Advising

advising party spring 2014The Department of Chemical & Materials Engineering sponsors an Undergraduate Advising Party each semester approximately one week before registration begins (watch for it in the CHME calendar).  Students attending this party enjoy dinner on the department while being advised about course requirements for the next semester by the CHME faculty and student leaders.  Watch for a post with details to the electronic calendar in advance of the event.

Find out when you can begin registering by viewing the schedule on the Registration website.

STudent Academic Requirements (STAR) audit system

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Set “Format” to “PDF” to save your audit in a format for upload to the Online Advising Form.

You can see your progress towards the BSCHE using the STAR Audit System.  After logging into the STAR audit system, populate the dropdown menus as shown in the screen shot.  Select “Catalog Year” to be the year in which you started in CHME (i.e., declared CHME your major), or any year after that time (if the requirements change and it is to your advantage to use a new catalog, you are welcome to do so).

Note that the STAR system is a tool, not the law.  Errors do occur in the system and thus the audit should be interpreted by an advisor.  Discuss suspected errors in your audit with the CHME Department Head, who will request exceptions to correct them.

When selecting the catalog year of your audit, you may follow the catalog of the year you began at NMSU or any subsequent catalog; however, you are not permitted to apply catalogs from years prior to your admission to NMSU. Undergraduate CHME students will find relatively simple to follow flowsheets for the BSCHE degree from catalogs under the /Curricula/Undergrad/ link above.

Be sure to set “Format” to PDF.  DO NOT take screen shots and assemble them into a *.docx file.

Central Advising

NMSU initiated a centralized advising process Fall 2017.  Students must see an advisor in Garcia Annex at the Center for Academic Advising and Student Support to have their advising hold lifted.  

Registration errors/problems

If you encounter trouble adding courses through my.nmsu.edu after you have been advised to take them, send an email to drockstr@nmsu.edu and include: (1) your full name; (2) your Aggie ID#; (3) course prefix (e.g., CHME, CHEM, BIOL,…), course number, and CRN of the course(s) you are trying to add; and (4) the degree audit you provided during advising or a signed advising form (item 4 not applicable to graduate students, who should copy their research advisor on the email).

Math Placement Matrix June 2016 (002)Initial Mathematics and English Placement

Initial placement in Math and English are determined by a combination of High School GPA and ACT score, or by performance on the Math Placement Exam (MPE), offered by the Math Department.  See the placement grid image inset on this page.

Students will not receive advising from CHME until ready to enroll in MATH 190.  Students who have math deficiencies and must take courses prior to MATH 190 should report to Goddard Hall to be advised by the College of Engineering Associate Dean of Academics or designated advisor.

ENGR 100 enrollment

ENGR 100 is designed to retain students in the College of Engineering.  Any CHME student who has completed a semester (minimum of 12 credit hours) of coursework (including AP credit from high school) is considered retained, and with permission from the CHME Department Head (documented by email) may substitute an upper-division elective for ENGR 100.  This will permit retained students to apply these 3 credit hours toward the pursuit of a minor-of-study, prerequisites for the combined MBA degree path, or simply to take a course of interest to the student that will advance the student’s career and credentials.  

It is not expected that the student will substitute this course in their freshman year.  Rather, the student should continue to take their fundamental MATH, CHEM, PHYS, BIOL, Area I/VI/V courses through their freshman and sophomore years and work with the department head to identify a suitable substitution course when they reach the upper division courses of their junior or senior year.

Alternative general (inorganic) CHEM sequence

The requirement of CHEM 115/116 can also be met by taking CHEM 111/112/217.  The latter sequence is 11 credit hours (compared to 8 credit hours with the former) and includes three wet labs (instead of two).  The CHEM 111/112/217 sequence is typically followed by (1) students who are not math-ready for CHEM 115; (2) transferred chemistry courses from another institution for which credit for CHEM 111/112 was awarded; (3) changed majors into CHME after having already completed CHEM 111/112.

Viewing a Wider World

 Three credit hours of the six are waived by a section found in the catalog entitled Alternatives for Meeting Viewing a Wider World Requirements which states, “Students taking nine or more credits in a specific subject area, even though the courses are not designated as Viewing a Wider World courses, will have met the VWW requirements for that subject area.  The 9 credit hours must be in 300- to 400-level courses in one prefix area.”  Students matriculating on the BSCHE fulfill this requirement with the sequence of courses CHEM 313, 314, and 433.

The catalog further states, “One of the courses (3 credits) can be replaced by study abroad experience, consisting of at least four weeks of a Study Abroad program or university coursework in a foreign country earning 3 credits.”

Courses with labs

A number of the required courses for CHME students require a lab component.

Lab sections for ENGR 100 are matched with the lecture section by clicking on the small yellow note next to the course title. In the example below, clicking on the note for CRN 50507 Lecture section M01 shows the labs that match are W1A (CRN 51890) or W1B (CRN 51894).  To register on my.nmsu.edu, you must have two CRN numbers for a lecture and a lab that match.

When registering for CHEM 111, 112, 115, or 116, you will select a lecture section (shown below as M01) and a lab section (shown as M1A and M1B).  This is a single course that has two components, but leads to one 4-credit hour grade.

CHEM 116

When registering for PHYS 215, 215L, 216, and 216L or BIOL 211G and 211GL, you must select both a lecture and lab, but these are two independent courses.

PHYS 215

Adding/Dropping a course

To add a course after the ADD deadline or drop a course before the W deadline, you will need to complete the Change of Schedule form, get all instructor signatures, then bring it to the CHME office.

You obtain the CRN number, section number, etc from https://accounts.nmsu.edu/catalog/.

Finding Mini-mester courses

  1. Log into my.nmsu.edu.
  2. Select “Student” along the horizontal menu.
  3. Select “Look up Classes” from the QuickLinks.
  4. Select the Term and click on the Submit button.
  5. Select “First 8 Weeks” and/or “Second 8 Weeks” in the “Part of Term” area of the form, then click on the “Selection Search” button.
  6. When you visit the office to add a mini-mester course, it’s a good idea to have a couple of alternatives selected as the few decent courses in this offering tend to fill rapidly.

Retroactive Registration Changes

  1. Complete a Petition for Retroactive Registration Changes and an add/drop slip.
  2. Original signature from the instructor and advisor is required on both add slip & form for approval of request to be processed.
  3. Hand-deliver form & add slip to COE Registration, Goddard Hall Room 106

Career Advice

CHME careers options are diverse and literally unlimited.  There is no one-stop shopping location to find career advice.  CHME students are encouraged to seek career advice from many sources:

  • Faculty role models whose work you find interesting are always happy to talk about their career path.  Schedule an appointment to talk about what they do and how they got there.
  • Alumni mentors come back to campus for many purposes, including the Career Expo; as speakers at student organizations; or to participate on the Industrial Advisory Board and/or Academy.  Often, their primary purpose of visiting is to reach out to CHME students for just this purpose, so don’t be shy about asking them for advice.
  • Employment recruiters are on campus to represent their company and find suitable matches to fill vacant positions.  However, they also are more than willing to assist students in developing a professional presence that will lead them to career opportunities of their choice.  Attend info sessions, ask questions, stay after the formal presentation and wait for an opportunity to talk individually with them.
  • Career Services is an office on campus dedicated to helping students find employment.  Become familiar with the resources available both on the careerservices.nmsu.edu website and visit their office in Garcia Annex.  Don’t wait until you’re nearing graduation, start as a freshman as Career Services can also help find internships and cooperative education opportunities over the course of your academic training.
  • CHME students possess a body of experience through internships and co-ops that can be valuable to fellow students.  Get involved with student organization meetings (AICHE, AMA, BMES, NSPE, SWE, E-Council, ASNMSU, etc.) where you will find many peer from CHME.  Gain leadership experience through service in these organizations, a highly desirable trait of employers seeking students.  Learn from your CHME peers how they went about securing practical experience and employment.

Graduate Students

CHME Graduate Students should seek advice about core courses from the Graduate Student Coordinator (Dr. Luo).  Graduate elective courses should be selected in coordination with the student’s research advisor to compliment the thesis/dissertation research.