Reference Materials for Advising

Advising for Engineering and Interest in Engineering

If any of your advisees are considering an Engineering Major at Swarthmore, and they indicated that interest only moderately compared to another interest, then it is likely that they will have been assigned an advisor in the Engineering department as well. Our hope is that you will encourage the student to see that advisor as well, as some care must be taken when scheduling a student's first semester to avoid difficulties in subsequent semesters (if he or she does pursue Engineering).

In particular, it is very important that a student take a math course (usually Math 15 or 25) and a Physics course (usually Physics 3 or 5, or Astronomy 5), or receive college credit for these courses from high school. We also recommend that any student interested in Engineering should take Engineering 5 (a one half credit course), though it is not required.

If you find that your advisee is considering an Engineering major and was not assigned an Engineering faculty member as an extra advisor, please encourage the student to contact Lynne Molter, Chair, sometime before registration.

Advising for Computer Science and Interest in Computer Science

If any of your advisees are considering a Computer Science major at Swarthmore, or have an interest in combining another major with Computer Science, they should seek placement advice from an advisor in Computer Science.

If you find that your advisee is considering a Computer Science major or minor and was not assigned a Computer Science advisor, please encourage the student to contact Richard Wicentowski, Chair of Computer Science, prior to registration.