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May I take both CM 3410 and HU 3120?

No, that is not permitted.  CM 3410 is required for graduation with a degree in chemical engineering from Michigan Tech.  You may take HU 3120 as a substitute course for CM 3410.  Because HU 3120 functions as an equivalent course to CM 3410, you may not take them both.

 

CM 3410 – Technical Communication for Chemical Engineering
Study of the purposes, genres, and applications of technical communication in chemical engineering professions, including written, oral, visual, and graphic communication. Assignments may include memos, progress reports, procedures, memo and formal reports, research citations, and job-seeking requirements. Emphasizes organization, support, coherence, usefulness, ethics, and professionalism.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore, Senior
Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015

 

HU 3120 – Technical and Professional Communication
A study of written and oral communication in technical and scientific environments; emphasizes audience, writing processes, genres of scientific and technical discourse, visual communication, collaboration, professional responsibility, clear and correct expression. Students write and revise several documents and give oral report(s). Computer Intensive.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore
Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language – 3000 level or higher)


Which enterprise project work course should I take?

If you are a first-year chemical engineering student, you take ENT 1960, but we don’t recommend first-year students take Enterprise, and we have  a FAQ that explains why.

If you are a sophomore, you should take one or both of these classes:

  • ENT 2950 – Enterprise Project Work I, 1 cr (not open to freshmen)
  • ENT 2960 – Enterprise Project Work II, same as above

If you are junior, you should take one or both of these classes:

  • ENT 3950 – Enterprise Project Work III, 1 cr, must be junior or senior
  • ENT 3960 – Enterprise Project Work IV, same as above

If you are a junior who has taken the two courses above and are not senior-design ready, but still want to do Enterprise, take this class:

  • ENT 3980 – Pre-Capstone Enterprise Project Work, 1 cr, repeatable up to 2cr (not open to freshmen, sophomores), Pre-Requisite(s): ENT 3950 and ENT 3960

If you are a senior doing Enterprise for senior design, you should take both of these classes:

  • ENT 4950 – Enterprise Project Work V Capstone, 2cr, must be engineering senior design ready
  • ENT 4960 – Enterprise Project Work VI Capstone, 2cr, must be senior, pre-requisite ENT 4950

If you complete ENT 4950 and ENT4960 and wish to take another Enterprise project class, you may take this one:

  • ENT 4961 – Enterprise Project Work VII, 1cr, pre-requisites: ENT 3950, 3960, 4950, 4960

If you wish to do a minor in Enterprise, please visit the Registrar’s office site to see the requirements. (Enterprise is an interdisciplinary minor)

For information purposes only there are two other Enterprise project classes, but no chemical engineering major can take these courses; they are for non-engineers:

  • ENT 4900 – Senior Enterprise Project Work V Non-Capstone, 2cr, must be senior, must NOT be College of Engineering
  • ENT 4910 – Senior Enterprise Project Work VI Non-Capstone, same as above

Do I have to take CH 2420 (Organic II)?

To earn a BS degree in chemical engineering from Michigan Tech you must take CH 2420 Organic II or you may take a substitute course.  The current substitute courses are:

  1. CH 2420 – Organic Chemistry II, 3 credits, offered Spring and Summer; Pre-Requisite(s): CH 2410
  2. BL 2100 Principles of Biochemistry; 3 credits, offered in the Fall, Pre-Requisites BL 1020 or BL 1040 or BE 2400 and CH 1112 or (CH 1150 and CH 1151)
  3. CM 4740 – Hydrometallurgy/Pyrometallurgy, 4 credits, offered in the Spring, Pre-Requisite(s): CH 1122 or (CH 1160 and CH 1161)

If you take CM 4740, the extra credit may count as core technical elective.  To choose the substitute class simply register for the class–there is no additional paperwork.


I ran my degree audit and now at the last minute I need extra courses! What do I do?

Hold on, don’t panic.  Maybe everything is ok.

You may have made the common error of running a “what-if” audit.  Here’s how it happens.

The degree audit page has a drop down list to choose your degree program. There are directions on the page that tell you to *only* choose your degree program
if you are changing majors but this is frequently missed. So what happens is, a student will pick their major from the drop down list and instead of running
the audit with their correct catalog term, and they accidentally run a “what-if”audit that uses the newest catalog term.  The newest catalog term includes changes made to the chem eng degree  since you started, and you do not usually want to use the newest catalog term.

If you run your degree audit with the correct catalog term, labeled as “latest” perhaps (most likely) everything is ok.  If you run the “latest” audit and still have classes missing, these are classes you need, and you may need to come see an advisor.


I’m planning to transfer in prerequisites but I cannot register! What should I do?

To register for a class you must either have

  1. Credit for all prerequisites,
  2. Be registered at Michigan Tech for all prerequisites, or
  3. Be registered at some other institution for prerequisites.  For Michigan Tech to know that you are registered for a prerequisite you are taking off campus, you must go to the Michigan Tech Registrar’s office and request that your off campus course be recorded as “in progress.”  This should be done before registration so that you can make use of your registration slot.

I’m confused about registering for CM3215 Transport Lab!

This is a bit confusing; sorry about that.

The CM3215 Transport Lab meets on Monday for a one-hour lecture, and has two more meetings, a two-hour meeting on Tuesday (or sometimes on Thursday) and an additional one-hour lab meeting on Wednesday.

To sign up for CM3215 you must sign up for the lecture (section 0A) which is on Mondays, and for the lab, which has two meetings, Tuesday (or Thursday) and Wednesday  (the lab will be L01, L02, etc.).

If you do not sign up for both parts, you will get a “linked course error” telling you that you have missed one of the parts.

To recap, you will attend class on Monday and Wednesday at the same time of day in a classroom with everyone who is taking the class. In addition, you will be in the Brozzo Laboratory (19-103) for a two-hour session one day a week, at a time that depends on which lab section you take.

best wishes,
Dr. Morrison


Is there a Chemical Engineering Learning Center?

In 2017 the answer is:  YES.  The OXE Chemical Engineering Learning Center (CMLC) is organized by the Chemical Engineering Honor Society OXE and it is staffed by students specializing in thermodynamics, transport, and fundamentals. Their first day is September 11, 2017  from 5-7 p.m. in Chem. Sci. 215.  Except during Thanksgiving Break, from that point on, the Learning Center will be open Mondays and Wednesdays from 5-7 in Chem. Sci. 215.  Contact Dillon Gronseth for more information.  Please give your comments to OXE members to help improve this peer service.

 


I am unable to register for CM 3410 Technical Communications. What do I do?

There are several reasons you may be unable to register for CM 3410 Tech Com for ChemEs.

  1. You do not have junior class standing (“juniors” are those who have 60-89.5 earned credits).  If you have more than 89.5 credits but need CM 3410, please email cmadvise@mtu.edu to request a waiver.  A waiver will allow you to register for the class as long as you have the prereq, UN 1015, and if there is a seat available.  You should obtain your waiver before registration opens, if possible.  If you have fewer than 60 earned credits, you will need to wait to take CM 3410.
  2. The class is full.  CM 3410 sections fill in both fall and spring; usually there are extra seats in summer.  If you find that the sections are full, and if you need the class to graduate, we may be able to add you to a section as an overload.  Please explain your situation in your email.  Note that you may take CM 3410 as late as fall of senior year and you may substitute HU 3120 for CM 3410 (there are often on-line sections of HU 3120).
  3. You do not have the Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015.  You must have credit for the prerequisite to take a course at Michigan Tech.  If you took the class and plan to transfer the credit, you must arrange for that transfer before you can register for CM 3410.

CM 3410 is offered in the fall, spring, and summer semesters, and is a prereq for the senior CM classes, UO and plant design.  You may take CM 3410 at the same time as fall senior classes; taking it before senior classes is recommended.

If you are a transfer student, and you transferred in HU 3120, this can substitute for CM 3410.  If you are having difficulty scheduling CM 3410, you may substitute HU 3120.  HU 3120 may not count twice for your degree; thus if it is counting as a general education course, it cannot also count as the substitute for CM 3410.


How can I do better in my classes?

To help students who hope to do better in their academics, there are resources available at Michigan Tech through the Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success, located on the first floor of the Administration building.

One option is to set up a regular appointment with a student peer success coach. This is coordinated through the Wahtera Center.  We have  had several students participate in thisprogram throughout the years and they had pretty good things to say about it. Mainly the coach served to help them find ways to stay on track.  For more information see the Wahtera Center’s website.


I transfered to Tech, but the rules have changed! Can anything be done?

The rules that apply to determine if any student has met graduation requirements are enshrined in what is called the “catalog year.”  If you are a traditional student who enrolls directly after high school in the fall, your catalog year is yyyy08, where yyyy is the year that you started at Michigan Tech.  Your catalog year is listed in Banweb when you look at your unofficial transcript.  You need to know your catalog year when you look up the general education rules and the rules for your major.

A transfer student who looks up Michigan Tech’s requirements but then transfers two years later may have some difficulty in matching up the courses taken to the rules in force when he/she arrives at Tech–the rules may have changed.

In April 2016, the Michigan Tech University Senate amended the catalog policy to allow for some leeway for such students and for students who leave Tech for a year or more before returning.  The complete policy is in the current catalog and also archived as Senate Proposal 26-16.

Please see the current catalog for the most up-to-date phrasing.  The basics of the policy are here:

  • The University catalog expires after seven years. Students may not graduate using a catalog that is more than seven years old.
  • Students maintaining continuous enrollment at Michigan Tech may expect to graduate under the degree requirements in effect at the time that they became a degree-seeking student at Michigan Tech.
  • Students changing majors will follow the degree requirements in effect at the time of the change of major.
  • Students adding a major or minor will follow the requirements for the additional curriculum in effect at the time it is added.
  • Students who have been absent from the University for three or more consecutive semesters (including summer) will follow the degree requirements in effect at the time of re-enrollment.
  • With approval from the academic department, students may follow the degree requirements from an earlier catalog. The catalog selected must be within seven years prior to the student’s graduation or the first term the student was enrolled as a degree-seeking student at a regionally accredited institution, whichever is shortest.

The final bullet provides flexibility for transfer students.  If you graduate from high school and enroll at a regionally accredited institution as a degree-seeking student, you may petition your academic department at Tech to request to be placed on the catalog year that corresponds to the semester you started at your transfer institution.  Note that you must obtain departmental permission for this change in catalog year (it is not automatic).  Note also that students who are dual enrolled or doing a “13th year” are not eligible for this flexibility, since they would not be enrolled as degree seeking during their dual/13th year status.