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Preregistration Information

CompE, EE, and upperclass PR-ENGIN majors with CMPSYS or ELECTRICAL subplans

(This is an overview of the preregistration process. For detailed registration notes, go here.)

Important Notice: Everyone has a "service indicator (code-RAC)" on their SPIRE accounts, which prevents enrollment and which can be removed only by meeting with an advisor, either through Zoom or by email, and by making sure an email is sent to Ms. Barbara Hastings (

Advising Procedure:

Step 1: March 2020: Getting Started - Go to the Forms & Documents page on the ECE website ( to download up your registration paperwork (a fillable Curriculum Worksheet and a fillable Course Selection Form). You also need to sign up for an appointment with your faculty advisor using UMass Apps. Your advisor should either send you a link for scheduling an appointment or provide an alternative format for meeting remotely. If you do not receive an email from your advisor, contact Ms. Barbara Hastings for assistance.

Step 2: Getting ready for your Advising Appointment - Review your SPIRE (unofficial) transcript and write each of the grades from your transcript in the appropriate box on your (fillable) EE or CompE Curriculum Worksheet. Enter a grade of "TR" or "AP" for all transfer or Advanced Placement courses that are listed as being satisfied on your Academic Requirements Report (ARR). For courses you are taking THIS semester, enter your best guess or a range of possible grades, e.g., "B?" or "A-/B+". Review your ARR online, but please do not print out the report. Fill out the Course Selection Form as well, including a draft of your academic plan for next semester, and "sign" the form by typing in your name in the appropriate field.

Step 3. April 2 - April 24, 2020: Meeting with your Advisor - Before your meeting, email both documents (a Curriculum Worksheet and a Course Selection Form) to your advisor, preferably still as fillable forms. (And choose meaningful filenames, so that your advisor can find them easily.) You and your advisor will finalize your academic plan for Fall 2020, and your will sign the Course Selection Form, then forward the form to Ms. Barbara Hastings. 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 the appointment.

Step 4. After your SPIRE Access Period Begins - Sign up for Fall 2020 classes beginning on the date and time of your Enrollment Appointment, as shown on your Student Center page on SPIRE.

Requirements for Admission to the CompE or EE Major:

In order for an undergraduate to be admitted to the CompE or EE major, the student must: (1) be in good academic standing, (2) have a semester GPA of 2.00 or higher in the previous "regular" semester (fall or spring), and (3) have earned a C or better in each of the following seven courses:

ENGIN 112 (ENGIN 100, 110, 111, 113, 114, and 197E are also acceptable); ECE 122; PHYSICS 151; PHYSICS 152; MATH 131; MATH 132; and ENGLWRIT 112.


  • The Chief Undergraduate Advisor for ECE is Prof. Bill Leonard. He can be reached at

  • Credit for COMPSCI 121 might count as being equivalent to ECE 122. Contact Prof. Leonard for more information.

  • A grade of C- in any of the seven courses listed above is insufficient for admission to the CompE or EE major, and therefore, must be repeated.

  • If you have not met one or more of the listed requirements, and you are not sure exactly when to take or repeat a course, contact Prof. Leonard.

  • These requirements MIGHT change for classes taken Pass/Fail during Spring 2020.