College of Science & Engineering

Spring Quarter 2020

Engineering & Design Students - Spring 2020

Updated May 6, 2020


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Advising - Fall quarter registration 

The department office will remain closed during the governors' stay at home orders.  For advising and program information please contact the pre-major advisor. 

Lisa Ochs  | Email | 360.650.4132

Available communication platforms:  Email, phone, zoom, skype


Student Emergency Fund

The Student Emergency Fund application provides an opportunity for students to apply for financial assistance to alleviate or minimize an unforeseen financial barrier, including financial emergencies related to COVID‐19. Funding is intended to address an expense to support enrollment, persistence, and completion. In most cases, students should apply for and accept all other sources of funding, including their financial aid award, before applying. Due to limited funds, average awards are $500. Turn in completed applications to the scholarship center at . The application link is below. 

Link to Student Emergency Fund Application



Department Office:  | 360.650.3380

Computer Support:

Community Ambassador: Jill Davishahl

Student Ambassador: Zena Morán 


Pass/No Pass (P/NP) Grading

The coronavirus pandemic has led the university to shift to remote learning, a modality that is new for many faculty and students. In response to this shift, and the likelihood of disruptions as the pandemic continues, the University has moved to a Pass/No Pass (P/NP) quarter. A grade of P during spring 2020 will count towards curricular, major, continuation, and graduation requirements for all students.

Your class performance may be recorded in Canvas or provided to you in another format by your instructor. Students who earn an A — D+, upon course completion, will receive a P (pass). If D — F, a NP (no pass). If by June 5 a student requests to receive a letter grade for the course, it will ultimately be entered in place of the P/NP grade once the course is completed and grades are finalized The default grade entered will be P/NP, if no action is taken by the student. 

The Engineering & Design Department is following the university decisionPlease consider the following information when deciding if you want to request a letter grade by the deadline.  

  • Major admissions:
    • A Pass grade or a satisfactory letter grade of C- or better is required for all major requirements in spring quarter.
    • If you choose to receive a Pass in a class that is required for your major application, that course will not be calculated in the GPA.  For example, if you are in MATH 124 this spring and receive a Pass grade, that course will not be calculated into your GPA for any major application in our department. 
    • A grade of No Pass is insufficient and is considered not passing.  A major course in which a student receives a No Pass grade, will not be calculated into the GPA, and will make the student ineligible to apply to the major.   
  • Repeating a Course Spring Quarter:
    • If you are repeating a course that you previously passed (C- or better), you should request a letter grade for that course this quarter. A grade of Pass will not replace a letter grade of anything higher than a D+. 
  • Scholarship:
    • Pass/No Pass grades will not be calculated into a GPA for scholarship applications. 
  • Graduate School:
    • Future graduate school applications might require satisfactory letter grades in foundational engineering, math, and science coursework.  


Office of Student Life - basic needs and assistance


Fees - Engineering & Design courses

The Engineering & Design Department’s Resource Committee, made up of faculty and staff from each program, has made the decision to adjust additional fees assigned to most courses.  The committee has taken into consideration that many students will face economic hardship this quarter due to changes in employment or their ability to work. The university is deferring to departments to make adjustments to course fees.  Refer to guidelines outlined by the university. 

Even though labs are closed and students won't be directly using equipment on campus there are still costs to teaching our courses remotely. For instance faculty will be utilizing equipment to make demonstration videos, software licensing fees are essential to online learning, certain courses require remote access log in to computers, and in some cases students will receive equipment and learning tools in the mail. 


Electrical Engineering courses

Lab fees will be changed to $65 per course.  In most cases, this is a reduction of up to $45. 

This change reflects the removal of fees related to computer and laboratory equipment replacement, but anticipates an increase in remote instruction expenses for things such as postage, software licenses, at-home component kits, etc.  While some courses use money from this fee more than others, all funds collected through course fees are spent directly on expenses related to course instruction

Manufacturing Engineering courses

Equipment fees will be reduced from $110 to $0. 
Computer fees will be reduced from $37 to $31.  
Consumable fees are variable per course. 

Plastics & Composites Engineering courses

Equipment fees will be reduced from $110 to $0. 
Computer fees will be reduced from $37 to $31.
Consumable fees are variable per course. 

Industrial Design courses

Equipment fees will be reduced from $110 to $0. 
Computer fees will be reduced from $37 to $31.
Consumable fees are variable per course. 

Industrial Technology - Vehicle Design courses

Equipment fees will be reduced from $110 to $0. 
Computer fees will be reduced from $37 to $31.
Consumable fees are variable per course.