Join a Department - Change of Degree Audit (CODA)

The CODA process was designed to help undergraduates join an engineering degree-granting program. Undergraduates will follow the CODA guidelines listed below to officially join degree programs in the College of Engineering.

CODA Guidelines

Engineering First-Year (EFY) Students

All entering engineering freshmen are classified as "Engineering First-Year" (EFY) students with no direct acceptance into degree-granting programs. Upon completion of five required courses, students will have the opportunity to "CODA," which is now used to describe a student's Change of Degree Audit. When students are eligible to CODA, they officially request to join a degree program.

CODA Requisites

Success Courses

Students begin the CODA process, steps to officially joining a professional degree program, by compiling an Engineering Success Score (ESS) based solely on their performance in the following six pre-engineering Success courses:

  1. MA 141 - Calculus I
  2. MA 241 - Calculus II
  3. PY 205 - Physics for Engineers and Scientists I
  4. PY 206 - Physics for Engineers and Scientists I Laboratory
  5. CH 101 - Chemistry - A Molecular Science
  6. CH 102 - General Chemistry Laboratory

Students must complete each of the courses above with a C or better to receive credit and advance toward acceptance into an engineering department.

Engineering Success Score (ESS)

The ESS is the GPA calculation of the six required Success courses (listed above). The ESS must be greater than or equal to 2.0. The best grade of no more than two attempts in any one of these courses will be allowed.

Students who have completed any of the six Success courses through Advanced Placement testing, transfer credits, other pre-college program options, or transfer equivalence will be assigned comparable grades for scores received by these other methods to be used in the calculation of their ESS. To determine how these various credit options may affect the ESS, students can view the Credit and Placements Charts (pdf) listed below or complete the online CODA Calculator.

Students should consult their advisor about early college credit that is not reflected in the chart or calculator.

Additional Required Courses

In addition to the Success courses listed above, students will be required to complete the following courses, with a C minus or better.

  1. ENG 101 - Academic Writing and Research
  2. E 101 - Introduction to Engineering and Problem Solving
  3. Note: Students who did not start as freshmen in the College of Engineering are not required nor permitted to enroll in E 101.
  1. E 115 - Introduction to Computing Environments

Time Limit for Academic Qualification

Students will be academically qualified to CODA if they complete all of the above CODA requisites within four semesters at NC State.

Advising and Degree Plans

New incoming EFY freshmen will be assigned an advisor upon arrival on campus. If a student indicated an "Intended" major in their admissions packet, then their assigned advisor will be a faculty member in the chosen department. In addition, the student will be assigned the associated "sub-plan" on their degree audit, such as 14MSI (Materials Science Intended), 14ECI (Electrical and Computer Engineering Intended), etc.

Students who apply with no intended program affiliation will be assigned a general engineering advisor in Academic Affairs. These students will not have an assigned sub-plan on their degree audit.

Once a student joins a department (CODA), they will be assigned a permanent faculty advisor in the associated program. In addition, their degree plan will be changed to reflect their new status as a student who has joined a department, i.e., 14MSE (Materials Science and Engineering).

Student CODA Preferences

Students will be required to list the top three programs in which they wish to major. Program preferences will be completed online and will be submitted within their first academic year. Afterward, changes to a student's preferences will be allowed.

Online Application to CODA

When students complete all CODA requisites, they are considered academically qualified and can apply to CODA – join – one of the degree-granting departments.

Departmental CODA Granting

Departments will incorporate a ranking system based on a student's ESS and any other criteria – essays, for example – they establish to determine placement into their programs.

Each department will set a seating capacity for each cohort. Academically qualified students who do not receive acceptance into their first desired program will automatically be considered to CODA into their other preferred programs in the College. Departments will consider students' second and subsequent choice for determining seating.

Students in the Engineering First Year program with an ESS greater than or equal 2.0 and a “continuation” GPA of 2.0 will be granted entrance into at least one of the remaining programs with available seats.

Twice a year, departments will review students' requests to CODA into their program(s). Applications will be reviewed after fall and spring semesters. Students will receive notice of their program seating prior to the start of the registration advising sessions each semester.

The department's capacity for each EFY cohort will be distributed over a two-year period to allow for early completion of ESS courses (after one semester) and late completion of ESS courses (after four semesters) with the majority of a cohort being enrolled in the department after two or three semesters. All EFY students must CODA into an engineering program within the first four semesters after entry into the University.

Students unable to gain entrance into any engineering program (academically unqualified or below 2.0 for continuation) within four semesters will be transferred into the Transitional College Program (TRU) for assistance with intra-campus CODA into other programs in the University.


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