Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UM-Dearborn classes are being held remotely through the end of the semester, Summer I and Summer II. Most campus operations are being conducted remotely and buildings are closed. Before coming to campus please call ahead to determine how services are being delivered. Events have been postponed or canceled, including Spring 2020 Commencement. Pass/fail decision date extended to May 5. For more updates please visit the Coronavirus information page

Welcome, Wolverines!

Your CECS advisors are here to help guide you through the curriculum requirements, academic policies, and campus resources. We look forward to working with you! 

New Student Options for Winter 2020

As a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency, our campus has made the decision to provide students with an extension to the selective drop period as well as an option to switch some or all of their Winter 2020 courses to a Pass/Fail grading mode. 

The selective drop deadline is extended to April 17th.  Students can select the pass/fail grading mode through May 5th.

A new website has been created to provide additional information, and instructions on switching courses to pass/fail. Please see Course Options Pertinent to the Winter 2020 Semester to answer many of your questions. 

Additional information specific to CECS students can be found below.

Pass/Fail Grading and GPA

Please note the following important points regarding the Pass/Fail grading option:

Will Courses Changed to Pass/Fail in Winter 2020 Semester Count Toward My Degree?  Yes. Any course in winter 2020 completed with a grade of P (Pass) will count toward fulfilling the requirements of your CECS degree. This exception is ONLY being made for courses taken winter 2020 due to the current circumstances. 

How Will Pass/Fail courses Affect My GPA?  Electing a course(s) as Pass/Fail will not affect your GPA. However, students who are repeating a course and elect a Pass/Fail grade, will have their prior course grade dropped from their GPA calculation.

How Does Grading Work for Courses Taken As Pass/Fail?  Faculty will still submit letter grades (A+ to E) since they do not know which student has elected the P/F option. The grade adjustment is made by the Office of the Registrar before grades are released to students. 

What Grade Is Required to Pass?

  • A 'C-' or better grade will translate as a Pass (P)
  • A 'D+' or lower grade will translate to a Fail (F)

Please keep in mind that for most courses, a 'D' grade is considered passing (with the exception of Math courses or select CECS courses with a minimum grade requirement).  If you choose the P/F option, you must earn a 'C-' or higher grade to earn credit for a course.  Please take this into consideration as you weigh the Pass/Fail grading mode option.


Impact on Academic Probation

Electing courses as Pass/Fail will not negatively impact a student who is currently on academic probation. If a student on probation elects P/F for courses this semester and earns a P in all of them, they will be allowed to continue in their studies on probation.

Academic standing will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis for students who earn a mix of P and F grades, or low letter grades.

CECS Scholarship Eligibility

Choosing courses as Pass/Fail will not negatively impact a student's eligibility for their current CECS scholarship.  However, if a student's overall GPA in the fall 2019 semester dropped below the minimum GPA to maintain the scholarship, the overall GPA may result in suspension of the scholarship. This will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Students should consult with The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships regarding campus scholarships or financial aid implications. Students can see Course Options Pertinent to the Winter 2020 Semester for additional information.

How Can My Advisor Help?

Academic advisors can answer specific questions you may have, that are not already answered on this website or at Course Options Pertinent to the Winter 2020 Semester. However, it is the responsibility of each student to determine if changing a course(s) to the Pass/Fail grading mode is right for you.  Only you know your course performance to date, and what is best for your individual situation.

Advising: Convenient Remote Options!

The CECS Office of Advising and Academic Success is operating remotely at this time.

While courses have moved online this semester, and for the safety of our students and staff, The Office of Advising and Academic Success has replaced all in-person advising with new remote options.  All normal services can be provided through virtual methods, we aim to provide uninterrupted service to students during this time.  We are pleased to offer the following platforms for advisors to assist you:



Advisors are able to answer questions you have regarding registration holds, class selection for the upcoming semesters, and many other questions through email.  Email your advisor directly, or click the "Contact Us" link below. If your questions cannot be answered through email, your advisor may suggest a virtual advising appointment.

Google Meet Appointments

In place of in-person appointments, beginning March 16 we will be conducting virtual advising appointments only, through Google Meet.  This allows for video and audio communication, and screen sharing with your advisor.  Click the "Schedule A Remote Appointment" link below, or email your advisor directly to schedule a Google Meet appointment.  Appointments can be scheduled during normal business hours, between 8:00 AM-5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

Who is my advisor? 

Lisa Remsing Hall

Dual Industrial & Systems Engineering

Manufacturing Engineering

Dual Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Jennifer Makas


Dual Mechanical & Bioengineering

Suzanne Schwarz

Computer & Information Science

Cybersecurity & Information Assurance

Data Science 

Software Engineering

Roberto Novelli

Electrical Engineering

Computer Engineering

Robotics Engineering

Dual Electrical & Computer Engineering

Jocelyn Young-Huinder Mechanical Engineering


Please note: You are responsible for scheduling an appointment with your assigned advisor based on your major. If you schedule an appointment with a different advisor, it will be canceled.


Advising for New Students

Incoming freshmen, as well as transfer students who have not completed Calculus II (MATH 116), are assigned a CECS advisor housed in the START Advising Office

Advising and Academic Success

2000 HPEC
Heinz Prechter Engineering Complex (HPEC)

39% of our student body transferred to UM-Dearborn.

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