Advising Notes

Registration Information

In order to attend the University of Maryland, students must officially register for classes. Specific dates for registration are listed in the schedule of classes.

Early Registration
Early registration (or pre-registration) periods begin in late October (for spring semester) and late March (for fall). At that time, students receive an email from Records and Registration listing their early registration date. This date is assigned based on the number of credits completed by the student (including advanced placement and transfer credits). Students with higher number of credits are assigned earlier dates.

In order to register for appropriate courses, students should seek advising from the FPE advisor by making an appointment. For best results, schedule your advising session well in advance of your registration date.

Prerequisites
All students must have fulfilled the appropriate prerequisites in order to register for courses. The course descriptions in both the Undergraduate Catalog and in the FPE website outline the specific prerequisites for each course.

Add/Drop/Change of Grading Method
Students who wish to change their schedules may do so without any penalty during the first 10 days of classes (check the schedule of classes for specific dates). If a student becomes ill or for some reason does not believe he/she can complete the semester, he/she should contact the FPE Office staff as soon as possible to discuss alternatives. Options may be very limited if a student waits until the end of the semester before notifying the advisor of any change in circumstances. If you need to maintain your full-time status (due to financial aid, student loan or visa requirements) please check with the corresponding offices (Financial Aid or IES) before altering a course schedule. For more information, please check the Schedule of Classes and the Undergraduate Catalog for a complete listing of regulations.

Repeat Policy
All students who matriculated at the University of Maryland in Fall 1990 or later are allowed a maximum of two attempts per course, up to a maximum of 18 repeat credits. Please note that a withdrawal counts as an attempt (grade of "W"). All attempts resulting in a grade "A"-"F" are included in the computation of the grade point average. The only exception to this policy is for courses taken within the first 24 credits (for first-time students) or during the first semester (for transfer students). If these courses are repeated, then the grade point average will reflect only the best attempt. Both grades will, however, remain on the student's official transcript. Students must use their repeat credits cautiously.

Academic Probation
All students who find themselves on academic probation must seek mandatory advising from the department advisor.  It may be determined that regular meetings with the academic advisor are appropriate to review options for improving their academic record. In order to stay in good academic standing and to receive a degree from the University, students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

Minimum Grades for Engineering Course Work
Students wishing to obtain a degree from the A. James Clark School of Engineering must receive a minimum grade of "C-" in every engineering course. Students who receive a lower grade must repeat the course in accordance with the University's repeat policy. NOTE: For all students who started at any institution of higher learning in Spring 2005 or after a "C-" or higher is NOW required in all mathematics, physics, and chemistry courses.

Double Major / Double Degree
To complete a "Double Major'' you must satisfy the degree requirements for two majors. If you, graduate with less than 150 credits will receive a single degree Bachelor's Degree. However, if you complete the requirements for both disciplines and earn at least 150 credits, you will actually receive two separate Bachelor's Degrees. Contact FPE advisor for further information and relevant procedures. Visit the Clark School Office of Undergraduate Advising to download the Double Major/Double Degree Form.

Graduate Courses
If you are considering continuing your education by pursuing a graduate degree, please feel free to contact the Graduate Director in the department who can  assist you in your search and provide you with helpful information. Undergraduates with senior standing and a GPA of 3.00 or higher may enroll in 6XX graduate courses, which can count toward their B.S. and/or M.S./M.Eng. degrees.

Permission to Take Courses at Another Institution
Once you are admitted to the University of Maryland, you may not take courses at another institution and apply them to your degree unless you first obtain approval from Undergraduate Advising & Academic Support through the Permission To Enroll Form.

Application for Graduation
Students preparing to graduate must file an application for a diploma and complete paperwork due to Undergraduate Advising & Academic Support during the first ten days of the semester. In order to facilitate this process, students should complete all steps listed at www.eng.umd.edu/advising/graduation.

Academic Honesty
At the University of Maryland, student and faculty together share the responsibility of academic integrity. Members of the University community believe academic dishonesty is a serious issue. As a student, you hold the responsibility to both uphold academic integrity for yourself and reporting dishonesty when you encounter or observe it.

Academic dishonesty is defined as:

  1. Cheating: intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise;
  2. Fabrication: intentional and unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise;
  3. Facilitating academic dishonesty: intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another violate any provision of this code;
  4. Plagiarism: intentionally or knowingly presenting the words or ideas of another as one's own in any academic exercise.

    (from the University of Maryland Undergraduate Catalog, 1999-00).

If you believe you have observed academic dishonesty, please contact the Student Honor Council at 301-314-8450, or in room 2118 Mitchell building.

For more information, please contact:

Ms. Nicole Hollywood
Assistant Director
Department of Fire Protection Engineering
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-3031
Dept. Phone: 301-405-3992
Direct Phone: 301-405-3994
Fax: 301-405-9383
E-mail: nlholly@umd.edu