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Junior Eligibility the (2.25) Rule

Junior Eligibility - the 2.25 Rule

The Junior Eligibility (2.25) Rule: To qualify for registration in the ECE courses shown in third (junior) year of the curriculum in either electrical engineering (EE) or computer engineering (CE), and start collecting 300 and 400 level Technical Elective credits towards graduation, a student must have completed, with a combined grade-point average of 2.25 (A = 4.0), the mathematics, chemistry, physics, computer science and electrical and computer engineering courses that are shown in the first (freshman) and second (sophomore) years of the curriculum. These technical core courses counted for the Junior Eligibility Rule consist of Math 221(220)/231/241, and 286; Chemistry 102/103; Physics 211/212/213/214; ECE 110/120/220/210; for CE students, Math 213 or CS 173 is also in this "technical core" as well as CS 225. In the calculation of the technical core GPA (or JGPA) only the best grades of repeated technical core courses are used.

The ECE courses specified in the junior year that can only be taken after completing the Junior Eligibility Rule include the following: ECE 310, ECE 313, ECE 329, ECE 330, ECE 340, ECE 342, ECE 350, ECE 385, ECE 391, and all 400 level ECE classes. In addition, 300 and 400 level Technical elective courses are also only allowed after Junior Eligibility is attained.

Why we have the rule

The Junior Eligibility Rule functions as a checkpoint midway through the undergraduate ECE degree program to determine whether a student is likely to be successful in the ECE curricula, an outcome that is highly correlated with the ability to do well in the beginning technical classes. The rule has the largest impact on students receiving relatively poor grades in technical core courses but are still in good standing because of strong performances in courses in humanities and social sciences.

Options for students

Students with JGPA short of the required 2.25 level as they are approaching their junior year may take one of the following actions:

  1. Re-take the technical core courses with low grades to improve the JGPA as well as the understanding of core concepts needed for higher-level ECE courses. With repetition and careful course planning, many students graduate even if they initially struggle in their courses. JGPA needed to satisfy the Junior Eligibility Rule is computed with the best grades achieved in multiply taken (repeated) courses.
  2. Scale back the number of technical classes taken each semester based on the performance seen in the previous semesters. Increasing technical load will inevitably lead to lower grades and lower the JGPA to unacceptable levels.
  3. Transfer to another program outside ECE if/when strategies (1) and/or (2) are failing to help.

You can look up your JGPA and overall GPA on the DARS database linked to your myECE web page.
Students in sophomore standing with JGPA’s lower than 2.5 will be receiving an additional letter indicating their current level of JGPA to alert them about their risk for not being able to meet the Junior Eligibility Rule by the end of their sophomore year.

Implementing the rule

  • Students with 2.25 or higher JGPA are allowed to start taking 300 level ECE classes and Technical Electives in the same semester they are completing the full set of technical core courses required for Junior Eligibility.
  • 400 level ECE classes and Technical Electives are not allowed until the fulfillment of the Junior Eligibility Rule.
  • Internal transfers between EE and CE programs are only confirmed after the fulfillment of the Junior Eligibility Rule. Students can place their transfer application in the same semester they are completing the full set of technical core courses required for Junior Eligibility.