Junior Eligibility - the 2.25 Rule

To qualify for registration in the ECE courses shown in third (junior) year of the curriculum in either electrical engineering or computer engineering, a student must have completed, with a combined grade-point average of 2.25 (A = 4.0), the mathematics, physics, computer science, and electrical and computer engineering courses which are shown in the first (freshman) and second (sophomore) years of the curriculum. Only the best grades of repeated technical core courses are used in this calculation.

The technical core courses counted for the Junior Eligibility Rule include:

  • Math 221(220)/231/241, and 286
  • Physics 211/212/213/214
  • ECE 110/120/220/210
  • for CompE students, Math 213 or CS 173

Students will not have access to any 300 or 400 level classes until this technical core requirement is met.

Why we have the rule

The rule functions as a checkpoint midway through an undergraduate ECE degree program to determine whether or not the student is likely to be successful in the ECE curricula, an outcome which is highly correlated with the ability to do well in 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.

Implementing the rule

  • Students are allowed to take 300 level junior year ECE classes without having completed the full set of technical core courses if and only if they would have met the rule even if they had failed the core courses not yet completed. 400 level ECE classes are not allowed until the fulfillment of the Junior Eligibility Rule.
  • Any technical core course that may still be missing during the first semester of Junior standing (nominally the 5th semester) needs to be completed during that semester as the Junior Eligibility Rule will be applied with no exceptions starting with the second semester of Junior standing.
  • Internal transfers between EE and CompE programs are only confirmed after the fulfillment of the Junior Eligibility Rule.

Options for students

Students with a technical core GPA (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 other options are failing to help.