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Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering

Advising Information

The faculty and staff of the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering are committed to helping you reach your goals and share responsibility for your success. The resources described below are designed to help ease your academic journey.

The College recognizes the need for the consistency and expertise of professional advisors in addition to the vital connection between students and faculty members in the discipline-specific arenas. As such the College supports a dual advising system in which advisement is comprised of faculty mentoring and professional advising. For a description of advising at the freshmen, and sophomore through senior levels, please see below.

In addition to the College advising resources, students have access to campus advising resources. Among these are tutoring, disability resources, study skills workshops, etc. A description of the College and campus resources is available in the advising resources brochure.

Students should become familiar with the advising tools described below, which are indispensable for accessing academic transcripts, course schedule and degree audit information, as well as other university systems. The EASE (Ensuring Academic Success in Engineering) advising wiki is another online resource available here.

Freshmen Advising

To meet the transitional needs of first year students, freshmen are assigned to both a professional advisor and discipline-specific faculty. The Freshmen Program Advisor is freshmen's first resource for general Engineering and University inquiries, and can provide institutional information related to the following:

  • course sequence
  • college and University policies
  • registration issues
  • information related to campus resources

To reach the Freshmen Program Advisor, please contact: Maria Perez-Colón, Rowan Hall, 106, Tel.: 856.256.5302, To schedule an advising appointment with Ms. Perez-Colón, please do so via the Starfish/Rowan Success Network (RSN)/,

The Faculty Advisor/Mentor provides information and guidance that is specific to your field of study related to the following:

  • career information
  • course-content
  • industry related questions

Sophomore through Senior Advising

From sophomore to senior year, students rely on the expertise of faculty to provide guidances on discipline-specific coursework that relates to career goals. Faculty provide information on career planning, preparation for graduate study, employment, internships and work experience in the field.

The name of your faculty advisor can be found by accessing your GRAD report through Banner Self-Service (, or by contacting your department secretary.

Students may also find answers to most general Engineering questions on the EASE (Ensuring Academic Success in Engineering) Advising Wiki. Please visit:

Campus Advising Resources/Tools

Student Self Service/Banner Services - Students can view grades, course history, unofficial transcripts and register for classes

Office of the Registrar's web site - Information about registration including add/drop schedule, academic calendar, policies, forms, etc.

Rowan Success Network (RSN) - RSN gives you an easy way to schedule the dedicated time you need with your advisors and professors. RSN also makes it easy to access campus support resources such as tutoring.

Course Availability/Section Tally - up to the minute course section enrollments.

Graduation Requirements and Advising Database (GRAD) -

Academic Success Center - oversees an array of services geared toward helping students achieve academic success. Workshops are offered regularly covering topics such as: time management, study strategies, communications, learning styles, etc. For more information, Additional services are listed below:

Disability Resources - provides accommodations and assistance to students with various documented disabilities. Appropriate documention is required to determine eligibility.

Tutoring Center is available free of charge to all Rowan students. Students may schedule tutoring appointments by using RSN.

Testing Services - provides testing accommodations to students registered with the Office of Disability Resources (see above).

Course Equivalents at Rowan for NJ Community College Courses -Students considering classes at an institution other than Rowan should verify that courses they plan to take are equivalent to Rowan's courses. By comparing equivalencies, official transcripts can be easily evaluated to grant transfer credit, which apply toward degree requirements at Rowan University. It is the student's responsibility to have the final grade transcripts sent to the Rowan Registrar.

Academic Planning

Our programs of study in Biomedical, Chemical, Civil & Environmental, Electrical & Computer, and Mechanical Engineering follow a structured program of study. The curriculum is rounded out by self-selected general education courses that meet the University’s requirements. Students are strongly urged to follow the prescribed sequence of courses within their major. Any deviations from your course of study must have the approval of your department chair, and should be made in consultation with your faculty advisor. Students should be aware of the following:

•   Students may take up to 18 credits without prior approval. Credits above 18 must be approved by the department chair or faculty advisor, and the adjustment made by the dean’s office. Tuition ramifications: credits taken above 17 will be charged at the per credit tuition rate. The full time flat rate tuition covers 12-17 credits.

•   Students on scholarship are required to maintain a GPA of 3.00 to remain on scholarship.

•   The College follows the University’s academic standing policy, which states that students falling below a 2.0 GPA at the end of the spring term will be on academic probation.

    Click below for curriculum guides for each major:

    Biomedical Engineering

    Chemical Engineering

    Civil & Environmental Engineering

    Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Mechanical Engineering

    Bioengineering Concentration

Advanced Placement and Transfer Credits

Students interested in applying AP and/or credits from other institutions toward program requirements should refer to the registrar's webpage for information on transferring credits:Credit Transfers

Students wishing to take credits at community colleges should refer to the course equivalency page to determine if courses are equivalent to Rowan courses. The webpage can be found here: Course Equivalents

Please note: if taking classes at other institutions, you must obtain an official transcript and submit to the Rowan registrar so the credits are noted on your Rowan transcript.

Guidelines for General Educational Requirements

All Engineering majors are required to fulfill the General Education/Rowan Experience requirements of a Specialized Degree Model. In this model, your Math, Science and Communications requirements are met from the required courses in your respective Engineering curriculum. Other Rowan Experience courses are met throughout your required program of study. For example, Senior Engineering Clinic II is the Writing Intensive (WI) course and Freshman Clinic I is the Rowan Seminar (RS) course. College Comp II and Public Speaking are covered in your Sophomore Clinic I and Sophomore Clinic II. You must choose 15 credits of General Education courses (typically 5 courses at 3 credits each) that meet the following criteria:

  •   Two courses (6 credits) of History Humanities Language (HHL)

  •   Two courses (6 credits) of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS)

  •   3 credits in SBS are pre-determined within your engineering major: ChE, CEE and ECE students will take ECON 04102 Microeconomics;

       BME and ME students will take ENT 06.240 Entrepreneurship & Innovation); the second is a course of your choice

  •   One course (3 credits) Artistic and Creative Expression (ACE)

Of the above General Education courses (ACE, HHL, SBS), one must be a Multicultural/Global course (listed as M/G or MCUL), and the other must be a Literature-based (LIT) course.


   •   A course can be designated as both LIT and MCUL. For example, ENGL 02112, Readings in Asian Lit meets both criteria. However, you still have to take a total of 5 (five) courses.

  •   Double counting of HHL, SBS, and ACE courses is not permitted. If a course meets the requirements of two categories (e.g., HHL and ACE), you must use it in one or the other. Therefore, you will still need to take 5 courses (15 credits)