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Academic Advising

We are here to help! The College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) professional advisors assist transient/transfer students or students in at least their third semester in developing academic plans that are relevant to their degree programs and life goals. The advisors act as a referral resource for students as they navigate their academic career at UTC. Due to the importance of correct course selection and sequencing, all students must meet with an academic advisor prior to course registration each semester.

Lisa Tarr

Lisa Tarr

Location: EMCS, 344D

CECS Advising Coordinator

Advisor for students majoring in the following
(beginning their 3rd semester):

Civil Engineering, BSCE


Appointment Hours:

Monday-Thursday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Walk in hours:
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Mon-Thursday

Sarah Alsobrooks

Sarah Alsobrooks

Location: EMCS, 344B

Advisor for students majoring in the following
(beginning their 3rd semester):

Chemical Engineering, BSChE

Mechanical Engineering, BSME

Mechatronics, BAS-MET


Appointment Hours:

Monday-Thursday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Walk in Hours:
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Mon-Friday

Carmela Castro

Carmela Castro

Location: EMCS, 344E

Advisor for students majoring in the following
(beginning their 3rd semester):

Computer Engineering, BSCpE

Computer Science:
    - Cyber Security, BS
    - Data Science, BS
    - Software Systems, BS
    - STEM Education, BS


Appointment Hours:

Monday-Thursday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Walk-in hours:
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Mon-Friday

Dana Schmutte

Dana Schmutte

Location: EMCS, 344F

Advisor for students majoring in the following
(beginning their 3rd semester):

Electrical Engineering, BSEE

Construction Management, BS

Engineering Technology Management, BS


Appointment Hours:

Monday-Thursday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Walk-in hours:
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Mon-Friday

Advising Process

Students beginning 1st or 2nd semester: Advising occurs in the Center for Academic Success and Advisement (CASA) located on the third floor of the library. The CASA advisors assist all freshmen through their first year on campus and provide additional resources to ensure success.

Students beginning 3rd semester and beyond, including transfer students: Advising occurs in the Center for Student Success located in 344 of the EMCS building.

Your MyMocsNet account includes a link to your MyMocsDegree – degree audit. Your advisor should be listed in the top section titled Comprehensive Checklist where you will find your name, UTC ID, classification and Advisor’s name.  Should your MyMocsDegree not have an advisor listed, please call the CECS Center for Student Success at 423-425-5465 or email CECS-SuccessCenter@utc.edu

Individual appointments* are for:

  • long-term planning
  • discussing academic concerns
  • changing majors
  • tracking graduation progress
  • required semester advisement meeting.

Students must make an appointment online, schedule in advance, meet with their assigned academic advisor and contact the Success Center should they need to cancel or reschedule their appointment. (423-425-5465 or cecs-successcenter@utc.edu)

Appointments last 20-30 minutes. Students should arrive early and sign in with the front desk.

 How to schedule your advising appointment

 How to prepare for your advising appointment

*Appointments are not available during the first week of classes, on holidays or when the University is closed.


CECS Advisors are working through email, Zoom and the telephone to assist students for the remainder of the term.   We request you continue to use Navigate to schedule appointments.

How to Schedule Your Advising Appointment

From the gold bar at the top of utc.edu, log in to your My MocsNet, click on the Academics tab, then click on Navigate in the Academic Quicklinks column on the right.

  1. Click on blue “Get Assistance” button (top right)
  2. Select “Advising” from drop-down menu
  3. Select “Phone/Email/Zoom” from drop-down menu
  4. From drop-down menu, select the service that you would like, then click “Next.”
  5. Select my location, College of Engineering and Computer Science Center for Student Success, EMCS 344.
  6. Select your assigned advisor
  7. Follow the NAVIGATE prompts for selecting an available day and time to meet with your academic advisor. NOTE: Your appointment has not been scheduled yet.
  8. List specific information you wish to discuss in the “comments” box. Please include details to assist your advisor in preparing for your meeting. This may include:  The major you will be advised under (if different from the major on your MyMocsDegree), The major you are changing to, Your second major, if you are a double major, Your minor (if applicable), Your anticipated graduation date, How many hours, if any, you plan to take in the summer
  9. Click on “Send Me an Email” and/or “Send Me a Text” button to receive a reminder 24 hours prior to your appointment time. If you would like a reminder text, be sure to include your mobile number.
  10. Your scheduled advisor will email you regarding the meeting at least one day prior to the meeting providing a Zoom link for you to use for the appointment. If you have not heard from the advisor, please reach out by email asking to confirm how the meeting will take place.


How to Prepare for Your Advising Appointment

  • Schedule and keep your appointments with your advisor.

  • Be familiar with the UTC website and the Undergraduate Catalog for information about policies, resources, and degree requirements.

  • Make a list of classes that you would like to take.

  • Write down a list of questions that you would like to ask your advisor.

  • Always keep any information that your advisor gives you.

You may check My MocsNet for your assigned registration time. These times are assigned based on hours earned.PLEASE schedule an advising appointment with your assigned advisor PRIOR to this date. You may find your assigned advisor in MyMocsDegree. If one is not assigned, please contact the CECS Center for Student Success.

*Please BE AWARE that you may NOT register for classes until you have met with your advisor.*

Important Dates and Deadlines

Please see the following for academic and financial dates and deadlines:

What You Need to Know BEFORE Graduation

  • Complete the Undergraduate Application for Graduation form

    • Application for Graduation: Students (Undergraduate & Graduate) applying for graduation beginning with May 2016 graduation must apply online.

      • The Application for Graduation is located in MyMocsNet on the Academics Tab

    • Due dates for Spring and Fall graduating terms: Spring- October 15th, Fall- June 15th

  • Senior Exit Exam

    • Graduation requirements for all undergraduate students include completion of the Senior Exit Exam

    • For more information and testing dates, contact the Testing Center

  • Financial Aid Exit Interview

    • Students who have had financial aid loans must complete an exit interview

    • For more information, contact Financial Aid

  • Holds Must be Cleared

    • All financial obligations to the University such as fees, tuition, parking fines, library fines, transcript fees, or return of any rented or borrowed equipment must be cleared

  • Possible Petitions

    • Students should check their MyMocsDegree to ensure that (if applicable) petitions have been applied to their degree

    • Students should contact their advisor for questions concerning petitions

  • Additional Graduation Information

Undergraduate Programs

The College of Engineering and Computer Science supports programs in engineering, computer science, and engineering technology management. Below is a list of these degrees and links to the ClearPath Showcase* for each.

Click Here to find the ClearPath for the Catalog year
you began your degree plan

*ClearPath Showcases provide students with an opportunity to see program requirements defined in a semester-by-semester format. The ClearPath Showcases also provide students with important tips, pointers, and suggestions for staying on track with progress toward the degree. Students should also meet regularly with their academic advisor.

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