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Advising and Course Registration

Undergraduate Student Academic Advising:

Academic Advising students on progress toward satisfying degree requirements is a responsibility shared among the faculty. Your academic advisor is determined by your last name except graduating seniors and incoming students where they are advised by the department head. Please review the advising list each semester as it will be updated with changes in enrollment and faculty assignments. An advising schedule will be published on this site prior to the time of advising along with detailed instructions.

Review of progress is part of the one-on-one advising session between the student and faculty advisor. This process is facilitated by the requirement for students to perform, print, and submit a current CAPP to their advisor prior to being advised. In this way the faculty advisor can confirm what classes have been taken and which are next to take. In addition to course planning and guidance, faculty advisers are able to provide guidance on career planning, if such is sought by the students. Faculty members are also available to meet with students by appointment throughout the academic year.

Please review the list of advisors each semester as it will be updated with changes in enrollment and faculty assignments. An advising schedule will be published on this site prior to the time of advising along with detailed instructions.

List of Advisors (By Last Name)

Advising Schedule (Spring 2018)

Undergraduate Student Career Advising:

Opportunities for formal career guidance are incorporated within the Civil Engineering curriculum. The course CE 1001, Introduction to Civil Engineering, provides an overview of the civil engineering profession, presentations on the different technical specialty areas, and instruction on different technical and non-technical skills (e.g., productivity software skills) that will be essential to students during their coursework and after graduation. The capstone design course, CE 4903, Civil Engineering Comprehensive, provides information on professional ethics and on interfacing with other professionals and trades, e.g. contractors, electrical and mechanical engineers, and suppliers, in the course of a large civil engineering project. The preparation of effective documents related to this is covered in GE 3513, Technical Writing, which each term sets aside at least one section exclusively for civil engineering majors.

Other opportunities for career guidance are provided through the activities of the various student organizations affiliated with the department. Most prominent is the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Student Chapter which meets twice a month and regularly hosts professionals from consulting, government, and industry to speak of careers, technical advances, and experiences. The ASCE Student Chapter is particularly active and has been cited as best chapter in the region a number of times. Similarly, the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) student chapter maintains a good level of activity and generally meets once per month with a practicing engineer as a featured speaker at most of these meetings.

Graduate Student Advising:

While you may request a current faculty member to be your Major Advisor, typically the Major Advisor is assigned at the time of admission. This assignment will be based on your area of study, research interests, and any financial support that may be offered. This person will work with you on submission of required documents, establishing a graduate committee, and your completion on all degree requirements. The Major Advisor must be a full-time faculty member in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Members of the committee must be members of the Graduate Faculty at Mississippi State University. The majority of the graduate committee must be full-time Graduate Faculty at Mississippi State University.

Registration for Courses:

Registration for courses is done in Banner. You log into Banner through the MyState portal (found on the main university webpage) using your NetID and Password. Once in Banner, you will find a link or registration under Scheduling on the left side of the Banner page.

You will need to use a Registration Access Code (RAC) which is available from your academic advisor, major advisor, the undergraduate or graduate coordinators, or the department administration. You will only be provided a RAC once you have been academically advised, so your advisor is the primary source of this information. Only contact the coordinators or staff if:

  • You are an undergraduate student who has completed advising and have the signed preregistration form to present to the staff, or
  • You are a graduate students who have a Program of Study approved by their graduate committee and on file.

Contact information for advisors is provided above. Coordinator and staff contact information is below:


Graduate Coordinator:

Dr. James L. Martin, P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE
Kelly Gene Cook, Sr. Chair and Professor
Graduate Coordinator

Undergraduate Coordinators:

Dr. Benjamin S. Magbanua, Jr., P.E.
Associate Professor
Undergraduate Co-Coordinator

Dr. Seamus Freyne, P.E., M.ASCE
Assistant Professor
Undergraduate Co-Coordinator

Registration Coordinating Departmental Staff:

Ms. Keela Williams
Administrative Assistant

Dr. Dennis D. Truax, P.E., BCEE, F.ASCE
James T. White Chair, Department Head, and Professor