Virtual Quarter FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Even though no one is in the CPE Office, we are still answering the telephone at (805) 756-1229. 

Many of our lab classes are being planned virtual. For those classes, with few exceptions, we are also planning face-to-face sections. If your preference for fall quarter is to take a class virtually, and all virtual sections fill up before you register, please reach out to me and Donna Aiken ( so we can help accommodate you and others. 

  • CPE316 / CPE329 / EE329: CPE designed a replacement embedded systems class for CPE329 called CPE316 and offered it for the first time this spring. It was designed specifically for CPE students. CPE316 has a prerequisite of CPE357 and a co-requisite of EE211, whereas CPE329 has prerequisites of EE307/347, CPE233. We have a virtual CPE316 section planned for fall quarter that will be taught by Professor Oliver. We encourage all CPE students to take CPE316 instead of CPE329. Prof. Oliver will add any student wishing to take CPE316 in the fall. On Friday last week, we changed the day/times of the class to avoid time conflicts with capstone/OS/networks. If you still wish to take CPE329 instead, know that it is listed as *EE329* and that there are a few seats in each section reserved for CPE students.


  • CPE350 Capstone: we have four sections of Capstone planned for the fall quarter. There are other Capstone class options – the Interdisciplinary Senior Project class (ENGR459), the Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurial Senior Project class (ENGR463), and the Mechanical Engineering Senior Project class (ME428). All three of these will substitute for CPE350/450, are a 3-quarter sequence, and are looking for CPE students to join their interdisciplinary teams. If you are looking for a multidisciplinary or entrepreneurial kind of senior project experience, I recommend looking into and taking one of these options. I’m particularly fond of the entrepreneurial SP class having taught it the last few years! Between the CPE Capstone and all of these options, there will be enough availability for everyone needing to take the capstone this coming year.

Draft an email with the following:

Subject: Request Approval for Permission Number for CPE 400 (461 or 462)

In the body of the email provide:

  • Name (first/last)
  • (Your) Email Address:
  • CPE Course Number: (CPE 400, 461 or 462)
  • Purpose: Senior Project

  1. Send the email it to your faculty advisor and CC
  2. In your email, ask your advisor to approve your permission number by responding to the email with Reply All.
  3. After the CPE Office receives the email approval, we will issue your permission number to you.

*For you are submitting a request for a senior project course number, also include in the body of your email if took capstone CPE 350/450 or alternative capstone class.

For other CSSE, and EE classes, please contact the CSSE and EE offices. If you are unsure who to contact, please email Donna

Please note: For CPE 400 you will also need a Special Problems Form. See the forms page to down download the Special Problems form.

  • If you need a permission for a class (e.g., you changed major into CPE and didn’t take CPE100), email the following person with the class and section(s) you want, why you need to waive the prerequisite, and always CC Donna Aiken and myself.
  • Email Leanne Fiorentino ( for these classes: CPE101, 202, 203, 315, 348, 357, 453, 464
  • Email Yvonne Lynch ( for these classes: CPE133, 233, 316, EE329, EE211/241, 212/242, 228, 306/346/ 307/347
  • Email the Capstone instructor for CPE350

The College of Engineering Advising Center has the form available on their home page (see link to that page below). Click on the Policy & Forms link. After downloading and filing out the pdf, send it to

College of Engineering Advising

Please see the Policies & Forms link on the College of Engineering Advising Center home page (see link below). If you do not see the form you need, visit the Office of the Registrar forms page. The site provides E-forms for  Request to Extend Graduation, Time Conflict, Late Add Appeal, etc. (see link below).

College of Engineering Advising

Office of the Registrar Forms

Please contact the CPE Office at (805) 756-1229 or for details.

The CPE Office is extending their Credit/No-Credit policy through Fall Quarter 2020. This means there is no limit on how many General Education, Major or Support course units you can take CR/NC through Fall Quarter. To determine if a course is a major, support, or GE course, refer to your curriculum sheet here:

You can decide to switch to CR/NC until the last day of instruction of a particular quarter. So take your time and make sure it is what you really want to do. We recommend you do not change your grading options until after the system runs your Expected Graduation (EAP) to ensure the level is accurate when determining your quarterly registration rotation. 

Each department on campus has set the requirement for the allowable units of major/support coursework to be taken CR/NC each quarter. So please note that your policy could be different than your friends or class mates.

Here are some things to keep in mind when considering to switch courses to CR/NC:

  1. If you switch to CR/NC, a grade of C- or higher will result in a CR on your transcript and will not affect your GPA. A grade of D+ or lower will result in a NC on your transcript and will require you to repeat the course in the future. This also will not affect your GPA.

  2. It is important to note: If you take the course for a letter grade, a grade of D- or higher is considered a passing grade for most courses.

  3. Students nearing graduation should remember that you must have a 2.0 major GPA, CPSLO cumulative GPA and Higher Ed cumulative GPA.

  4. The repeat policy does not allow CR/NC to replace a grade from a previous time taking a course. If you want to use repeat credit, the course will have to be taken for a letter grade. The policy is outlined at: (see the second bullet).

  5. If you are under an Individualized Change of Major Agreement (ICMA), please work with your change of major advisor to see how CR/NC will impact this.

  6. Your professors will still be assessing your attainment of course objectives and will be assigning you a letter grade. This grade is given to the Office of the Registrar to document the appropriate grading option (grade, CR, or NC) on your transcript.

  7. Dean’s List, President’s List, Graduation Honors and Academic Probation will still be run using GPA.

  8. Other things that may be affected by grading options: scholarships and financial aid, graduate school applications, fellowship applications, etc. Although we don’t know the impact on all of these things, we recommend you reach out to the corresponding departments for advice.

Special Note for Change of Major Students:

If a student succeeds in changing majors, they are now subject to the policies and rules governing the new major. This is particularly crucial for students changing to a major with a stricter CR/NC policy. It would mean that a course previously taken CR/NC, may now violate the new major’s rules and would be converted by the Office of the Registrar to the letter grade earned.

This is unlikely to be an issue for spring 2020 enrollments, but could be for summer and fall, when some departments reverted to stricter policies.


For more information about CR/NC grading options and other Frequently Asked Questions, please refer to:

For instructions on how to change your grading options in your Student Center refer to:

Engineering Student Services is also available to support you: