Category Archives: Degree Requirements

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)


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 do I plan out my Chemical Engineering Degree at Michigan Tech?

The CM degree at Michigan Tech requires 131 credits plus 3 credits of co-curricular classes (physical education).  What classes are required for you depends on when you started at Michigan Tech, known as your catalog year.  The requirements are all posted on our advising webpages, and we made a video walking you through the process for planning out your degree.

Here’s the basic process.

  1. Go to our advising webpage and select Undergraduate — Advising — Plan Your Schedule
  2. Print out the course requirements (4 year plan or 5 year plan), the General Education Requirements, the co-curricular requirements, and the Technical Elective requirements that go with your catalog year.
  3. On your 4 (0r 5) year plan, cross off any courses for which you already have credit.
  4. Print out a blank Academic Plan worksheet.
  5. Fill in the Academic Plan worksheet with all the remaining courses.

There is a great deal that goes into that step “5” up there, and we’ve made some videos to help you find your way through the process.  Once you have a good rough plan, you may wish to make an appointment with a CM advisor to make sure that you’ve got all the details right.

That’s it!  Welcome to Michigan Tech Chemical Engineering–We’re glad you’re here.


Do I have to take the first-year engineering courses?

The first-year engineering courses are CM 1000, ENG 1101, and ENG 1102.

All students have the option to either take CM 1000 Introduction to Chemical Engineering or a core engineering technical elective.  We recommend CM 1000 when it can be taken either before or at the same time as CM 2110 Fundamentals of ChE 1.  If you have already completed CM 2110, then we recommend a core engineering technical elective instead.  The list of approved core engineering technical electives can be found on the Technical Elective Handout .

Transfer students coming in with at least 50 credits and credit for MA 3160 Multivariable Calculus with Technology have the option to either take the first-year engineering courses ENG 1101 and ENG 1102, or substitute courses.

If you are planning to do a substitute course, then see the Chemical Engineering advisor to have the adjustment made to your degree audit.

An acceptable substitute course for ENG 1101 is a programming course (CS 1121 or CM 3450 are approved).

  • CS 1121 Introduction to Programming I – 3 credits; the starting point of the computer science program; Fall, Spring, Summer
  • CM 3450 Computer-Aided Problem Solving – 3 credits; alternate Fall semesters (even years)

An acceptable substitute course for ENG 1102 is any non-research course on the core engineering technical electives list (found on the Technical Electives Handout).  In particular, the courses below are recommended:

  • EE 3010 Circuits and Instrumentation – 3 credits; designed for nonmajors; Fall, Spring, Summer
  • MEEM 2110 Statics – 3 credits; Fall, Spring, Summer
  • ENG 2120 Statics-Strength of Materials – 3 credits; Spring

I am a transfer student; do I have to take the first-year engineering courses?

The first-year engineering courses are required for graduation with a B.S. in chemical engineering.  If you have not yet transferred to Michigan Tech, we recommend that you take courses at your home institution that transfer as ENG 1101 and ENG 1102.  The transfer equivalent for ENG 1101 is a computer programming class using an objected-oriented programming language, such as Java or C++.  The transfer equivalent for ENG 1102 is a 3-D solid modeling class using software, such as Solid Works, Unigraphics, or 3-D Autocad.

For transfer students who have not transferred in ENG 1101 and ENG 1102, you may take ENG 1101 and ENG 1102 at Michigan Tech or it is sometimes preferable to substitute courses more appropriate to your experience and educational level.  For more information on this see the policy for when substitutions are allowed for ENG 1101, and ENG 1102.

CM 1000 is not required for graduation (per Departmental vote 10Feb2016) but it is recommended for first-year students, and it counts as a core engineering technical elective.  If you do not take CM 1000 then you must take an additional credit of core engineering technical elective.

 

 


How do I have a project approved for senior design?

In order to have your project approved for senior design, you will need to complete a Petition to Request CM 4861 Design Substitution.  If your project is through the Enterprise program, then you will be petitioning the second semester course, ENT 4960, as a sub for CM 4861.

Your project must include:
1.  Appropriate engineering standards,
2.  Multiple realistic constraints, and
3.  Economic considerations.  Economic considerations typically include an economic analysis to discriminate between your design options.

The petition form and project abstract are due to the CM Advising Office by Friday of Week 4 of Fall semester.  You may drop the materials off in the CM Department Office to be put in the advisor’s mailbox.  The department’s lead design instructor and ABET committee will be reviewing all petitions on Monday of Week 5 for final approval.  If several students are working on the same project, you may submit one abstract for the team with your individual petitions attached.

See related:  How do I register for ENT 4950?


How can I prepare for registration?

Registration is always right around the corner, and before it arrives, it’s best to get prepared. Those of you who have tried to make an appointment with Katie near registration time know that her schedule fills up. She has “walk-in” office hours weeks 9-11, so you will not need an appointment, but you may face some lines. With this post I reach out to you with some advice to ensure that you have a good registration season.

Katie’s walk-in office hours schedule is posted here: blogs.mtu.edu/chem-eng-undergrad/

If you are uncertain what classes you need to take, please take a look at our video on Planning your Schedule.

Planning your schedule begins with the planning handout at this link (http://www.chem.mtu.edu/~fmorriso/advising/2015MoreAdvisingInfoHandout4SemPlanFAM.pdf), which shows a 4-year plan of how the Chemical Engineering curriculum maps out. I have indicated the classes that cause a bottleneck–these are the classes that are only offered one time per year. Up until the spring of junior year you have flexibility in when you can take classes. The three spring junior classes, however, (transport 2, kinetics, controls) are only offered in the spring. The senior chemical engineering classes (unit and plant operations, plant design, safety and the environment) are only offered once per year as well. This means that you need to be ready for those spring junior classes during the spring that you plan to take them.

The pre-requisites for our classes are summarized on this handout:  www.mtu.edu/chemical/undergraduate/advising/pdfs/prerequisite-map.pdf

To plan out your schedule you should map out which semester you intend to take the fixed classes (spring junior classes, senior classes) and then back-calculate when you will take the pre-requisites for those courses.

On the planning handout I have also indicated when classes are offered on-line, and I’ve highlighted some General Education (GenEd) rules that you should be mindful of as you plan out your GenEd choices.

Finally, once things get close to graduation, every requirement must be met and this can get confusing sometimes. For checking or auditing your compliance with your degree requirements Michigan Tech uses DARS: Degree Audit Reporting System. Go to your Banweb account, log in, and look for Degree audit. You can run your own degree audit. It takes a minute or two for the computer to slot all your courses into the various bins or “buckets” where they satisfy requirements. When it’s finished, you can take a look. Green is good; red is bad. You will see all kinds of lists and requirements that are checked. It is a computer program and online, so hopefully you can poke around a bit and figure out how it’s working. If you are a transfer student or if you transferred in courses, it is very helpful for sorting out what credits count for what.

Please take a look at your DARS and see how your credits earned are stacking up towards getting your CM degree. If you look over the attached sheet, consult the pre-req map, look at your degree audit, and make use of the handouts for minors and technical electives that are on the Advising web page, you will see that registration is a snap.

Thanks for your patience during registration season. We will endeavor to answer all your questions and hopefully we can find a solution that will lead to a smooth path towards your BS in chemical engineering.

More helpful links:

best wishes,

Dr. Morrison


Are the rules for minors changing?

In Fall 2016, the rules for all minors will be changing. Students will be able to double count all minor classes with major classes (no more “6 credits must not double count, etc. etc.), but you will no longer be able to use the same classes for multiple minors.  Some departments may choose to change the courses required for their  minor because of these rule changes.

If you are planning to pursue a minor in any department then it is very important that you add the minor *this* year. Students who have added a minor by the end of this year will be able to use the existing rules.

We will be allowed to move you to the newer rules if the new rules benefit you, but after next fall we will *not* be allowed to move you back to the older rules.


What classes can I take for the HUFA and SBS gen ed requirements?

The HUFA and SBS gen ed requirements are only a part of the 201308 and 201408 catalog years.  The following lists are courses that are approved for the HUFA and SBS requirements.

IMPORTANT:  The courses listed below that say “added Fall 2015” do not automatically pull into the HUFA or SBS spots on your online degree audit.  Please contact your advisor to have this corrected.

Humanities and Fine Arts (HUFA) Electives:

  • FA 2330 Art Appreciation
  • FA 2520 Music Appreciation
  • FA 2720 Audio Arts Appreciation (added Fall 2015)
  • FA 2820 Theater Appreciation
  • HU 2130 Introduction to Rhetoric
  • HU 2501 American Experience in Literature (course discontinued in Spring 2015)
  • HU 2503 Literature Survey A (added Fall 2015)
  • HU 2504 Literature Survey B (added Fall 2015)
  • HU 2538 British Experience in Literature
  • HU 2700 Introduction to Philosophy
  • HU 2820 Communication and Culture
  • HU 2910 Language and Mind
  • SS 2300 Environment and Society (added Fall 2015)

 

Social and Behavioral Science (SBS) Electives:

  • EC 2001 Principles of Economics
  • PSY 2000 Principles of Psychology
  • SS 2100 World Peoples and Environments
  • SS 2200 Introduction to Archaeology
  • SS 2400 Introduction to Human Geography
  • SS 2500 United States History to 1871
  • SS 2501 United States History Since 1877
  • SS 2502 European History to 1650
  • SS 2503 European History Since 1650
  • SS 2504 World History to 1500
  • SS 2505 World History Since 1500
  • SS 2600 American Government and Politics
  • SS 2610 Introduction to Law and Society (added Fall 2015)
  • SS 2700 Introduction to Sociology

 

 


I want to change my major to Chem Eng; what are the requirements for such an internal transfer?

If you are currently enrolled in the College of Engineering, you meet the entry requirements to Chemical Engineering.  If your current major is not in the College of Engineering, you need to have a C or better in key math and science classes in order to have your internal transfer approved; see a CM advisor for details.

For any change of major, you must fill out the blue Add-Drop Curriculum form, available on the Registrar’s website.  You will also need an appointment with a CM advisor to get that form approved.