘cecs’ with the CAT (computer action team)
  4. Check your ‘cecs’ e-mail account regularly or forward it to where you do check e-mail


What is commencement?

Commencement is a ceremony. It is an opportunity for you, your family, friends, and the PSU community to celebrate your accomplishment. Portland State holds a commencement ceremony at the end of the spring term. Commencement should not be confused with graduation, a term that refers to the actual fulfillment of degree requirements and credits resulting in a diploma being processed.

How do you determine if you are eligible for commencement? 

If you are graduating in the Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer of that academic year you may participate in the Spring graduation ceremony. 


For more information, please contact the Commencement Office at or (503) 725-4422

Applying for a degree (Baccalaureate Degree and Undergraduate Certificates)

Undergraduate students must apply for a degree or certificate two quarters prior to their expected date of completion using the Application for Undergraduate Degree form. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic adviser prior to submitting the degree application.  The degree application fee is $20 and is nonrefundable. Submit completed forms to the Degree Requirements office.

As part of the degree application process, full-time baccalaureate candidates will receive a Degree Audit prior to their final term of classes. Part-time students may request a Degree Audit prior to degree application upon completion of 150 credits. Postbaccalaureate students may request a Degree Audit prior to degree application upon completion of 15 credits at PSU.  Foreign postbaccalaureate students with a degree from a non-english speaking institution are required to take WR 323 in their second Bachelors degree at PSU.