Category Archives: Choosing a Major, Minor, Certificate

Selecting a Major

If you are still deciding on a major, there are several items you may want to consider.

1. Meet with an academic advisor before you leave for campus for the summer.

– Biomedical Mr. Mike Labeau (344 M&M, malabeau@mtu.edu)
– BSE & Engineering Undecided Ms. Amy Monte (112C Dillman, efadvise@mtu.edu)
– Civil & Environmental Ms. Julie Ross (103 Dillman, jzross@mtu.edu)
– Chemical Ms. Katie Torrey (202M Chem Sci, cmadvise@mtu.edu)
– Computer Mr. Trever Hassell (131 EERC, tjhassel@mtu.edu)
– Electrical Ms. Judy Donahue (131 EERC, eceadvise@mtu.edu)
– Geological Ms. Kelly McLean (627 DOW, kelly@mtu.edu)
– Materials Dr. Daniel Seguin (U-101 M&M, mseadvise@mtu.edu)
– Mechanical Mr. Ryan Towles (205A MEEM, ratowles@mtu.edu) & Mr. Pete Chosa (204B MEEM, pgchosa@mtu.edu)

2. Take an engineering seminar course Fall 2017 to see if a particular major is right for you. The courses that are offered are listed below.

– Biomedical BE2100
Chemical CM1000
Civil CE1000
Computer EE1111 (Track B, go to 131 for registration waiver)
Electrical EE1111 (Track B, go to 131 for registration waiver)
Environmental ENVE1501
– Geological GE1100
Exploring Majors at Michigan Tech – Sciences and Arts Undecided SA1000
– Career Development Foundations UN2525

3. Meet with Career Services for career guidance, discuss your MyPlan results, or gain career development strategies.

4. Check out the information about different engineering fields at the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

 


Registration Waivers and Signatures

It is best to check course pre-reqs, co-reqs, and restrictions before registration opens (March 12, 2017). 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 (Course Registration Number) 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. MA2160 has a required Recitation 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.

Types of waivers (who to go to for approval):

  1. Grading Option/Credit Change Form
    • To take a class as Pass-Fail or Audit – not used for courses required to graduate (academic advisor and instructor)
    • To take a variable credit course, i.e. independent study (academic advisor and instructor)
  2. Credit Overload Permission Form
    • Students in good standing going over 18 credits (academic advisor)
    • Students on probation going over 16 credits (Student Affairs)
  3. Special Approval/Restriction Waiver Form
    • Major (department offering the course)
    • Level – Undergraduate or Graduate (department offering the course)
    • Special Approval
      • Instructor Approval – i.e. enterprise (instructor)
    • Prerequisite (instructor)
    • Corequisite (instructor)
    • Class Restriction to be Waived – Freshman, Sophomore, etc. (instructor)
  4. Time Conflict/Exam Conflict Permission Form (all instructors of conflicting courses)
  5. Full Section – (department offering the course)
    Check to see if another section would work if you rearranged your schedule. If not, go to department that offers the class for permission to enroll in a filled-section.

To obtain approval for a waiver:

  • Print “waiver form” from the Registrar’s Office website.
  • Complete the form and obtain signature approval from the course instructor or advisor for the department offering the course.
  • Bring completed, signed waivers to Student Services Center in the Admin Building.
  • To check your waivers go to Banweb: Student -> Registration -> Check Registration Status to see Permits and Overrides (aka waivers).

Class Restriction on a UN course:
UN1015 and UN1025 are restricted to Freshman during initial registration. If you are a 1st-year student and have AP or transfer credits that give you Sophomore status, you should already have a waiver. To check and see if you have waivers go to Banweb: Student -> Registration -> Check Registration Status to see Permits and Overrides (aka waivers). If you do not have a waiver, you can get a waiver to get into your correct UN classes. Go to the Student Service Center for a Class Restriction waiver. For students that did not take the appropriate UN course during the restricted year, class restrictions for the UN courses will be removed after the freshmen have scheduled (near the end of the 2nd week of the initial registration period).


Preparing to get a job

It’s not too early to start preparing for a summer job; plan ahead for the 2017 Fall Career Fair.

  • All Events List (look for):
    • Interview Skills
    • Resume Blitz
    • Company Info Sessions
    • PCA Career Success Day
  • Fall Career Fair: SDC, February 22, noon-5pm

Spring Career Fair 2017 is where students and companies can meet to discuss potential job opportunities including summer internships, co-ops, and full-time employment. It is a great chance for first-year students to find summer employment which can help in making career decisions. A Job Fair Guidebook will be handed out at the Career Fair and will be available on-line. The guidebook provides a brief description of each company attending the Career Day (see details on the web at www.career.mtu.edu). A shuttle will be provided to transport students to and from the SDC; campus pick-up is at the MUB.

The following tips and strategies can help, but there are also a number of other ways to best prepare for your success at the Career Fair:

  • Visit the Career Services Learning Center
  • Schedule a one-on-one career advising appointment
  • Attend Career Blitz before school even starts
  • Attend Husky Talks
  • Get resume advice from corporate reps at Resume Blitzes
  • Schedule a Mock Interview – they’re available before each Career Fair
  • See more career fair prep tips.

Selecting a Major

If you are still deciding on a major, there are several items you may want to consider.

1. Meet with an academic advisor before you leave for campus for the summer.

– Biomedical Mr. Mike Labeau (344 M&M, malabeau@mtu.edu))
– BSE & Engineering Undecided Ms. Amy Monte (112C Dillman, efadvise@mtu.edu)
– Civil & Environmental Ms. Julie Ross (103 Dillman, jzross@mtu.edu)
– Chemical Ms. Katie Torrey (202M Chem Sci, cmadvise@mtu.edu)
– Computer Mr. Trever Hassell (131 EERC, tjhassel@mtu.edu)
– Electrical Ms. Judy Donahue (131 EERC, eceadvise@mtu.edu)
– Geological Ms. Kelly McLean (627 DOW, kelly@mtu.edu)
– Materials Dr. Daniel Seguin (U-101 M&M, mseadvise@mtu.edu)
– Mechanical Mr. Ryan Towles (205A MEEM, ratowles@mtu.edu)

2. Take an engineering seminar course Fall 2016 to see if a particular major is right for you. The courses that are offered are listed below.

– Biomedical BE2100
Chemical CM1000
Civil CE1000
Computer EE1111
Electrical EE1111
Environmental ENVE1501
– Geological GE1100
Exploring Majors at Michigan Tech – Sciences and Arts Undecided SA1000
– Career Development Foundations UN2525

3. Meet with Career Services for career guidance, discuss your MyPlan results, or gain career development strategies.

4. Check out the information about different engineering fields at the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

 


Resume Writing

Your cover letter and resume are typically the first information a potential employer sees about you. Therefore, you want this first introduction to make the best impression possible.

Potential employers are going to spend about 30 seconds reviewing a resume before deciding if the applicant is worth more review, so be sure to make it easy to scan: well organized, concise, and descriptive. Every resume should be accompanied by a cover letter. The cover letter should grab their attention and generate interest by linking your abilities with their needs. Following an interview, you should send a thank you letter. It should be sent by e-mail or snail mail within 2 days following the interview.

Get your resume reviewed at a Resume Blitz (starting Feb 9).

When you have your resume ready, submit it for your Advising: Gen Eng assignment (needs to be submitted each year).


Getting Started: Resume Writing

Your cover letter and resume are typically the first information a potential employer sees about you. Therefore, you want this first introduction to make the best impression possible.

Potential employers are going to spend about 30 seconds reviewing a resume before deciding if the applicant is worth more review, so be sure to make it easy to scan: well organized, concise, and descriptive. Every resume should be accompanied by a cover letter. The cover letter should grab their attention and generate interest by linking your abilities with their needs. Following an interview, you should send a thank you letter. It should be sent by e-mail or snail mail within 2 days following the interview. Continue reading


First-Year Advising Meetings

During fall semester, all academic advisors meet with first-year students to go over the requirements for the department, scheduling, and degree options. Students who are undecided (General Engineering) about which engineering discipline they want to pursue should attend the meeting with Engineering Fundamentals (General/Undecided & Bachelor of Science, 10/08/2014, 6pm, U115 M&M). You are also welcome to attend any department meeting (see list below).

  • Biomedical: 10/14/2014, 5pm, U115 M&M
  • Chemical: during CM1000, 10/16/2014, 11:05am, 103 EERC
  • Civil: during CE1000, 10/13/2014, 2:05pm, G002 Forestry
  • Electrical & Computer: ECE will schedule your appointment and notify students via e-mail, 131 EERC (non-majors e-mail eceadvise@mtu.edu)
  • Environmental: during ENVE1501, 10/14/2014, 2:05pm, 101 Chem Sci
  • General/Undecided & Bachelor of Science: 10/08/2014, 6pm, U115 M&M
  • Geological: during GE1100, other students by appointment, e-mail Dr. Gierke (jsgierke@mtu.edu)
  • Materials: please schedule an appointment with Dr. Seguin (mseadvise@mtu.edu)
  • Mechanical: 10/13/2014, 5pm, 641 DOW

Preparing to Get a Job

It’s not too early to start preparing for a summer job; plan ahead for the 2014 Fall Career Fair. For details: www.mtu.edu/career/fair/students:

  • Resume Blitz: The Van Pelt and Opie Library , September 17, 18, 24, and 25, 11am-2pm
  • Career Fair Preparation: The Van Pelt and Opie Library, September 17, 6:30-7:30pm
  • Mock Interviews: Admin Building 220, September 22-26, 9am-4pm, one-on-one mock interview
  • Career Fair Cookout: Career Fest Tent outside Library, September 29, 11am-2pm
  • SWE ‘Evening with Industry’: MUB Ballroom, September 29, Social 5:30pm, Dinner 6:30pm, Information elpoli@mtu.edu, Cost $20, Tickets MUB 106 M-F 10-2pm
  • Fall Career Fair: SDC, September 30, noon-6pm

Fall Career Fair 2014 is where students and companies can meet to discuss potential job opportunities including summer internships, co-ops, and full-time employment. It is a great chance for first-year students to find summer employment which can help in making career decisions. A Job Fair Guidebook will be handed out at the Career Fair and will be available on-line. The guidebook provides a brief description of each company attending the Career Day (see details on the web at www.career.mtu.edu). A shuttle will be provided to transport students to and from the SDC; campus pick-up is at the MUB.


First-Year Advising Meetings

During fall semester, all academic advisors meet with first-year students to go over the requirements for the department, scheduling, and degree options. Students who are undecided (General Engineering) about which engineering discipline they want to pursue should attend the meeting with Engineering Fundamentals (General/Undecided & Bachelor of Science, 10/09/2013, 6pm, U115 M&M). These students are also welcome to attend any department meeting (see list below).

  • Biomedical: 10/14/2013, 6pm, 641 DOW
  • Chemical: 10/16/2013, 5:30pm, 102 Chem Sci
  • Civil: during CE1000, 10/7/2013, 2:05pm, G002 Forestry
  • Electrical & Computer: ECE will schedule your appointment and notify students via e-mail, 131 EERC (non-majors e-mail eceadvise@mtu.edu)
  • Environmental: during ENVE1501, other students by appointment, e-mail Ms. Ross (jzross@mtu.edu)
  • General/Undecided & Bachelor of Science: 10/09/2013, 6pm, U115 M&M
  • Geological: during GE1100, other students by appointment, e-mail Dr. Gierke (jsgierke@mtu.edu)
  • Materials: please schedule an appointment with Ms. Kramer (mseadvise@mtu.edu)
  • Mechanical: 10/14/2013, 3pm, 111 MEEM

Career Professionalism

So, you are planning to go to the Fall Career Fair (September 24, noon-6pm, SDC). What do you need to prepare? What should you expect?

  • Dress nicely. You do not need a suit; a nice shirt/blouse and slacks will do.
  • Go prepared to tell them what you can do for them and why you are interested in working with their company.
  • Prepare a resume.
  • Publish your resume on HuskyJOBS and bring paper copies with you.

Present yourself well. Everyone knows that companies will look at resumes and transcripts. Other things to consider:

  • If you are not using your Michigan Tech e-mail address, be sure your personal e-mail address is professional.
  • Listen to your phone message to be sure that it is professional.
  • Google yourself and be aware of what information is on your Facebook account.

For events that can help you get ready for the Career Fair, see the Career Services calendar.