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Preregistration Information

CSE, EE, and upperclass PR-ENGIN majors with CSE or EE subplans

Important Notice: Everyone has a "service indicator (code-RAC)" on their SPIRE accounts, which prevents enrollment. If you are a CSE, EE, or upperclass PR-ENGIN major, this hold can be removed only by meeting with an advisor and turning in a signed Course Selection Form to Ms. Barbara Hastings in Marcus 207. (PR-ENGIN majors who entered UMass Amherst as freshmen in September 2017 will be advised through the College of Engineering Office of Student Affairs.)

Advising Procedure

Step 1. October 23—October 29, 2017: Getting Started – Come to M5 (Marcus Hall, Room 5) to pick up your registration paperwork (a Curriculum Worksheet and a Course Selection Form), which are located near the main door to M5. You also need to sign up for an appointment with your faculty advisor using UMass Apps. Your advisor should send you a link for scheduling an appointment. If you do not receive an email from your advisor, contact Ms. Barbara Hastings (Marcus 207, 545-2441,  for assistance.

Step 2. Getting ready for your Advising Appointment – Print and review your SPIRE (unofficial) transcript and write each of the grades from your transcript in the appropriate box on your EE or CSE Curriculum Worksheet. Enter a grade of "TR" for all transfer courses that are listed as being satisfied on your Academic Requirements Report (ARR). Review your ARR online, but please do not print out the report. When you have completed all of this, write out a draft of your academic plan for next semester.

Step 3. October 30—November 10, 2017: Meeting with your Advisor – Go to your advising appointment prepared with your partially completed Course Selection Form, a copy of your SPIRE transcript, a completed Curriculum Worksheet and your draft of next semester's academic plan. You and your advisor will finalize your academic plan for Spring 2018, and you will both sign the Course Selection Form. If you need to change the agreed upon academic plan later (e.g., because you failed to meet a minimum grade requirement in one of your classes this semester), you must first consult with your advisor. Also if you go to your appointment unprepared, don't be surprised if your advisor asks you to reschedule your appointment.

Step 4. After your Advising Appointmen– Return the signed Course Selection Form to Ms. Barbara Hastings, Marcus Hall, room 207. This is how you will get the RAC service indicator removed from your SPIRE account, which is the ONLY way you will be able to preregister for Spring classes. In the event that Ms. Hastings is unavailable, please see Professor Leonard in Marcus 8B.

Step 5. After your SPIRE Access Period Begins – Sign up for Spring 2018 classes beginning on the date and time of your Enrollment Appointment, as shown on your Student Center page on SPIRE.

Requirements for Admission to either the CSE or EE Major

In order for an undergraduate to be admitted to the CSE or EE major, the student must: (1) be in good academic standing, and (2) have earned a C or better in each of the following six courses:

ENGIN 112 (ENGIN 110, 111, 113, 114, and 197E are also acceptable); ECE 122 or COMPSCI 121*; PHYSICS 151; MATH 131; MATH 132; and ENGLWRIT 112.

Note: A grade of C– in any of the courses listed above is insufficient for admission to the EE or CSE major and should be repeated. To apply for an exception, contact Prof. Bill Leonard at

* For students who entered PR-ENGIN before September 2016, the requirement is COMPSCI 121 instead of ECE 122. If you entered PR-ENGIN in September 2016 or later, and you have credit for COMPSCI 121, please contact Prof. Leonard at