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Preregistration Information

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

(This is an brief overview of the preregistration process. For much more 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 and having the advisor turn in a signed Course Selection Form.

Advising Procedure:

Step 1: Getting Started - Download your registration paperwork (a fillable Curriculum Worksheet and a fillable Course Selection Form), which are located on our ECE website under Forms & Documents. You also need to sign up for an appointment with your faculty advisor, most likely using UMass Apps. Your advisor should either send you a link for scheduling an appointment or provide an alternative format for scheduling. If you do not receive an email from your advisor before Friday, October 28, contact Ms. Emily Krems ( for assistance.

Step 2: Getting ready for your Advising Appointment - Review your Course History on SPIRE (under Academics) and write ALL of the grades from your Course History in the appropriate box on your (fillable) EE or CompE Curriculum Worksheet using Adobe Acrobat or PDFescape (see below), including “CR” for all transfer and Advanced Placement courses that are listed. For courses with “P”, go to Enrollment >> Revoke Pass/Fail in SPIRE to see your grades. (Some courses are mandatory Pass/Fail, so there is no grade in SPIRE.) 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 Course History online, but please do NOT print out the page. Fill out the Course Selection Form as well, including a draft of your academic plan for next semester, and “sign” the form by typing your name into the appropriate field.

Step 3. Through November 18, 2022: Meeting with your Advisor - Before your meeting, email both filled-out documents (a Curriculum Worksheet and a Course Selection Form) to your advisor, still as fillable forms. For your filename, use the format CSF_LastName_FirstName_SPIREID_Fa22. You and your advisor will finalize your academic plan for Fall 2022. If you go to your meeting unprepared, don't be surprised if your advisor asks you to reschedule the appointment.

Step 4. After your Advising Appointment - Your advisor will electronically sign the Course Selection Form then forward the form to Prof. Leonard. 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 2023 classes. 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.

Step 5. After your SPIRE Access Period Begins - Sign up for Spring 2023 classes beginning on the date and time of your Enrollment Appointment, as shown on your Student Center page in SPIRE.

Requirements for Admission to or Continuation in 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 and PHYSICS 152;
MATH 131 and MATH 132; and

To continue in the CompE or EE major, you must likewise earn C or better in these seven courses within three semesters of entering the University.


  • 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 generally insufficient for admission to o continuation in the CompE or EE major, and therefore, must be repeated. However, exceptions are being made for classes taken in Spring 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021. For Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 classes, any grade of P may be used to fulfill admissions requirements. For Spring 2021 classes, the grade underlying P will be used, and C- or above is needed to be admitted. For other possible exceptions, contact

  • 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.