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Academic Advising

Academic Advising is an integral part of a student's education and ultimately graduation. This is why the College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) professional advisors' mission is to assist students in developing academic plans that are relevant to their degree programs and life goals.  Due to the importance of correct course selection and sequencing, the University requires all students to meet with an academic advisor prior to registering for courses each semester.

Lisa Tarr

Lisa Tarr

Location: EMCS, 344D

CECS Advising Coordinator


By Appointment Only:

Monday-Thursday: 8:00am to 5:00pm

Friday: 8:00am to 2:00pm

Sarah Alsobrooks

Sarah Alsobrooks

Location: EMCS, 344F

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

Chemical Engineering, B.S.Ch.E.

Civil Engineering, B.S.C.E.

Mechanical Engineering, B.S.M.E.

Mechatronics, B.A.S.


By Appointment Only:

Monday-Thursday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Walk-in hours:
M-F walk-in 12-1:00 pm

Laura Lee

Laura Lee

Location: EMCS, 344B

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

Computer Science: Information Security and Assurance, B.S.

Computer Science: Scientific Applications, B.S.

Computer Science: Software Systems, B.S.

Computer Science: STEM Education, B.S.

Electrical Engineering, B.S.E.E.

Engineering: Computer, B.S.E.

Engineering Technology Management: Construction Management, B.S.

Engineering Technology Management: Engineering Management, B.S.


By Appointment Only:

Monday - Thursday: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Friday: 9:30 am - 2:00 pm

Walk-in hours:
M-R walk-in 1:00-3:00 pm (no walk in appts on Friday)

Advising Process

First-time students (summer and fall 2019) will meet with an advisor from the Center for Academic Support and Advisement for their first 2 semesters.

Beginning the 3rd semester, students will meet with one of the CECS professional advisors until 90 hours have been earned.

Once 90 hours have been completed, students will be assigned a faculty advisor.

All transfer students will initially meet with a CECS professional advisor for at least their first 2 semesters.

Note: students may view their assigned advisor in their MyMocsDegree.  If no advisor is listed, please contact CECS Center for Student Success.

For College of Engineering and Computer Science advising questions: CECS-SuccessCenter@utc.edu

Individual appointments* are for long-term planning, discussing academic concerns, changing majors, tracking graduation progress and 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


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 SSC Campus (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 “Academic Advising Appointment” 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. Review your appointment information and click the “CONFIRM APPOINTMENT” button to complete the scheduling process.

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


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 Studen tSuccess.

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

Faculty Resources

Student Resources

Other Resources

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

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