The Samueli School offers undergraduate degrees in a variety of areas, with many including structured specializations. The School provides undergraduates with a first-rate engineering education, blending fundamentals with hands-on experimental and computational experience.
There are two types of formal advising within The Henry Samueli School of Engineering:
Appointments with Academic Counselors
The Undergraduate Student Affairs Office offers academic advising from academic counselors and peer advisors in the School's Student Affairs Office, 305 Rockwell Engineering Center. Students are encouraged to consult with the academic counselors in the Engineering Student Affairs Office whenever they desire to change their program of study. Meetings with counselors can be scheduled as 30 minute appointments. Each counselor has walk-in hours for "quick" questions at least once per week. Peer Academic Advisors are generally available for walk-ins at some point each day.
Undergraduate Student Affairs Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m. PST
The office closes between noon and 1 p.m. for lunch.
Academic advisement also takes place within departments with faculty advisors. Faculty are available to talk with students via posted office hours listed on their office doors. All Engineering majors are required to meet with their faculty advisor at least once each year. You should check with your department for specific scheduling. Regardless of how often students meet with advisors, they must ultimately realize that they alone are responsible for the planning of their own program and for satisfactory completion of the graduation requirements.
General Information about an Undergraduate Major in Engineering:
Some engineering students need more than four years to obtain their B.S. degree, particularly if part-time employment or extracurricular activities make heavy demands on their time. Normally, students can stay on track by enrolling in summer sessions at UCI or at other institutions when a petition has been approved in advance.
High-achieving students may declare a double major. Early consultation with the School is advisable.
Required courses may be replaced by other courses if the student substantiates the merits of the program of study and obtains prior approval from faculty in the School.
Students should be aware that most Engineering courses require the completion of prerequisites. The sample programs shown in each departmental description constitute preferred sequences that take into account all prerequisites.
School policy does not permit the dropping of courses after second week nor the adding of courses after the third week of the quarter. Students with extenuating circumstances may file an Enrollment Exception through the Registrar's website.
Undergraduate students who have high academic standing, who have completed the necessary prerequisites, and who have obtained permission from the school may qualify to take certain graduate-level courses.
Students are required to complete UCI's lower-division writing requirement (see the Requirements for a Bachelor's Degree section) during the first two years. Thereafter, proficiency in writing and computing (using a higher-level language such as FORTRAN, Python, C, C++, Java or MATLAB) is expected in all Engineering courses.
Students in the School, in accordance with general campus policy, are permitted to take courses in certain areas on a Pass/No Pass basis. With respect to programs in Engineering, such areas are courses which do not fulfill the major requirements and general education courses not satisfying a "professional topics" category. Students needing to satisfy the UC Entry Level Writing requirement must also take that class for a letter grade.