Your departmentally assigned undergraduate academic advisor is your most important source of guidance for your journey through civil engineering.

Your advisor:

  • is your primary source of information with regard to the curriculum;
  • will aid you in your selection of non-technical, and technical electives, as well as provide general advice about careers and graduate school in civil engineering;
  • is the only person who may initiate waivers (waivers must be approved by the advisor as well as the department and/or the Whiting School of Engineering as appropriate) for example, a course replacement due to the availability of a required course, etc.

Prior to, and as a condition for, enrollment in classes each semester you will meet with your academic advisor. Your progress towards a degree will be reviewed using the Degree Checkout Form shown in the curriculum information for your class year. This form provides all key information regarding the civil engineering degree and should be studied closely by students.

Prior to meeting with your advisor you should develop a preliminary plan of classes using the Degree Checkout Sheet and Sample Program as guides.

  • This plan will be reviewed and modified during your meeting with your advisor.
  • After this meeting your advisor will record that the meeting was conducted, and then “release your hold” on SIS so that you may complete your online registration.
  • Students should be aware that no faculty member in the department may release a hold on SIS unless they have had a face-to-face discussion with the student regarding course planning and their progress towards a degree as represented in the Degree Checkout Form.

In some cases it may be useful to also meet with the engineering school-wide academic advisors. These professional staff advisors, unlike your academic advisors, are more connected to some of the broader school services available for health and wellness, tutoring, extra-curricular programs outside of the department, direct help with the registrar, etc. Additional information is available at WSE Academic Advising.

Course Exception Waiver Form

If a student and his/her advisor agree that an alternate course may be used to fulfill the requirements listed in the student’s degree checkout form, a Course Exception Waiver form must be signed by both advisor and student and submitted to the department’s Academic Program Coordinator.


The Whiting School of Engineering and the Department of Civil Engineering recognize students with exemplary academic records.

For graduating students, these awards are:

General Honors:

  • awarded to students with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or higher.

Department Honors:

  • awarded to students with cumulative grade-point averages of 3.5 for 7 semesters, or
  • to students with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.25 for seven semesters and 3.75 for the last three semesters.

For continuing undergraduates:

Dean’s List:

  • For students who have earned a 3.50 semester average with a program of 14 or more credits (12 with grades).

Honor Societies:

  • Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society