Where to Start

The Department of Civil Engineering at NMSU offers bachelor of science, master of engineering, master of science, and doctor of philosophy programs. To learn more about the requirements for these programs, please check the most recent NMSU Las Cruces Academic Catalog for Civil Engineering under the College of Engineering (

For the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, the curriculum consists of 126 credit hours (please see CE requirements and CE roadmap). It is recommended that you become familiar with the curriculum to facilitate the meeting with your advisor each semester. Note that the CE curriculum includes General Education and Viewing a Wider World (VWW) requirements (

Freshmen, Transfer, Undecided, Student-Athletes, and Academic Probation Students:

Since the Fall 2017 semester, NMSU’s Center for Academic Advising and Student Support (CAASS) has provided centralized advising for students across NMSU. The Academic Advisors at CAASS assist students as they become self-directed learners by teaching them to develop educational plans directed toward their academic, career, and personal aspirations.

Current students who already have an established relationship with their faculty advisor can continue to work with that person. We understand how important your faculty mentors are and want you to continue to partner with them. In addition to working with your faculty mentor, you will still receive support from your CAASS academic advisor (appointments and walk-in assistance are provided by CAASS in virtual format and in-person at the NMSU Educational Services Center, Suite 200).

CAASS will automatically place “academic advising” registration holds for all new and second semester freshmen and transfer students, undecided or exploratory students, student athletes, students with less than a 2.5 GPA, and students whose GPA is less than their designated major requirement.

Sophomore, Junior and Senior Undergraduate Students: 

Faculty members in the Civil Engineering Department serve as undergraduate advisors for students on a case-by-case appointment. During peak registration times, many professors will have an open-door advising schedule and students should attempt to contact an advisor in their area of interest. For students who are undecided between the structures, water resources, environmental and geotechnical areas, please schedule an advising appointment with Dr. Paola Bandini, or Dr. David Jauregui.

Graduate Students:

Graduate students should seek advice from their primary faculty advisor regarding thesis/dissertation research and coursework. Students and advisors should consult the appropriate degree program the NMSU Las Cruces Catalog.



Visit CAASS Webpage View NMSU Las Cruces Catalog for Civil Engineering View BSCE General Education Requirements  View BSCE Viewing a Wider World (VWW) Requirements


Chi Epsilon Advising Night
Epsilon hosts advising nights. Keep an eye out for their announcements posted around Hernandez Hall and on their Facebook Page.








STudent Academic Requirements (STAR) audit system
Set “Format” to “PDF” to save your audit in a format for upload to the Online Advising Form.


You can see your progress towards the BSCE, MECE, MSCE, and MSENVE degrees using the STAR Audit System.  After logging into the STAR audit system, populate the dropdown menus as shown in the screen shot. Select “Catalog Year” to be the year in which you started in the program, or any year after that time (if the requirements change and it is to your advantage to use a new catalog, you are welcome to do so).

Note that the STAR system is a tool, not the law. Errors do occur in the system and thus the audit should be interpreted by an advisor. The department administrators will request exceptions to correct such errors when they are identified.

In selecting the catalog year for your audit, you may choose the catalog of the year you began at NMSU or any subsequent catalog; however, you are not permitted to apply catalogs from years prior to your admission to NMSU. Course requirements for the different undergraduate and graduate degree programs are provided in the NMSU Las Cruces Catalog (see link provided earlier). Be sure to set “Format” to PDF. DO NOT take screen shots and assemble them into a *.docx file.










Finding Mini-mester courses

  1. Log into
  2. Select “Student” along the horizontal menu.
  3. Select “Look up Classes” from the QuickLinks.
  4. Select the Term and click on the Submit button.
  5. Select “First 8 Weeks” and/or “Second 8 Weeks” in the “Part of Term” area of the form, then click on the “Selection Search” button.
  6. When you visit the office to add a mini-mester course, it’s a good idea to have a couple of alternatives selected as the few decent courses in this offering tend to fill rapidly.


Adding/Dropping a course

To add a course after the ADD deadline or drop a course before the W deadline, you will need to complete the Change of Schedule form, get all instructor signatures, then bring it to the CE office.


Retroactive Registration Changes

  1. Complete a  Petition for Retroactive Registration Changes and an add/drop slip.
  2. Original signature from the instructor and advisor is required on both add slip & form for approval of request to be processed.
  3. Hand-deliver form & change of schedule form to COE Registration, Goddard Hall Room 106.