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Frequently Asked Questions - Current Students

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Have questions?  We have answers.  Check out the frequently asked questions below.   If you do not find the answer to your question(s) please feel free to call, e-mail or stop by the CUE2 office at:

256.824.6877 | engineering@uah.edu | Engineering Building Room 157


Academic Advising

Who is my academic advisor? 

How do I make an appointment to see an academic advisor?

When should I see an academic advisor?

Registration, Adding, and/or Dropping Classes

How do I register for classes? What is a Registration Access Code?

What should I do if a class I want to take is full or closed?

What is the registration period for each semester?

What do I have to do to add a class after the registration period ends?

How do I drop a class before the withdrawal deadline? After the withdrawal deadline?

Grades & GPA

Do I have to make a C or better in all of my classes?

What is an NC grade?

What is a Course Repeat?

When & where do Course Repeat forms need to be turned in?

How many Course Repeat forms are students allowed to use?

If I drop/withdraw from a class does it show on my transcripts? Affect my GPA?

How do employers view withdrawals and NC grades on transcripts?

Advising

How do I know who will be my advisor?

When will my file be sent to my specific department (CHE, CE, ECE, ISE or MAE)?

Who do I contact to find out who will be my new faculty advisor?

How do I set-up an appointment with my advisor?

Tutoring

Is tutoring available for engineering students?

Location of Engineering Offices/Departments

Where is the Center for Undergraduate Engineering Education (CUE2) Office?

Who and where is the Engineering Dean’s Office?

How do I get in touch with my specific Engineering Dept.?

General Information

Where is the Co-op Office located?

What are the requirements for co-op?

How do I change my major? (Example: From EE to ME)

How do I change Colleges? (Example: From Liberal Arts to Engineering)

Why do freshmen have to come in for special interviews?

What is a Charger Chaser?

 

 

1) Academic Advising

  • Who is my academic advisor? ALL engineering undergraduate students are advised by one of the academic advisors in the Center for Undergraduate Engineering Education (CUE2) which is located in the Engineering Building Room 157.  Students are free to make an appointment to speak with an advisor to discuss curriculum planning, progress towards graduation, and problems with classes or other concerns as needed.   Depending on the specific concern, your academic advisor may refer students to other campus support offices including the Student Success Center, the Dean of Students office, or the Counseling Center.

1) Advising, Registration, Adding, and/or Dropping Classes

  • How do I register for classes? ALL engineering students are advised in the CUE2 (Center for Undergraduate Engineering Education).   advisor each semester to discuss your classes for the next semester. When the courses are approved by your advisor then you will get your Registration Access Code for that semester. The Registration Access Code is the number you must enter each semester in order to register for classes. (**KEEP THIS CODE all semester in case you need to change, add or drop classes. The code changes every semester so you must meet with your advisor every semester to get your new Registration Access Code.) You will then get online and go to http://register.uah.edu, login with your Student ID number and PIN, choose the semester, enter your Registration Access Code and then register for classes. Step by Step instructions are available in the Schedule of Classes book or in the CUE2 office.
  • What should I do if a class I want to take is full or closed?  If a class is full or closed, you can wait list for the course by typing the CRN number into your registration worksheet.  After submitting changes, a menu with the wait-list option will appear.  If you wait-list for a course, your name is added to list of students waiting for a seat.  If seats become available, students are automatically added to the course in order from the wait-list.  Students should check their registration frequently to see if they have been added to course.  If the class remains full or closed on the first day of classes for a semester, the wait-list is deleted.  Most students on course wait-lists eventually get a seatin the course, but this is not a guarantee.  All students should determine an alternative schedule or plan in case they don't get into their desired course.
  • What is the registration period for each semester? The semester registration period begins the first day of registration for that semester and ends approximately the fourth day of class for that semester.  During this time, students may drop and add classes on-line at register.uah.edu using their A-number and their registration access code. 
  • What do I have to do to add a class after the registration period ends? Students needing to add a class after the registration period ends, must complete a Registration/Schedule Adjustment form (also available in Charger Central (UC 118) or the CUE2 office (EB 157)).  Students must obtain all of the required approvals/signatures, including the Instructor for the class and then the Chair of the Department in which the course is taught.  Students should then bring the form to the CUE2 office for approval by the Associate Dean of Engineering's approval and finally you will have to get approval from the Provost. After you get the required signatures, then you will need to take the form over to Charger Central (UC 118) for processing. **You must have extenuating circumstances to add a class after the registration period ends. Check the UAH Calendar online or in the Schedule of Classes book to find these deadlines.
  • How do I drop a class before the withdrawal deadline? After the withdrawal deadline? To drop a class before the withdrawal deadline you go to http://register.uah.edu just like you did to register. Login with your Student ID number and PIN, choose the semester, enter your Registration Access Code for that semester and drop the class.
    To drop a class after the withdrawal deadline you must have extenuating circumstances (in writing with supporting documentation) and fill out a Late Drop Form and get approval from the Dean of Engineering. Check the UAH Calendar online at http://www.uah.edu/calendars or in the Schedule of Classes book (available in Charger Central (UC 118) or Engineering Student Affairs (EB 157) to find these deadlines.

2) Grades & GPA

  • Do I have to make a C or better in all of my classes?ALL classes that are a pre-requisite for another class MUST be passed with a C or better grade. If you have questions about specific classes please contact the Engineering Student Affairs Office.
  • What is an NC grade?An NC grade is basically the same thing as an F. The only difference is that a grade of NC does NOT affect your GPA, but an F WILL negatively affect your GPA.
  • What is a Course Repeat?A course repeat is a policy that allows students to retake a class that they made a C, D, or an F in the first time and replace it with the second grade. (**You do not need to file a course repeat form if you received an NC in a class because the NC does not affect your GPA.) The first grade remains on the student's transcripts, but it is no longer calculated in their GPA. Prerequisite courses for other higher-level courses in which the student has earned academic credit are ineligible for application of this course repeat policy. For example, MA 171 may not be repeated if the student has credit for MA 172.
  • When & where do Course Repeat forms need to be turned in?Course Repeat forms MUST be filled out by the last day to add a class. Course repeat forms should be turned into the Engineering Student Affairs Office (EB 157) or Charger Central (UC 118).
  • How many Course Repeat forms are students allowed to use?A maximum of five course repeats may be filed for undergraduate students.
  • If I drop/withdraw from a class does it show on my transcripts? Affect my GPA? If you drop a class before the last day to drop with a refund it will not show up on your transcripts at all and will not affect your GPA.
    If you drop a class anytime after the last day to drop with a refund, then a grade of W will show on your transcripts. This does NOT affect your GPA.
  • How do employers view withdrawals and NC grades on transcripts? If you only have a couple of W's throughout your college career, then it probably will not bother potential employers. Multiple W's or NC's are viewed negatively by employers.

3) Advising

  • How do I know who will be my advisor?All freshmen, sophomores and new transfer students are advised in the Engineering Student Affairs Office. Juniors and seniors are advised by a faculty member in their specific department.
  • When will my file be sent to my specific department (CHE, CE, ECE, ISE or MAE)?Typically, a student's file will be sent to their specific department when they sign up for Linear Algebra or Differential Equations. This usually puts students at about junior standing. A letter will be sent to the student to let them know their file has been sent to their department and who they need to contact.
  • Who do I contact to find out who will be my new faculty advisor? Chemical Engineering - Contact Jennifer Perkins-Deaton in EB 130. Her phone number is (256) 824-6810 and her e-mail address is perkinsjl@uah.edu . Civil Engineering - Contact Gabriele Cromartie in TH S201. Her phone number is (256) 824-6854 and her e-mail address is gc0016@uah.edu . Computer Engineering - Contact Linda Grubbs in EB 272. Her phone number is (256) 824-6316 and her e-mail address is linda.grubbs@uah.edu . Electrical Engineering - Contact Linda Grubbs in EB 272. Her phone number is (256) 824-6316 and her e-mail address is linda.grubbs@uah.edu . Industrial Engineering - Contact Kathy Gentry in TH N143. Her phone number is (256) 824-6256 and her e-mail address is kathy.gentry@uah.edu . Mechanical Engineering or Aerospace Engineering - Contact Cindy Murphy or Claudia Meyering in TH N274. Cindy Murphy's phone number is (256) 824-5118 and her e-mail address is murphyc@uah.edu . Claudia Meyering's phone number is (256) 824-6154 and her e-mail address is claudia.meyering@uah.edu Optical Engineering - Contact Linda Grubbs in EB 272. Her phone number is (256) 824-6316 and her e-mail address is linda.grubbs@uah.edu .
  • How do I set-up an appointment with my advisor? If you are advised in the Engineering Student Affairs office then you can make an appointment by stopping by our office (EB 157) or calling us at (256) 824-6877. If you are being advised in your department then you will need to contact your faculty advisor to schedule an appointment.

4) Tutoring

  • Is tutoring available for engineering students? - The Engineering Student Affairs office hires tutors every semester for math, chemistry, physics and some engineering classes. These tutors are located in EB 157. For additional information about specific courses, days and times for tutoring check the schedule in our office (EB 157) or call us at (256) 824-6877. - The Math Department has tutoring available for several math classes. Please contact Maryann Bierer in the Math Department (MDH 204; Phone (256) 824-6470; E-mail bierem@uah.edu ) for times and locations. - The Physics Department has a Success Center to assist students. You can find more information about the Success Center by visiting http://successcenter.uah.edu/ . - The Chemistry Department has a Chemistry Tutorial Room. Please contact Sharon Blair in the Chemistry Department (MSB 203C; Phone (256) 824-6153; E-mail sblair@matsci.uah.edu) for days, times and location. - The English Department has a Writing Center available to help students. The Writing Center is in MH 228. You can call them at (256) 824-2363, e-mail write2us@uah.edu  or you can make an appointment online at http://www.uah.edu/la/services/writing-center . - Should you have any problems with a course that does not have a tutor, you can go to Student Development Services in the University Center and request a tutor. Once they receive three requests for a tutor for a specific course, they will hire a tutor to assist you. They are located in the University Center Room 113. You can contact them by phone (256) 824-6203 or by e-mail hallma@uah.edu . - The Academic Resource Center (ARC) provides programs and services to support UAH students in exploring achieving academic success. The office is in room 136, Madison Hall. For more infomation, visit http://arc.uah.edu  or call (256)824-2478.

5) Location of Engineering Offices/Departments

  • Where is the Cener for Undergraduate Engineering (CUE2) Office? The Engineering Student Affairs Office is located in the Engineering Building in room 157. You can call (256) 824-6877 &/or e-mail engineering@uah.edu .
  • Who and where is the Engineering Dean's Office? Dr. Shankar Mahalingam is the Dean of the College of Engineering. The Dean's Office is located in the Engineering Building in room 102. You can call (256) 824-6474 &/or e-mail coedean@uah.edu  .
  • How do I get in touch with my specific Engineering Dept.? (CHE, CEE, ECE, ISE or MAE) CHE Department - Dr. C.P. Chen is the Chair of CHE. The main office is in EB 130. Phone number (256) 824-6810 &/or e-mail perkinsjl@uah.edu . CEE Department - Dr. Houssam Toutanji is the Chair of CEE. The main office is in TH S201. Phone number (256) 824-6854 &/or e-mail gc0016@uah.edu . ECE Department (CPE, EE, OPE) - Dr. B. Earl Wells is the Chair of ECE. The main office is in EB 272. Phone number (256) 824-6316 &/or e-mail linda.grubbs@uah.edu . ISE Department - Dr. James Swain is the Chair of ISEEM. The main office is in TH N143. Phone number (256) 824-6256 &.or e-mail kathy.gentry@uah.edu . MAE Department (MAE & ME) - Dr. Keith Hollingsworth is the Chair of MAE. The main office is in TH N274. Phone number (256) 824-6154 &/or e-mail mae@uah.edu .

6) General Information

  • Where is the Office of Career Development (Co-op) Office located? The main office for Career Development is located in Madison Hall 110 with a satellite office in the Engineering Building 157C. The phone number is (256) 824-6741 &/or e-mail kellee.crawford@uah.edu
  • What are the requirements for co-op? To be eligible to co-op engineering students must fulfill several requirements:
    1. Students must complete their Charger Path profile to include an approved, uploaded resume. The link to Charger Path is: https://uah-csm.symplicity.com/students
    2. Students must be in academic good standing.
      • 1.9 GPA for Freshmen, 0 – 31 hours
      • 2.0 for all other undergraduates
      • “B” average for graduate students
    3. Students must register for the appropriate co-op section in Banner.
    4. Pay fees associated with the appropriate section in Banner.
      • $80/work term for alternating co-ops
      • $40/semester for parallel and internships
    5. Remain enrolled in classes if not on a work term. In the event of course unavailability or extreme circumstances, consult with the Office of Career Development.
    6. Maintain GPA and work performance standards set by employer.
    7. Review on-line workshops:  Program Requirements and Business Etiquette.
  • How do I change my major? (Example: From EE to ME)If you want to change your major from one type of engineering to another, then you will need to stop by the Engineering Student Affairs Office (EB 157) and fill out a Request for Change of Option within the College of Engineering form.
  • How do I change Colleges? (Example: From Liberal Arts to Engineering)If you are changing from one college to another college, then you will need to get a Change of College form Charger Central (UC 118) or the Engineering Student Affairs Office (EB 157). The Dean of the College that you are changing into will have to approve the form and send it to Charger Central for processing.
  • Why do freshmen have to come in for special interviews? The UAH College of Engineering is working hard to improve the success rate for our students, particularly those students in their first two years at UAH. As part of our efforts we are meeting with all freshmen three times during their freshman year. We usually try to meet with students twice in the fall and once in the spring to see how things are going and to discuss classes for future semesters. If you are having problems, please call our office at (256) 824-6877 or e-mail engineering@uah.edu to set-up an appointment with you advisor.
  • What is a Charger Chaser? Charger Chasers (Engineering Ambassadors) are engineering juniors or seniors who have been selected to support the College by assisting with recruiting and retention activities. They help with the Engineering Picnic, Engineering Open House, Campus Visit Days and other activities during the academic year. Applications & Interviews for Charger Chaser positions are taken during spring semester. If you are interested in applying, please stop by the Engineering Student Affairs Office middle to end of spring semester and pick up an application.