Archives—January 2012



Prospective Students Info

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Choosing a Career/Major, Changing Majors

How to Choose a Career/Major?
There are many factors that go into choosing a career/major. Here are some steps to help:

  • Complete MyPlan on the Career Services web page (see details below).
  • Meet with Career Services to review MyPlan results.
  • Talk with engineers (parents, friends, home/local companies, etc.).
  • Talk to prospective department advisor.
  • Investigate information about different engineering fields at the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

MyPlan can help you in selecting a career. It has four parts: Myer-Briggs personality test, a skills test, an interests’ inventory and a values’ test. It takes approximately an hour to complete all four parts of the test. The results show areas of aptitude. In order to review the results with someone at Career Services, students need to give the Career Services access to their results before beginning the test. Then, students need to make an appointment with a professional in the Career Services office (906-487-2313).

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Waiver Forms and Required Signatures

It is best to check course pre-reqs, co-reqs, and restrictions before registration opens. This will allow you time to get appropriate signatures or make other plans for your schedule. You can check the course pre-reqs, co-reqs, and restrictions in the course descriptions listing by clicking the CRN in the Schedule of Classes or by looking at the undergraduate course descriptions.

When registering, if you get an error, read the error. Many times the error is due to a time conflict or lack of a co-requisite course (i.e. UN1002 has a required Lecture and Lab). You can easily correct these errors by selecting a class at another time or adding the co-requisite course. If you still are unable to register, check the course pre-reqs, co-reqs, and restrictions to see if you may need a waiver.

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Dropping a Class

When a student drops a class between 1st and 3rd weeks, nothing appears on their transcripts. When a student drops a class between 4th and 10th weeks, a withdraw grade (W) appears on their transcripts. This indicates that the student took the class for a significant amount of time (more than 3 weeks) and then decided to drop the class. One W on a transcript is not a big deal (check with Financial Aid to see how a W grade will affect your financial aid, scholarships, or loans). More than a couple of Ws will start to indicate to a potential employer that a student cannot complete what they set out to do. After Orientation, all first-year students must meet with their academic advisor to drop a class. After 3rd week, all first-year students must meet with their academic advisor and instructor to drop a class. This allows the student to discuss the ramifications before dropping a class. All students must go to the Student Service Center to drop classes through the Friday of 10th Week. The last day to drop a class with a withdraw (W) grade is Friday of Week 10. After the last day to drop, students who have extenuating circumstances must appeal to the Student Affairs office for a Late Drop. The instructions for requesting a Late Drop can be found at: www.mtu.edu/dean/conduct/policy/late-drop/.

If a student plans to drop all of their courses and withdraw from the university, this can be done at any time during the semester. For information on how to do this go to the following website: www.mtu.edu/registrar/students/registration/policies/withdrawal/.


Transferring Classes to Michigan Tech

If you are going to take classes elsewhere, make sure that the course(s) will transfer to Michigan Tech as the course(s) you need BEFORE you take the class.

1) Check for the course on the Transfer Equivalency System.

2) If the course you want is NOT on the Transfer Credit Equivalency list, you may request to have it evaluated by sending information to the Michigan Tech Transfer Services Office.

Transfer Services Coordinator

Required Information for Transfer Evaluation

  • University or college name
  • Course ID and title
  • Course Catalog Description

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First-Year Courses (what classes will I take next)

The courses in which you enroll during your first 2-3 semesters at Michigan Tech will depend largely upon your initial math placement, and somewhat upon your intended major. For course descriptions go, to the Michigan Tech undergraduate course descriptions.

If you start out in Calculus I (MA1160) or higher,$ your approximate schedule for your first two semesters will be (see your academic advisor for any changes):

Fall 1 (15-17 credits) Spring 1 (15-17 credits)
MA1160 or higher$ – Calculus I (4-5) *
ENG1101 – Engineering Analysis & Problem Solving (3)*
PH1100 – Physics Lab (1)*
CH1150 – Chemistry I (3)**
CH1151 – Chemistry I Lab (1)
UN1015 – Composition (3) (English)
MA2160 or higher$ – Calculus II (4)
ENG1102 – Engineering Modeling & Design (3)
PH2100 – Physics I (3)
Major Specific Elective (1-4)
UN1025 – Global Issues (3) (Social Studies)

* Learning community scheduled: Groups of 20-24 students are scheduled in the indicated classes.
** Chemistry readiness guidelines
$ Typical Math sequence: MA1160 or MA1161, MA2160, MA3160, (MA2321 and MA3521) or (MA2320, MA3520). NOTE: Electrical Engineering students typically take MA2320/1 and MA3520/1 before MA3160. Computer Engineering degree does not require MA3160.

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