College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science

Why I can't register online?

All engineering majors will not be able to register online until they have met with their academic advisor and discussed their course plan for the next two semesters. Students should check the online class schedules (follow the Course Information link) to prepare this plan prior to the meeting with their advisor. After this meeting students will be able to register online in the usual way (through Oasis).

How do I find out who is my advisor?

Go to myIPFW. If you still can not find who is your advisor call the department secretary at 260-481-6362.

Why I have to prepare a "course plan?" Do I have to follow it?

The curriculum has been designed to provide a careful buildup of skills and knowledge to become a successful engineer. It is crucial to take courses in a particular sequence. Many engineering and science courses are not offered every semester and often there is only one section. To ensure a steady and a successful progress towards graduation it is very important to have a plan and follow it as close as possible. Always check with your advisor if you can not follow the agreed course plan.

What are the pre-requisites to take the first senior design course?

Students are strongly advised to plan ahead and take all the required pre- and co-requisite courses before signing up for the first senior design course. Students will not be allowed to take this course unless they have completed these requirements. The pre- and co-requisites are:

  • For Computer Engineering majors: ECE 302, ECE 362, ECE 368, and MA 275
  • For Electrical Engineering majors: ECE 311, ECE 302, ECE 208, ECE 362, and ECE 382
  • For Mechanical Engineering majors: P: ME 321, ME 369; C: ME 322

Are the courses' pre- and co-requisites listed in Oasis and in the IPFW Bulletin correct?

Both sources, Oasis and the IPFW Bulletin do not have the most up-to-date information about the engineering programs. For accuracy visit the Department of Engineering web site. The bingo sheet for each engineering program has the correct pre- and co-requisite information.

I am planning to graduate next semester, what should I do?

Please make an appointment to see your academic advisor before the next semester starts. Also, go to the following website and fill out the graduation application:

https://secure.ipfw.edu/regist/gradapp.htm

How do I know what my class standing (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior) is?

Your class standing is based upon progress made toward completing the requirements of your engineering degree program. Therefore, you earn sophomore standing after you have successfully completed a quarter of the degree requirements; Junior standing after you have successfully completed one half of them; and Senior standing after successful completion of three quarters of those requirements. Only relevant courses, i.e. they are in the bingo sheet, on your official transcript from the university are used in this determination, specifically:

  • 90 credits = Senior
  • 60 credits = Junior
  • 30 credits (including PHYS 152) = Sophomore

Naturally, this answer assumes that you know the requirements for your degree program. Note that filing a plan of study and updating it regularly will assist you in this process.

Oasis shows incorrectly my class standing and/or major. What should I do?

The database used by Oasis needs to be updated. Contact the department administrative assistant who will assist you in correcting this problem.

When I started in IPFW the course plan for my major had required and elective courses that no longer exists and which I have not yet taken. What should I do?

Because of advances in technology engineering curricula are always subject to change. When changes occur every effort is made to not penalize students who are following an outdated course plan. For every course that is no longer offered there is an equivalent course(s) that can be taken. Every course that was taken following the old curriculum will count towards graduation and there is no need to take the new equivalent course(s). If you have any doubts always check with your academic advisor.

I started before Fall 2002, how do I fulfill the freshman engineering course requirements?

This conversion table [PDF] should help you with planning on how to meet those requirements.

When preparing my course plan using the online schedules I noticed that there is a time conflict between courses that I am supposed to take in the same semester, what should I do?

Every effort is made to avoid this type of conflict.It should not exist. If you notice this problem contact your advisor or the department chair and they will resolve it. If the time conflict is between engineering and science courses it might take some time to have the problem resolved since it requires coordination with another academic department.

I have a degree from Ivy Tech (or taken courses there), how much of that course work counts towards an engineering degree?

IPFW's Admission Office produces a credit transfer report that shows for each course taken in Ivy Tech what is the equivalent IPFW course. Using this report the engineering department can determine how much of the course work at Ivy Tech counts towards an engineering degree. Usually general education courses will count but technical courses not. Technical courses taken at Ivy Tech, as well as in any technology program, are not based on college level calculus and differential equations and thus do not meet the requirements of the curriculum of an accredited engineering program.

As an engineering student I have to take several math courses. What can I do to get a minor in mathematics?

For requirements about how to earn a minor in mathematics please refer to the IPFW Bulletin. To be officially awarded a minor in math a form must be filled and approved by the Math Department prior to graduation. Electrical Engineering (EE) and Computer Engineering (CmpE) students that started with the 2002 course plan will have enough math courses to qualify for a minor in mathematics. No additional math courses are needed. Mechanical Engineering (ME) students who started with the 2002 course plan are one course away from qualifying for this minor. The technical elective ME 373 - Numerical Methods in Engineering, can be counted as such additional course towards the minor.

As an engineering student I take PHYS 152 and PHYS 251. What can I do to get a minor in physics?

For requirements about how to earn a minor in physics please refer to the IPFW Bulletin or visit the following URL: http://www.ipfw.edu/physics/Minor.html

If you take PHYS 322 (Optics) and PHYS 342 (Modern Physics), which are accepted as technical electives in all the engineering programs, then you will earn a minor in physics. Note that PHYS 342 can also be taken as an Area VI General Education course.

To be officially awarded a minor in physics a form must be filled and approved by the Physics Department prior to graduation.

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