Advising Information

Advising Information

Advising Information

The faculty and staff of the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering are committed to helping you reach your goals and share responsibility for your success. The resources described below are designed to help ease your academic journey.
The College recognizes the need for the consistency and expertise of professional advisors, in addition to the vital connection between students and faculty members in the discipline-specific areas. The College supports a dual advising system comprised of professional advising and faculty mentoring. At the departmental level, Undergraduate Coordinators provide a major-specific connection between the academic department and advising.  Below is a description of the advising structure from first through senior years.

First-Year/Sophomore Advising

General Advising: Professional advisors work closely with first-year and sophomore students. Each student is assigned an advisor who assists with the transitional needs typically associated with first-year students, and continues this support into the sophomore year. Professional advising is supplemented by  faculty advisors/mentors within the student's engineering discipline who help them connect their coursework to engineering as a profession.

Professional advisors serve as the first resource for general Engineering and University inquiries, such as:

  • Course sequence
  • College and University processes and policies
  • Registration and administrative processes
  • Campus resources

First-year and sophomore students are assigned to professional advisors by last name as follows:

Last names A-K: Maria Perez-Colón (

Last names L-Z: Patricia Dashefsky (

Students can schedule appointments with their advisor through RSN/Starish

General advising inquires may be sent to 

Faculty Advisors are experts in their field and provide guidance related to research, real-world experience, advanced studies, course content, industry, etc. Faculty advising/mentoring is very important in helping students connect their academic program to their professional goals.

Undergraduate Coordinators are dedicated faculty who oversee advising in their respective discipline and coordinate with professional advisors to provide a complementary advising experience for students.  The UG coordinators provide in depth major-specific information, including guidance about potential minors and CUGS (certificate of undergraduate studies), and how these supplement their degree program. UG coordinators also advise incoming transfers and work with them to determine course sequencing. Below are the UG Coordinators for each major:

Biomedical Engineering - Dr. Mary Staehle, 

Chemical Engineering - Dr. Kevin Dahm,

Civil & Environmental Engineering - Dr. Doug Cleary,

Electrical & Computer Engineering - Dr. Gina Tang,

Engineering Entrepreneurship - Dr. Kaitlin Mallouk,

Mechanical Engineering - Prof. Melanie Amadoro,

Junior/Senior Advising

Students transitioning to the junior year are assigned to faculty mentors within their major. Students rely on the expertise of faculty to provide guidance on discipline-specific coursework, paths toward advanced studies and career-related advice. Students can find the name of their faculty mentor by accessing GRAD/DegreeWorks in Banner Self-Service (, checking their  RSN/Starfish network (, or contacting their academic department administrative assistant.

Curriculum/Academic Planning

Our programs of study in Biomedical, Chemical, Civil & Environmental, Electrical & Computer, Engineering Entrepreneurship, and Mechanical Engineering follow a structured program of study. The curriculum is rounded out by general education electives (class entering F'17 or prior), or Rowan Core electives (class entering F'18 and beyond), that fulfill the University's requirements. Students are strongly advised to follow the prescribed sequence of courses. Additional discipline-specific information is found on departmental webpages. Deviation from course of study must have the approval of your department head/chair and made in consultation with your faculty advisor.

 Major Curriculum Guides

Biomedical Engineering
         Class entering Fall 2020 and beyond
Chemical Engineering
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Engineering Entrepreneurship
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Policy for Changing Between Engineering Majors

Students currently in an Engineering major may wish to pursue a different engineering major. The College has an application process for this purpose. The guidelines are provided here. The process includes application deadlines, minimum GPA (3.0), and course requirements that should be completed, or in progress, at time of application. Potential applicants are advised to consult with their advisor before submitting an application. Please note that students must wait for a decision on their application before adjusting their registration, and may not register for courses outside of their current major until/unless accepted by the new engineering major. Please refer to guidelines linked above.

Engineering Minors

Engineering Minors: Engineering minors are restricted and require between 18-19 credits of coursework.  Submission of an application is required for admission, as is approval from department head or associate chair of the minor department, and minimum GPA of 3.0.  Please review the course requirements for each minor program below. Any exceptions must be approved by the Dean's Office.

Please complete Google form linked here to apply:

The application deadlines are as follows:

For Fall admission: November 2 - April 1
For Spring admission: April 2 – November 1 

Engineering CUGS (Certificate of Undergraduate Studies)

A Certificate of Undergraduate Study (CUGS) provides a credential for students completing an area of study totaling 12-17 credits. Engineering offers several CUGS that complement a specific engineering areas of study. For information on Engineering CUGS offered by each major, see below:

Biomedical EngineeringBME - CUGS

Chemical EngineeringChE - CUGS

Civil/Environmental EngineeringCEE - CUGS

Electrical/Computer EngineeringECE - CUGS

Engineering EntrepreneurshipENGR-Entrepreneurship- CUGS

Mechanical EngineeringME - CUGS

Students may also be interested in CUGS offered in other academic programs across the university. Information on all University CUGS can be found at the link here. 

Guidelines for General Education/Rowan Core Requirements

All Engineering majors are required to fulfill the General Education/Rowan Experience or Rowan Core/Rowan Experience general education model. Math, Science and Communications requirements are  satisfied from required courses in the typical Engineering curriculum. Please see below for description and requirements.

Rowan Core Model - applies to students who entered Fall 2018 and beyond. 

Rowan General Education - applies to students who entered in Fall 2017 and prior.

General Information

  • Students may take up to 18 credits without prior approval. Credits above 18 must be approved by the dean, in consultation with department chair or faculty advisor. Tuition ramifications: Full-time flat rate tuition covers 12-17 credits.  Credits above 17 will be charged at the per credit tuition rate.
  • Students on scholarship are required to maintain a GPA of 2.5 to remain on scholarship.
  • The College follows the University's academic standing policy, which states that students falling below a 2.0 GPA at the end of each semester will be on academic warning.

Registration Tools

Campus Resources

  • DegreeWorks/GRAD - This system is a useful advising tool for students and displays graduation requirements and progress toward completion. It is accessible through Self-Service Banner.
  • Student Success Programs - include an array of services geared toward helping students achieve academic success. These include general advising, Career Advancement, Education Abroad, Disability Resources, First-Year Programs, Testing, Tutoring and Military Services.