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Advising Information for Engineering Students

Students interested in pursuing an engineering major begin in the first-year General Engineering program. This provides students an opportunity to explore various engineering fields while getting a sound academic preparation for engineering study. After exploring majors and completing introductory requirements, students can declare their intended major.

All new engineering students, including transfer students, are admitted into the General Engineering program.

General Engineering Essentials

  • CH 1010 - General Chemistry (4)
  • ENGL 1030 - Composition and Rhetoric (3)
  • ENGR 1020 - Engineering Disciples and Skills* (2)
  • ENGR 1410 - Programming and Problem Solving** (3)
  • MATH 1060 - Calculus of One Variable I* (4)
  • PHYS 1220 - Physics with Calculus I (3)

* Alternative courses may be required by a department or satisfy the requirement. Please review your major or consult an advisor.

** CHE 1300 option for Chemical Engineering

- MATH 1080 - Calculus of One Variable II (4) Industrial Engineering requirement only

- Must earn a C or higher in all GE core courses.

The minimum cumulative grade-point average is 2.00 unless otherwise stated by the major. Some majors specify a higher minimum grade-point average or additional requirements.

  • Bioengineering 3.0
  • Civil 2.6
  • Mechanical 2.6
  • All others*

* Industrial Engineering also requires an Engineering GPA of 2.0

- Please view the department website of the intended major for qualifications.

Upon completion of the core curriculum and requirements of the intended engineering degree program, engineering students can then initiate a Change of Academic Program request through iRoar.

Students admitted into an engineering degree program will follow the curriculum in effect at the time of admission into General Engineering unless otherwise approved by the specific department.

Enrolled students who wish to change from a non-engineering major into any engineering major must first change their major to General Engineering. Students cannot change directly into a degree-granting engineering major.

Requirements to obtain approval to change their major into General Engineering:

  1. Make an Explore General Engineering appointment in CU Navigate to meet with GE advisor
  2. Complete the following courses with a grade of C or better:
    • MATH 1060 (or both MATH 1040 and MATH 1070)
    • CH 1010
    • ENGR 1020
  3. Have a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher

Meet the Advising Team

All new engineering students are assigned to a professional academic advisor in our Advising Center. These caring individuals will work individually with students to develop academic, personal, and career goals. The Advising Team is located in Holtzendorff Hall B01.

In addition to helping select classes each term, students can schedule an appointment with an advisor throughout the year. Topics include such things as how to get involved, study abroad, and addressing difficulties with classes.

Steps to Prepare for Preregistration Advising

Advising typically begins in October and February. Currently enrolled students may schedule an appointment up to 6 weeks prior to registration.

Step 1

review requirements

Review Requirements

To check your progress toward a degree, please use the tool, Degree Works. 

Degree Works

IMPORTANT: Please complete all pre-advising forms requested by advisor.

Step 2

schedule appointments online

Schedule an Appointment

Look for an email from your advisor on how to schedule your pre-advising appointment. Bridge students have advising opportunities throughout the semester at both Tri-County and Clemson.

Additional Appointment Services

The General Engineering Advising Center advisors are here to meet with students throughout their time in General Engineering. Outside of pre-registration advising, there are a variety of other appointments students can make through CU Navigate.

These additional appointment reasons include:

  • Explore General Engineering
  • Forgiving a Course
  • General Advising
  • ROTC Form Completion
  • Credits Earned From Another School

Schedule on the Go

To keep everything organized, download the app Navigate Student. You will be able to see upcoming deadlines, view career options, sync class schedules, and events, plus set up an appointment with an advisor.

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Selecting a Major

Curriculum worksheets comprise a list of courses required for a particular program or major. The worksheets are broken down into academic years and semesters. This is a general guide to support students on the track towards completion.

Click on the Degree Program to explore information within the departments; select the links under Curriculum to view coursework by program.

Events and Academic Opportunities

Multiple opportunities are available to learn about engineering majors and careers. Attend one of our events, classes, or take on a project with a major focus to delve deeper into what makes each engineering discipline unique.

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Meet the Majors

At our annual fall event, meet department representatives and hear students talk about their experiences in each program.

This event provides students with the opportunity to learn more about the different majors within CECAS. Students will meet department representatives, as well as senior students and ambassadors. Upperclassmen will talk about their experiences and how to navigate through the program.

Engineering 1000

This one-credit introduction to the engineering majors seminar occurs in the Fall and Spring semesters. You will learn information about the engineering profession, best student practices, and potential career paths. Lectures and demonstrations will be provided by invited presenters and faculty. Pass/No Pass only.

Creative Inquiry (CI) is the imaginative combination of engaged learning, cross-disciplinary interactions, and undergraduate research that is unique to Clemson. Team-based investigations are led by faculty mentors and typically span a year or more. Students take on problems that spring from their own curiosity, from a professor's challenge, or from the pressing needs of the world around them.

Please view the list of SPRING 2021 CI Projects and follow the instructions to sign up for one of the courses. For a full list of all current projects at the University visit Creative Inquiry Projects.

Oyster Reef Restoration

BE 4990 - 003 | Project 1

The amount of oyster reefs on the coast of South Carolina has decreased at a high rate due to overharvesting and development. As reefs play a large part in the growth of oyster larvae, this project looks at ways to help nature replenish habitat through the design of structures for oyster spat attachment.

Lead Forward

ECAS 1990 - 101 | Project 2

LEAD Forward is a leadership program with a focus on development through training and assessments. Experiential learning will require students to plan and manage team projects with course participants, in conjunction with middle school groups from Oconee County, and industry contacts.

Engineering Biology of Arthropods

MSE 3990 - 002 | Project 4

This project looks at current research on the butterfly proboscis to further understand the dynamics of this essential element to the well-being of the insect. A concentrated focus will be on the mechanisms of proboscis structures not visible to the naked eye. This further includes the sensitivity of insect antennae, mechanisms of silk formation by insects, and the analysis of structural and physical properties.

Welcome to Engineering

This workshop introduces students to resources available to them as current General Engineering (GE) students. Students will also have a chance to hear from a panel of upperclassmen about life as a Clemson student, life as an engineering student, and learn tips/advice on navigating through their first year as engineering students!

How to Be Successful as an Engineering Student

Come learn about study strategies and skills specific for engineering and STEM courses! There will be a representative from the Academic Success Center there as well as a student panel to give you the opportunity to ask questions.

Developing Your Mindset: Continuing Your Growth as an Engineering Student

This workshop will help you learn more about the growth mindset and how it can help you as a student at Clemson! This is a great workshop right before midterms to help you study and learn better! 

Major Discovery Night

Major Discovery Night is a major exploration event hosted with the Engineering Honor Society, Tau Beta Pi. Students meet and network with engineering alumni, who can give insight on careers and opportunities. The engineering department faculty and staff are in attendance to answer questions.

Career Resources

Hours: M-F 8 am - 4:30 pm 
Phone: 864-656-6000

The Center for Career and Professional Development assists students in exploring majors through one-on-one career counseling appointments, career assessments, and educational tools. Please see the career center website for a complete list of major-related resources.

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Dan Haese Profile

Jessica Dan Haese
Mechanical Engineering, '22

My experience with academic advising through General Engineering at Clemson has been absolutely incredible. My advisor knows me by name and is absolutely phenomenal; they always made me feel comfortable and confident in my career goals and in my academics at Clemson.