Advising & Procedural Updates: COVID-19
Physical walk-in advising has been suspended for the remainder of the semester in compliance with changes to University operations in connection to COVID-19. Please read below carefully for changes to advising, advance registration, and various SEAS procedures.
The BE Undergraduate Advisor, Kacy Dadura (kacy@seas), and the UG Coordinator, Erin Reavy-Fredericks (ereavy@seas), are available by email and appointment. To schedule an appointment, please send an email to Kacy or Erin. Once we set a meeting time, we will send students a Zoom meeting link for an online session. You can create a Zoom account for free, or join a meeting without an account. If you have any questions, please let us know.
Advance Registration: Fall 2020
Details can be found here.
Changes to Undergraduate Procedures & Forms
Please see the updated changes to SEAS procedures such as petition for action forms, declaring a minor, course substitution forms, etc. by visiting the RAS website.
Important SEAS COVID-19 Information
The Penn Engineering community can find important COVID-19 related information and updates here.
Also, for SEAS Research and Academic Services (RAS) Advising changes please click here.
Bioengineering Associate Director for Advising
Students with questions regarding the bioengineering curricula should contact Kacy Dadura (kacy@seas), the Associate Director for Advising for Bioengineering. Kacy’s walk-in advising hours in the BE office for Spring 2020 are: Wednesday 2-4pm and Thursday 10am-12pm; and other times by appointment. The Associate Director for Advising can help you with questions regarding program requirements, curriculum advising, minors, dual majors/degrees, petitions, academic concerns, probation, wellness issues, grad school prep and research and internship opportunities.
Every student is assigned a faculty advisor. The list of faculty advising hours and their office locations can be found here. Your faculty advisor will help you with course selection, curriculum content, career advice and long-range plans, concentrations, summer research opportunities, find research mentors at Penn, graduate school selection advice, and/or recommendation letters. Several tips for getting the most out of your visit with your faculty advisor are:
- Email your advisor to let him/her know you are coming, even if it is during scheduled office hours.
- Come prepared with a copy of your course planning worksheet printed out, with both the requirement and term views, and a list of questions/topics you would like to discuss.
The more prepared you are, the better your advisor will be able to help you.
For questions with administrative issues, such as online registration for courses, contact Erin Reavy-Fredericks, the BE Undergraduate Program Coordinator. You can also read more about the advance registration process here. Erin can also assist you with course permits, credit increases, worksheet issues, prerequisite questions, concentrations, study abroad & course rosters and registers.
Advising Quick Links
Most questions about course approvals can be found in the Penn Engineering Undergraduate Student Handbook. You can also find Engineering polices, for example:
- What counts as a social science and what counts as humanities?
- Can I take a class pass/fail?
- What courses are considered natural science?
- Am I allowed to audit a course?
- What is a TBS course?
- What is the policy for taking courses at another university?
The Undergraduate Handbook will be able to assist you with many of your questions regarding polices and procedures.
Forms: many frequently used forms can be found on this page such as petition for action, permit to register, application for a minor, withdraw from a course, etc.
Academic Calendar: add/drop/withdraw deadlines, advance registration periods, final examinations, class schedules, etc.
Referrals to other offices and resources on campus including:
For Bioengineering and/or Penn Engineering policies and procedures, please go here.