Course Substitution

What is a course substitution?

Any student who is deviating from courses that are listed in the degree planner will need to follow all of the outlined steps in order to petition for a course substitution request. This course substitution solution will allow you to ask your faculty advisor for permission to deviate from the degree planner and inform your primary MS advisor about the changes. Your primary MS advisor will let you know when the degree audit (uAchieve) has been updated.

Please find the 2020-2021 Faculty Advisors list here.

How to make a course substitution request?

Scenario 1: If you'd like to substitute one course for another course, then please make a course substitution request:

1. Create an email

  • In the subject line, write Course Substitution (PID and ECE track). Address this email to the current curriculum advisor of your track. CC your primary MS Advisor.

2Copy and paste this template onto the body of the email and fill in the correct items: 

  • My name is (list name) and I began the MS program in (list the quarter).
  • I would like to use (list course name and quarter that you took the course) in place of (list course name that you do not want to use) that is in the (core or additional core) section.
  • Provide a 1-2 sentence justification (e.g., equivalent course).
  • Faculty advisor, please respond all and mark your decision (approve or disapprove).

 

Scenario 2: If you’d like to add a course that is not listed on the degree planner to the additional units, then please make a course addition request:

1. Create an email

  • In the subject line, write Course Addition (PID and ECE track). Address this email to the current curriculum advisor of your track. CC your primary MS Advisor.

2. Copy and paste the template onto the body of the email and fill in the correct items:

  • My name is (list name) and I began the MS program in (list the quarter).
  • I would like to use (list course name and quarter that you took the course) in the (core or additional core) section.
  • Provide a 1-2 sentence justification (e.g., equivalent course).
  • Faculty advisor, please respond all and mark your decision (approve or disapprove).

 

Computer Engineering (CE) Students
  • CE students are allowed a maximum of 2 course substitutions/additions for the additional core section.
  • Please use the CE FAQ page to see if your course substitution/addition has been "previously approved".
    • If your course is on this list, please follow the instructions above but DO NOT include the Curriculum Advisor, Prof. Kahng.
    • If the course is not listed under the "previously approved" list, please follow the instructions above including CCing the Curriculum Advisor, Prof. Kahng.

Substitutions (“20 additional units selected from the following:”

  • After substantial discussion with CE faculty and M.S. advisors, a limit of two (2) substitutions will be enforced from now on. Transfer to a different field (e.g., Signal & Image Processing) is certainly an option that can be pursued if a student finds that CE is no longer their chosen field.
  • Please first verify with M.S. advisors (Christina, Stephanie, Ciara or Angelica) that the substitution you propose will not violate university or department policy.  After you have made this verification, you can file a petition for signature/approval by Prof. Kahng of the substitution.
  • Previously approved: CSE 222A, CSE 223B, CSE 224, CSE 240B/C/D, CSE 244, CSE 250A/B, CSE 258, CSE 291 (Healthcare Robotics); ECE 226, ECE 228, ECE 285 (Deladalle MLIP version); replace ECE 267 with ECE 268., 
  • Technical elective: COGS 220