Advising Week is the time for undergraduate and master’s students to visit their faculty advisors to plan and approve classes for the Spring 2022 semester. Also, students can discuss their plans to graduate, career and job questions, graduate school possibilities, study habits, and life, in general.

Please read this entire page and take action!

  • On PCs and laptops, mouse over each bar and click, or select the “plus” symbol on each bar to view the information for that section. Links to other webpages are blue” on this page.
  • On mobile devices, select the underlined blue” link.
  • Master’s students: note that only some of the tabs below apply to you.

When Advising Week is in…

  • …October-November– all undergraduate and master’s students.
  • …March-April – all current freshmen, sophomores, juniors, plus only seniors returning for a 9th semester or starting their “5th-year” masters in the fall; as well as all master’s students returning the next fall. Seniors and master’s students who are graduating in spring and not returning in the fall do not have to go to a meeting.

Review your information sources for degree requirements:

Please be aware of the academic policies that will affect your course choices, especially if you are taking a 2nd major or a minor elsewhere. Don’t be surprised in your final semester by some policy you’ve never seen that will affect your eligibility to graduate.

Section 2 of the MechE “Top 12 – Undergraduate Students” and Section 4 of the MechE “Top 12 – Graduate Students” pages provide quick links to specific academic advising and catalog policies.

Check out the Undergraduate and Graduate Course Schedules.

You can also view all courses in SIS Classes.

This document describes how to find course locations and delivery methods (in-person, online, or hybrid).

In the schedules in SIS in “Day-Times” section, where there is more than one day/time listed, it usually means one section is a lecture and the other is a lab. SIS does not differentiate between the two, but where a course has multiple sections listed, the “common” time between the sections is the lecture time.

The schedules in the Mechanical Engineering webpage will be updated along with the SIS schedule as changes occur.

You must complete a checkout sheet and take it to your meeting to keep your advisor updated on your degree plan.

  • Undergrads
    • Either use your checkout sheet, or “4-year” plan that you created with Mike Bernard or your faculty advisor…
    • …or, if you don’t have a checkout sheet established, download checkout sheets from the Academic Advising – Undergraduate page. Please download the correct sheet for your major and class.
  • Master’s Students
    • Use this Checkout Sheet as a course plan. Complete it as much as you can and take it to your advisor meeting.
    • Visit the Academic Advising – Graduate Page the degree requirements. Your faculty advisor can help you select appropriate classes based on your academic and research interests.

Do You Need Help with Your Plan?
Academic Program Manager Mike Bernard is happy to review your Bachelor’s or Master’s checkout sheet (4-year plan) with you. Please contact him at to arrange a meeting.

Note: this schedule was for Advising Week in Spring 2021. These will be updated later this fall.

All meetings will be held remotely.

These professors will contact you to schedule your meeting. If you don’t hear from your faculty advisor, contact them by e-mail:

Schedule your meetings by selecting the link for your advisor:

Please contact your faculty advisor directly to schedule a meeting:

When to Register

(These dates will be updated later in Fall 2021)

Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. on these dates…

  • Graduate Students – Monday, April 19
  • Rising Seniors ’22 – Monday, April 19
  • Rising Juniors ’23 – Wednesday, April 21
  • Rising Sophomores ’24 – Friday, April 23
  • Transfer Undergrad Students – Tuesday, July 13
  • New Freshmen ’25 – Tuesday, July 20

Registration for BS/MSE

The Registrar will take graduate registration forms from Seniors registering for their master’s fall semester, as you will not yet have SIS access for graduate registration. Your current advisor or Mike Bernard can sign the form for you.

Registration Help

Visit the Registrar’s Student page for info.

If you have not already done so, please work with your classmates to form a Senior Design team. They must be formed in the Junior year. Visit the “Senior Design for Juniors” web page for information. Please contact instructor Prof. Nathan Scott at with questions on how to form a team.

When registering for 530.403 Senior Design, you will notice multiple sections of with an enrollment limit of 8 students in each section. These will be the times for team meetings with your instructors and sponsors. The understanding is that students who intend to be on a Senior Design team together should enroll in the same section. There may be up to two teams (or eight people) signing up for the same section. Contact Prof. Scott with questions on how to register for the appropriate section for your team.

Effective immediately, the department has expanded the list of courses that will count for the Mechanical Engineering electives section for the BS Mechanical Engineering:

  • Courses with course number prefixes “EN.530” and are at the .300-level or higher.
  • EN.580.451 Cell and Tissue Engineering
  • EN.580.452 Cell and Tissue Engineering II
  • EN.500.308 and/or EN.500.309 Multidisciplinary Engineering Design
  • EN.520.495 Microfabrication Laboratory

Elective Definitions
There are specific definitions of Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Mechanics, and Technical electives, which are explained in Sections 6.4.2 (Mechanical Engineering) and 7.5 (Engineering Mechanics) of the MechE Undergraduate Advising Manual. Please be familiar with these definitions while making course choices.

The University allows departments to “cross-list” their courses in SIS so that they appear in multiple departments’ SIS course listings. Departments do this to encourage students in majors other than the department’s own to easily see their offerings and register for their courses.

Choose Carefully
Courses that are cross-listed in SIS in other departments may not meet the elective definitions, so choose carefully. Please contact your faculty advisor or Academic Program Manager Mike Bernard with your questions on whether a course counts for your degree.

On occasion, your faculty advisor might approve a course to substitute for required courses in your degree program.

Part of the approval process is to complete the Course Exception Waiver Form. Please use this form if your faculty advisor approves substitute courses, as it is required for your graduation.

Bring or send the completed form to Mike Bernard ( so he can obtain the appropriate Chair or Whiting School Academic Advising office signature. This form will be kept in your advising file.

Forms are available here:

The Johns Hopkins E-Catalog section on Program Requirements describes Course Areas, which categorize undergraduate courses into five main areas:

  • E = Engineering
  • N = Natural Science
  • Q = Quantitative (math and programming)
  • H = Humanities
  • S = Social Sciences

Courses can have up to two course areas.

If a course carries no course area, then it will not count for the sections of the degree that require a course area.


Math courses must have a Q course area but must be a math course. Courses numbered (Mathematics), and or (Applied Mathematics) will have the “Q” course area. Please ask your faculty advisor about Q courses with any other course number before counting and taking them.


Humanities and Social Sciences courses have to have either H or S as one of the course areas. They could have both (HS) or be paired with another course area (e.g., HN or QS or other combination).


Mechanical Engineering electives must have an E course area and be numbered EN.530.3xx or higher, as well as EN.580.451 and EN.580.452 Cell and Tissue Engineering I / II.

Technical Electives must have either an E, N, or Q course area and must be numbered or higher (upper-undergraduate level). They, too, could be paired with another qualifying course area (e.g. EN, EQ, NQ) or with another course area (e.g. HN or QS or other combination).


Courses with unusual combinations like HN or QS can count for only one course in your degree program. For example, a course with a QS course area cannot simultaneously count for both a Technical Elective and a Humanities/Social Science elective. It can be counted for one elective or the other, but not both.

All students taking courses with experimental labs must now take 990.100 Laboratory Safety for Undergraduates once before registering for your courses. This two-hour online course should be completed at least 24 hours before your registration period begins so the SIS registration system will acknowledge the course’s completion.

Taking the course just one time will cover all of these courses:

  • 530.115 (Fall) / 530.116 (Spring) MechE Freshman Lab
  • 530.205 Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory
  • 560.211 Statics and Mechanics of Materials Lab
  • 530.212 Mechanical Engineering Dynamics Lab
  • 530.216 Mechanics Based Design Lab
  • 530.232 Thermodynamics Lab
  • 530.243 Electronics and Instrumentation Lab
  • 530.254 Manufacturing Engineering
  • 530.329 Intro to Fluid Mechanics Lab
  • 530.335 Heat Transfer Lab
  • 530.344 Design and Analysis of Dynamic Systems Lab
  • 530.352 Materials Selection
  • 530.381 Engineering Design Process
  • 530.403 (Fall) / 530.404 (Spring) Senior Design
  • 530.446 Experimental Biomechanics

To take the course:

  1. Open the myJH Portal
  2. Select the Education sidebar tab
  3. Select the MyLearning option
  4. Enter Laboratory Safety Introductory Course in the search area
  5. Select the course title, then Add to Dev Plan
  6. Click Next, then click Done to begin the course.
  7. If you need help, contact

Please note that the course EN.990.100 will NOT be visible on your transcript even after you successfully complete it. It is administratively recorded in SIS, and will be read by SIS when pre-requisite checking your selected courses.

Please read Section 5.3 of the Academic Advising Manual about where Humanities and Social Science courses can be taught. Only one can be taught in the Whiting School, which will have courses numbered Some and courses have an H or S course area, but many don’t. Please confirm your desired course has an H or S course area. Many students have been tripped-up by this requirement. Don’t be one of them!

Visit the Majors, Minors and Tracks page for track requirements and eligible courses.

Be sure to confirm that courses from other departments that count are being offered. Not all of them are offered every semester, and occasionally a course is dropped.

You are welcome to contact Academic Program Manger Mike Bernard to set a time to create a 4-year plan or MSE Course Plan or get a checkup on your current one. Meetings can last anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour.

Mike will be able to visit with one or two students per day, depending on his schedule, so contact him early!

If you are considering changing or are ready to change majors to Mechanical Engineering or Engineering Mechanics, please contact Mike Bernard to be assigned an advisor.

If you have questions about changing majors but are not quite ready, contact Mike to arrange a meeting to discuss your concerns.