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Undergraduate Program: Advising


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The Fischell Department of Bioengineering is committed to student advising and aims to provide comprehensive curricular support to all of its students towards their academic success. Students will find that at various points during their academic careers, they may need a certain kind of guidance. Students may always begin by addressing their questions to, and we will point you in the right direction. Generally, advising is handled by one or a combination of the following: faculty advisor, departmental advisor, and/or college advisor.

Faculty Advising

All bioengineering majors are assigned to a faculty advisor. Students are required to meet with their faculty advisors at least once per semester. For currently enrolled majors, the mandatory advising period occurs in the weeks prior to registration for the next semester. The advising meeting with the faculty member generally covers the following: course selection for upcoming semester, four-year planning, and career goals. Students should prepare for every advising meeting by completing and updating the BIOE Advising Worksheet.

Freshmen will be assigned to faculty advisors and notified during their first semesters. All other students may contact if they are not sure who their advisor is. For faculty contact information, please see the faculty list.

Departmental Advising

Bioengineering majors and prospective transfer students may also need to meet with a departmental (staff) advisor. Some examples of departmental advising include: Benchmarks (academic progress), planning for study abroad, C.A.R.E (academic probation), double-major/double-degree planning, graduation audit (seniors), and additional help with four-year planning.

For departmental advising, please send an email including your name, UID, and general question to

All students seeking advising should read and make sure that they understand the policies and requirements stated in the BIOE Undergraduate Handbook.

College Advising

The Clark School of Engineering’s Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Support (UA&AS) also provides a broad range of services and support for engineering students. Some policies are the oversight of the College, so your faculty or departmental advisor may at times refer you to a Clark School advisor. For example, transfer admission/transfer credit, 45-credit benchmark review, and permission to enroll at another institution are handled by the College.