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First and Second Year Advising
Advanced Placement and Transfer Credits

Rowan Core / General Education Requirements
Academic and Student Services

Rowan's Engineering program matches up students with ECE faculty members, who provide educational guidance and assist students with planning their class schedules, electives, and future career plans.
You can find out your advisor by checking your Banner Self Service or simply stop by at Ms. Stein's desk in Engineering Hall 346.

For answers to some of the most commonly asked questions for ECE, please see the ECE Frequently Asked Questions.


First and Second Year Advising

To meet their transitional needs, first-year students are assigned to a College-level professional advisor, who continues to advise them through the first semester of Sophomore year. The First and Second Year Program Advisors for our College are Ms. Maria Perez-Colón and Ms. Patricia Dashefsky, who are your first resource for general Engineering and University inquiries, and can provide institutional information related to the following:

  • Course Sequence
  • College and University Policies
  • Registration Issues
  • Information Related to Campus Resources

Please also make sure to review the following documents:

Ms. Maria Perez-Colón can be reached at 856.256.5302, Ms. Patricia Dashefsky can be reached at 856-256-5837, General advising inquires should be sent to For more specific advising needs, you may schedule an advising appointment with Ms. Perez-Colón or Ms. Dashefsky via the Starfish/Rowan Success Network (RSN)/, Please make sure that you visit Ms. Perez-Colon or Ms.Dashefsky first for all other first-year advising issues, and then Dr. Gina Tang and/or Dr. Robi Polikar if additional questions remain.

From the second semester of sophomore through senior year, students rely on the expertise of faculty to provide guidance on discipline-specific coursework that relates to career goals. ECE faculty provide information on curriculum and career planning, preparation for graduate study, employment, internships and work experience in the field. The name of your faculty advisor can be found by accessing your GRAD report through Banner Self-Service (, or by contacting Department Secretary in Room 346. 

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Advanced Placement and Transfer Credits

If you are interested in applying AP and/or credits from other institutions toward program requirements, please refer to the registrar's web page for information on transferring credits: Credit Transfers If you wish to take credits at community colleges or other schools, please refer to the course equivalency page to determine if courses are equivalent to Rowan courses. The web page can be found here: Course Equivalents. Please note that if you are taking classes at other institutions, you must obtain an official transcript from that institution and submit to the Rowan registrar so the credits you earned can be noted on your Rowan transcript.

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Rowan Core and for General Education Guidelines and Requirements

The general education model has changed in Fall 2018. The new model is called Rowan Core, and applies to all first-year students starting in Fall 2018 or later. All other students, who have started before Fall 2018, and/or transfer students whose first semester at Rowan is Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 are subject to the traditional general education model. The requirements for each are provided below.

The New Rowan Core Model (for first-year students entering in Fall 2018 or later)

The Rowan Core is based on six literacies (ability to think, understand, and effectively work with information in the given domain) that reflect contemporary priorities while maintaining a strong
liberal arts foundation. The literacies are:

  • Artistic Literacy
  • Global Literacy
  • Quantitative Literacy
  • Communicative Literacy
  • Humanistic Literacy and
  • Scientific Literacy

Communicative, Quantitative and Scientific Literacy requirements are fulfilled by the prescribed courses in your program of study (i.e., Composition I, Sophomore Engineering Clinic, Calculus, Chemistry, Introductory Mechanics, etc.) and are already integrated into the ECE curriculum.

The Artistic, Global and Humanistic literacies are fulfilled by general education elective courses you select. These are designated as Rowan Core Elective (or just General Education elective) in the curriculum.

Rowan Experience - The Rowan Experience requirement consists of Rowan Seminar (RS), Writing Intensive (WI), and Broad-Based Literature (LIT). 

  • Rowan Seminar – fulfilled by First-Year Engineering Clinic I
  • Writing Intensive - fulfilled by Senior Engineering Clinic II
  • Broad-based Literature – fulfilled by an elective. When selecting your Rowan Core electives, one selection must also be literature. 

This means that you are required to take a minimum of three Rowan Core Electives, as well as the Board Based Literature requirement (may be met by one of those three Rowan Core Electives, or by another class). The current ECE curriculum includes 4 general education classes, so make sure that the courses you take collectively meet the Rowan Core requirements. 

For additional details, and currently available classes, please Rowan Core Guidelines and Electives. The most current list of Rowan Core courses can be found at the Rowan Core Master Course List.

Traditional General Education Requirements (for students who started before Fall 2018, and transfer students starting in AY 2018-19)

All Engineering majors enrolled before Fall 2018, and transfer students enrolled in Fall 2018, are required to fulfill the traditional General Education/Rowan Experience requirements of a Specialized Degree Model. In this model, your Math, Science, and Communications requirements are met from the required courses in your respective Engineering curriculum. Other Rowan Experience courses are met throughout your required program of study. For example, Senior Engineering Clinic II is the Writing Intensive (WI) course and First-Year Clinic I is the Rowan Seminar (RS) course. College Comp II and Public Speaking are covered in your Sophomore Clinic I and Sophomore Clinic II.

You must choose 15 credits of General Education courses (typically 5 courses at 3 credits each) that meet the following criteria:

  • Two courses (6 credits) of History Humanities Language (HHL)
  • Two courses (6 credits) of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS)
  • 3 credits in SBS are already included in the ECE curriculum through ECON 04102 Microeconomics; the second SBS class is a course of your choice
  • One course (3 credits) Artistic and Creative Expression (ACE)
Of the above General Education courses (ACE, HHL, SBS), one must be a Multicultural/Global course (listed as M/G or MCUL), and the other must be a Literature-based (LIT) course.
  • A course can be designated as both LIT and MCUL. For example, ENGL 02112, Readings in Asian Lit meets both criteria. However, you still have to take a total of 5 (five) courses.
  • Double counting of HHL, SBS, and ACE courses is not permitted. If a course meets the requirements of two categories (e.g., HHL and ACE), you must use it in one or the other. Therefore, you will still need to take 5 courses (15 credits)

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Academic and Student Services, Accessibility Services

A wide spectrum of academic and other student services are available to all Rowan students. Student Success Programs provides placement testing, tutoring, and disability assistance services, among others. For disability resources and accessibility services, please visit Accesibility Services. To contact Student Success Services and their offices, please see their contact information

No Rowan experience is complete without participating in some of the activities and services of the Student Life and Office of Student Affairs.

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