Taking courses off-campus

  • Current CECS students are responsible for requesting official transcripts be sent to the Office of Advising and Academic Success, 2000 HPEC, from their guest institution for official transfer credit evaluation.
  • A minimum ‘C’ grade is required to transfer any coursework.
  • Students are responsible for understanding the university residency requirements, maximum credit limits for transfer credit, and other transfer policies, as stated on the Registrar’s Office website
  • New transfer students must have their official transcripts sent to the Office of Admissions.

Types of academic standing

Two different grade point averages (GPA) are computed for CECS students: overall cumulative GPA and major GPA.

The overall cumulative GPA counts grades in all courses taken at UM-Dearborn.  The major GPA counts grades in specified major courses only, depending on a student's declared major.

  • Students are expected to remain in "good academic standing", that is, maintain both their overall cumulative GPA and their major GPA at 2.0 (a C) or higher.

  • A student will be placed on academic probation if the student's overall cumulative GPA , current major cumulative GPA, or both, drops below 2.0.

    Probation policies apply to the semester at the end of which the GPA fell below 2.0. Earning a higher grade in a repeated course does not retroactively change the probation status originally assigned using the earlier grade.  Once grades are reported and GPAs computed, students are notified of their probation status.  Students generally receive their probation letter after the following semester has begun.

    CECS students who have been placed on probation abide by the following rules:

    • Probation students must repeat ANY required course in which they did not earn at least a grade of "C-" in any term at the end of which their overall cumulative GPA or CECS cumulative GPA was below a 2.0. 

    • Probation students may not elect courses for which the courses they must repeat are prerequisites until they have satisfactorily repeated the prerequisite courses.

    • Probation students are restricted to enrolling in a maximum of 13 semester credits.
    • Probation students have, at most, two terms to raise their GPAs to 2.00 and return to good academic standing.
    • Probation students who do not return to good academic standing may be required to withdraw from the College of Engineering and Computer Science.
  • CECS students whose grades have been continually below the standard necessary for continued enrollment will be required to withdraw from CECS and not allowed further registration.  The decision to require a student to withdraw is always made after semester grades are reported.  Students required to withdraw are notified as soon as possible and are dis-enrolled from all classes they may have registered for, which are likely to have already begun.  Notification to a student required to withdraw takes place AFTER the following semester has begun.

  • Students with a semester GPA of 3.5 or above in at least twelve credits of degree courses are placed on the Dean's List.  Students with a final cumulative GPA between 3.2 and 3.59 graduate with distinction; those with 3.6 or above graduate with high distinction.

Important academic policies

  • All courses required for CECS students must be taken for a letter-grade.  All grades count as part of a CECS student's grade point average, except for passing grades in “additive credit” courses (ex: courses numbered 001 to 099).

  • CECS students cannot take required courses on an audit or Pass/Fail basis.  Any course audited or taken Pass/Fail will not count towards the degree, even as a general elective.

  • All grades are part of a student's permanent record. If a student receives a grade in a course and then repeats it, both the original grade and the new grade are shown on the transcript, but only the most recent grade, whether higher or lower, is used in computing the GPA.

    Per university policy, students may take a course a maximum of three times. CECS students who have not successfully completed a course within the three-course limit may be required to leave the major for which that course is required. Learn more.

  • Any course in which a CECS student earns the grade of D- does not count toward degree.  Any course in which a CECS student receives a D- must be repeated and must be passed with a higher grade in order for the course to count towards a CECS degree.  This policy applies to all CECS students.

  • Students are responsible for knowing and abiding by all registration deadline dates. Late adds and late drops are rarely permitted for CECS students.

  • Students who miss classes should contact their instructors directly.  Students will not be dropped from courses for non-attendance; an “E” grade is assigned if the course is not officially dropped.  Students should confer with their instructor and advisor before dropping a course, but the decision to drop a course is the student’s responsibility.

  • Students may withdraw from all their courses for a given semester up to the last day of classes (NOT the last day of exams).  CECS students who wish to withdraw from all their classes need the signature of an Academic Advisor (2000 HPEC).

  • A student whose coursework (other than final exam) is incomplete in a minor way, upon the instructor’s approval, may be granted the privilege of a short extension and receive a temporary mark “I”, Incomplete.  Important Incomplete policies include:

    • An Incomplete Contract must be completed by student and instructor, and submitted to the student’s academic department​
    • A strict deadline of 5 weeks is granted to CECS students to complete incomplete work, only if an Incomplete Contract is submitted. Learn more.

    A student who is unavoidably absent from a final exam may, at the instructor’s discretion, be granted the privilege of making up the exam  within five weeks after the end of the term involved and receive a temporary “X” mark.

    If the coursework is not completed within the allowed time, the temporary "I" or “X” mark converts to a permanent "E" grade.

  • A “Y” grade indicates a course extends beyond the timeframe of a single term.  Students have one year to complete a “Y” grade.  If the coursework is not completed within the allowed time, the temporary "Y” mark converts to a permanent "E" grade.

  • New Way to Submit a Petition!

    Petitions can now be submitted online, using InfoReady. Follow these simple instructions for a paperless, more efficient way to submit your petition.

    1. From the page linked above, click Login (top right) and login using your UM unique name and password.

    2. Click on your name (top right) to update your profile. Enter your name in the spaces provided, and click “Add Primary Organization” to select your academic department.  This step is needed only for your first time logging in.

    3. Find and click on “CECS Petition Form” from the bottom menu.

    4. Click "Apply" (top right of screen).

    5. Provide required Petition Details and attach any necessary documents.

    6. Complete and submit your petition.  You can also save your work to return later before submission.

     

    Important Petition Policies. Please read before submitting a petition.

    petition is a written request for an exception to a rule or regulation.  Generally, exceptions to policy are not made unless extenuating circumstances are presented.  The Office of Advising and Academic Success (2000 HPEC) handles petitions for CECS students.  Students must follow these rules for submitting a petition: 

    • Reason for petition must be stated clearly, and written legibly.  If submitting a paper petition, typewritten petitions are preferred.
    • Students must submit additional documentation, as necessary, to support their petition.  Please speak to your academic advisor if you have questions about appropriate documentation.
    • Incomplete, illegible or unsigned petitions will not be considered.

    Important: Petitions are generally not approved to take courses without the stated prerequisite or co-requisite.

    Transfer students may petition for credit for courses taken at a previous university. Submit as much documentation as possible, including:

    • the college catalog course description
    • the course syllabus
    • the textbook’s table of contents
    • course notes, exams, quizzes, or programs. 
  • Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in courses offered by CECS are expected to act professionally towards their peers, as well as the faculty and staff members of the College. The students are also expected to uphold the highest level of academic and personal integrity. The students should expect members of the college faculty and staff to act professionally and demonstrate the high integrity that characterizes the professional academic community. In the event a student files a grievance regarding a CECS faculty or staff member, or academic practices and policies, the College is committed to addressing the students concern swiftly in accordance with the procedures outlined in this document (PDF).

No-credit courses

The NO-CREDIT List is not necessarily complete. There may be new courses introduced in other academic units which would be no credit courses for CECS students.  Always check with an advisor in the Office of Advising and Academic Success if you have questions about a specific course.  These and any cross-listed courses are also no credit.

  • No Pass/Fail courses count for credit.

    •  All “Statistical” or “Analysis of Data” oriented courses including ECON 305, PSYC 312, SOC 464, STAT 325
    • CIS, MIS, ITM 100 level--except CIS 150
    • BA 100, BA 300, FIN 200
    • Any MATH course lower than MATH 115
    • MATH 363, 386, 387, and courses transferring in @ Lower Distribution
    • CHEM 111, courses transferring in @ Lower Distribution
    • PHYS 360, 401, courses transferring in @ Lower Distribution
    • NSCI 123, 290
    • Credit cannot be earned for both PSYC 171 and PSYC 101

    General or free elective credit only for:

    • MAPP 348 - no other MAPP
    • MTHY 102 - no other MTHY
    • EXPS 102 (only when taken as freshman) or EXPS 420
    • A maximum of 4 Military Science (MILS) credits as general elective credit only.
    • A maximum of 2 Marching Band credits as general elective credit only.

    Credit for one course only from the following (in each line):

    • ECE 375, CIS 310
    • ECE 371, CIS 350, CIS 3501, IMSE 351, IMSE 352
    • ECE 276, CIS 275
    • ECE 3801, ECE 3171, ECE 317
    • ECE 270, CIS 150, IMSE 255
    • ECE 370, CIS 200
    • IMSE 317, MATH 325
    • CIS 381, IMSE 381, ECE 464
  • No Pass/Fail courses count for credit

    • All “Statistical” or “Analysis of Data” oriented courses including ECON 305, PSYC 312, SOC 464, STAT 325
    • CIS 205, 125
    • LIBS 101, 200, 300
    • Any MATH course lower than MATH 115
    • MATH 363, 386, 387, courses transferring in @ Lower Distribution
    • NSCI 100
    • No credit for:  CIS 123, ENGR 100, IMSE 255 if taken after completion of CIS 150
    • EXPS 102 if standing is SO, JR, SR
    • Credit cannot be earned for both PSYC 171 and PSYC 101

    General Elective Area Description (CIS)

    • A maximum of 4 Military Science (MILS) credits as general elective credit only.
    • A maximum of 2 Marching Band credits as general elective credit only.

    Credit for one course only from the following (in each line)

    • ECE 375, CIS 310
    • ECE 371, CIS 350, CIS 3501, IMSE 351, IMSE 352
    • ECE 321, PHYS 403​
    • IMSE 317, MATH 325
    • ECE 276, CIS 275​
    • ECE 3801, ECE 3171, ECE 317
    • ECE 270, CIS 150, IMSE 255​
    • ECE 370, CIS 200
    • CIS 381, ECE 464, IMSE 381

Preparing to graduate

  • The Advising Office will complete a senior audit for each student who has earned 86 credits toward their degree program.  (The number of total earned credits may not be the same as credits that count toward a given degree program.)  The student is notified by email when their audit is complete.  The senior audit lists the specific courses and other requirements still needed to graduate.  Students must meet with an advisor in the Advising Office to review their senior audit.

    Although advisors will provide assistance, students are fully responsible for knowing and adhering to university policies and procedures and their program's degree requirements and to see that all requirements for graduation are met. Consult the UM-Dearborn Undergraduate Catalog, degree curriculum sheets and other official publications.

  • Students planning to graduate must submit a diploma application online by the fourth week of their last semester in order to graduate.  Students can graduate in Winter, Summer, and Fall, but Commencement ceremonies are only held in Fall and Winter.

    Students who don’t meet graduation requirements in time to graduate in the semester for which they applied must submit another diploma application if they plan to graduate the following semester.