Below you will find relevant college and campus policies, as well as common forms used by our office.

If you can't find what you're looking for or having any other questions, do not hesitate to contact the Office of Advising and Academic Success. Our advisors are available to provide information about program requirements, university policies and procedures, and campus resources.

Curriculum Requirements & Course Sequences

Navigating degree requirements is easy with the right tools! Curriculum guides, sample course sequences, and the Degree Works audit tool are just a few useful resources available to help guide students through our academic programs. Questions on any degree requirements can be directed to the Office of Advising and Academic Success.

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.
  • Only the number of credits the course is worth at UM-Dearborn can count toward degree. For example, if a lab science course at a community college is 5 credits, only 4 credits will count toward degree. The extra credit(s) cannot be applied. This includes required elective credits.
  • 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.

A grade of D- is not considered a passing grade in any CECS course. Furthermore, a course from another academic unit in which a CECS student earns a D- does not count toward the CECS degree and must be repeated. 

  • 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 are restricted to enrolling in a maximum of 13 semester credits.
    • Students may not elect courses for which they have not passed the prerequisite course(s).  Math courses require a minimum 'C-' grade to progress to the next course.

    • A 'D-' grade in any course must be repeated, regardless of academic standing.

    • 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.

Registration and Attendance

  • 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).

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

Student Petitions

A 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.  Incomplete petitions will not be considered.
  • Students must submit additional documentation, as necessary, to support their petition.  Please speak to your academic advisor if you have questions about appropriate documentation.

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. 
  • 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.

CECS Grievance Policy

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.