Advising

First, the Nuts and Bolts

Students register for the subsequent academic semester using a web-based data entry system (ACES), during predesignated registration windows (typically occurring in early to mid-November for Spring registration, and late March and early April for Fall semester). Prior to registering using ACES, students are to meet in person with their designated academic adviser to discuss their academic plan, and to obtain the clearance necessary to log into ACES. Steps for this procedure are as follows:

  1. Approximately two weeks prior to each registration period, students are sent information pertaining to registration by the academic deans of the Pratt School. Advisers are also provided with electronic access to Undergraduate Advisement Reports and will provide registration clearance for each of their advisees.
  2. At the time the student receives information about advising, they should immediately contact their academic adviser to request an advising appointment. Such contact should occur AT LEAST ONE WEEK PRIOR to the student's registration window---students should NOT wait for their adviser to contact them, but should be pro-active in setting up these appointments.
  3. At some point before the student's advising window, the student and adviser meet to discuss the planned schedule for the student, as well as other related career and curricular plans. Students are encouraged to come to this meeting with a draft of their intended schedules, and with any pertinent questions. Students will not receive registration clearance from their faculty adviser without an appointment, and should not request such clearance via email.
  4. In the event that a student is unable to contact their adviser (making sure to give him or her a full week's notice before the advising window), that student should consult the departmental Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) for academic advice. Some professors may also designate other faculty colleagues to see their advisees should they be out of town, or otherwise unavailable during the advising period.
  5. After obtaining registration clearance from the academic adviser, a designated faculty substitute, or the DUS, the student registers during his or her registration window using ACES.

Note: Students must meet and plan their curriculum with their assigned faculty adviser. Before scheduling an appointment with the Pratt academic deans, Connie Simmons or Lupita McMillian, students should first meet with their faculty adviser or the departmental DUS to try and resolve the problem. You must fill out this form and have it signed by your adviser or your Director of Undergraduate Studies to schedule an advising appointment with an academic dean during the advising period.

What Should You Plan For?

First Year Planning

The first year of study in the Pratt School of Engineering is largely common to all engineers, with seven of the eight first year courses being completely transferable between the five engineering majors.

Sophomore Through Senior Year Planning

After the freshman year, recommended curricula becomes more department specific, and is outlined on the following pages for the sophomore through senior years.

Biomedical Engineering Major

Civil Engineering Major

Electrical and Computer Engineering Major

Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science major

Undergraduate Research Fellows Planning

All juniors are eligible for applying to the Pratt Undergraduate Research Fellows, the Duke NAE Grand Challenges Scholars or Duke Smart Home Fellows programs. Each program has a different emphasis, and each curriculum includes independent study courses. Selected courses in other areas of Duke may be included.  

Planning for Study Abroad

Students who want to participate in the Study Abroad program develop an academic plan with their adviser several semesters prior to the semester during which the student plans to study abroad. In the semester prior to study abroad, the student submits a request to study abroad to their Department's Director of Undergraduate Studies. This plan includes the courses the student will take and the remaining courses to be taken after return to Duke. Approval of courses for the study abroad program is the same as that used for all transfer credit and involves determination of equivalent content for Duke courses and approval by the DUS of the department offering similar courses at Duke.

Review programs at the Duke Global Education for Undergraduates website. There are several programs available where students can take engineering courses in foreign language as well as general education courses.

Phi Beta Kappa Planning

Engineers at Duke may be eligible for initiation to Phi Beta Kappa based on their academic standing, adherence to University policy, and breadth of coursework taken at Duke. Interested students should contact Associate Professor of the Practice, Michael Gustafson, mrg@duke.edu for more information.