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. See below for a description of advising at first-year through senior levels.

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 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-Colon (

Last names L-Z: Patricia Dashefsky (

General advising inquires may be sent to Students should schedule appointments with their assigned advisor through RSN/Starish:

Faculty Advisors are knowledgeable about their area of expertise and provide guidance related to research, real work experience, advanced studies, course content, industry, etc. Faculty advising is very important in helping students connect their academic program to their professional goals.

Junior/Senior Advising

Students transitioning to the junior year are assigned to faculty advisors/mentors within their major. They rely on the expertise of faculty to provide guidance on discipline-specific coursework, paths toward advanced studies and career-related advice. Your faculty advisor can be found by accessing your GRAD/DegreeWorks report through Banner Self-Service (, checking your RSN/Starfish network, or by contacting your department secretary.

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

Current Engineering majors who wish to pursue a different engineering discipline should follow the application process described here. Students should consult with their advisor before applying. Please note that students must wait for a decision on their application before being considered in the new engineering major.

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 of the department head (of the minor department) or associate chair, and a minimum GPA of 3.0.  Please review requirements for each program (see 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 student's area of studies. Information on Engineering CUGS, as well as other academic areas, can be found 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 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 3.0 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 the spring term will be on academic probation.

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.