Note that answers to FAQ are subject to modification based on policy changes that may not be immediately reflected on this page.  Please contact an EcoE advisor for more definitive answers to your questions.

Building/Facility Policies

General Building Policies
  • Keep outside doors closed during evening and weekend hours
  • Remember to lock your office door and lab doors when you leave
  • Do not let unauthorized persons in the building
  • If an individual has business in the building, they should already have a key or can get one from the department
  • DO NOT prop open outside doors!
  • The student lounge on the first floor in Gilmore Hall is primarily for use by undergraduate Ecological Engineering students; however, the department has the right to reserve and use the room for other purposes.
  • There is a small kitchen upstairs with refrigerator and microwave in Gilmore Hall Room 211 for use by students.  Students are responsible for doing their part to keep this area clean.

What do I do if something is wrong with the building (ex. toilet continuously running, power is out, window broken, window won’t lock, ceiling is leaking, pest infestation)?

Notify Amy Zimmerman in 116 Gilmore Hall with as much detail as possible about the problem, and a work request will be submitted to Facilities Services.

How do I reserve a room in the building for a meeting or other business purpose?

Departmental rooms (such as 116 Gilmore conference room and Gilmore Annex conference room) can be reserved via the Reservations page on our website.  The 234 Gilmore general purpose classroom must be reserved with the Schedule Desk through their scheduling program.  You will need to email Amy Zimmerman or stop by 116 Gilmore if you need a CRN number.

How do I get a key to (lab, student office, etc.)?

See Amy Zimmerman in 116 Gilmore to obtain a Key Request form to take to the Key Shop.  You will need to have approval from your advisor.  The Key Shop will need your photo ID and a deposit payment via cash or check.

What is the policy on access to the building after-hours?

Undergraduate students are not authorized to be in the building after regular business hours, unless attending an evening class.  Graduate students have access to the building any time as long as they carry identification and an After-Hours Pass.  You can obtain an After-Hours Pass from Amy Zimmerman in 116 Gilmore.

How do I get access to the Gilmore Annex shop?

The Gilmore Annex is locked 24/7 but is accessible with certain departmental keys and with advisor permission.  For safety reasons, no one is allowed to work in the shop alone. 

Can I switch my grad student office/ desk?

Please contact Jennifer Cohen to inquire about the availability of graduate student office space.  General things to keep in mind—keep your office clean, respect your office mate(s) and take ALL your possessions when you are finished with your program.  Clean up your space when you move out. Cleaning supplies are available in the department office if you need them.

Campus Policies

Where/ what can I recycle?

Find out where the nearest recycle bins are and what type of recycling is accepted.

Academics & Advising

General Resources

Creating effective presentations - see Presenting Solutions and Ithaca for examples

Ecological Engineering Undergraduate Students

Who is my advisor?

Check the Advising page for updates. You can also contact Jennifer Cohen by email, by phone at 541-737-2041 or stop by 116 Gilmore Hall to find out who your assigned advisor is.

Can I switch advisors (EcoE)?

Generally, no.  Please contact the Head Advisor, Dr. Frank Chaplen, for advising questions that cannot be answered by your assigned faculty advisor.

What should I do to transfer from an external school into the EcoE program?

You will need to formally apply to OSU and be accepted.  The registrar’s office will produce an Advanced Standing Report based on your submitted transcripts.  You will then have to meet with an EcoE advisor to determine which of your completed courses will count towards the EcoE degree.  More information is on our how to enroll page.

What should I do to transfer internally into the EcoE program?

File the change of major form. The overall process is fairly straightforward for first year engineering students. Engineering students further along in their programs will have to take additional make-up courses.  In any event, you should talk to an EcoE advisor as soon as possible to discuss options.

What if I’m transferring internally to EcoE and have already taken CH 201?

You will need to take the chemistry for major’s sequence – CH 221, 222, 223 for a total of 15 credits.  Alternatively, you can complete CH 202 and CH 205 in addition to CH 201 for 7 Cr.  You will then need an additional 8 Cr. of upper division chemistry to complete the required 15 Cr. of chemistry – usually CH 331 and 332, Organic Chemistry.

Is EcoE an ABET-accredited program?

YES! Ecological Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. ABET evaluated the EcoE program for certification in October 2011, and awarded us accreditation. Accreditation is retroactive to students who have graduated from the program since 2010.

Can a student achieve an engineering license by graduating from EcoE?

To practice engineering professionally requires an engineering license. A part of the licensure process involves taking the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam. Students graduating from the Ecological Engineering undergraduate program can (and already have) taken the FE exam.

What is the process for applying to take the FE exam?

Students are able to sit for the FE exam through an arrangement with OSBEELS, the state licensing board. Current students should apply (Dec. 1st deadline) to take the exam in the spring (early April) of their senior year through OSBEELS.  Review courses are available on campus for students taking the FE exam.

What are the policies surrounding pro school admission, where do I find info about this?

There are many recent changes to the pro-school application process.  Applications are now allowed Spring for summer admission, Summer for fall admission and fall for Winter admission.  A full description of the policies around pro-school may be found in the EcoE Undergraduate Handbook and at http://engineering.oregonstate.edu/advising/ .

Is there a central resource for internships in the department?

Jennifer Cohen in the front office has an internship database.  You are strongly encouraged to talk with her or any of the faculty in the department who have many contacts.

I want to study abroad, how do I start the process? What are my options?

Great! Talk with the international programs office and Caine Francis, COE international programs advisor in the HUB.  Options are limitless. As a general rule, the engineering international programs office in the HUB will handle all course approvals for engineering students studying abroad.  This office will create the necessary forms for signature once the courses have been identified.  Students will then go to their respective departments for specific course approvals.  The process for the Ecological Engineering program is to obtain syllabi and other materials for the overseas courses you wish considered and submit a petition to the Head Advisor for consideration by the Undergraduate Program Committee.  Acceptance of overseas courses has accreditation ramifications for the Ecological Engineering BS program.  Courses, if accepted, will be considered either exact equivalents or engineering electives for programmatic purposes.

How long will a study abroad extend my degree?

This depends on many factors.  The best thing to do is write up a full course plan with and without the overseas component and check how it will affect you.  It is a good subject for discussion with your advisor and the International Programs engineering advisor (Caine Francis) in the HUB.

How do I petition to get an exception on MyDegrees?

Talk with your advisor and the Head Advisor. Some exceptions can be made without petition and so check first.

Which statistics class am I supposed to take?

ST 314 is required for the new program and strongly endorsed for the old program.  ST 314 and ST 351 are accepted for the old program.  Taking the two course sequence ST 421 and ST 422 as electives for both programs is acceptable.  Both courses must be taken, if taken as a substitute for ST 314.

Which Engineering Economy class am I to take and what do you expect me to learn?

ENGR 391 is required for the new program and strongly endorsed for the old program.  ENGR 390 is accepted for the old program.  You need to know how to calculate net present value, the meaning of discount rate, depreciation and the rate of inflation.

Do I have to take ENGR 350 Sustainable Engineering?

This course is no longer required for the updated program but is still required under the old program guidelines.

How many engineering elective credits do I need to take?

22 credits for the old program, 21 credits for the new program.

I am 1 credit short on my engineering electives, what are my options?

Take another course. BEE 415 is an option and can be taken twice for credit.

How many Upper Division (300 and 400-level) credits do I need?

60 or more upper division credits are needed.

Is BI 301 still required?

No, but an elective is required from the Synthesis-Global Contemporary Issues category.

How do I get into this great class, my pre-reqs are similar but not an exact match?

Talk to the instructor.  For COE courses, you will need to fill out the College of Engineering pre-requisite waiver form.

Should I switch to the new program?

All pre-engineering students (students entering pro-school Winter 2015 or later) should start following the new program now. 

Your MyDegrees will not reflect the new program yet, but you are still required to complete the new program in order to graduate.  Your MyDegrees will reflect the new program when you enter pro-school.

Students who are already in pro-school may elect to follow the old program or may change to the new program.  We recommend that you consider adopting the new program in consultation with your advisor.

How do I initiate a degree audit?

Talk with your advisor.  The Head Advisor currently does degree audits.

What is the best way to schedule an advising appointment?

This is dependent on advisor.  E-mail is generally best but you should check with your advisor for the individual best mode.

My advisor is out of the country and I need to register, what do I do?

If your advisor will return soon and you can wait, please do. If not, make an appointment with the Head Advisor. Realize, though, that the Head Advisor has many demands on his/her time and may not be able to meet with you immediately.

I am a transfer student, do I really need BEE 221?

Yes, preferably before your senior year. BEE 221 is not currently required for admission to pro school, but it is required to graduate from the program.

What time is best for study abroad?

Spring/Summer of Junior Year

Synthesis – CGI electives.  Can they count for both BI 301 and Synthesis CGI?

Yes.  Cannot count for both Synthesis CGI and science elective credit.

I have a time conflict, how should I handle this?

For conflicts with engineering classes, fill out the COE override form and get signatures.  For non-engineering courses, each department has its own policies.  Meet with the affected instructors and discuss policies.

How critical is ENVE 421 to my program?

ENVE 421 is pre-requisite for all upper division Environmental Engineering courses available to our students.  Lack of ENVE 421 will significantly limit the number of upper division electives available.

Can BEE 221 be used to satisfy the pre-requisite requirement for ENVE 421?

Yes, it currently is accepted as satisfying the pre-req requirement for ENVE 421.

Can BEE 446 River Engineering be accepted as both elective and required credit?

BEE 446 is an elective in the old program but is accepted instead of BEE 458, which is required but only taught every other year, i.e., BEE 446 is only accepted as elective engineering credit if you also have BEE 458.  You may apply 1 credit of BEE 446 towards your elective engineering credit if taken instead of BEE 458 since BEE 458 is 3 credits and BEE 446 is 4 credits.

BEE and WRGP Graduate Students

I'm having problems with my major professor.  Who can I talk to about this?

Having an open and honest relationship between the major professor and the student is central to the success of a graduate experience. The student should feel free to discuss successes and problems, mistakes, or disappointments with the major professor. Throughout research and coursework, there are bound to be instances where things go wrong and this is to be expected. The sooner a problem is discussed, the sooner it can be resolved.

If you would like to share advice or recommendations on how your relationship with your major professor may be improved, you may do so in any way that works for you, including anonymous commentaries through the Department Head, John Bolte.  If differences cannot be resolved or you feel that you would be better served by a different major advisor, it is possible that you change major advisors.

Reimbursements

How do I get reimbursement for travel?

Start by getting pre-approval for the travel from the PI.  During your travel, keep all receipts related to items you pay for.  Upon your return, submit the following to Jennifer Cohen in 116 Gilmore Hall:  

How do I get personal reimbursement for department expenses?

Submit your receipts to Amy Zimmerman in 116 Gilmore Hall with your name, OSU ID#, the index # to be charged, and the business purpose for the expense.  

General Support

Who do I contact for HR/payroll questions?

Contact the Office Manager, Jennifer Cohen, via email, by phone at 541-737-6292 or stop by 116 Gilmore Hall. 

Who do I contact for questions about courses or other academic issues?

Contact Amy Zimmerman, via email, by phone at 541-737-2041, or stop by 116 Gilmore Hall.

Computing

How do I make a PDF file from a Word (or other) Document? 

If you are using STAK drives, you can take advantage of COE Support for PDF generation.  See http://engr.oregonstate.edu/computing/faqs/pdfprint.html for more information.  If you are not using STAK, you need to have Adobe Acrobat installed on your computer.  We have Acrobat installed on the Media Computer in the Main Office that you can use.

Where can I get information about software under OSU site license? 

See http://tss.oregonstate.edu/softdist/ for information and software under site license.  

How do I access a BEE network printer? 

  1. Select "Printers and Faxes" from Windows's Start menu
  2. Select "Add Printer" to bring up the Add Printer Wizard
  3. Select "A Network Printer" when asked whether the printer is local or network-based
  4. Select "Connect to this printer", leaving the name blank
  5. Select "BIOENGINEERING/Pandora" for a list of printers available, and
  6. Select the printer you want to install.  Note that these are accessible from the campus network only.

Alternatively, you can access all the Bioengineering printers through the Window Start Menu:   Select Start->Search->-Printers, Computers...->Printer on a network->In:bioe->Find Now.  Select the desired printer from the list.
***Note that these methods will ONLY work if you're logged in to the ONID network.

How do I make posters using the Large Format printer?  

The Biological & Ecological Engineering Department has an HP 5200 large-format poster printer.  The easiest way to create a poster with this printer is with PowerPoint.  The steps for a 44"x42" poster are as follows:

  1. Install the "BEE Centerfold" printer (see "How do I access a BEE network printer" above) if you haven't already installed this printer.
  2. In PowerPoint, set the page size to "Custom", with a 44"x42" page size using the File/Page Setup menu options.  Set the Orientation to portrait or landscape as needed.
  3. Prepare your slide content.
  4. When you are ready to print you final copy of your poster, use PowerPoint's File/Print menu to bring up the "Print" dialog box.  Select the \\Pandora\BEE Centerfold" printer, and then click the "Properties" button to set up the printer.  On the "Basic Setup" tab, set the "Paper Size" to "ANSI E - 34x44", and other parameters as desired.
  5. You are now ready to print.  Note that other sizes are possible, but that the printer is limited to a maximum width of 42" (which translates to the height of the poster).