Electrical and Computer Engineering

Academic Advising

Major Advisor

Each student in the EECE department is assigned a major advisor to guide him/her in accomplishing their program goals. Major advisors are faculty members in the EECE Department. Look on the right-hand side of your Student Center to locate the name of your major advisor. Ms. Stoner, the EECE Administrative Support Coordinator, will assign you a major advisor if you are switching to Computer Engineering or Electrical/Electronic Engineering from another major.

Each of our programs also has a faculty Program Coordinator to provide an additional level of specific program advising. The Program Coordinator usually serves as the chair of the program's curriculum committee and works with the department chair and other members of the department on issues related to University, college, or departmental policies, procedures and requirements.

See the ECC Student Success Center(opens in new window) or University Academic Advising(opens in new window) for additional advising help, particularly concerning General Education Requirements(opens in new window)

Mandatory Advising Process

To ensure that students progress through their programs both promptly and successfully, Mandatory Advising applies to all Electrical/Electronic and Computer Engineering majors. Students see their major advisors through the sign up process during two advising weeks during the Spring Semester, and before the following academic year's Fall registration period opens.

During the Mandatory Advising period every Spring semester, follow the steps below to meet with your advisor. Failure to meet with your major advisor during this period will result in a hold on your registration. You will not be able to register for classes until you meet with your major advisor.

1. Click on the appropriate year's Plan of Study for your listed major. This information is listed at the top of your Degree Progress Report (DPR), available in your Student Center from the CSU, Chico portal.


2. Make a schedule of courses per semester using Smart Planner. Instructions on the Smart Planner are available on the CSU, Chico Smart Planner Video Tutorials(opens in new window) webpage.

Not only do you have to make sure that you take the correct courses for your major course, also pay close attention to the General Education's diversity, global cultures, and writing requirements.

3. You must review your schedule of courses with your major advisor during mandatory advising. We strongly recommend that you also do this in the fall semester as well.

  1. Bring your laptop or a print out of your smart planner report with future listed enrollment courses.
  2. Your major advisor is listed on the right when you log into your Student Center.

Grade Point Averages (GPAs)

Your Degree Progress Report (DPR), available in the student center in your portal account, will provide you with a good look at your progress towards your declared major. There are four Grade Point Averages (GPAs) that you should regularly monitor.

Two are at the top of your DPR - the Chico GPA and the Overall GPA. All courses that you have taken at CSU, Chico contribute to the Chico GPA. All of these courses plus any course that you transferred from another college or university contribute to the Overal GPA.

The other two GPAs are located almost at the bottom of your DPR. One is your Major GPA, which is calculated using the grades from any course that contributes towards your degree. The fourth GPA is calculated with a subset of the courses that contributed towards your Major GPA - only the courses that you took at CSU, Chico.

All four GPAs must be at least 2.0 at the time of graduation. It is possible to improve one or more of these GPAs by using the Repeat and Repeat with Forgiveness process. Do not let your GPAs drop too low - meet with one of the advisors in Academic Advising who can explain these two policy.