Engineering Student Services Team
Permission numbers are special “codes” departments or class instructors may choose to issue so you can enroll in the class that the system may be preventing you from enrolling in on your own.
Permission numbers are needed to do the following:
The process to obtain permission varies by the department that offers the course. If you are trying to get a permission number for a course offered outside the College of Engineering, we recommend contacting the instructor and/or department offering the course (use the Cal Poly directory or search their website to find contact information).
Below are the preferred contacts for the departments in the College of Engineering. When reaching out about a permission number, be clear in what you are looking for and include the following information:
If a permission number is needed to waive prerequisites: Prerequisite Course Waiver Request. Fall 2023 New Transfer Students: If you have any questions, please reach out to Sabrina Jenkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If a permission number is needed for Independent Study or Research (BMED 400, 459, 495, 500, 593, 599): Independent Study or Research Course Permission Number
If a permission number is needed to waive prerequisites, visit: https://ceenve.calpoly.edu/undergrad-forms
For any other reason, email: email@example.com
Fall 2023 New Transfers ONLY: If you need a permission number for a CPE course, complete the CPE Transfer Student Permission Number Request Form. If you experience problems enrolling in a CPE course, please email Donna Aiken (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the CPE Department.
Follow PowerForm/AdobeSign process for these supervisory classes:
CPE 200/400 Special Problems for Undergraduates (i.e. Independent Study)
CPE 461/462 Senior Project I/II - please also read the Senior Project Enrollment Process webpage
For non-supervisory CPE classes (i.e., classes other than CPE400/461/462), contact the instructor to initiate the permission number process.
Contact Leanne Fiorentino (email@example.com | 805-756-2825) or Chris Lupo (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you need support.
Fall 2023 New Transfers ONLY: Complete the EE Permission Request Form – Transfers form. Please fill out the form thoroughly. Once the form is forwarded to the EE office, they will process your request. You will then receive your permission number(s) in an email. Please be patient, as they have many forms to process and it may take a few days to get back to you. Please “validate” your schedule in Schedule Builder before August 14th, and if you receive an error message that you do not have the requisites met for the EE class, this means you will need a permission number to enroll in the EE class. If you experience problems enrolling in any EE course, please email Yvonne Lynch (email@example.com), EE Department Administrative Coordinator.
All other students: For EE Courses please contact Yvonne Lynch. In your email to Yvonne please include why you are requesting a permission number, the course number, and section number.
Instructor of course first. If unable to make contact or you have questions about this process, contact Dan Waldorf and/or Stephanie Allen. See website for more specific information.
Fall 2023 New Transfers: If you need a permission number for a MATE course, please reach out to Dr. Harding directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All other students: MATE Permission Number Request Form
New Transfer Students please contact Dr. Harding at email@example.com.
Contact Cassi Goldsmith if you need support: firstname.lastname@example.org
Prerequisite Course Waiver Form (via Adobe Sign). This form is required for all students who want to take a mechanical engineering course (ME prefix), but either the registration system does not recognize a prerequisite or the student is missing the prerequisite but has relevant knowledge that will allow them to succeed in the course they want to take.
Note that mechanical engineering students who are requesting a waiver of a prerequisite for a required mechanical engineering course are not likely to be approved. Please make sure to apply for the waiver to the lecture instructor with the section number you want to add, not your lab.
For permission number requests outside of the reasons above, please contact the Instructor of the Course
If you receive a permission number, you will want to follow the steps outlined in the "Add a Class- with Permission Number demo" on https://registrar.calpoly.edu/student-center/#AddClass to officially enroll in the course.