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Advising Resources

Who is my advisor?

Planning your academic career and negotiating the choices and challenges that arise is important to successfully completing your degree. Once you have declared your major as pre-mechanical or mechanical engineering, you will be assigned an advisor who can work with you on course scheduling, planning, support resources, and career guidance. Your advisor is a valuable resource to help you navigate your path and keep you apprised of changes along the way.

To find out who your advisor is, go to your Student Center. On the far right of the page is a blue box labeled Advisor. In some cases you may see two names here; this could result if you have a minor in a different department or have been assigned both an academic advisor in the Advising Office and a career advisor in the ME faculty.

Upper Division vs. Lower Division and Pre-Mechanical Engineering

A student in a catalog prior to 2014-2015 is considered lower-division until they have completed the following courses. Students in the 2014-2015 catalog and later can advance from pre-ME to full ME major status upon completion of these courses.

      • CHEM 111 College Chemistry
      • MATH 170 Calculus I
      • MATH 175 Calculus II
      • PHYS 211 Physics I with Calculus
      • ENGR 210 Engineering Statics
      • ENGR 220 Engineering Dynamics
      • ME 105 Mechanical Engineering Graphics
      • ME 302 Thermodynamics I (or ENGR 320)

Get a 4-year chart of the required courses highlighting the above core.

Get a guide to core courses and the process for upper division standing.

Download a checklist for Second Degree students (Word format)

Lower Division and
Pre–Mechanical Engineering

Image of Lynn OlsonLynn Olson
COEN Advising & Outreach Office
Engineering Building, Room 101

Lower-division and pre-mechanical engineering students are advised by professional advisors in the College of Engineering Advising & Outreach office. They can help you navigate through the first two years of required courses as you acclimate to a university setting. Our lead advisor is Lynn Olson.

Upper-Division and
Second Degree Seeking

Image of Lynn CatlinLynn Catlin
MBE Advising Coordinator
GAA 104 (Grant Ave. Annex)

Students in upper-division classes are advised by Mechanical Engineering faculty members. You will be assigned an advisor from the faculty of the Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering department based on your personal and career interests and goals. For a current list of faculty advisors and their areas of interest, go to the Academic and Career Guidance page. For other questions about academic and career advising, please contact the MBE Department Advising Coordinator at