Can my advisor approve a 7 CU (Fall) schedule if I have a ~3.4 GPA but do well this semester? Sophomore here.

As the limit is 5.5, I feel that requesting 7 credits might be a stretch. Your advisor might be more comfortable allowing you to take 6. But my dear child, why on God's green earth would you want to? I am currently taking 6--I thought I was strong enough. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. It hurts. Immensely.
Unless you absolutely have to take more than the limit, don't go over the recommended 5.5 credits. You'll be happy you didn't.

Perky Puffin, April 1st 2019 6:47 PM

From experience (actually was in the exact same situation my sophomore year), almost certainly not. Engineering probably won't do it. Your best bet is to go for maybe a semester of less difficult courses and try and do well so it's more convincing to school administration. You likely need a good reason to take 7 (ex: graduation) to get it approved.

However, second to the above – unless you really need to, it's totally okay to never take 7 classes. I took a semester of 7 CU due to graduation/pre-req reasons (and had to petition for it – see here), and with fewer extracurricular commitments than other semesters it was still one of the most challenging things I've done, and I even took a class P/F there.

If you can get by with doing semesters of 6, whether that's through finding ways to satisfy requirements by double-counting or balancing out things, you might find yourself less stressed and happier! But you should definitely ask your advisor about your road to graduation, so you guys can figure out if that's necessary to do 7 – talking to mine helped a lot.

Bovine Bear, April 9 2019, 6:40 PM