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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get credit for an internship?

Some majors in the college of Engineering will allow an internship (At least 3 months, full-time) to count as credit towards your degree. Once admitted into the professional program the following majors will accept internship work as credit:

Biological Engineering BENG 4250
Civil Engineering CEE 5900
Environmental Engineering CEE 5250
Electrical and Computer Engineering ECE 4250

For more details about internship credit please contact your advisor

How do I find an internship?

We highly suggest that you set up an appointment to meet with the Engineering Career Coach, Suzanne Sumsion. You can come to her office hours in the Engineering Advising Center Tuesdays from 3-5 PM, or schedule a specific time to meet in her office via email or telephone 435-797-7777.

Once you are ready to submit applications sign up and submit via “Aggie Handshake”

How do I get permission to take Professional Program classes?

How do I get the hold on my transcript removed?

Check the  ACCESS (Banner) system to determine the reason for the hold. Then call the phone number listed on the hold for information on how to get the hold removed. For example you may have a library fine, a parking ticket or owe money to the University.

How do I know the prerequisites for a class?

See course descriptions in the online catalog

How do I know when my finals are?

The dates for finals can be found in the Utah State University Academic Calendar

How do I make an appointment with my Advisor?

The College of Engineering Advising Center is a student's primary source for information and assistance regarding: academic advising, registration, admission to the College of Engineering, scholarships, general education and transfer credits.

Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

To see a  list of engineering academic advisors, visit the Engineering Advising Center Website

For appointment call 435-797-2705, e-mail at

ENGR 314A Map

How/when do I get into the Professional Program?

I am still in High School and want to be an engineer. What classes do I take to prepare myself for College?

Please refer to the Major Requirement Sheets page to get an idea of what courses will be required at USU and try to find classes offered at your high school that will help prepare you with the future classes.

I have taken the prerequisite course(s) but the registration system won't let me in the class. What can I do?

  • A- If you took the prerequisite course at another institution or via AP/Concurrent Enrollment credits but haven’t sent them to USU, do so as soon as possible. Then email your engineering advisor for engineering course overrides and other departments for their authorizations (i.e. Math, Chemistry, Physics)
  • B- If you took the prerequisite course at another institution or via AP/Concurrent Enrollment credits and have transferred them please look at your USU unofficial transcript or Degree Works to see if you have these credits posted to your USU account. If it is not yet showing it may have not come through our system yet or something went wrong with the transfer. Please contact the USU Registrar’s office to see if they can view the transcript from your transfer institution.
    If the prerequisite is posted to your account an advisor may need to make an adjustment for the system to recognize it as a prerequisite, or may have to authorize you to take the class anyway. Engineering advisors can make authorizations for engineering courses, but not for other departments(e.g., math, chemistry, physics). You’ll need to contact the advisors in those departments specifically for their authorization.
  • C- If you are currently taking the prerequisite course elsewhere we don’t have the transcript (basically proof in the system that you’re currently in the class). You’ll need to be able to show either engineering or the another advising department that you’re in the class elsewhere so that you can receive an authorization. As long as you pass the class you are good to go. If you don’t pass the class you’ll need to drop the one that was authorized or it will be dropped for you.

I need a tutor. Where should I go?

Drop-In Math and Statistics Tutoring  provides tutors for all levels of Math and Statistics for the entire university at the Taggart Student Center (TSC) 225A.

The Academic Resource Center has tutors for a variety of lower-level courses, see schedule.

Computer Science Tutoring Lab is available to any student taking a computer science course.  It is located in Old Main 419 and is generally open Mon.-Fri. from 10:30 am - 9:00 pm.

The Engineering Tutoring Center has engineering students who tutor other engineering students in math, science, and engineering courses required in the first two years. They are located in ENGR 322 and 324. See the tutoring schedule posted at the Engineering Advising Center ENGR 314A MAP

We highly recommend their services!

What are the rules for the Professional Program?

Please view your desired major and read the professional program requirements for that major in the USU catalog here:

The rules are outlined in the Utah State University online General Catalog and on the Professional Program

What can I use my Advanced Placement (AP) and CLEP credits for?

Please refer to the General Catalog.

What general ed classes do I have left to take?

Begin by looking in Degree Works in your BANNER Account.  This will give you a good idea of what gen ed requirements you need to fulfill. Because Degree Works is not always completely accurate it is a good idea to check with your advisor.

If you transferred an associates degree (arts or science, not applied), the degree must be posted and you only need a DHA and a DSS which is a 3000 level class or higher. If you transferred credits from another school these may cover some general ed classes. To see how your credits have transferred look on your Access BANNER account.

Once you are logged into BANNER :

  • Go to Student
  • Record
  • Transfer Credit Awarded 

For more information visit:

General Catalog

Transferring Credits to Utah State University

What is an Engineering Ambassador?

Engineering Ambassadors are juniors or seniors in the College of Engineering, and represent all engineering majors. Their duties include giving tours of the College and helping with outreach activities (recruiting) for the University.

If you are considering Engineering as a Major and have questions you can make an appointment with an Ambassador by contacting the Advising Center:
Phone: 435-797-2705
Advising Center E-Mail
How can I become an Ambassador?
Openings for Ambassadors will be posted on the student employment site through CAREER AGGIE. Students applying are required to have a minimum GPA of 3.2 and be accepted in the professional program in an engineering discipline.

What kind of salaries do engineers make?

All engineering disciplines earn a good living wage. See the recent numbers at salary & graduate data

What scholarships are available?

What's the difference between computer science and computer engineering?

There is significant overlap between these two majors and each can take classes from Computer Science (CS) and Computer Engineering departments.  The basic difference lies in the fact that computer engineers create the hardware (the machine). Computer scientists create the software that runs across the machine.

Why does the computer say "Closed by Restriction" when I try to register?

It is usually due to one of the following situations:

  • You are not in the Professional Engineering Program (PEP) but you are trying to register for an engineering class above 3000. You either need to be admitted to the PEP or given permission to take the class(es).
  • You are trying to register for a special topics class (e.g. MAE 5930) and the department has to give approval for you to register. Email your advisor

I've started my freshman year and was given a scholarship at E-State but I don't see it on my account. How do I get that on there?

The E-State scholarships are applied your second freshman semester and first sophmore semester. If it's not automatically added then contact advising.

Phone (435) 797-2705

I am looking to hire an engineer, how do I get word out?

Career Services Employers is in charge of job postings.

Phone: (435) 797-1746

How do I register for classes?

Refer to the 2nd online orientation module, which provides videos and detailed instructions on how to use the USU registration system. You can start or return to the module by logging in here: