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Prescribed curricula for the eight Grove School of Engineering programs are presented in the following pages. Mathematics and science subjects upon which long sequences depend are of prime importance and should be taken as soon as the student is ready for them. If a section in one of these subjects is closed the student should, if possible, select a different section of the same subject and rearrange other subjects as necessary. Freshmen and sophomores should pay particular attention to early completion of the prescribed work in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and computer science.

It is the student’s responsibility to meet with a Groveadvisor each semester for program planning and advisement. Students with specific problems may always consult with the Office of Undergraduate Studies, ST 209.

Students who are behind in completing prerequisite courses should consider attending one or more summer sessions. The math and basic science courses and many liberal arts non-science courses are generally offered during the summer, as are some Grove School of Engineering courses.

Curricula in engineering and computer science are designed so that the full-time day student, sustaining no failures, may complete the bachelor’s curriculum in four calendar years. Often, however, because of the timing of courses or schedule conflicts, a student will have to attend one or two additional semesters. In addition, because certain courses in all curricula are considered difficult, students may elect to take fewer total credits during the semesters in which they take those courses. This might also lengthen their stay at the College. Finally, students who must hold a job, even a part-time job, should reduce their course loads below those recommended in the program descriptions. Most math, science, and engineering courses are sufficiently challenging to require a full measure of the student’s energy and attention; the longer stay in the College that this delay entails is almost always compensated for by higher grades.

Evening students should select math and science courses in preference to humanities courses on beginning their college work, since the humanities courses will round out programs in later years when schedule difficulties might prevent the selection of a full program of technical courses.

Where courses have prerequisites, the prerequisite must be taken before registering for the desired course. Exceptions must be approved in writing by the department chair and approved by the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies. Students who register without such permission risk being dropped from the course.

The Grove School of Engineering reserves the right to change curricular requirements for matriculated students at any time if such changes are necessary to remain in compliance with the guidelines of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. Also, courses will not be given unless warranted by enrollment levels.

Every effort has been made to ensure that the material in this section of the Bulletin is consistent with the material presented in the Academic Regulations section of the Bulletin and in the individual program sections. If there are inconsistencies, students are strongly advised not to attempt their own interpretation but to consult with the Office of Undergraduate Studies, ST 209. An erroneous interpretation of the requirements by a student may not be accepted by the College.