What is a technical elective in chemical engineering?

Technical electives allow chemical engineering majors to tailor their degree.  These classes, which include upper division engineering, science, and applied business subjects, cover a wide range of topics and give students a chance to follow their individual interests.  In addition, students can often earn a minor by double counting some of the minor requirements with the technical electives.

To earn a BS in chemical engineering, you must take 10 credits of approved technical electives.  Technical electives are any course listed as approved chemical engineering, engineering, or technical electives.  Within these 10 credits, you must take:

1.     Four credits of chemical-engineering-designated elective, and

2.    No more than four credits (and as few as zero credits) may be chosen from the Math, Science, and Applied Business (MSAB) list.

Note that many of the technical elective courses are not offered every semester and most have prerequisites.  It is best to plan out your technical electives ahead of time.  The rules in the Department of Chemical Engineering for technical electives are posted on the web on the undergraduate advising page.  The rules are updated from time to time and students are advised to choose the list that corresponds to their catalog year (usually the year they entered Michigan Tech).


What Chemical Engineering electives will be offered in 2015-16? 2016-17?

The schedule for chemical engineering electives is posted on the undergraduate advising web page.  This handout is updated regularly.  The posted schedule may change due to sabbaticals and other staffing issues.  Note that classes marked ** are offered only every other year.  Most classes have prerequisites; please check the Schedule of Classes for details.

 



Do I have to register for UN 3002 to do a co-op or can I just skip it?

There are some consequences if you do not register for UN 3002.  If you are not registered for 2 credit of co-op then you will no longer be a full-time student.  This could impact your financial aid (loans or scholarships), visa status, or qualification for health insurance.  During the summer, however, most students do not need to maintain full-time status.  In this case whether or not to sign up for the co-op class is purely your choice.

For those students here on an F-1 visa, the Career Center recommends that you register for co-op credits during the summer as well.  By registering as a co-op student you are considered a full-time student and will not be utilizing your practical training time.

You may use up to 6 credits of co-op UN 3002 towards your technical electives (per Departmental vote 10Feb2016).  UN 3002, UN 3003, UN 3004, and UN 3005 are on the technical elective non-core list.  Any additional co-op credits above 6 can count towards free electives.


How many credits do I get for co-op? Do I get a grade for this class?

For each semester of co-op you can sign up for 1 or 2 credits of co-op class (UN 3002).  If you need to be a full-time student during your co-op then you need to be signed up for 2 credits.

Yes, your co-op class is graded.  Your employer will do a midterm and final evaluation on your work, and this evaluation will be submitted to Michigan Tech.  You will be asked to do a midterm and a final evaluation of your employer as well.  Lastly, to complete your co-op you must write a final report.  All of this is used to determine your grade for the class.

See also : Do I have to register for UN 3002 to do a co-op or can I just skip it?



Can I retake a class?

You may retake any class in which you receive a CD, D, or F. However, before you retake a class there are two things that you should know:

  1. The second grade always replaces the first grade.  If you retake a class and receive a better grade this will improve both your semester and overall GPAs.  However you can retake a class and get a poorer grade.  For example if you have a D (a passing grade) and retake a course and receive an F (a failing grade), you now have a failing grade in the course and would have to retake the class a third time.
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What can I do to best prepare myself to succeed in the chemical engineering program at Michigan Tech?

Success in your freshmen and sophomore science classes is critical to your continued success in the chemical engineering courses.  It is our experience that the first step to being successful in our program (and in your chemical engineering career), is to get a C or better in the following key classes:

  • Math (MA 1032, MA 1160/1161, MA 2160, MA 3160, MA 2320/2121/2330, and MA 3520/3521/3530/3560)
  • Freshman Chemistry (CH 1150 and CH 1160)
  • Physics (PH 2100 and PH 2200)

If you receive a CD or D in any of the math, chemistry, or physics classes listed above, we strongly encourage you to retake the class BEFORE continuing on in the next class in the sequence.


I am a new transfer student. Do I need to meet with an advisor?

Yes!  We strongly encourage all incoming transfer students to meet with an advisor. We use this time to review transfer credit and to develop an expected graduation date based on remaining degree requirements, scheduling and prerequisite constraints, and your individual goals.

Walk-in office hours for new transfer students are scheduled during the fall transfer student orientation, which is held the Friday before fall classes start.  The transfer student orientation is highly recommended.  If you are not able to attend during this time or are transferring in during the spring or summer semesters, email cmadvise@mtu.edu to schedule an in-person or phone appointment with an advisor.