Exceptions to take a course with a missing prerequisite is rare. However, in select circumstances approval can be considered if key conditions are met. Perhaps the most common example of such an exception is a student being permitted to take ME 463 with one missing prerequisite course (either ME 315, ME 352, ME 375, or MSE 230). When considering if such an exception is advisable, a number of factors are considered. These factors include but are not limited to the following:
- Grades (the cumulative as well as the immediate past performance),
- Current good standing academically,
- Proposed workload,
- Reasons for the exception, and
- Workload balance
This exception is primarily approved when a student has no more than one missing prerequisite coupled with ample space in their semester schedule to take the course without creating a heavy workload AND when such an exception would eliminate the need for an extra semester. Requests for a prerequisite exception must be submitted in writing to both the Associate Head of the ME Undergraduate Program and the ME Director of Advising.