Engineering Academic Advising
Frequently Asked Questions Topics
Q1 Why am I on probation?
Students are placed on probation if they fail to meet the following standards:
- Freshmen: earn 12 or more credit hours and maintain a 1.80 semester GPA
- Others: earn 12 or more hours and maintain a 2.0 semester GPA
If students fail to meet the promotion standards, then they will also be placed on probation. The standards are as follows:
Promote to sophomore
Earn 24 hours; maintain 1.80 GPA; spend two semesters in residence at Vanderbilt
Promote to junior
Earn 54 hours; maintain 1.90 GPA; spend at least 4 semesters in residence at Vanderbilt
Promote to senior
Earn 86 hours; maintain 2.0 GPA; spend 6 semesters in residence at Vanderbilt
Freshmen must qualify for sophomore standing within 3 semesters or risk being dropped. Sophomores must qualify for junior standing and juniors must qualify for senior standing in two semesters or be placed on probation.
Q2 I am on probation. How do I get back to good standing?
Creating a plan to get back on track is important to reach good standing. Meeting the GPA, hours earned, and promotion requirements will allow the student to return to good standing.
Q1 Where can I find the academic information that I need?
The Undergraduate Catalog is the main resource to which you should refer for policies related to your curriculum and degree requirements. The VUSE website, Office of the Registrar website and the Office of Academic Services has additional information.
Q2 What courses should I take?
The Undergraduate Catalog has a specimen curriculum which is a recommended schedule for each semester at Vanderbilt by major. Further, you will be required to meet with your faculty adviser prior to enrolling in courses so he/she will be able to help you select courses. Additional help is available in the Office of Academic Services.
Q3 Who is my adviser?
Incoming students are assigned a faculty adviser chosen from the faculty in the student’s intended major. When a student changes her/his major, they will be assigned a different adviser from their newly chosen field. Students will remain with their adviser throughout their time in the School of Engineering. Your adviser assignment is visible in YES in your “Academic Record.” First-year students won’t have an assigned faculty adviser until approximately a week prior to their arrival on campus.
The Office of Academic Services has an academic counselor who serves as a backup adviser for all Engineering students
Although we do not replace the faculty advisers, we are here to supplement the advising relationship and help students find their way. Engineering Advising orients first-year engineering students to the School of Engineering and works closely with students as they progress through the engineering curriculum. Our programs and services inform, support, and encourage individuals to be self-directed in their Engineering education.
Q4 What kinds of things can my adviser help me with? An adviser/advisee relationship is working best when the student arrives to any meeting prepared to discuss matters related to both short-term and long-term planning. Short-term planning can include what courses to take in the upcoming semester, how to change majors, and possible summer plans (internships, research, study abroad, taking courses elsewhere). Long-term planning should include a discussion of your future career goals, planning for future semesters, and life after Vanderbilt. Your faculty adviser is an expert in the field that you plan to join and will be one of your most valuable guides and allies as you navigate your undergraduate experience.
Q1 How do I know my classification?
A student’s classification is listed on their YES profile. Classification is calculated by hours earned and semesters in residence at Vanderbilt.
Promote to sophomore
Earn 24 hours; maintain1.80 GPA; spend two semesters in residence at Vanderbilt
Promote to junior
Earn 54 hours; maintain 1.90 GPA; spend at least 4 semesters in residence at Vanderbilt
Promote to senior
Earn 86 hours; maintain 2.0 GPA; spend 6 semesters in residence at Vanderbilt
Q2 Can I change my classification?
Classifications can only be changed when students meet promotion standards. Anyone interested in discussing this can meet with a member of the OAS staff.
Q1 What are the requirements for dean’s list?
Students must maintain at least a 3.5 GPA in a minimum of 12 hours of coursework taken on a letter grade basis. Students additionally must not have any temporary or missing grades in any course and no grades of F.
Q2 I want to do an honors program; where can I find more information?
The Undergraduate Catalog contains the honors information for each major. With approval of the Honors Program director, junior (and in some cases senior) students who have achieved a minimum GPA of 3.5 may be accepted into the undergraduate Honors Program.
Q1 How many hours are needed to be a full-time student?
12 hours per semester is considered to be full-time. If you plan to take less than 12 hours you will need to visit the Office of Academic Services for authorization.
Q2 Do I need to be a full time student?
Students need to maintain 12 hours per semester in order to avoid academic probation. Part-time student status brings varying possible consequences and will result in academic probation for students of all classifications.
Students in their final semester need to only be enrolled in the number of hours they need to meet graduation requirements. This part-time status could still bring off-campus consequences, such as the health and car insurance issues mentioned below.
Q3 What happens if I fall below full-time status?
There are a few possible consequences to being a part-time student. Please see the list below:
- Academic probation
- Financial aid may be impacted
- Ineligibility for Greek rush, an officer in a student society, or representing the University in external affairs
- Ineligibility to earn Dean’s list honors
- Health insurance and car insurance policies may require full-time status
- May need to report a part-time status when applying to medical school or law school
- Immigration status may be in jeopardy
- Loans may need to be paid back earlier if a student is part-time
Students planning to take a part-time schedule must visit the Office of Academic Services to sign paperwork authorizing them to take a reduced course load.
Q4 Can I take more than 18 hours?
In certain circumstances students may be approved to take more than 18 hours. Please contact Dean Cynthia Paschal via email (Cynthia.email@example.com) for permission if you would like to take more than 18 hours.
Q1 Where can I find my current GPA?
A student’s GPA can be found on YES under the ‘Academic Record’ and ‘Academic Detail’.
Q2 If I take classes at another school, are those grades included in my Vanderbilt GPA?
No, the grades earned at another institution and transferred back to Vanderbilt will not count towards your Vanderbilt GPA. These courses will only earn credit hours towards the student’s degree. This is true for Vanderbilt Study Abroad programs, as well as for non-Vanderbilt affiliated study away.
Q3 What is the required GPA to graduate?
A 2.0 GPA minimum in three areas: all major courses, all Engineering courses, and all courses taken cumulatively is required to graduate. If a student has met all other requirements but does not have the minimum GPA, he/she will not graduate.
Q1 What is considered a passing grade?
A grade of D- or higher is considered a passing grade. A grade of ‘F’ is not passing.
Q1 What is a leave of absence?
A leave of absence allows students to interrupt their studies for one or two fall/spring semesters. Students can take either a Medical Leave or a Personal Leave. Medical Leaves are usually recommended by a medical professional and require medical clearance prior to returning to your studies. Personal leaves require clearance by Engineering Administration, but do not usually require clearance to return to campus. Reasons for a leave may include but are not limited to: participation in a non-academic program, working to earn money, attending to a family crisis, or gaining a sense of direction
Q2 How do I apply for a leave of absence?
Contact the Office of Academic Services to discuss dates, deadlines, and other options that might be appropriate. Students will then be asked to complete a ‘Request for Leave of Absence’ form’. You may later request an extension to a third fall/spring semester if necessary.
Q3 How do I return from a leave of absence?
Returning from a Personal Leave does not require any special permissions assuming that you return during the semester that you anticipated returning when initiating your leave of absence. Returning from Medical Leave requires medical clearance. You can learn how to receive that clearance here: https://www.vanderbilt.edu/carecoordination/mloaforms/
Q1 What do I do if I received a midterm deficiency letter from the University Registrar’s Office?
It is highly recommended that the student meets with Assistant Dean Burgess Mitchell. Appointments can be made by calling the Office of Academic Services at (615) 343-8061.
Q2 How do I view my midterm deficiency?
The midterm deficiency letter is accessible via Your Enrollment System (YES). It can be located by navigating to ‘Academic Record’ then ‘Academic Detail’ under the Semester in which the deficiency letter was received.
Q3 What resources are available to help me overcome academic struggles?
Many Vanderbilt students find themselves really challenged by their classes for the first time and discover they need to "learn" how to study. Vanderbilt offers a range of supportive services to help students through this transition, including STEM tutoring in FGH and the Commons. The Center for Student Wellbeing (CSW) also provides individual appointments and group workshops on academic skills and strategies. The CSW provides learning and information processing training for students who often ‘understand’ course material but have difficulty applying it on exams, as well as workshops on time and task management, stress management, and test preparation strategies. We also encourage students to form study groups with the other students in their classes, which will also help you develop a strong, supportive social network. Keep in contact with your adviser and Academic Deans—we’re here to help!
Q1 Can I take a class Pass/Fail instead of a letter grade?
It depends upon your classification, major, and the course you desire to take Pass/Fail From the Undergraduate Catalog:
Pass/Fail Course Provision
Students may elect to take a limited number of courses on a Pass/Fail basis. To enroll for a course on a Pass/Fail basis, students must have completed at least two semesters at Vanderbilt, must have achieved at least sophomore standing, and must not be on academic probation.
In addition, the following regulations apply to students enrolled in the School of Engineering:
1. No more than 9 hours graded P will be accepted toward the B.S. or B.E. degree, as designated by each program's curriculum.
Pass/Fail Electives Options by Program
2. No more than two courses may be taken on a Pass/Fail basis in any one semester.
3. A minimum of 12 hours must be taken on a graded basis in any semester that a Pass/Fail course is taken. A graduating senior who needs fewer than 12 hours to graduate may take courses on a Pass/Fail basis as long as he or she takes the number of hours needed to graduate on a graded basis.
4. Students may register for grading on a Pass/Fail basis until the deadline to withdraw (with a 'W') for the semester. Students may change from Pass/Fail to graded status until the deadline to withdraw for the semester. The deadline is posted on the Academic Calendar found on the Registrar's website.
Those electing the Pass/Fail option must meet all course requirements (e.g., reports, papers, examinations, attendance, etc.) and are graded in the normal way. Instructors are not informed of the names of students enrolled on a Pass/Fail basis. At the end of the semester, a regular grade is submitted for the student enrolled under the P/F option. Any grade of D- or above is converted in the Student Records System to a P, while an F will be recorded if a student enrolled under this option fails the course. The P grade is not counted in the grade point average nor used in the determination of honors. The grade of F earned under the Pass/Fail option is included in the calculation of the grade point average.
Q2 How do I change a class from a letter grade to Pass/Fail?
A course can be changed from a letter grade to Pass/Fail by completing the ‘Change of Course Request’ form. Under the section to ‘Add/Edit’ the course information needs to be completed and under the column that says ‘Request for Pass/Fail grade basis in a typically graded course? Y/N’, a ‘Y’ can be indicated to request this. This action can be completed within the first 2 weeks of classes. The academic dates and deadlines can be found on the Office of the University Registrar website.
Q3 How do I reverse a class from Pass/Fail to a letter grade?
The Office of Academic Services has a form titled ‘Request to Convert Pass/Fail Status to a Regular Grade in a Course’. The deadline to complete this action is typically on the same date as the deadline to withdraw from a course. The academic dates and deadlines can be found on the Office of the University Registrar website.
Q1 How do I return to Vanderbilt if I have been away from school for more than two consecutive terms?
Undergraduate students seeking to return to the university after an extended absence, or those who were dismissed from the university for academic reasons, may apply for reinstatement. Students should submit the Application for Reinstatement and all related materials to the Reinstatement Coordinator in the Office of the University Registrar. More information here: http://registrar.vanderbilt.edu/reinstatement/
Q2 Where can I find more information about the reinstatement process?
If a student was suspended or dismissed from the university for academic reasons, the original dismissal letter should be referred to for specific details on when the student is permitted to apply for reinstatement and what is required in order for the student to return.
If a student was suspended from the university for disciplinary reasons, the original suspension letter should be referred to for any special requirements for reinstatement imposed by the Office of Student Accountability, Community Standards, and Academic Integrity.
Dean Paschal may be contacted for questions about eligibility to return to Vanderbilt at Cynthia.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q1 Can I repeat a course at another school which I failed at Vanderbilt?
No, you must retake the same course at Vanderbilt—it cannot be taken at another institution. However, if you received a ‘W’ on your transcript for a course then this can be taken at another institution.
Q2 I transferred a class into Vanderbilt and decided to retake it. Can I still use my original transfer credit?
No, the original transfer credit will be removed from the Vanderbilt record if the student retakes it at Vanderbilt.
Q3 If I repeat a class, will my first grade be removed from my GPA?
All grades earned will be shown on the transcript, but only the latest grade will be used for computation of grade point averages. Courses in which you earned a B- or higher are not eligible to be retaken for GPA replacement purposes.
Q1 What is a catalog year?
A student’s catalog year refers to the academic year the student was first admitted to Vanderbilt.
Q2 How do I know what catalog year I am on?
The catalog year is important because the student is expected to follow the curriculum requirements that were in effect that academic year. For example, if a student was admitted in Fall 2019 their catalog year would be 2019-20120.
Q3 Can I change my catalog year?
Students can choose to follow the catalog in effect either during the year they enter Vanderbilt University or the year they graduate. Students inquiring about a catalog year change should contact the Office of Academic Services in FGH 104.
Q1 How do I change my major?
The ‘Major/Minor Declaration/Change’ form on the Office of the University Registrar’s website must be completed and submitted to the Office of Academic Services. Dropping a major or minor will require the signature of the student’s current faculty adviser. Adding a new major or minor will require an adviser to be assigned to the student. The signature of the new faculty adviser is required for all adds. Students may visit the Office of Academic Services if they need a new adviser assignment due to a change of major.
Q2 How do I declare a major from VUSE?
Computer Science is the only major that Arts and Science, Blair, or Peabody students can declare without transferring to the School of Engineering.
If you are a student from Blair, Peabody or the College of Arts and Science and want to declare a major other than Computer Science you will need to complete an Intra-University Transfer (IUT) Application in order to change your residence into the School of Engineering. The application contains the eligibility requirements. In addition, students should complete Calculus I, Calculus II and Calculus-based Physics before transferring.
Q1 How do I change my graduation term?
Students should work with the Office of Academic Services to change their graduation term.
Q1 What is the degree audit and how does it work?
The degree audit is an academic advising document that maps a student’s degree requirements against their academic transcript.
Q2 Why do I need to look at my degree audit?
The purpose of the audit is to provide information to assist in academic planning and appropriate course scheduling. It is important for students to consistently view the audit by refreshing it to ensure they are on track with their requirements. It is also the student’s responsibility to seek out a correction if anything is incorrect on the audit. For questions about the degree audit students may visit the Office of Academic Services.
Q3 Can I choose a different major to view in my degree audit?
Yes, the “What If” degree audit is a tool to show students what their audit would look like if they pursued a different major(s) or minor(s). The “What If” audit (link to: https://registrar.vanderbilt.edu/documents/YES-User-Guide-Degree-Audit_ugrd.pdf) will default to the settings used most recently, however these can be updated.
Q1 What is the liberal arts core?
In order to provide the elements of a general education considered necessary for responsible practice as an educated engineer, the School of Engineering requires each student to complete at least 18 hours in the Liberal Arts Core comprising:
1. Courses classified in the AXLE Curriculum Course Distribution of the College of Arts and Science as Humanities and Creative Arts (HCA), International Cultures (INT), History and Culture of the United States (US), Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS), and Perspectives (P)
2. CS 1151 and ENGM 2440
3. ARA, CHEB, CHIN, FREN, GER, GRK, HEBR, HNUR, ITA, JAPN, KICH, KOR, LAT, RUSS, SNSK, and SPAN courses numbered 1101; CHIN and JAPN courses numbered 1011 and 1012; and ENGL and SPAN courses numbered 1100. 448
4. Peabody College courses in Psychology and Human Development numbered 1205, 1207, 1250, 2200, 2250, 2300, 2400, 2500, 2550, 2600, and 3150, and in Human and Organizational Development numbered 1250, 1300, 2100, 2260, 2400, 2500, 2700, and 3232
5. All MUSC, MUSE, MUSO, COMP, MREP, MUTH, and performance courses in the Blair School of Music, except MUSO 1001
Q2 Will my minor or second major coursework count for liberal arts core?
Yes, if it is classified as a course in the AXLE Curriculum Course Distribution of the College of Arts and Science as Humanities and Creative Arts (HCA), International Cultures (INT), History and Culture of the United States (US, Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS), and Perspectives (P). There are other additional courses that are accepted for the Liberal Arts Core. Students are encouraged to consult the Undergraduate Catalog for the full description.
Q1 What minors are offered in the School of Engineering?
A declared minor consists of at least five courses of at least 3 credit hours each within a recognized area of knowledge. A minor offers students more than a casual introduction to an area, but less than a major. A minor is not a degree requirement, but students may elect to complete one or more. Courses applying to the minor may not be taken on a Pass/Fail basis. A minor for which all designated courses are completed with a grade point average of at least 2.0 will be entered on the transcript at the time of graduation. When a minor is offered in a discipline that offers a major, only those courses that count toward the major may be counted toward the minor. Students should refer to the appropriate sections of the undergraduate catalog for specific requirements. Currently, minors are offered in computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, energy and environmental systems, engineering management, environmental engineering, materials science and engineering, nanoscience and nanotechnology, and scientific computing.
Q2 How do I declare a minor outside the School of Engineering?
Minors are offered in most disciplines of the College of Arts and Science, Blair School of Music, and Peabody College.
Students should declare their intention to pursue minors by completing a form available in the Office of Academic Services in the School of Engineering. Departments and programs assign advisers to students who declare minors in their areas. Students are responsible for knowing and satisfying all requirements for the minors they intend to complete.
Q1 What is an open elective?
Any course offered for credit at Vanderbilt University except Math 1005, 1010, 1011, and 1040 or Physics 1010 and 1010L.
Q2 Will my minor or double-major coursework count as open electives?
It depends, but many of the classes likely can count as open electives. If your minor or double-major coursework is classified as a Liberal Arts Core it will fulfill this area and will not go towards your open electives unless the Liberal Arts Core is already fulfilled. Similarly, if the minor or double-major coursework overlaps with your major degree requirements it will count in the appropriate category instead of open electives as well.
Q1 What double majors are offered in the School of Engineering?
Certain double majors involving two programs within the School of Engineering have been approved by the faculty. The approved double majors are biomedical engineering/electrical engineering, and biomedical engineering/chemical engineering. The double major is indicated on the student's transcript. Only one degree is awarded, from the school in which the student is enrolled in her or his primary major.
Q2 How do I declare a double major outside the School of Engineering?
It is possible for a student to combine an engineering field with a second area outside the School of Engineering. The student must obtain prior approval of each department and satisfy the requirements of each major, including the requirement regarding minimum grade point average.
Q1 Can I study abroad as an engineering student?
Yes. GEO (Global Education Office) in the Student Life Center is the first stop for information about study abroad. The VUSE Study Abroad website contains information on specific programs that are affiliated with the School of Engineering. Students who wish to study abroad will need to work with their faculty adviser, the Office of Academic Services and GEO to ensure that the plan will work correctly for the expected graduation term.
Q2 How do I know what courses to take abroad?
Careful planning is the key for knowing what courses should be taken abroad. Many students find options for math electives, technical electives, liberal arts core or open electives to be the easiest to transfer back to Vanderbilt. However, students can take a number of different courses if equivalencies exist for the course requirements. In YES, the programs and course equivalencies can be found under the Study Abroad tab.
Q1 Can the courses I took elsewhere count towards my degree at Vanderbilt?
Possibly, but the courses would need to be evaluated to see if they are the equivalent to the course at Vanderbilt. It is the student’s responsibility to provide all information (link to: https://registrar.vanderbilt.edu/transfer-credit.php) needed for an assessment of the program for which transfer of credit is requested.
Work transferred to Vanderbilt from another institution will not carry with it a grade point average. No course in which a grade below C- was received will be credited toward a degree offered by the School of Engineering.
Transfer students must complete at least 60 hours of work at Vanderbilt. Two of the semesters must be the senior year. Please refer to the Transfer Students link.
Q2 Is there a limit to the number of AP or IB credits I can transfer?
The School of Engineering does not have a limit to the number of AP or IB credits you can transfer to Vanderbilt. However, we do not accept AP credit for Statistics and Physics.
Some students may qualify for advanced placement or advanced credit in mathematics, science, the humanities and social sciences, or computer science. If advanced credit is awarded, it will not affect the student's Vanderbilt grade point average.
Entering engineering students will be placed in the appropriate level mathematics course by the director of undergraduate mathematics program. Students offering one full year or more of high school credit in analytic geometry and calculus may qualify for advance placement in a regular sequence by scoring well on the Advance Placement Examination.
Q3 If I plan to take classes over the summer how do I know if it will transfer to Vanderbilt?
Students must complete a ‘Transfer Credit’ form and get it approved by the appropriate department. Students may get a copy of this form in the Office of Academic Services in FGH 104. In order to get approval, students must collect the course description and syllabus to be reviewed with the transfer credit form. Courses completed the summer prior to a student’s matriculation at Vanderbilt are subject to our Summer Work Elsewhere policies. Please see the conditions below:
- Student must be in good standing
- The college or university must be a fully accredited institution with standards equivalent to those of Vanderbilt.
- The course(s) may not be taken on a pass-fail basis.
- The course(s) may not be part of the last 30 credit hours.
Q4 Can I take a class or classes at a different institution in the same semester that I am enrolled in courses at Vanderbilt?
No, simultaneous enrollment at an external institution during a semester in which you are enrolled at Vanderbilt is not allowed.
Q1 When can I start doing research? How do I get started?
For most students, research is a way to explore areas of special interest in a particular discipline of engineering. By the time students become juniors, they have begun to choose some specialization through their coursework and we find this is a great time to begin to engage in research. We have also found that research experience as an undergraduate makes students extremely competitive for graduate school, graduate fellowships and prestigious scholarships.
To learn about the guidelines for seeking research opportunities, please visit the undergraduate research website.
Q2 How do I get enrolled in undergraduate research?
Biomedical Engineering (link to: https://engineering.vanderbilt.edu/bme/UndergraduateProgram/BME240.php) and Computer Science ( link to: https://my.vanderbilt.edu/juliejohnson/dus_info/#research) have separate application processes that require that students complete webforms to apply/get approval to do undergraduate research. Research in all other disciplines requires completion of the undergraduate research form (link to: https://engineering.vanderbilt.edu/academic-services/AcademicAdvising/Forms.php) Once the forms are submitted and approved by the relevant departments students will be enrolled by the Office of Academic Services.
Q1 How do I add my classes?
Students may add classes in YES (Your Enrollment System). An advising hold will be placed each semester before registration, so students must make sure to contact their faculty adviser and schedule a meeting prior to enrollment so that they are clear to add courses.
Once a student is logged into YES, the registration is located under the ‘Applications’ tab as ‘Student Registration’. In this tab students can view their enrollment dates, semester enrollment, courses in their registration cart and search for courses to add. The ‘Search Classes’ function is defaulted to a basic search but the advanced search is located to the right of the search window. Once a student searches for a course, a plus sign will appear next to the course. The student may click on the plus sign to add the course to their registration cart.
Students may add classes through YES through the first week of class; after the first week of class students need to use a “Change of Course Request” form and receive Instructor permission to add a course. We recommend that students check the Office of the University Registrar’s website for the academic dates/deadlines calendar.
Q2 I'm an incoming freshman. How do I register for my first semester classes?
The Office of Academic Services will communicate with you prior to your registration (multiple times) to explain these processes. In short, you will login to YES to see your registration appointment windows, and to view YES tutorials for complete information on using YES. Depending on your major, you will need between 120-127 hours to graduate; plan to average 15-17 hours per semester. You will be advised on what classes to take sometime in mid-May.
Q4 Can I enroll in two classes that have a time conflict?
Small time overlaps between two classes may be petitioned to enroll in both. Petition both instructors for permission using the “Time Conflict Approval” form. Submit the completed form to the Office of Academic Services. (link to forms page)
Q1 How do I drop a class?
Through the first week of class, students may drop classes through YES (Your Enrollment System). Once a student is logged into YES, the registration is located under the ‘Applications’ tab as ‘Student Registration’. In this tab students can view their enrollment dates, semester enrollment, courses in their registration cart and search for courses.
After the first week of class, students will need to drop a course using the “Change of Course Request” form available online and in 104 FGH.
Q2 I plan to drop a class and as a result I will drop below 12 hours. Am I still considered a full time student?
A schedule which is less than 12 hours is considered to be part-time. Students who plan on taking a part-time schedule must sign paperwork in the Office of Academic Services for authorization.
Q1 I have a hold on my record. What do I do?
In the instance that you have a hold, you will need to check what kind of hold you have. Contact the appropriate office for that specific hold (for example, student accounts or financial aid for a financial hold). If you need additional help, contact the Office of Academic Services.
Q2 What is an Academic Adviser hold?
Students are required to meet with their academic adviser prior to registering for classes each term. Academic Advising holds will be removed by the faculty adviser after that meeting has taken place.
Q1 How do I find a list of prerequisites or corequisites for classes?
The prerequisites and corequisites for a course will be listed in the course description for the course in the Undergraduate Catalog. The Office of Academic Services has curriculum sheets with the prerequisites and corequisites by major degree requirements. Students are welcome to come to the Office of Academic Services for a copy of the curriculum sheet.
Q2 Are prerequisites and co-requisites strictly enforced?
Yes. The prerequisites and co-requisites are in place to make sure that students have the background information for the class they are going to take. Students should plan each semester carefully by consulting whether or not they will be meeting all prerequisites and co-requisites listed.
Students lacking prerequisites or co-requisites can be admitted to a course by the course’s instructor and using a “Requisite Variance” form (link to forms).
Q1 What are important registration dates to know?
All important academic dates/deadlines for the semester can be found on the Office of the University Registrar website. Some common dates to remember are the first and last day of classes, add/drop deadlines, registration windows, the deadline to change a course to pass/fail or to graded, etc.
Q2 How much time should I allow between my classes?
Care should be taken during the schedule building process to ensure that you have enough time to get from one building to the location of a subsequent class. If you have a course in either the Engineering and Science Building (ESB) or Olin Hall, it could be difficult to reach classes on the Peabody campus, in Wilson Hall, or on the Blair School of Music campus. If you have a course in either Featheringill Hall or Stevenson Center 5, it could be difficult to reach classes on the Peabody campus or on the Blair School of Music campus.
Q3 I get an Error message when trying to enroll ---does it mean YES is not working?
No, it means that your action created an error. You should read the message carefully to see why there is an error. You might not meet the prerequisites for the class, or perhaps the class requires permission of the instructor. Check the message carefully. If you can't figure it out, contact the YES help desk ("Help" on the upper right corner of the page) before you panic!
Q4 Why am I getting a requisite error when I meet the co-requisite and pre-requisite requirements?
For classes that have co-requisite labs, discussions, or modules (for instance, ES 1401,1402, and 1403), you MUST have a seat (not a spot on the waitlist) in each component to get a spot in the class. That is, if there is an available seat in the lecture component of course, but there is not an available seat in your preferred lab component, the enrollment transaction will not work for either component. You should choose a different lab (with available seats) and then use the drop if enrolled (link to: https://registrar.vanderbilt.edu/documents/YES-User-Guide-Drop-if-enrolled.pdf)
Q5 Why do a get a class capacity error or placed on the waitlist when there are seats available in a course?
This could be for one of two reasons:
- The seats that remain available have been reserved for specific populations of students. For example, the Math department typically reserves a portion of all Fall calculus courses (1300, 1301, and 2300) for incoming students. Other departments reserve a portion of seats for student within their major or minor groups.
- The course in which you are attempting to enroll is combined with a graduate class and the combined capacity for both courses has been met. When this happens, it can appear that there are seats available that are in fact filled by graduate students in the affiliated listing.
Q6 Does Vanderbilt offer summer engineering classes?
Some Engineering courses are typically offered during the summer semesters, though offerings are limited. Foundational courses in mathematics, physics and chemistry, as well as courses in the liberal arts fields, are offered.
Q1 Can I get a seat in a class that is full?
You may choose to place yourself on the waitlist for most classes (this will not happen automatically). The waitlist is an optional function that allows students to sign-up for a course that is closed. Students who are waitlisted for a course are not registered but are waiting to register for the course.
Q2 Why do some classes have no waitlist?
Waitlist options are determined by Vanderbilt departments. If there is no wait list for a class you will need to check the class periodically for open seats.
Q1 What is the EIT or FE exam?
The FE exam is the Fundamentals of Engineering exam. After you pass the FE exam, graduate and register with the state, you will have the EIT (Engineer-in-Training) certification.
Q2 Why should I take the FE Exam?
Licensed engineers have additional career options. As a PE, you would be able to perform certain tasks, such as stamp and seal designs, bid for government contract, be principal of a firm, perform consulting services and offer services to the public.
Q3 How can I find out more information about the FE Exam?
Dean Paschal may be contacted for questions about the FE Exam at email@example.com.
Q1 How do I join an engineering club?
You can join a club anytime and it’s never too early to get involved! The Clubs and Organizations page has additional information.
Q1 If I am thinking about pursuing a graduate program where can I get more information?
The Graduate Programs in Engineering website has information on the degree programs, graduate certificate programs, admission requirements and more. Students may also request additional information by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q2 If I want to pursue the accelerated Graduate Programs described in the Undergraduate Catalog, where can I get more information?
Students interested in one of our Accelerated Masters programs, whereby qualified students can earn a Bachelor and a Master’s degree in 4 or 5 years, should discuss this with someone in the Office of Academic Services.
Q3 Is an engineering degree good preparation for medical school?
Engineering’s practical approach to quantitative problem solving is excellent preparation for medical school. The prerequisites for medical school can be taken simultaneously while students are completing major degree requirements for engineering. Pursuing an engineering degree as a pathway to medical school is a rigorous pathway and we recommend that students plan carefully if they wish to pursue this track. The Health Professions Advisory Office can help students know which courses to take for medical school. The Office is located at 1801 Edgehill and appointments are recommended. Please visit their website for additional information.