Changing Fall 2011 Schedule

Whether you have decided to change your major, retake a class, or just want classes at different times, you may find yourself wondering if you should change your schedule. Fall 2011 registration will be open most of the summer, with a brief shutdown in mid-July. Before rescheduling classes, make sure that there are seats available in the classes that you intend to switch into. If you are changing your major and are unsure of which classes to take, contact that major’s academic advisor (www.mtu.edu/student-affairs/interests/handbook/academic/advisors/). If you need to get into a class that is full, here are some options:

  1. Check to see if there are open sections that may fit in your schedule if you move other classes. Double check seating availability for all classes that you will need to move before changing your schedule.
  2. Contact the department of the class that is full to see if you can get into the class.
  3. If you cannot get into a class, contact your academic advisor to see what other class you should take.

If a class is full, or you do not have the pre-reqs or there is a major or class restriction, then you will need a waiver to get into the class; contact the department offering the class.



PACE Competition

The PACE (Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education) first-year design competition is for engineering students taking ENG1102, Engineering Modeling and Design. The PACE partnership is made up of leading software and manufacturing companies: GM, Autodesk, Hewlet Packard, Siemens, and Sun Oracle. For this year’s competition, the field was first eliminated to 16 semi- finalists and then reduced to 8 finalists. Continue reading


Academic Suspension

A student that is on probation two semesters in a row is automatically suspended from the university (see www.admin.mtu.edu/catalog/university/academic/#standing). The student is able to appeal the suspension by submitting a petition on-line at www.sa.mtu.edu/dean/forms.html by clicking on the link “Petition to Appeal Academic Suspension/Dismissal.” When filling out this form, it is best to prepare answers in a word processor that will allow a spell check. Proof read the responses before copying and pasting them into the on-line form. For a first notice of academic suspension, when the appeal is not granted, the student is not allowed to attend Michigan Tech for at least one semester plus a summer. It is recommended that the student spend this time productively, for example by gaining employment and/or taking classes at another institution.


Taking Summer Classes

Taking classes during the summer can help lighten a student’s course load or help the student get back on track. Students may take classes at Michigan Tech or on-line during the summer or at another institution. See the links below for more information:

Before taking a class at another college or university, you should check with the Michigan Tech Transfer Office to be sure that it will transfer as the course you need.


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.

Engineering Advisors Contact Information

  • Biomedical Engineering: Mr. Michael LaBeau, malabeau@mtu.edu
  • Chemical: Ms. Katie Torrey and Mr. David Zei, both use 202M ChemSci, 487-4327 or Dr. Faith Morrison, 304B ChemSci, 487-2050, for all use cmadvise@mtu.edu
  • Civil and Environmental: Ms. Julie Ross, 103 Dillman, jzross@mtu.edu, 487-3410
  • Computer and Electrical: Ms. Judy Donahue, 131 EERC, eccadvise@mtu.edu, 487-2232
  • General/Undecided Engineering and BS in Engineering: Ms. Amy Monte and Dr. AJ Hamlin, 112C Dillman, engadv@mtu.edu, 487-3057
  • Geological: Dr. John Gierke, 405 DOW, jsgierke@mtu.edu, 487-2535
  • Materials: Ms. Ruth Kramer, U101 M&M, ruthie@mtu.edu, 487-3375
  • Mechanical: Ms. Danise Jarvey, 205A MEEM, dnjarvey@mtu.edu or Mr. Ryan Towles, 204 MEEM, ratowles@mtu.edu, for both use 487-2564

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Preparing to Get Your First Job

As you plan your college career, think about what employers like to see on a resume.

  • Education: major, minor, and/or certification
  • Work experience: general employment, summer internship, and co-op
  • Special experience: study abroad (see the January blog “Looking Ahead“.) and examples of leadership
  • Service activities: volunteer efforts at any level

Work Experience

Work experience can come in many forms: general employment, summer internship, or co-op and each has many aspects that interest employers. Any type of employment can demonstrate reliability, dedication, independence, maturity, and team work. Summer internships may or may not include engineering experience, but co-op positions almost always do. Generally, a co-op student works on site for a company on an engineering project while receiving guidance/mentorship from a supervising engineer. Students who participate in a co-op experience are typically paid by the company. In addition, the student earns college credit while retaining full-time enrollment status at Michigan Tech.

Special Activities and Service

As people prepare their resumes, they usually think of listing college major, GPA, and work experience, but extra-curricular activities should not be forgotten. Employers are looking for students who are well rounded and service, leadership, and international experience are important. This experience can be obtained through athletic, professional, academic, and social organizations. If your resume needs some of this type of experience, it is important to get involved early. Start checking out organizations now and plan to join this spring or next fall.


Minors and Certificates

Many students find courses outside their major that are of great interest to them. One way to receive formal recognition for taking such extra courses is by meeting the requirements for a minor or a certificate. Each option has a set of rules for meeting those requirements.

Minors
The purpose of a minor is to officially recognize a student who takes a prescribed set of courses in a discipline outside their major. To earn a minor, a student must meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in minor courses.
  • Minimum of six credits must be 3000-level or higher and not used for degree (other than as free electives).
  • Minimum of six credits of the 3000 level or higher minor-required courses at Michigan Tech.
  • May not be completed after receiving a bachelor’s degree.
  • May not be earned with the same title as the student’s major or major concentration for the student’s bachelor’s degree.

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Planning Your College Career

Having a graduation plan can help you accomplish your goals while at college. This is a semester-by-semester layout of your classes from now until graduation. An effective graduation plan details planned courses for each semester and takes into consideration plans for co-op and/or studying abroad as well as plans for an optimal course load. As you develop your plan, think about the following:

  • Pre-requisites/co-requisites
  • The semester(s) that courses are offered
  • Credits/course load with which you are comfortable
  • Co-op opportunities
  • Study abroad programs
  • Minors or certifications that compliment your major
  • Summer classes
  • Electives (i.e., technical, HASS, free) you plan to take
  • Volunteer and extra-curricular activities

Your graduation plan will help ensure that you are taking what you need to graduate – without last minute surprises. Your plan should be flexible and should be reviewed/updated each semester. Once you have established your plan, you may want to meet with your advisor to go over any questions. To start your own graduation plan, download the spreadsheet found at the Graduation Plan link on: www.geneng.mtu.edu/advising.html.


Registration

Fall registration will open March 18th, 10:00 pm through April 4, midnight. If you have questions regarding what classes to take, you should make an appointment to meet with your academic advisor.

Registration typically opens each night at 10:00 pm. Due to the large number of sophomores and juniors, there will be two start times on Wednesday, March 24th and Friday, March 26th at 10:00 pm and 11:00 pm. To find out what day and time you register go to: www.mtu.edu/registrar/students/registration/prepare/.

  • Priority is based on the number of credits earned at the time of registration. This does not include the number of credits the student is currently taking.
  • Students may register anytime on or after their scheduled day.
  • The web will be unavailable for registration from 2:00–2:30 am each day.
  • Registration closes at midnight Sunday, April 4th.
  • Forms are available on-line.
    • Grading Option/Credit Change: to take a course as an audit or pass-fail or for variable credit courses.
    • Overload Permission: to take over 18 credits.
    • Special Approval/Restriction Waiver: to wave major, level (undergraduate or graduate), class restriction (Freshman, Sophomore, etc.), pre- or co-requisites, or for special approval.
    • Time/Exam Conflict Permission: to take two courses that have a time conflict.
  • Students with questions or problems should contact the Registrar’s Office at 487-2319 or schedule@mtu.edu.