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Undergraduate Admissions and Advising


All undergraduate students apply to the university through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Admission requirements for the Tickle College of Engineering are applicable to entering first-year students and transfer students. Transfer and second degree students may also schedule an admissions advising appointment with Chris Cherry, the associate department head for undergraduate studies.


Looking for CEE Advising?

Engineering Advising Office personnel, including CEE Advisor JeNai Davis, are working remotely until further notice. Advisors are available and ready to assist you via e-mail or phone. Advising appointments are ongoing and will take place via phone or Zoom.

Current Students: Schedule an appointment with your advisor in Vol Academic Connect (Navigate), accessible through MyUTK. If no appointments are available, please call or email.

Get In Touch

Please call 865-974-4008 to speak to an advising staff member or leave a voicemail. When you leave a voicemail, be sure to leave your name, student ID, phone number, email, and your reason for calling. Someone will be in touch as soon as possible.

If you would prefer to email us, please send general questions to If you have a specific question for your advisor, please email JeNai Davis directly.

Advising Contact Info

JeNai Davis
Advisor 1
323 John D. Tickle Engineering Building

Advising Policies

CEE students are required to meet yearly with their academic advisor, JeNai Davis. Students are to be advised in either the fall or spring semesters, depending on the student ID number. Even ID numbers are advised in the fall, before spring registration, and odd ID numbers are advised in the spring, before summer or fall registration. It is the responsibility of the student to schedule these meetings, when prompted by email from their advisor.

Advising is required each semester for any student meeting the following criteria:

  • Students who are on academic probation or are ‘off track’
  • Students who have not accumulated 30 hours at UT

The department encourages any student who seeks an advising appointment at any time to email CEE Academic Advisor JeNai Davis to inquire about scheduling an appointment.
Advising the Volunteer Experience with the UT Academic Plan: Experience Learning, Career Exploration, and Self-Exploration.

Instructions for scheduling an advising appointment:

  1. Select and follow the Curriculum Flow Chart based on your academic catalog year: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019.
  2. Run your DARS report via myutk and complete the list of courses that you plan to take for the next two semesters on the Academic Planning Guide. Note any courses within the civil and environmental engineering curriculum for which you made a C- or lower on the Curriculum Flow Chart.
  3. Schedule an appointment with your advisor via the Grades First email that you will receive. Bring your printed DARS report, Academic Plan, and Curriculum Flow Chart with you to each appointment.

Additional Information

Faculty Career Mentors will be assigned and introduced to each student in CE 205: Professional Development I upon progression into the department. Students who have already completed CE 205 prior to fall 2017 will continue to see their former faculty academic advisor for career mentoring.

Students are encouraged to schedule regular meetings with their Faculty Career Mentors to discuss topics such as co-op and internships, career advice, graduate school, undergraduate research opportunities, professional and technical societies, and other professional topics of interest.

Students who do not know their Faculty Career Mentor are encouraged to contact Academic Advisor JeNai Davis.

Students are required to maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 in all civil and environmental engineering courses that are taken at UT and used to satisfy graduation requirements.

No more than four credit hours of civil and environmental engineering courses in which a C- or lower is the highest grade earned may be counted toward graduation. Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within their two selected concentrations.

Concentrations available within CEE include (all students must complete two):

  • Construction: CE 441 (only offered in spring) or CE 448 (spring) and CE 432 (spring) or CE 463 (fall)
  • Environmental (only offered in spring): CE 481 or CE 487 and CE 482
  • Geotechnical (only offered in spring): CE 430 or CE 437 and CE 432
  • Structures (only offered in fall): CE 461 or CE 467 and CE 463
  • Transportation (only offered in fall): CE 455 or CE 458 and CE 456
  • Water Resources (only offered in fall): CE 494 or CE 497 and CE 496