Academic Advising in the College of Engineering
All students have access to two types of professional staff advisors: Major Advisors and College Advisors.
Major vs. College Advising
UCSB students are expected to work closely with their major advisors involving major requirements and elective selection. All other academic advising is primarily handled by the College advisors. If you're not sure who to ask, start with a College advisor. We're happy to help.
College of Engineering Academic Advisors
Drop-In Hours. Zoom and in-person drop-in advising available.
Academic Advising Appointments (available in-person and online). Please use the drop in advising (see above) for time-sensitive concerns.
Shariq Hashmi, Academic Advisor, General Academic Advising for all COE students
Frances Thompson, Academic Advisor, General Academic Advising for all COE students and coordinator for special programs (Honors, Study Abroad, Transfer Students)
Haley Orton, Director of Academic Advising
Major Advisors in the College of engineering
- Chemical Engineering: Erica Diaz and Dongyan Song, firstname.lastname@example.org. Appointments available, visit the CHE website for details.
- Computer Science: Selena Martinez and Jose Diaz, email@example.com. Email for advising or schedule an appointment, visit the CS booking system for details.
- Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering: Beth English, firstname.lastname@example.org. Email for advising; appointments available by request.
- Mechanical Engineering: Katelynn Ellison and Roy Gonzalez, email@example.com. Appointments available, visit the ME appointment booking system for details.
Faculty Advisors in your major are also available. Ask your major advisor for help connecting with faculty members.
Choosing A type of advising
Many questions may be answered during drop-in or by making an appointment. Drop-in questions may be limited to 10-15 minutes depending on demand. Appointments are 30 minutes.
Prospective/Non-UCSB Students: Academic advisors are happy to talk with you about the UCSB College of Engineering experience. Please make an appointment to meet with an academic advisor above.
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Office of Undergraduate Studies Mission Statement
Our mission is to provide every student with exemplary, unwavering professional advising, ensuring that all students reach their academic goals and are prepared for the next steps in their academic or professional lives.
To accomplish this, we:
- Support every student in developing a sound, personalized education plan that reflects their interests, their strengths, their needs, and their goals.
- Approach advising as a teaching opportunity, so that students are empowered to take ownership of their academic journey and direct their university experience.
- Provide a supportive and inclusive environment where respect for diversity in all its forms is paramount.
College Advising Services
Advising FAQs: The Office of Undergraduate Studies encourages students to look through this section of the website to find helpful information that may answer their question. Explore our frequently asked questions.
Academic Requirements: Detailed information for undergraduates in the College of Engineering about University, College, and Major Requirements for graduation.
Changing Majors: Information for current UCSB students in a non-engineering major, as well as engineering students wishing to change from one engineering major to another.
Transfer of Coursework: Guidelines and important information about receiving credit from courses taken at other institutions, including California community colleges and other UC campuses.
Double Majors & Minors: Information for engineering students about pursuing a minor or a double major in the College of Letters & Science and the College of Creative Studies at UCSB.
Grading: Detailed information about how the grading system works for engineering students, including grade point averages, balance/deficit, and repeating courses.
Graduation/Commencement: Information about declaring degree candidacy, participating in commencement in June, and the engineering Senior Send-off ceremony.
Honors Program: Information about the College of Engineering Honors Program.
Leaving & Returning: Information for students who are considering leaving the College or returning after a break in attendance.
Minimum Cumulative Progress (MCP): About the MCP policy, which was designed to provide guidelines for academic progress.
Petitions: Petitions are written requests for an exception to a published policy. All petitions are considered an exception and, as such, are not always approved.
Probation: Students who do not meet established minimum standards may be placed on academic probation.
Study Abroad: How to plan, prepare, and talk to an advisor about education abroad programs for engineering students that keep your graduation plan on track.