ECE Undergraduate Advising

Summer 2016 and Fall 2016

Advising and course selection for Summer and Fall 2016 begins March 21. Online registration opens on Monday, March 28, 2016. Your registration eligibility date is based on earned credits and class standing.

Who Is My Advisor?

Please consult the list on the Advisors bulletin board across from the ECE main office, 610 Cobleigh Hall. Advisors should also be listed in your DegreeWorks entry.

NOTE that if you are a student who has been identified in the COEX (College of Engineering Exploration) group, you will already have received an email message from the COEX advisor, Karen Steele, regarding COEX advising.  The COEX desigation is simply a sub-category of any of the engineering majors for students working on getting to the M-151 (pre-calculus) level of mathematics. COEX students must see Karen Steele rather than an ECE faculty advisor. , .

ECE Advising Procedure

The ECE Department will be following the same advising procedure as in previous semesters. You will need to stop by your advisor's office and schedule an individual appointment. Some advisors will have appointment time blocks posted outside their offices where you can sign up for the time that fits your schedule, while other advisors will use email or the online scheduler to make appointments.

Don't know who is your advisor? See the list on the Advisors bulletin board across from the ECE main office, 610 Cobleigh Hall.


  • The list of courses you are currently taking this semester (Spring 2016).
  • The tentative list of courses you plan to take next semester (Fall 2016 and Summer 2016).
  • The estimated semester in which you expect to graduate.

At the end of your advising session, your advisor will sign an advisor evaluation form for you to complete. You will need to bring that signed form to the ECE office in order to pick up your Advisor PIN to equip you for online course registration.

Summer 2016 and Fall 2016 Updates and Information

  • EELE 203 Circuits II will be offered SUMMER 2016 as a first 6-week course (May 16 - June 24) taught live by Professor Jim Becker, with the lecture portion MTWR 9-11AM, and the lab on Friday 9AM-noon in the circuits lab in Cobleigh Hall.
  • EELE 261 Intro to Logic Circuits will be offered SUMMER 2016 if at least 18 students sign up to take it. If offered, EELE 261 will be a 12-week fully online course, requiring students to participate by viewing online lectures and performing hands-on laboratory work on their own.
  • PHSX 220, 222, and 224 will be offered SUMMER 2016.  PHSX 220 (Physics 1) and PHSX 224 (Physics 3) will be offered during the first 6-week session, and PHSX 222 (Physics 2) will be offered during the second 6-week session.
  • CSCI 111, 112, 132, and 232 will be offered SUMMER 2016 if there is sufficient enrollment.  CSCI 112 and 132 will be offered during the first 6-week session, and CSCI 111 and 232  will be offered during the second 6-week session.
  • Fall 2016: EELE 101 Introduction to Electrical Fundamentals-- Reminder that students enrolling in EELE 101 need to sign up for three course components: lecture, lab section and recitation section.
  • EE students need to take 9 credits of EELE Professional Electives. Some EE students end up taking two 4-credit elective classes totaling 8 credits and just need one more credit to fulfill the 9 EELE elective credit requirement.  If this is your situation, you might be interested in taking a 1-credit EELE course. The options include Independent Study (EELE 492), Undergraduate Research (EELE 490), or Internship (EELE 498).  These special courses require individual arrangements, so see your advisor.  Another option is the 1-credit Multidisciplinary Seminars (EELE 394) course, which requires you to attend 12 campus seminars on your own during the semester. Or you can, of course, take a 3 or 4 credit EELE class. See your advisor if you have questions.
  • Alternate year or annual electives for the fall 2016 semester include:
    • EELE 407 Intro to Microfabrication
    • EELE 414 Intro to VLSI Design
    • EELE 417/517 Acoustics and Audio Engineering
    • EELE 422 Intro to Modern Control
    • EELE 454 Power Systems Analysis
    • EELE 482 Electro-Optical Systems
    • EELE 528 Advanced Topics in Controls and Signals
    • EELE 538 Advanced Topics in Electromagnetics and Optics
    • EELE 578 Speech Signal Processing

  • Schedule of Classes (be sure to select the desired semester!)
  • Fall 2016 Registration Handbook
  • List of 2016 CORE classes (be sure to select semester)

General Undergraduate Program Information

Special Notes

  1. If you plan to graduate in Summer or Fall 2016, you should already have completed the Application for Baccalaureate Degree. If you have NOT done so, you are LATE, so please see your advisor immediately and get the application process completed!
  2. The application for Spring 2017 graduation will be taken care of early in the fall semester, with a deadline of October 1, 2016. Using DegreeWorks, create a "Plan" showing the courses you will need to complete your degree, and let your advisor know that you are nearing your graduation semester, then remember to see your advisor in September to finalize the degree application process. Refer to our ECE Degree Application Instructions.
  3. Please be aware that if you plan to graduate Fall 2016 or Spring/Summer 2017, you are required to take the FE Exam before you graduate. You may take the FE Exam either the semester of graduation or the semester prior to graduation, but keep in mind that the FE Exam requires advance registration. You must be registered for EGEN 488 (zero credit placeholder) the semester you plan to take the FE Exam. The format of the exam is now electronic using the MSU Testing Center. You must make your own exam appointment individually through the MSU Testing Center.

    NOTE: If you are graduating in December 2016 and did not take the FE exam already, you must take the exam in the Fall of 2016.  If you are graduating in Spring 2017, you may take the exam in fall 2016 or wait until spring 2017 to take the exam. You must take the exam no more than one semester prior to the semester you will graduate; therefore, if you plan to graduate in fall 2017 or later, the fall 2016 exam opportunity does NOT apply to you.

    Fall 2016 FE Exam: Registration for the fall FE exam period (computer-based, six hour duration) is open year-round. Go to the website, create a user account, and then select your desired exam site location and available appointment dates. Appointments are now available throughout the year. If the open appointment dates do not match your availability, you may consider taking the exam at another testing center (e.g., Helena, Billings, or Missoula). The exam fee is $225.

    You will not be able to graduate if you do not follow the proper FE and EGEN 488 procedures. Don't let this happen to you!!

Questions: ECE Department, 610 Cobleigh Hall, 994-2505. Office hours: 8AM-noon and 1PM-5PM.