Undergraduate Academic Advising Resources
Planning a Program in ECE
This resource is intended to be a guide for planning your undergraduate ECE degree program. Of course, it is by no means a complete guide—you should consult several important sections of the undergraduate catalog for further information. These sections include WPI's general degree requirements, information regarding the two required projects (target="_self">MQP and target="_self">IQP), the target="_self">Humanities and Arts Requirement, the target="_self">Social Science Requirement, and the specific descriptions for any courses we have mentioned. Also, be sure to consult your academic advisor in any matters related to the course scheduling and the fulfillment of degree requirements.
A Note on Academic Advising
Our department—and WPI as a whole—offers you the opportunity of an education that is highly individualized. As no two students are identical in terms of their academic skills, interests, and aspirations, no two students should have identical academic programs. This chance to tailor a degree program to your individual needs is indeed a great opportunity, and the burden of seizing such an opportunity falls primarily on you the student. However, adapting to WPI's complex system of courses, projects, and other degree requirements is certainly not an easy task.
Fortunately, you possess a great set of resources to help you, including your peers, the faculty and staff of the ECE department—and most importantly—your academic advisor. As you proceed through four years of undergraduate education, always remember that your academic advisor can be of great assistance. He or she is a source of advice and information, helping you with decisions about what courses to take, what target="_self">projects to pursue, your personal and professional development, and how ultimately to make the most of your WPI experience. Your academic advisor can even help you find a job or get accepted to a graduate program.
As you get to know your academic advisor, remember: though he or she may contribute as much guidance as possible, most of the effort in planning your program must come from you. If you simply cannot work well with your academic advisor for any reason, it is your responsibility to find one with whom you are more comfortable.
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