Montana State University

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173780
Bozeman, MT 59717-3780

Tel: (406) 994-2505
Fax: (406) 994-5958
Location: 610 Cobleigh Hall

Department Head:

Robert C. Maher, Ph.D., P.E.

ECE Undergraduate Advising Information

Advising and course selection for Spring 2015 is underway. Advising began on Monday, October 20, 2014, and online registration opened on Wednesday, October 29, 2014.  Your registration eligibility date is based on earned credits and class standing.

Who is my advisor?

Please consult the list on the Advisors bulletin board across from the ECE main office, 610 Cobleigh Hall, or look at the Advisor listing online as part of your DegreeWorks worksheet.

NOTE that if you are a student who has been identified in the COEX (College of Engineering Exploration) group, you will already have received an email message from the COEX advisor, Karen Steele, regarding COEX advising.  The COEX desigation is simply a sub-category of any of the engineering majors for students working on getting to the M-151 (pre-calculus) level of mathematics. COEX students must see Karen Steele rather than an ECE faculty advisor. , .

ECE Advising Procedure

The ECE Department will be following the same advising procedure as in previous semesters. You will need to get in contact with your advisor to schedule an individual appointment. Some advisors will have appointment time blocks posted outside their offices where you can sign up for the time that fits your schedule, while other advisors will use email to schedule appointments.

Don't know who is your advisor? See the list on the Advisors bulletin board across from the ECE main office, 610 Cobleigh Hall. Again, COEX students are advised by Karen Steele.


  • The list of courses you are currently taking this semester (Fall 2014).
  • The tentative list of courses you plan to take next semester (Spring 2015).
  • The estimated semester in which you expect to graduate.

At the end of your advising session, your advisor will sign an advisor evaluation form for you to complete. You will need to bring that signed form to the ECE office in order to pick up the PIN information from your Advising and Registration Form (your "ARF") to equip you for online course registration

Spring 2015 updates and information

  • A hybrid online/lecture class EELE 456 Power System Protection will be offered again this spring, and is being taught by Prof. Matt Donnelly from Montana Tech. This course has been added to our spring 2015 schedule of classes.
  • EE students need to take 9 credits of EELE Professional Electives. Some EE students end up taking two 4-credit elective classes totaling 8 credits and just need one more credit to fulfill the 9 EELE elective credit requirement.  If this is your situation, you might be interested in taking a 1-credit EELE course. The options include Independent Study (EELE 492), Undergraduate Research (EELE 490), or Internship (EELE 498).  These special courses require individual arrangements, so see your advisor.  Another option is the 1-credit Multidisciplinary Seminars (EELE 394) course, which requires you to attend 12 campus seminars on your own during the semester. Or you can, of course, take a 3 or 4 credit EELE class. See your advisor if you have questions.
  • The alternate year or annual electives for the spring 2015 semester include:
    EELE 408 Photovoltaic Systems
    EELE 432 Applied Electromagnetics
    EELE 456 Power System Protection
    (see note above)
    EELE 481 Optical Design
    EELE 505 MEMS Sensors and Actuators
    EELE 528 Advanced Controls and Signals
    EELE 582 Optical Design
  • For future planning: during Summer 2015 we expect to offer EELE 203 Circuits II as an online lecture with a live lab section, and EELE 261 Digital Logic as an online lecture with a work-at-home-on-your-own lab.


Special notes:

  1. If you plan to graduate in Summer or Fall 2015, the registrar has changed the Baccalaureate Degree application process. The application for Summer or Fall 2015 graduation will be taken care of early in the spring semester, with a deadline of March 1, 2015. Using DegreeWorks, create a "Plan" showing the courses you will need to complete your degree, and let your advisor know that you are nearing your graduation semester, then remember to see your advisor in February to finalize the degree application process. Refer to our ECE Degree Application Instructions.

  2. Please be aware that if you plan to graduate Spring, Summer, or Fall 2015, you are required to take the FE Exam before you graduate. You may take the FE Exam either the semester of graduation or the semester prior to graduation, but keep in mind that the FE Exam requires advance registration. You must be registered for EGEN 488 (formerly ENGR 499) the semester you plan to take the FE Exam. The format of the exam has changed as of the spring 2014 semester: it is now offered individually through the MSU Testing Center, rather than a day-long exam taken by everyone at the same time.

NOTE: If you are graduating in May 2015 and did not take the FE exam already, you must take the exam in the Spring of 2015.  If you are graduating in Fall 2015, you may take the exam in spring 2015 or wait until fall 2015 to take the exam. You must take the exam no more than one semester prior to the semester you will graduate; therefore, if you plan to graduate in spring 2016 or later, the spring 2015 exam opportunity does NOT apply to you.

Spring 2015 FE Exam: Registration for the spring FE exam period (computer-based, six hour duration) is open year-round. Go to the website, create a user account, and then select your desired exam site location and available appointment dates. Appointments will be made available in two-month windows (Jan-Feb, Apr-May, Jul-Aug, Oct-Nov), so spring 2015 graduates need to schedule their exam appointment in the Jan-Feb or Apr-May windows. If the available appointment dates do not match your availability, you may consider taking the exam at another testing center (e.g., Helena, Billings, or Missoula). The exam fee is $225.

You will not be able to graduate if you do not follow the proper FE and EGEN 488 procedures. Don't let this happen to you!!

Questions: ECE Department, 610 Cobleigh Hall, 994-2505. Office hours: 8AM-noon and 1PM-5PM.