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Repeating Courses

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

If your earn a grade of CD or below in a course, the course may be repeated. By repeating a course, you have the opportunity to learn the material better, which will help you in future courses as well as improve your GPA. Below is a list of how it works:

  • You may repeat courses with a grade of CD or lower.
  • The most recent grade is used in your GPA calculation, even if it is lower than the previous grade.
  • Your official transcripts will indicate NR (no grade– repeated) for any earlier attempt(s) at the course.
  • You may repeat a course no more than two times (i.e., take a course three times).
  • Special permission from the Dean of Students (170 Administration Building, deanofstudents@mtu.edu, 906-487-2212), Financial Aid, and your academic advisor is required to repeat a course a second and final time.

If you have questions regarding which classes to re-take you should contact your academic advisor.

First-Year Courses (what do I take next)

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

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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Michigan Tech Language and Acronyms

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

As with every type of organization, Michigan Technological University (also known as “Tech,” “MTU,” and “Michigan Tech”) has a unique language and associated acronyms. The following are some definitions to help you learn Michigan Tech’s unique language.

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Is there a disadvantage in starting out in General/Undecided Engineering

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

No. Since there is a common first year (year and a half) program, all engineering students, regardless of their major, will take the same classes during the first year. In addition, the advisors in Engineering Fundamentals meet with students throughout the year to discuss selecting courses and selecting an engineering major.

How do I change my major?

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

If you are a new student at Michigan Tech, contact Admissions (mtu4u@mtu.edu, G29 Administration Building) before Wednesday, second week of classes. After Wednesday second week of classes, you must meet with the academic advisor of your new department. For some majors, you will also need to meet the GPA or course requirements for that department.

What engineering degree programs are offered at Michigan Tech

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

The College of Engineering at Michigan Tech offers the following degrees:

When do I need to choose my engineering major

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

The first year or year and a half is common for all engineering programs depending on math readiness (see semester schedules above). With the help of an academic advisor in Engineering Fundamentals (efadvise@mtu.edu), students that still have not decided by the time they complete the first year program, may be able to take common classes for another one or two semesters. Note: this may extend the date of graduation depending on which major is finally chosen.

Does starting out in MA1032-PreCalculus put me behind

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Possibly, but not always. If you meet the Chemistry readiness guidelines and take Chemistry I (CH1150/1) your first fall semester, then all of the credits you take that semester will count towards graduation (MA1032-PreCalculus can count as free electives in any engineering program). If you start out in Preparatory Chemistry, then those credits will not count towards graduation. If you plan your pre-requisite courses with your academic advisor and take one or two summer courses either at Michigan Tech or at a community college near your home, you should be able to “catch up” and still graduate in four years’ time.

If I have AP will I lose my head-start if I start in General/Undecided Engineering

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

No. Students with Advanced Placement (AP) and/or dual enrollment credits will be placed into the next appropriate class. Any students with AP and/or dual enrollment credits should meet with their advisor to confirm their semester schedule and discuss creating a graduation plan.

If I have AP will I need to take the course again

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

If you have advanced placement (AP) and/or dual enrollment credit, you will be placed into the next appropriate course. For example, if you have credit for Calculus I, you will be placed into Calculus II.

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