Advisement FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions 

I am a new Freshman, can I review the material presented at Freshman Orientation?

Yes, the material presented at Freshman Orientation can be found by following this link to Orientation.

Can I review the Advisement Day materials from the last Advisement Day meeting?

Yes, the material presented during the last Advisement Day for the Manufacturing Engineering program can be found on the Advisement Center website.

What does "depth" in Humanities and Social Sciences mean?

Breadth in Humanities and Social Sciences is an ABET requirement. You must take two courses out of the same subject area within the two Stout "categories" of Humanities and the Arts or Social and Behavioral Sciences. As an example, you could take:

  • HIST-120 (Early US History) and HIST-121 (Modern US History)
  • ECON-210 (Princ. of Economics I) and ECON-121 (Princ. of Economics II)
  • LIT-203 (American Poets) and LIT-273 (American Multicultural Literature)

The combinations are limitless. See the General Education listings for all possible courses to select from.

What does "breadth" in Humanities and Social Sciences mean?

Due to the "depth" requirement within our engineering program, you will select from two subject categories within one of the Humanities and the Arts or Social and Behavioral Sciences Gen Ed categories. In the remaining category, e.g., the one you have not taken "depth" in, you will need to select your three (3) course in this category from three (3) different subject areas. Here are several examples of this:

  • You took depth in HIST (History) and have another course in LIT (Literature). You would need to select your remaining three courses in Social and Behavioral Sciences in three different subjects: ANTH (Anthropology), ECON (Economics), GEOG (Geography), POLS (Political Science), PSYC (Psychology), or SOC (Sociology).


  • You took two courses (depth) in ANTH (Anthropology) and have another course in POLS (Political Science). You will need to select your remaining three courses in Humanities and the Arts in three different subjects: ARTMUS (Art History/Music Appreciation), CRPRF (Creative/Performing Arts), HIST (History), LIT (Literature), or PHIL (Philosophy).

The combinations are limitless. See the General Education listings for all possible courses to select from.

How do I know for sure I am clear to graduate before I start my last semester?

Contact your advisor. She/He will have an advising folder containing your files. They will also have access to your current information. Come prepared with your own documentation on your program progress. An informal review can audit your transcripts against the program plan you are working to and can identify any deficiencies. The Degree Audit Report (DAR) is a tool to assist in this process. If there needs to be any special approvals processed to allow any course substitution(s) or waiver(s), your advisor can initiate the approval. A final program plan/transcript review will be performed by your program director at the beginning of the semester you file an intent to graduate card.

What is a co-op experience?

A co-operative learning experience is one that is structured by the employer and you the student. The structure will include goals you will achieve and experiences the employer will provide for you. A co-op is generally 6 months in duration and encompasses one summer and one academic semester. Students are paid as an employee of the company and will work on meaningful projects within their discipline. Status reports are provided by you to a co-op manufacturing engineering program co-op coordinator. A final report detailing your experience and a presentation to a class are also required.

The co-op experience is generally taken by the student for 1-3 credits and will appear on your academic transcript. A co-op experience keeps you registered as a full time student during the semester you are absent from Stout. This could be an important issue for insurance from your parents' by maintaining your fulltime student status. It could also be an issue for students who have student loans. If you do not remain registered as a full time student, your grace period could begin to be eaten up during the three months of the semester.

I am considering a co-op, is there a co-op fee?

The only fee associated with the co-op experience to you as a student is the payment for the 1 credit the co-op course is taken for. The "co-op fee" is paid out of a new "Student Access to Learning" Fee that all students pay at Stout.

What is a summer internship?

A summer internship is another structured work experience in the student's discipline. It is generally not as extensive as the longer co-operative experience, but it is an important experience helpful in building a resume as well as experiencing the field. Summer internships are not a requirement of the program. The only advantage to setting the internship up as a credit internship is to have it appear on your transcript. If you are away for the summer, you are still considered to be a full time student so there is no necessity to enroll for credit from the point of view of parental insurance coverage or financial aid grace period. It is advised that you seek the assistance of your faculty adviser or program director in helping to structure the internship to gain the most from it.

Is there a program requirement for a co-op or intern experience?

No, there is not a requirement for a co-operative or internship experience. However, it is strongly encouraged. Experience is the differentiating item when employers interview candidates for full time employment. Employers are basically demanding it. You would be well served to have several intern experiences at a minimum.

What is the advantage of a co-op or internship?

The decision is preferential from your point of view since this is not a program requirement. If you can afford taking a semester off from formal coursework, you would probably have a fuller, more enriching experience with a co-op. The co-ops are 6 months in length and allow for longer term project work than a short, less than 3 month, internship. If taken for credit, either the co-op or internship can appear on your transcript. The real benefit of either is to build your resume!

What is a DAR (degree audit report) or Academic Evaluation?

A Degree Audit Report (DAR) or Academic Evaluation is an advising tool to assist you in meeting the requirements of the program plan you are enrolled in. It lists out all program and University requirements necessary to graduate. In the event that the DAR does not agree with the Program Plan, the Program Plan is the master document and takes precedence. A DAR (unofficial document) should be used in conjunction with your Transcript (official document) and the Program Plan (official document).

What is the difference between DAR and Program Plan?

As stated above, the DAR is an advising tool and as such is an unofficial document. The Program Plan is the official document of the program requirements necessary to receive your degree.

I am in the "Pre-Manufacturing Engineering" program classification, how can I officially get into the program and when should I do so?

To officially enter the Manufacturing Engineering Program, you must fulfill one of the three admission requirements. These can be viewed at Entrance Requirements. As a student in the "Pre-Manufacturing Engineering" group, you fall into the Transfer Student admission requirements. You must achieve a grade of 'B' or better in MATH-153 (Calculus I) or a 2.0 grade point average in the four course sequence of MATH-153 (Calculus I), MATH-154 (Calculus II), PHYS-281 (University Physics I) and CHEM-135 (College Chemistry I). Once you have finished these courses, you should go to the Advisement Center in Bowman Hall room 11 and fill out a "Change of Major" form. Once processed and approved by the program director, you will be officially admitted into the program. You must be fully admitted into the Manufacturing Engineering program prior to your enrollment into the professional studies courses (MECH-294 and MFGE-275).

Am I required to attend Advisement Day activities?

Absolutely! Advisement Day is an academic calendar day, not a day off from classes. During Advisement Day, we present information to you and answer many of your advisement questions as a group. We also use the time as a refresher on program requirements. The Manufacturing Engineering Program has one large group meeting usually at 10:00 a.m. You will be notified prior to the meeting of the exact location and time. All faculty advisors are also available for individual discussions following the large group meeting. If you fail to attend, an advisement hold will be placed on you until you meet with your advisor and discuss your academic progress. This hold will prevent you from registering.

Should I get involved in a student chapter of a professional society (i.e., SAE, SME, ASME, SWE, AFS)?

YES! This is extra-curricular activity that gets you involved in the life-long, professional development opportunities available to you from these professional organizations. The following benefits can be realized:

  • Participation in national design competitions.

  • Access to professional society scholarships.

  • Opportunities to practice leadership by getting involved in the boards or lead positions. This looks excellent on your resume.

  • Industrial exposure as most groups schedule professional speakers for meetings as well as tours to industrial facilities in the area.

  • Access to the parent professional organization's training and workshops at student rates or even free.

  • Professional journals and magazines from the parent organization.

  • Build your resume.

  • Realization of life-long access to the parent professional organizations opportunities and materials.

What is the University "Ethnic Studies Requirement"?

In order to learn about the diverse cultures that make up the United States, the University of Wisconsin System requires an ethnic studies component of study for all students. Stout fulfills this requirement by having courses in three levels of Ethnic Studies. There are six ways of fulfilling the Ethnic Studies Requirement. See the Ethnic Studies Requirement for the official listing of courses and methods to fulfill it. As a student, you should structure your Humanities and Social Sciences courses to fulfill the Ethnic Studies Requirement at the same time. Courses can fulfill both requirements. Courses listed within the General Education groupings of Humanities and Social Sciences can be selected that have the ESA, ESB or ESC designation. Use the Degree Audit Report or Academic Evaluation form to keep track of this.