Undergraduate electrical engineers and computer engineers are allowed to count up to six credit hours toward both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the ECE Department, and could potentially finish their master’s degree in one academic year (two semesters). The credits must be at least 4000 level, lecture-based coursework. (Excludes UG research, individual project, enterprise and senior design credits)
ECE Accelerated Master’s preparation checklist How to get started.
Undergraduate students can apply, using the standard Graduate School application, as early as their junior year and may start taking graduate level courses during their senior year. ECE Applicants must maintain an undergraduate minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 to apply and to remain in the program.
Take an extra course(s) for a future grad program while you’re an undergrad:
Senior Rule: Students may take graduate program courses under the Senior Rule if they have time for an extra course in senior year. This designates a course as “GR”, graduate level, making the course available for possible use in a future graduate degree program. Courses taken under Senior Rule may NOT apply to the undergraduate degree. Senior Rule credits could be transferred and considered by graduate programs outside MTU-ECE. Senior Rule credits are on your graduate transcript, and not on your undergraduate transcript.
Enterprise is project work, not a class. You will be a team member working on a project for industry, competition or student ideas. Many enterprises will require a Special Approval waiver form signed by the faculty advisor of the enterprise you wish to join. The faculty advisor is the instructor listed in the Schedule of Classes.
The enterprise course numbers are synced with a 4-year plan beginning with semester two. The latest you should join is that point in time when you have 4 semesters left until graduation – ENT3950 – if you plan to use enterprise project work for your ENGINEERING DESIGN requirement. Each enterprise has a unique section number as listed in the Schedule of Classes. Ensure you are enrolling in the correct course number – This guide will help you determine that:
To register, bring a signed Special Approval (waiver) form to the Student Services Center in the Admin Bldg. See your advisor if you need help determining which course number to enroll in. (see above link)
There are one-credit ENT modules, which are classes that you may take as part of an Enterprise minor or concentration. ENT courses may count as “approved electives” for EE majors; or Free Electives. A few of these modules are on the HASS Supplemental List.
Read other blog posts under “Enterprise Information” category for more details.
List of Enterprise Modules (classes) which are approved for the 3-semester enterprise for design option, in place of ENT3950. Be sure to check the schedule of classes for offerings and plan in advance. Begin the 3-semester enterprise sequence in ENT3960, Project Work IV.
Fall approved modules:
- ENT3959 Six Sigma I
- ENT2961 Teaming in Enterprise
- ENT3982 Continuous Improvement Using Lean Principles
Spring approved modules:
- ENT3963 Technology and Commercialization
- ENT3966 Design for Manufacturing
- ENT3967 Six Sigma II
- ENT4951 Business Plans and Budgeting
- ENT3971 Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
- ENT2962 Communication Contexts
The 3 – semester enterprise project work option is ENT3960, ENT4950, and ENT4960 plus one Approved Enterprise Module from above list. ENT3950 does not apply.
How to join an enterprise:
1. How many semesters do you have remaining at Tech, on campus? Determines which course number to register in.
2. Use special approval Waiver form for permission to enroll-see enterprise advisor:
BMSE – Blue Marble Security – Dr. Glen Archer, EERC 629
WCE – Wireless Communication – Mr. Kit Cischke, EERC 520
HEVE – Hybrid Electric Vehicle – Mr. John Lukowski, EERC 233 or Mr. Robert Page, MEEM 604A
RSE – Robotic Systems – Dr. Glen Archer, EERC 629
ASE – Aerospace – Dr. Brad King, MEEM 1014 (ASE has specific registration instructions)
Meet with your Academic Advisor if you are uncertain which course number to register in for project work, to stay on track with your graduation semester. EERC 131
ENT4950 Registration – Complete two forms
ECE Department rules for completing Engineering Design Requirements in the enterprise program. Complete: ENT3950, ENT3960, ENT4950, then ENT4960.
- If you to take a semester off to co-op or study abroad, do it before you take ENT4950.
- Your last year of project work in enterprise must be consecutive semesters to apply to senior design requirements.
- ENT4950 and ENT4960 need to be in the same enterprise.
Plan carefully and plan well in advance of graduation. Pre-requisites required for senior-level project work (4000 level):
EE Majors: complete EE3901 and EE3131 before enrolling in ENT4950. Take EE3171 before or in same semester as ENT4950.
CpE Majors: complete EE3901 and EE3131 before enrolling in ENT4950. Take EE3173 before or in same semester as ENT4950.
For ABET accreditation standards, you may join any enterprise at Tech that will provide you with an appropriate project work and responsibilities to meet design standards in ENT4950 and ENT4960:
EE Majors: must apply EE knowledge and skills in engineering design
CpE Majors: must apply hardware/software integration skills in engineering design
CpE/EE Double Majors: apply EE knowledge/skills and hardware/software integration skills in engineering design
The ECE Focus Areas .pdf document contains details for each of the focus areas including:
- brief description
- course numbers and when to take them
- faculty who teach and research in the area
- some job types
Courses in light blue boxes considered “EE Electives” and “CpE Technical Electives”
Use in conjunction with the list of “EE Electives”. These are courses offered by the ECE Department that are used in the EE Electives area of the BSEE, or the CpE Technical Electives area of the BSCpE.
For EE’s, up to 4 credits of “EE Elective” coursework may be used in “Approved Electives”. (but not the SELECT approved elective)
ECE Quick Lab Tour slideshow on YouTube. 1 minute, 11 seconds.
SELECT Approved Electives: This list has been created especially for the BSEE by our esteemed faculty and industry advisory committee. These topics broaden the knowledge of the EE graduate. Required in 2013-14 and beyond catalog years.
SELECT Approved Electives – Non-EE courses that require only limited prerequisite coursework and add to the knowledge breadth of the graduate.
EE/EET 3373 - Intro to Programmable Controllers (0-2-3) Fall --EET 1411 or (EET 2120 and EET 2141) or EET 2411 or PH 2230 or EE 2112 or EE 3010 ENG 2120 - Statics-Strength of Materials (4) Spg --MA 2160 and PH 2100 and ENG 1102 ENG 3200 - Thermodynamics/Fluid Mechanics (4) Spg --MA 2160 and CH 1112 or (CH 1150 and CH 1151) and PH 2100 and ENG 1102 ENG 4510 - Sustainable Futures I (3) Fall --Junior or Senior standing MEEM 2110 - Statics (3) Fall, Spg, Smr --COE enrolled and MA 2160 MEEM 2150 - Mechanics of Materials (3) Fall, Spg, Smr --COE enrolled and MEEM 2110 MEEM 2200 - Thermodynamics (3) Fall, Spg, Smr --COE enrolled and MA 2160 and CH 1150 and CH 1151 MEEM 2201 - Introductory Thermodynamics (3) Fall,Spg,Smr --MA 2160 and CH 1150 and CH 1151 MEEM 2700 - Dynamics (3) Fall, Spg, Smr --PH 2100 and (MEEM 2110 or ENG 2120) and MA 3160(C) MEEM 3210 - Fluid Mechanics (3) Fall, Spg, Smr --MEEM 2200 and MEEM 2700(C) and (MA 3520 or MA 3521 or MA 3530 or MA 3560) --Co-Req MEEM 3220 MEEM 3220 - Energy Laboratory (2) Fall, Spg, Smr --MEEM 2200 and MEEM 3210(C) MY 2100 - Intro to Materials Science Engineering (3) Fall, Spg, Smr --CH 1112 or CH 1122 or (CH 1150 and CH 1151) or (CH 1160 and CH 1161) MY 3292 - Light & Photonic Materials (3) Spg --(PH 2200 or EE 3090 or EE 3140 PH 2300 - University Physics III-Fluids and Thermodynamics (4) Spg --PH 1160 or PH 2100 PH 2400 - University Physics IV, Waves and Modern Physics (3) Fall, Spg, Smr --PH 2200 or PH 2260 PH3300 - Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (3) Spring --PH 2300 or PH 1360
Choose one course from each list – required for students who began fall 2015 or later.
These lists are included in your degree audit report under General Education.
Review your degree audit as soon as you register, and ensure you selected valid courses.
CpE and EE majors can study in Cergy, France, in Spring of junior year! Core 3rd-year courses are offered that can apply to your MTU degree. Apply for the France American Exchange Program (FAME) at the study abroad office in the Admin Building – room 200. Application deadline is October 15th.
Plan both Fall and Spring semesters for next year if you’d like the option to go to France next Spring. Are you ready to skip a Houghton Winter?
Students on track with the 4-year plan may be able to stay on the 4-year plan – see sample flowcharts:
Electronic Circuits; Lab —————————- EE3131 4 cr
Computer Arch. & Intro to Microprocessors EE3171 3 cr, EE’s only. Make up 1 cr with EE elective.
Algorithms & Design Analysis ——————— No CS credit; May sub for CS4321 on CpE degree.
Operating Systems ———————————- No CS credit; May use as technical elective on CpE degree.
Signals and Systems ——————————– EE3160 3 cr
Fundamentals of Power Engineering ——— EE4219 2 cr (2 credit EE elective or CpE tech elective)
Probability and Statistics ————————-MA4760 3 (EE’s may use in place of EE3180; CpEs may use for MA3710)
Communications Systems ———————— EE3250 3 cr
French language and Culture (beg,int,adv) —- HU9300L 3 cr Lower level HU/HASS
- Save 3 credits of HASS-HU/FA (not 2nd year HUFA) for France
- EE’s consider EE3250 in France if you decide to take Probability and Statistics in France
- Take EE3901 in Fall prior to France semester. Or take a substitution for EE3901 prior to 4th year or EE4901/ENT4950.
- Re-plan your junior year considering the courses you’d like to take in France.
FAME program website
For details on application, airfare, cost, etc…see Vienna Chapin in the Study Abroad Office – Admin 200