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Current Student FAQ

Current Student FAQ Answers

What happens if I can’t get into a class during pass 1?
You will have the ability to add yourself to the wait list during your Pass 2 registration appointment. However, being on a wait list does not guarantee that you will be enrolled in the class. Please enroll in alternate open courses. You can drop these courses once you have been admitted to the course from the wait list.

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What are my chances of getting into a class if I’m on the wait list?
You will be added to the course after students drop the course, so it will depend on how many students choose to drop the class. After the first day of class, you should get a good idea of whether or not you will be able to enroll in the course or not. Being on a wait list does not guarantee that you will be enrolled in the class. Please enroll in alternate open courses. You can drop these courses once you have been admitted to the course from the wait list.

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How can I drop a course after the drop deadline?
You may petition for a late drop if you can fully document that unforeseen circumstances beyond your control have affected your academic performance. Please visit the College of Engineering’s Dean’s Office in 1050 Kemper Hall. Late drops will not be approved for poor academic performance, academic difficulties, change of interest in a course, or lack of midterm results.

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Can I finish my major in four years?
To finish your degree in four years, you will need to plan your course work appropriately. It is definitely possible to complete the requirements for your Major, General Education, and College and University in four years. Please see our sample study plans (to be found for each major) for an idea on how to complete your degree in four years.

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As an Engineering student, is it still possible to study abroad?
Yes! The easiest way to fit studying abroad in your schedule is to go during the summer, but going during the school year is also an option! With careful planning, you can enjoy being abroad at the same time as fulfilling your major requirements. Your first step to studying abroad is to visit the Education Abroad Center. The courses you take abroad will need to be approved by the Chemical Engineering Department before you leave to study abroad.

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What are common minors that Chemical Engineering students pursue?
Here are some minors that can complement your major:
  • The Technology Management minor, offered through the School of Management, is the most popular minor for engineering students. This minor will give you the opportunity to complement your studies with courses in business and management. You must apply to the program to be accepted into the minor. For more information, please visit: http://www.gsm.ucdavis.edu/techminor/
  • Other minors worth considering are the Energy Science and Technology minor, the Energy Policy minor (both offered by the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering) and the Sustainability in the Built Environment minor (offered by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering).

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I’d like to do research in a professor’s lab. How do I start this process?
For research opportunities, we recommend that you meet with a faculty member whose research interests you. Please see our list of faculty and their research. For help with how to contact a faculty member for research opportunities, read Dr. Louie’s blog.

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How can I find out about internship opportunities?
In addition to talking with your adviser, the Internship & Career Center, located in South Hall, has a great network of internship opportunities, including a job database and list serve. It is a good idea for all students to become familiar with this great campus resource early in their college career – just drop in! The advisor and the peer advisor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department also came up with a list here for undergraduate students who are geared for finding engineering internships.

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Can I receive internship or research credit toward completion of my degree?
Up to four units of ECH 199 and 190C units can be used toward Biochemical Engineering elective or Chemical Engineering Electives. Forms are to be submitted to the Student Affairs Officer before the last day to add classes.

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What is ABET accreditation?
Accreditation assures that a program has met quality standards set by the profession. Some companies, especially governmental agencies, require graduation from an accredited program as a minimum qualification. By receiving an accredited degree, you are eligible to take the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) exam. You can find out more about accreditation by visiting the ABET website.

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Is it important for me to take the EIT? If so, when should I take it?
Certification as an Engineer-in-Training (EIT) is the first step required under California law towards becoming licensed as a Professional Engineer (PE). Professional licensure protects the public by enforcing the standards of engineers and can sometimes allow you to rise to management positions more quickly or earn a higher salary than your colleagues. The EIT exam is designed for students who are close to finishing an undergraduate engineering degree and is usually taken in Fall or Spring of their senior year. For more information and to apply, please visit:  http://www.pels.ca.gov/applicants/eit_lsitapp.shtml.

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How do I submit coursework I’ve taken over the summer at a community college?
Once you have completed your courses at a community college and the grades are final, you can have your community college send your transcript to:

Undergraduate Admissions
University of California, Davis
One Shields Ave.
Davis, CA 95616-8507

Once Admissions has received your coursework, the courses that are transferable will appear on your academic record. Grades and GPA from the community college will not count towards your overall UCD GPA.

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