In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University and the Whiting School have created an information resources in these pages:
These links address health and wellness needs, coping with social distancing, academic policy and grading adjustments, research, remote courses, future course registration, and visa concerns.
Our students use these resources to ensure that they not only complete the requirements for their bachelor’s degrees but also to enhance and enjoy their educational experience.
For additional information, students are encouraged to contact their faculty advisors or Mike Bernard, Academic Program Manager.
These are the “checkout sheets” of the degree requirements, also known as “degree plans” or “4-year Plans.”
These checkout sheets can be supplemented with a variety of minors and some second majors. Please contact Mike Bernard, Academic Program Manager to arrange a degree planning meeting to discuss your minor and major interests. He will help you update your checkout sheet.
Though “Degree Audit” is in use for some majors, and though it appears as an option in your SIS record, don’t use it! The system is not ready for use for Mechanical Engineering majors and Engineering Mechanics majors. It will provide incorrect information about your degree plan and create unnecessary anxiety for you.
Until you are told otherwise, please refer your questions about your degree plan to your faculty advisor or to Academic Program Manager Mike Bernard. We are unsure when Degree Audit in SIS will be ready, but we will tell you the moment it is.
The Johns Hopkins E-Catalog section on Program Requirements describes Course Areas, which categorize undergraduate courses into five main areas:
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 AS.110.xxx (Mathematics), and EN.550.xxx or EN.553.xxx (Applied Mathematics) will have the “Q” course area. Please ask your 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).
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 EN.xxx.xxx. Some EN.660.xxx and EN.661.xxx 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!
Mechanical Engineering electives must have an E course area and be numbered EN.530.3xx or higher.
Technical Electives must have either an E, N, or Q course area and must be numbered xx.xxx.3xx 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.
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.
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.
Use the Course Exception Waiver Form anytime that you are taking and counting a class outside of the usual requirements for the degree. These substitutions must be preapproved by your academic advisor and may also need the department’s and/or the Whiting School’s approval.
The form must include these items:
You and your advisor must complete and sign the form, and then deliver it to Mike Bernard, Academic Program Manager.
After you and your advisor sign the form, it will be routed to one of the following for review to approve the request:
Assuming the review generates an approval, the form will receive one last signature and be filed.
All students taking courses with experimental labs must take 990.100 Laboratory Safety for Undergraduates before registering for your courses. This two-hour online course should be completed 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:
To take the course:
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.