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Advisement for Undergraduate Students

Civil Engineering

Advisement for Undergraduate Students



All undergraduate CE students must be advised, in order for the “EA” advisement stop to be removed so that they can register for classes. Since the Office of Undergraduate Affairs (OUA) who removes the stop is very busy in the last week before registration begins, it is a good idea to be advised well before registration begins so that your stop is removed in time for you to register!

The advisement process is detailed below.

Register for a CUNY first account

Register for courses using CUNY First. Set up your account well before registration, so that you can identify if there are any problems well in advance of your registration date. For problems accessing your account, go to the Help Desk in NAC.

Know the curriculum

Particular classes are only offered once a year. They are indicated in the CE Course Offering Schedule by Semester, which is in the glass case in the CE Department and at the bottom of this page.

CAUTION!! Please check under Info for Students / Academic Matters / Changes to the Curriculum for any changes to the curriculum that may not be reflected in the current CE curriculum matrix.

  • CE 327 Transportation Systems Engineering:  prereqs are now CE 209, CE 264 and CE 332
  • Environmental Engineering / Water Resources specialization core courses are now:
    • CE 566 Engineering Hydrology (prereq CE 365)
    • CE 583 Air Pollution and Control (prereq CE 474, Math 391) OR CE 584 Solid Waste Management (prereq CE 474)
  • Environmental Engineering / Water Resources specialization elective courses now also include:
    • CE 451 Environmental Water Resources (prereq CE 365)
    • CE 482 Water and Wastewater Treatment (prereq CE 474)
    • CE 583 Air Pollution and Control (prereq CE 474, Math 391) if not taken as coreOR CE 584 Solid Waste Management (prereq CE 474) if not taken as core
    • ENGR 59910 Intro to GIS
    • ENGR 30100 Intro to Remote Sensing
  • Structures specialization elective courses now also include:
    • CE 540 Highway Engineering (prereq: CE 326, CE 327)
  • Transportation specialization elective courses now also include:
    • CE 566 Engineering Hydrology (prereq CE 365)
  • Multidisciplinary specialization courses are now (new courses indicated with **):
    • CE 440 FEA of Structures (prereq CE 335, CE 340, Math 392) 
    • CE 442 Structural Design (prereq: CE 264, CE 340)
    • CE 520 Traffic Engineering (prereq: CE 326, CE 327)
    • CE 540 Highway Engineering (prereq: CE 326, CE 327)
    • ** CE 566 Engineering Hydrology (prereq CE 365)
    • ** CE 583 Air Pollution and Control (prereq CE 474, Math 391)** OR CE 584 Solid Waste Management (prereq CE 474)

The curriculum is shown on the curriculum matrix, which is in the glass case in the CE Department and at the bottom of this page. Each row in the matrix represents a semester, and so the matrix shows the order that you should take classes in.

The schedule of CE classes is designed based on the matrix: classes that are within the same academic year of each other are offered at different times so they do not conflict with each other. Since the registrar no longer permits changes to the schedule because of the inflexibilty of CUNY First, the CE Department can no longer request changes in the schedule to resolve conflicts in your schedule if you took classes out of sequence. So, it is very important that you follow the curriculum matrix so that you do not end up with conflicts between classes of different years.

Identify your advisor

Who you see depends on how many credits you have, and if you are a new transfer student.

  • Freshmen with less than 45 credits: Your advisor is Mr. Luis Alicea in the School of Engineering Office of Student Affairs in Steinman room ST-209.
  • New transfer students: Jasmine Gonzalez in the Undergraduate Dean’s office in Steinman room ST-208 will assign you to an advisor. Technically, you should have already seen this advisor during transfer student orientation, when he/she advised you, evaluated your transfer credits and registered you for classes. If for some reason this did not happen, please see this advisor.
  • Continuing students with 45 or more credits: Your advisor is a CE faculty advisor. You are assigned to a specific faculty based on your last name, but if you have been seeing another faculty advisor in the past and you like that person, then you may continue to be advised by that person. The list of undergraduate advisors is presented below, and is also available for download at the bottom of this page.


CE Undergraduate Advisor List

* If you have unsuccessfully attempted to reach your advisor at least a couple times by email, you are free to see any other CE faculty for advisement.

** Underlined letters changed in Spring 2016 to distribute the load across faculty members


Prepare for advisement

Prepare these items, and (with the exception of #4), bring them with you when you see your advisor:

1. Your unofficial transcript and a list of any stops currently on your record.

Obtain your transcript from CUNY First. Check CUNY First to identify any stops.

2. CE curriculum chart

You may follow the chart that was in effect when you began your engineering courses, or the most current one. Obtain the chart from OUA (Office of Undergraduate Affairs). You can also download a current chart from the bottom of this page. Cross out all of the courses you have taken (or received transfer credit for) and indicate the courses that you are currently taking. Bring this with you when you see your advisor.

Each row in the chart identifies the courses that a student should take (given pre-requisites) in each semester in order to graduate within 4 years.

3. A list of the courses you plan to take in the next semester.

If you follow the curriculum matrix, this will be a row in the curriculum matrix. If you do not follow the curriculum matrix, please consult the CE Schedule for the next semester and the curriculum matrix to confirm that you have met all pre-requisites. Note: if you don’t have the pre-requisites for a class you register for, you will be de-registered from the class and your tuition will not be refunded.

If you can, please plan for your next semester(s) well in advance of when the CE Schedule is posted. To aid you with this, the CE Department has prepared several documents that can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

  • CE Planned Course Schedules: Indicates the courses that are typically offered each semester.
  • CE Actual Course Schedules: Indicates the actual courses, faculty and time slots for courses offered in the next two semesters;These schedules might change.


4. Overtally for any courses you know you want to take.

  • Fill out the CE Overtally Form to waitlist for any CE class that is “closed” on CUNY First.
  • All overtallies for CE courses are NOW ONLINE
  • The CE Overtally Form does not open until a few days after grades have been posted.
  • For more information here is a link to the CE overtally.

Get advised

Your advisor is here to help you, so don’t hide any information regarding your performance and other commitments from him/her.

1. Visit your advisor to identify when his or her office hours are; or schedule an appointment with him or her by email.

2. Some issues your advisor will discuss with you:



  • Your current academic standing
  • Your participation in extra-curricular activities such as research or student clubs
  • Your planned courses and potential issues with them, such as
  • You cannot take CE 51003 until you have completed CE 340 and any other pre-requisites identified by your research mentor, and your research topic must be in your specialization. If you are in the “multidisciplinary” specialization, you cannot take CE 51003 at all.
  • If you are in the “multidisciplinary” specialization, all of your specialization courses come from the specialization core list.
  • You should follow the curriculum matrix in order, so that your pre-requisites are all met, and so that you don’t end up being overburdened one semester and lightly loaded the next one.
  • Do not overload yourself. Every lab course has three additional contact hours. Every three credit hours of coursework will require an average of seven hours of studying at home.
  • Plan ahead for junior and senior level courses that are offered only once a year, so that your graduation will not be delayed. You can use the CE Planned Course Schedules and the schedule for the next two semesters posted to the bulletin board and to the CE/Info for Students/Academic Matters/Academic Programs webpage to help you.
  • Any of the 8 things that get students in trouble, if they pertain to you; this list can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.
  • The need for a graduation check if you have already achieved 80 credits towards graduation. Note: This check can only be done once. If it is time for you to do this, you should go see Mr. Luis Alicea in the Dean’s office in ST 209.