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    Class Information (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior or Senior)

    Q1.  How do I know if I am a Freshman, Sophomore, Junior or Senior?

    • Your class level is based on the total number of earned hours you have at Georgia Tech, including all transfer hours.

      Freshman: 0-29 credit hours
      Sophomore: 30-59 credit hours
      Junior: 60-89 credit hours
      Senior: 90 + credit hours

    Full Time and Part Time Student Considerations

    Q1.  How many hours are needed to be a full time student?

    • 12 hours are required in summer, fall and spring. Click here for more information.

    Q2.  Do I need to be a full time student?

    • Co-op - Co-op students are required to be full time. Exceptions can be made in the summer if necessary. Please direct questions to the Professional Practice Office.
    • Financial Aid/Loans/Scholarships - If you have loans, scholarships or financial aid, you may need to be full time during the fall, spring, and summer. Students needs to verify this with their financial aid advisor in the Financial Aid Department. Click here for more information about eligibility requirements for financial aid.
    • Health Insurance - If students are using their parent's health insurance, the insurance company may require the student to be full time (except during the summer semester.) With the new health care law effective 1/2011, students may not need to show full time enrollment to be eligible for healthcare. Students need to check with each individual insurance company.
    • HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarship - HOPE and the Zell Mill Scholarships do not require that students be full time. The scholarships will be prorated based on your registration. Click here for more information.
    • International Students - International students are required to be full time students. Sometimes in the summer, but not always.  Questions about this should be directed to the Office of International Education (OIE).
    • Other - Other things to think about are car insurance (if you are getting a discounted rate for being a full time student), etc.
    • Parents/Guardians - Students should always consult their parents or guardians if they intend to be part time students.
    • Housing - Students living in housing on the campus may be required to be a full time student. Students must verify with the GT housing department.

    Q3.  I plan to drop a class and as a result I will drop below 12 hours. Am I still a considered a full time student?

    • No, you are no longer considered a full time student if you drop below 12 credit hours. Some things to think about are:
      • Co-op - Co-op students should consult with their co-op advisor before dropping below full time status.
      • Financial Aid/Loans/Scholarships - Some scholarships/loans/financial aid require that you maintain full time status. Students should always verify with their financial aid advisor to verify the requirements of your particular situation. In addition, you are required to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress to be eligible for future financial aid, loans and scholarships.
      • Health Insurance - Health insurance companies verify students status generally once (sometimes twice) a year. With the new health care law effective 1/2011, students may not need to show full time enrollment to be eligible for healthcare. You should always check with the insurance company to see if they have already verified your status for the semester.
      • HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarships - Hope and the Zell Miller scholarships do not require that students be full time. However, any classes in which you receive a 'W' will count against your attempted HOPE hours. Click here for more information. In addition, you are required to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress at your checkpoints.
      • International Students - International students are required to maintain full time status. There are a very limited number of exceptions to this including sometimes in summer semester. Questions about this should be directed to the Office of International Education (OIE).
      • Parents/Guardians - Students should always consult their parents or guardians if they intend to be part time students.
      • Housing - Students living in housing on the campus may be required to be a full time student. Students must verify with the GT housing department.
      • Pre-requisites - Class pre-requisites are enforced in ME and pre-req overrides are not given. Dropping a class may result in an extra semester through the pre-requisite chain. Consult your academic advisor if you are not sure.

    Q4.  How many hours am I allowed to take while on Probation or Warning?

    • The maximum number of hours a student is allowed to take during Fall and Spring Semesters is:

      Good

      21 semester hours

      Warning

      16 semester hours

      Probation

      14 semester hours

     

    • The maximum number of hours a student is allowed to take during Summer Semester is:

      Good

      16 semester hours

      Warning

      14 semester hours

      Probation

      12 semester hours

       

    Academic Standing (Good, Warning, Probation or Dismissal)

    Q1.  What are the levels of academic standing?

    • There are 4 levels of academic standing. They are Good Standing, Warning, Probation and Drop Status.

    Q2.  What do Good Standing, Warning, Probation and Drop Status mean?

    • Click here for definitions of Good Standing, Warning, Probation and Drop Status.

    Q3.  What is the GPA required to be in Good Standing?

    • The GPA required to be in Good Standing varies depending on the class level of the student.

       

      Class Standing

      Required GPA

      Freshman

      1.70

      Sophomore

      1.80

      Junior

      1.95

      Senior

      2.00

       

    Q4.  How many hours am I allowed to take while on Probation or Warning?

    • The maximum number of hours a student is allowed to take during Fall and Spring Semesters is:

      Good

      21 semester hours

      Warning

      16 semester hours

      Probation

      14 semester hours

       

    • The maximum number of hours a student is allowed to take during Summer Semester is:

      Good

      16 semester hours

      Warning

      14 semester hours

      Probation

      12 semester hours

    Q5.  I am on Warning or Probation. How do I get back to Good Standing?

    • You must have a term GPA above the required GPA for good standing AND your overall GPA must be above the required GPA for good standing.

    Dean's List and Faculty Honors

    Q1.  What are the requirements for dean's list and faculty honors?

    • Dean's List Requirements
      • An academic standing of GOOD
      • No Incomplete (I) grades
      • At least 12 hours of course work on a letter grade basis
      • Academic average of 3.00 or higher
    • Faculty Honors Requirements
      • An academic standing of GOOD
      • No Incomplete ('I') or Withdrawal ('W') grades
      • At least 12 hours of course work on a letter grade basis
      • Academic average of 4.00

    Q2. How can I notify my hometown newspaper about my honors?

    • This can only be requested by the student through OSCAR. Click here for instructions.

    Pass/Fail Classes

    Q1.  Can I take a class Pass/Fail instead of a letter grade?

    • All classes that you are going to use for your BSME or BSNRE degree (including free electives), must be taken for a letter grade. If you take a class required for the BSME or BSNRE degree pass/fail, you will not get credit for the class and you will be required to take it over for a letter grade. Only classes taken in addition to your BSME or BSNRE may be taken pass/fail.

    Q2. How do I know if a class is being offered pass/fail?

    • Click here for instructions to see if a class is offered pass/fail.

    Q3.  How do I change a class from pass/fail to letter grade?

    • Instructions to change the grade mode during active registration times are:
      • Log into Buzzport
      • On the Home tab locate the "REGISTRATION AND STUDENT SERVICES" channel, then select the "Registration - OSCAR" link
      • Select "Student Services & Financial Aid"
      • Select "Registration"
      • Select "Add/Drop Classes"
      • Select "Term"
      • Select "Change Course Options" at the bottom of screen
    • After Phase 2 registration closes and before the last day to drop an individual class for the semester, students can change the grade mode from letter grade to pass/fail (and vice-versa) using the Request for Grade Mode Change form. This can only be done for classes that are offered in both grade modes.
    • After phase 2 registration closes, there is no way to change the grade mode to or from audit mode.

    Grade Requirements

    Q1.  Is a D a passing grade?

    • For all ME and NRE students a D is a passing grade except for the classes which specifically require a C or better on your curriculum. Additional requirements are:
      • NRE: Your NRE GPA must be 2.0 or better. You must have a C or better in MATH 1551, MATH 1552, MATH 1553, MATH 2551, MATH 2552 and MATH 3670.
      • ME (2011-2012 and earlier): Your ME GPA must be 2.0 or better. You must have a C or better in MATH 1551, MATH 1552, MATH 1553, MATH 2551 and MATH 2552.
      • ME (2012-2013 and later): Your Major GPA must be 2.0 or better. The Major GPA includes all ME and COE classes required by name and number, plus ISYE 3025, ECE 3710, ECE 3741, MSE 2001, Design Elective and ME Elective. Research and special problems classes are not included in the Major GPA. You must have a C or better in MATH 1551, MATH 1552, MATH 1553, MATH 2551, MATH 2552, PHYS 2211 and COE 2001. In addition, all of the major GPA classes must be passed with a C or better, with the exception of nine hours which can be a D.

    Q2.  If I earn a D in a class, can I take the next class in the pre-req chain?

    • Starting fall 2013, ME is enforcing all C or better grades in the pre-req chain if the pre-req class requires a C or better. This is only done for the ME classes, not other classes such as Math, Physics, etc.  All classes that require a C or better are listed in Q1 above and in the ME curriculum guides based on your catalog year.  Some examples are below:
      • ME 3322:  The pre-reqs for ME 3322 are PHYS 2211 and MATH 2552.  You can only register for ME 3322 if you have a C or better in MATH 2552 and a C or better in PHYS 2211.  If you have D in MATH 2552 or a D in PHYS 2211, you will not be able to register for ME 3322 until you have a C or better in both of the pre-req classes. 
      • ME 3340:  The pre-reqs for ME 3340 are ME 2202, ME 3322, MATH 2551 and MATH 2552.  Students can only register for ME 3340 if they have a C or better in both MATH 2551 and MATH 2552.  Students can register for ME 3340 with a D in ME 2202 and a D in ME 3322 because a C or better is not required in those classes.
      • MATH 1552: The pre-req for MATH 1552 is MATH 1551.  Because this is not an ME class, students with a D in MATH 1551 can move on to MATH 1552.  Students must repeat MATH 1551 to get a C or better per the ME rules, but the student can still take MATH 1552 with a D in MATH 1551.  On a side note, the ME department feels very strongly that a student who has a D in MATH 1551 should repeat MATH 1551 before moving to MATH 1552.  Students who do not perform well in MATH 1551 really struggle in MATH 1552.

    Q3.  Can I take a class Pass/Fail instead of a letter grade?

    • Any classes that you are going to use for your BSME or BSNRE (including free electives), must be taken for a letter grade.
    • Click here for instructions to change the grade mode during active registration times.
    • After Phase 2 registration closes and before the last day to drop an individual class for the semester, students can change the grade mode from letter grade to pass/fail (and vice-versa) using the Request for Grade Mode Change form. This can only be done for classes that are offered in both grade modes.
    • After phase 2 registration closes, there is no way to change the grade mode to or from audit mode.

    Q4.  I'm doing poorly in my classes, what can I do?

    Q5.  If I repeat a class, will my first grade be removed from my GPA?

    • Students Starting Summer 2005 and Earlier - No! Both grades will be averaged into your overall GPA.
    • Students Starting as Transfer Students Fall 2005 and Later - No! Both grades will be averaged into your overall GPA. Transfer students are not eligible for the Grade Substitution Policy.
    • Freshmen Starting Fall 2005 and Later - Maybe. A very limited Grade Substitution Policy exists for first time freshmen who receive a D or an F in a course within their first two terms in residence. The class must be repeated within the first 4 semesters in residence AND the application for grade substitution must be submitted on time. Please see the office Grade Substitution Policy for details.

    Repeating Classes

    Q1.  Can I take a class at another school which I have already taken at Georgia Tech?

    • No!!! Georgia Tech will NOT award credit for courses successfully completed at another institution which were previously taken at Georgia Tech. This is regardless of the grade you received at Georgia Tech. If you have a 'W' on your transcript, then you may transfer the class into Georgia Tech.

    Q2.  I transferred a class into Georgia Tech, but decided to take it over at Georgia Tech. Can I still use my original transfer credit?

    • No!!! If you decide to repeat a class at Georgia Tech and complete the class, your transfer credit will be removed from your transcript. If you receive a 'W' on your transcript, then you may still use your original transfer credit.

    Q3.  If I repeat a class, will my first grade be removed from my GPA?

    • See the Grade Substutition Policy section below.

    Grade Substitution Policy

    Q1. Does Georgia Tech have a grade substitution policy?

    • Yes, for students who started fall 2005 and later as freshmen only. There is no grade substitution policy for transfer students. The official rules can be found in the catalog.

    Q2. What courses can I use to substitute my grade?

    • First-time freshman students who receive a grade of D or F in a course within their first two terms in residence (first three terms in residence for freshmen who start in the summer) are eligible to repeat the course and have the original grade excluded from the computation of academic average. Grade substitution may be used only once per course, with a maximum of two courses total. The grade substitution form must be submitted on-time and with the proper signatures. Please see the office Grade Substitution Policy for details, rules and regulations.

    Q3. Is there anything I need to do to have my grade substituted?

    • Yes. You must repeat the course at Georgia Tech within the student's first four terms in residence (first five terms in residence for freshmen who started in the summer).
    • After you have repeated the course at Georgia Tech, fill out the application for grade substitution by the deadline for that semester.
    • Have your academic advisor sign the grade substitution form. You can drop the form off at the front desk in MRDC room 3112 and you will need to pick it up the following day, after your advisor has signed it. If you are off campus, you can scan it in and send it to your academic advisor through email.  Your advisor will then return it to you through email.  Please note that it will take 24 business hours to get the form returned to you.
    • Take the signed form to the dean's office in the Flag Building. If you are off campus, you need to contact the dean's office to find out how to send them the forms.  They usually turn the forms into the registrar's office, but verify with them that they will do this.

    Q4. When is my grade substitution form due?

    • The application for grade substitution must be filed with the Registrar's Office (after being signed by your academic advisor and the dean's office) no later than the deadline for withdrawing from a course during the student's next term in residence after the course is repeated.

    Q5. Will the original grade be removed from my transcript?

    • No. The original course and grade will continue to appear on the student's transcript, with a notation that the course was repeated and that the original grade is not included in computation of the academic average.

    Q6. Will the original grade be counted in my HOPE GPA?

    • Yes. There is no grade substitution policy for HOPE or Zell.  See the financial aid web site for more information.

    Q7. How does the Grade Substitution Policy affect my financial aid?

    GPA Information

    Q1.  How do I calculate my overall GPA?

    • Click here for GPA calculation instructions.

    Q2.  How is my Major GPA (ME or NRE) calculated?

    • ME (2011-2012 Curriculum & Earlier): The ME GPA averages all the grades from the ME and COE classes only. It is calculated only using the grades from your most recent classes. For example, if you took a class twice, only the latest grade is used to calculate your ME GPA. Click here to download an ME GPA Calculator (Excel spreadsheet).
    • ME (2012-2013 Curriculum & Later): The Major GPA averages all grades from all ME and COE classes required by name and number plus ECE 3710, ECE 3741, MSE 2001, ISYE 3025, the Design Elective and the ME Elective. ME classes use for free electives are not included in the Major GPA. Click here to download a Major GPA Calculator (Excel spreadsheet).
    • NRE: The NRE GPA averages all the grades from the NRE classes only. This GPA is calculated only using the grades from your most recent classes. For example, if you took a class twice, only the latest grade is used to calculate your NRE GPA. Click here to download an NRE GPA Calculator (Excel spreadsheet).

    Q3.   Is there any place that I can find my ME or NRE GPA without calculating it on my own?

    Q4.  If I take classes at another school, are those grades included in my Georgia Tech GPA?

    • No. Your Georgia Tech GPA is calculated using classes taken at Georgia Tech only.

    Q5.  If I repeat a class, will my first grade be removed from my GPA?

    • If you repeat a class both grades will be included in your overall GPA.  For example, if you take COE 2001 and receive a D, and then repeat it with a B, both the 2 hour D and the 2 hour B will be counted in your overall GPA.  There is limited grade substitution for students who start at Georgia Tech as freshmen and follow the policy and procedures in Grade Substutition Policy section.

    HOPE and Zell Scholarships

    Q1.  How do I find my HOPE GPA?

    • Go to www.buzzport.gatech.edu and log in.
    • Select ' Registration - OSCAR '.
    • Select ' Student Services & Financial Aid '.
    • Select ' Financial Aid '.
    • Select ' My Requirements and Eligibility '.
    • Select the newest aid year and press ' Submit '.
    • Click the tab that says ' Academic Progress '.  Your current HOPE information is on that screen. 

    Q2.  Where can I find more information about the HOPE and Zell Scholarships?

    Midterm Grades

    Q1.  What are Midterm Grades?

    • Midterm Grades (also called Progress Reports) are given in all 1000 and 2000 level classes. These grades are either a U (unsatisfactory) or an S (satisfactory). They give you an idea of how you are doing in class around the midterm time period.

    Q2.  Do my Midterm Grades count in my GPA?

    • No. They do not show up on a transcript and they are not counted toward your GPA.

    Q3.  How do I see my Midterm Grades?

    • Go to Buzzport and log in.
    • Select 'Registration - OSCAR'.
    • Select 'Student Services & Financial Aid'.
    • Select 'Student Records'.
    • Select 'Progress Report Grades'.

    Q4.  Do I need to have my Midterm Grades changed if they are incorrect?

    • No. Midterm Grades are not counted toward your GPA and do not show up on your transcript, so there is no way to change them if they are incorrect.

    Readmission after Academic Dismissal Information

    Q1.  I've been dropped from school, what do I do now?

    • If you have been dropped from school, you will be required to sit out of school two or three semesters before you can apply for readmission. In order to be readmitted you will need to meet with your Academic Advisor. When you see your Academic Advisor, you are expected to bring three things: Petition to the Faculty (filled out), Readmission Form (filled out), and a letter explaining why this happened and how you are going to be successful at Georgia Tech if you are readmitted. Readmission after academic dismissal is not guaranteed, you need to show a justification of how things will be better academically.

    Q2. I've been dropped from school a second time, what do I do now?

    Q3.  Do I really need to sit out for two or three semesters?

    • Yes, there are no exceptions to this rule! The number of semesters that you must sit out depends on your current academic standing. Your Academic Advisor can give you more information about this.

    Q4.  When is my readmission paperwork due to the registrar's office?

    • Click here to view the registrar's calendar for readmission after academic dismissal.

       

      To Return After Academic Dismissal...

      Readmission Deadline

      Spring

      October 1st

      Summer

      February 1st

      Fall

      June 1st

       

    Dropping a Class

    Q1.  Should I drop a class?

    • Dropping a class is a very serious matter. You should see how it will affect your classes for the next few semesters because it may be a pre-req to something you need next semester. Also, multiple W's on a transcript are not looked upon favorably by employers. Other things to consider are listed in the questions below.  Be sure you review all of the information in this section before making your final decision.
    • Sometimes dropping a class is the best option.  If you are certain there is no way to pass a class, then dropping a class may be the better option so you don't take the hit on your GPA.
    • Having one or two withdraws on a transcript is not bad, but it is not something that should do on a regular basis because it will not be viewed favorably by employers or prospective graduate schools.
    • We always recommend meeting with your professor before dropping a class, to see where you stand in the class and obtain advice to get back on track in the class.

    Q2.  How do I drop a class?

    Q3. Is there a limit to the number of classes that I can drop?

    • No. There is no limit to the number of classes you can drop, including ME classes. However, multiple W's on a transcript are not looked upon favorably by employers. Dropping a class is a serious matter and should be carefully considered before making a final decision.

    Q4.  How do I verify that I dropped my class?

    • Go to www.buzzport.gatech.edu and log in.
    • Select ' Registration - OSCAR '.
    • Select ' Student Services & Financial Aid '.
    • Select ' Registration '.
    • Select ' Student Detail Schedule '.
    • Select the Current Term and press ' Submit '.
    • On that screen, each class is listed with its details. The course Status will be ' Course Drop by Student '.

    Q5.  If I drop a class is it included in my GPA?  Will I get a grade for it?

    • Any classes that are dropped before the deadline to drop a class will show up on your transcript as a 'W' (withdraw).  'W' grades are not included in your GPA.  Georgia Tech does not have 'WF' (withdraw failing) grades.

    Q6.  I plan to drop a class.  What are the things I need to consider?

    • Students who have financial aid, loans, grants, scholarships or the HOPE/ZELL scholarships are required to make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).  One of the requirements for SAP is to complete 75% of your attempted hours.
    • If you drop a class and drop below 12 credit hours you are no longer considered a full time student.  The issues listed below may be problematic if you are not full time.
      • Co-op - Co-op students should consult with their co-op advisor before dropping below full time status.
      • Financial Aid/Loans/Scholarships - Some scholarships/loans/financial aid require that you maintain full time status. Students should always verify with their financial aid advisor to verify the requirements of your particular situation. In addition, students are required to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) to maintain future financial aid, loans and scholarships.
      • Health Insurance - Health insurance companies verify a student's status generally once (sometimes twice) a year. With the new health care law effective 1/2011, students may not need to show full time enrollment to be eligible for healthcare. You should always check with the insurance company to see if they have already verified your status for the semester and if it is okay to be a part time student for the semester.
      • HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarships - Hope and the Zell Miller scholarships do not require that students be full time. However, any classes in which you receive a 'W' will count against your attempted HOPE hours. Click here for more information. In addition, students are required to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress which will be evaluated at future checkpoints.
      • International Students - International students are required to maintain full time status. There are a very limited number of exceptions to this. Questions about this should be directed to the Office of International Education (OIE).
      • Parents/Guardians - Students should always consult their parents or guardians if they intend to be part time students.
      • Housing - Students living in housing on the campus may be required to be a full time student. Students must verify with the GT housing department.
      • Pre-requisites - Class pre-requisites are enforced in ME and pre-requisite overrides are not given. Dropping a class may result in an extra semester through the pre-requisite chain. Consult your academic advisor if you are not sure.

    Prerequisites and Corequisites

    Q1.  How do I find a list of prerequisites or corequisites for classes?

    Q2.  On the Program of Study, how do I know if the class is a prerequisite or corequisite?

    • All corequisites have an asterisk (*) after each class. All pre-requisites do not have an asterisk listed.

    Q3. Do I really need to take the prerequisites or corequisites for the classes?

    • Yes. The prerequisites and corequisites are there to make sure that you have all of the background information for the class you are going to take. You should make sure that you have the prerequisites for classes that you are going to take. Pre-requisites are strictly enforced for all ME and NRE classes.

    Q4.  OSCAR let me sign up for a class without the correct prerequisites or corequisites. Can I still take the class?

    • The prerequisites and corequisites are there to make sure that you have all of the background information for the class you are going to take. You should make sure that you have the prerequisites for classes that you are going to take. Not all classes in OSCAR have the pre-reqs set up correctly.

    Social Sciences and Humanities Electives (Core Classes)

    Q1.  How many social science and humanities classes do I need?

    • You need 12 hours of humanities and 12 hours of social sciences. The breakdown is as follows:

      Humanities (12 hours)Social Science (12 hours)
      ENGL 1101 (3 hrs)Economics (3 hrs) - ECON 2100, ECON 2101, ECON 2105 or ECON 2106
      ENGL 1102 (3 hrs)Legislative (3 hrs) - HIST 2111, HIST 2112, POL 1101, INTA 1200 or PUBP 3000
      * Humanities Elective (2 classes for 6 hours total)* Social Science Elective (2 classes for 6 hours total)

      * Notes: Within the social science and humanities electives, students are required to take an ethics overlay based on the requirements for their catalog year. The chart showing the requirements for each catalog year is below.

      CurriculumEthics
      ME: 2010-2011 & Earlier
      NRE: 2010-2011 & Earlier
      PHIL/PST 3105 (Humanities) *
      PHIL/PST 3109 (Humanities) *
      PHIL/PST 3127 (Humanities) *
      PHIL/PST 4176 (Humanities) *
      INTA 2030 (Social Science)
      HTS 2084 (Social Science)
      ME: 2011-2012
      NRE: 2011-2012 & Later
      PHIL/PST 3105 (Humanities) *
      PHIL/PST 3109 (Humanities) *
      PHIL/PST 3127 (Humanities) *
      PHIL/PST 4176 (Humanities) *
      INTA 2030 (Social Science)
      HTS 2084 (Social Science)
      ME: 2012-2013 & LaterOne from this list

         * NOTE: PST ethics classes were changed to PHIL classes during the 2011-2012 academic year.  The ethics classes are now all PHIL classes.

      Q2.  What classes count as social science and humanities electives?

      • Click here for a list of social science electives.
      • Click here for a list of humanities electives.

      Q3.  How do I know which humanities and social science electives are offered each semester?

      Q4.  I don't understand if ethics is a social science or humanities class!

      • See Q1 above.

      Q5. Are there any level (1000, 2000, 3000 or 4000) requirements for my social science and humanities electives?

      • Starting with the 2006-2007 catalog year, there are no level requirements for social science or humanities electives.

      Free Electives

      Q1.  How many free electives do I need?

      • ME students on the 2011-2012 Curriculum and earlier need 6 hours of free elective in their curriculum.  The break down is:
        • 6 hours of 2000 level or above
        • Free electives may not duplicate any classes that are used for your BSME or material taught in other classes that are used for your BSME degree
        • A maximum of 6 hours of research and special problems (2699, 4699 and 4903) may be used towards free electives
      • ME students on the 2012-2013 Curriculum or later need 15 hours of free electives.  The break down is:
        • 6 hours of 1000 level or above
        • 9 hours of 2000 level or above
        • Students are permitted to use 4 hours of BIOL 1510, BIOL 1520 or CHEM 1212K towards 2000 level free electives
        • Free electives may not duplicate any classes that are used for your BSME or material taught in other classes that are used for your BSME degree
        • A maximum of 6 hours of research and special problems (2699, 4699 and 4903) may be used towards free electives
      • NRE students do not take any free electives.

      Q2.  What options do I have for my free electives?

      Q3.  What classes are eligible to be used as free electives?

      • Free electives must meet the level requirements for each curriculum. See notes on the curriculum guides for that information.
      • Free Electives may not repeat the material in any other class used for the BSME degree. For example, MGT 2250 (Management Statistics) does not satisfy a free elective for ME students because there is a required statistics class (MATH 3670) in the curriculum.
      • Pre-calculus cannot be used as a free elective.
      • Free electives must be taken as letter grade.
      • Free electives can be classes such as social science classes, humanities classes, management classes, additional ME electives, etc.
      • Examples of classes that do not count as free electives:
        • PHYS 2802 (Physics Help Class)
        • PHYS 2XXX
        • MGT 2250 (Management Statistics)
        • Any math classes before Calculus 1 (such as pre-calculus, etc.)
        • ME 3720 (a thermal/fluids science class for non-ME/NRE students)
        • AE 2010 (duplication of ME 3322 and ME 3340)
        • Economics - Among ECON 2100, 2101, 2105 and 2106 students can only receive credit for one class as their economcis requirements and not as free electives due to class duplication.  The only exception to that is students can receive credit for ECON 2105 and 2106. 
        • Work or internship experiences
        • Any repeated class
        • Any class that duplicates any other class required for the BSME degree
        • If in doubt, ASK YOUR ADVISOR!

      Q4.  Do free electives need to be 3 hours each?

      • No. Free elective hours can be combined. For example: If an ME student is required to have 6 total hours of free electives, the classes do not have to be 3 hours each. The classes can be combined to equal 6 hours. This can be 6 one-hour classes, a two-hour class and a four-hour class, etc.

      Q5.  Can the free electives be taken pass/fail?

      • No. Free electives must be taken letter grade. ME students cannot take any classes pass/fail if they want to use them for their BSME curriculum.

      Q6.  How can I look for a free elective that is 1 or 2 hours?

      • Log into Buzzport
      • Select Registration - OSCAR
      • Select Registration
      • Select Look Up Classes
      • Select the Term and press Submit
      • Select Advanced Search
      • Select all of the Subject codes by click on the first option, press and hold SHIFT on the keyboard, scroll down to the bottom of the list and click on the last subject code
      • In the Credit Range box, enter the number of credits that you are looking for
      • Select Section Search
      • You will now see a list of all of the classes that are being offered in that semester with the selected number of credit hours

      Catalog Years

      Q1. What is a catalog year?

      • Every student is assigned a Catalog Year when they change their major or when they start at Georgia Tech. The Catalog Year is the same as the curriculum that you are assigned.  Each Catalog Year runs from summer through spring. Ex: A students who changes their major or starts at GT during summer 2016, fall 2016 or spring 2017 is assigned a Catalog Year of 2016-2017 which means that he/she is on the 2016-2017 Curriculum. Any change of major forms submitted after phase 2 registration closes become effective the following semester.

      Catalog Year

      For Students Who Started....
      2016-2017Summer '16, Fall '16, Spring '17
      2015-2016Summer '15, Fall '15, Spring '16
      2014-2015Summer '14, Fall '14, Spring '15
      2013-2014Summer '13, Fall '13, Spring '14
      2012-2013Summer '12, Fall '12, Spring '13

      Q2.  How do I know what catalog year I am on?

      • If you are not sure of your Catalog Year, you can find listed on your DegreeWorks Audit.  It is listed on the black bar that is titled BSME - Degree Requirements.

      Q3.  Can I change my catalog year?

      • Students are eligible to move to a later catalog year that is in effect while they are an enrolled student by filling out a change of major form to change their catalog year.  Students must complete all of the requirements for a catalog year; catalog years cannot be combined.  If you move to the new curriculum, you must change your catalog year before you Apply to Graduate.

      Q4.  How do I change my catalog year?

      • Students who plan to change their catalog year must fill out a Change of Major Form to change their Catalog Year (not their major). You should drop the form off at the front desk in the ME Office of Student Services, MRDC room 3112.  We are open Monday - Friday from 8-12 and 1-5. We will sign the form and you can pick it up one business day later. You are then responsible for turning it into the registrar's office in the Tech Tower.  Students who are off campus can email the form to your ME advisor and we will return the form to you through email. 

      Second Undergraduate Degrees

      Q1.  Can I double major at Georgia Tech?

      • Second Undergraduate Degree - Georgia Tech does not offer double majors but does offer a second undergraduate degree. You must meet all of the requirements for both degrees and earn credit for a total of at least 36 additional hours in excess of the first degree.

      Q2.  How do I declare a second major?

      • Second Undergraduate Degree - A Change of Major Form must be filled out declaring the second major. The change of major form must be signed by your current advisor and an advisor in the new major.

      Q3.  How do I find the advisor for my new major?

      Graduation Information

      Q1.  What are the GPA requirements for graduating with honors?

      • Click here for more information about graduating with honors.

      Q2.  Where do I get more information about graduating?

      • Click here for frequently asked questions on the registrar's website pertaining to graduation.

      Q3.  Where do I get more information about commencement and the graduation ceremony?

      • Click here for frequently asked questions on the registrar's website pertaining to commencement.

      Q4.  Where do I get more information about caps and gown for commencement?

      DegreeWorks Degree Audit

      Q1.  What is DegreeWorks?

      • DegreeWorks is a degree audit system which monitors a student's progress towards graduation. This report is what the registrar uses to verify that all requirements have been met for graduation.

      Q2.  Why do I need to look at my Degree Works Audit?

      • It will tell you how far along you are in the curriculum and will identify the required classes that you are missing.  This is also the system that the registrar's office uses to confirm that you are okay to graduate. 

      Q3.  How do I look at or print my DegreeWorks audit?

      • Log into DegreeWorks. The login is in the yellow bar on the right side of the screen under Buzz.
      • After you log on, you will see your degree audit.
      • Keep in mind that DegreeWorks is not perfect, and there may be things that your advisor will have to fix.  If you have any questions about your DegreeWorks audit, then contact your academic advisor.
      • All free electives must be approved by your academic advisor even if they fill in on DegreeWorks. Free electives cannot duplicate any of your other classes required for the BSME degree.

      Q4. Can I choose a different major for my DegreeWorks audit?

      • YES! Use the instructions above to run your DegreWorks audit.  You can run a what-if analysis to select a different major. Students should always verify this with an academic advisor in the other department to be sure.

      Q5. I am considering moving to the new ME curriculum or changing my catalog year.  Can I choose a catalog year for my DegreeWorks audit?

      • YES! Use the instructions above to run your DegreWorks audit.  You can run a what-if analysis to select a different catalog year.

      Readmission

      Q1.  I have been away from school for more than two consecutive terms. Do I need to apply for readmission?

      • Yes! Click here for more information about readmission.

      Q2.  Who needs to sign my readmission form?

      • The school which you are applying for readmission to must sign your readmission form.

      Q3.  Where can I find more information about the readmission process?

      • Click here for more information about readmission.

      Q4.  When is my readmission paperwork due to the registrar's office?

      • Click here to view the registrar's calendar for readmission for students who are not on drop or review status.

         

        To Return...

        Readmission Deadline

        Spring

        December 1st

        Summer

        April 1st

        Fall

        July 1st

         

      FE (Fundaments of Engineering Exam) Exam - Click here for the PDF Version

      Q1.  What is the EIT or FE exam?

      • The FE exam is the Fundamentals of Engineering exam. After you pass the FE exam, graduate and register with the state, you will have the EIT (Engineer-in-Training) certification.

      Q2.  Why should I take the FE Exam?

      •  Licensed engineers also have more career options. As a PE, you would be able to perform certain tasks, such as stamp and seal designs, bid for government contract, be principal of a firm, perform consulting services and offer services to the public. Click here for more information about Engineering licensure.

      Q3.  When can I take the FE Exam?

      • All students must be within two semesters of graduation when they take the exam, including the semester of the exam.
      • Applicants who have graduated are eligible to take the exam, but you are responsible for the state registation yourself.  We will not get the PE signatures for you.

      Q4. If I take the FE Exam in Georgia, can it transfer to other states?

      • The FE exam is a national exam and will transfer to other states. If you take the exam in Georgia, you are still eligible to obtain your PE license in any other state.

      Q5.  When is the FE Exam offered?

      • NCEES offers the test during four testing windows throughout the year:
        • January-February
        • April-May
        • July-August
        • October-November

      Q6.  How do I register for the FE Exam?  Click here for registration instructions.

      • Please note that there are 3 parts to the registration; all parts must be completed to receive your EIT Certification.  The general process is:
        • Exam Registration through NCEES - You must register and pay for the exam through the company who administers the exam, the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES).
        • Complete the Georgia State Board of Professional Engineering Application BEFORE You Graduate
          • Students must complete the state application BEFORE graduation if you want the ME department to get the 3 PE signatures for you.  You will be responsible for obtaining your own PE signatures after you graduate with your BS degree.  The ME department will get PE signatures for students two times per year only.
          • Students may complete the state application before taking the exam.
          • Students do not have to take the exam before graduating. The exam can be taken after graduation.
          • Mail the state application and the other required documentation to the state at one time, after you graduate and after you pass the exam.  You must hold the state application until that time.
          • The state application must be notarized.  The ME department will offer several times to notarize the application for free. 
        • Mail Your Application, Supporting Documentation and Application Fee to the State (After Graduation and After Passing the Exam) - After you have both graduated and passed the exam, mail the completed state application, all supporting information (score letter, identification, references, consent form and transcripts) plus the fee to the Georgia State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.
      • Registration Eligibility
        • Undergraduate students who are within their last 2 semesters before graduation at the time of the exam are eligible to take the exam.
      • Registration Instructions

      Q7.  Where can I find more information about the FE exam?

      • Click here for more information about the exam available from ELSES.
      • Click here for the calculator policy for the exam.
      • Click here for exam day policies.
      • Click here for exam pass rates.
      • Click here for exam study materials.
      • Click here for exam specifications.
      • Click here to purchase on-line tests.

      Q8.  Where can I find study materials for the FE exam?

      GRE (Graduate Record Examination)

      Q1. What is the GRE?

      • The GRE measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and analytical writing skills that have been acquired over a long period of time and that are not related to any specific field of study. The GRE is similar to the SAT, but designed for college students. Click here for more information.

      Q2. Why should I take the GRE?

      • Nearly every graduate engineering program requires GRE scores as part of the application process.

      Q3. When can I take the GRE?

      • It is strongly suggested that students take the GRE during their senior year, at least one full semester before the graduate school applications are due.

      Q4. When and where is the GRE offered?

      • The computer based GRE is offered year round at many locations through out the US, including several locations in Atlanta. Click here for more information about locations.

      Q5. Do I need to take the GRE subject tests?

      • Subject tests are offered in 8 different areas. Most graduate engineering schools do not require subject tests. However, you should always verify with the school to which you are applying.

      Q6. How can I register for the GRE?

      • Click here to register for the GRE.

      Q7. If I did not do very well, should I repeat the exam?

      • Yes. Most graduate schools will take the highest scores.

      Q8. How much does it cost to register to take the GRE?

      • Click here for the exam fees.

      Q9. Where can I get more information about the GRE?

      • Click here for more information about the GRE.