2015 Spring Advising meetings – videos

First-year Spring Advising Meeting (20 min.) – Electrical Engineers and Computer Engineers. Have your Flowchart handy and be ready to take notes. Fall 2015 registration and planning for 2nd year.  Slides with hyperlinks.

EE sophomores, juniors and seniors not yet graduating: Here is your Spring 2015 Advising Meeting (21 min). Slides with hyperlinks.

General Education requirements (5 min.):  applies to 2014-15 and 2013-2014 catalog years  This video is intended for 2014-15 freshmen and new transfer students, AND students who began fall 2013 or spring 2014.  Slides with hyperlinks.

Degree Audit – What is it? (5 min)  Explains how degree requirements are defined, how to use your online degree audit report, and what to do before your graduation semester.  Slides with hyperlinks.

How to Transfer Credits from elsewhere video. Explains how to transfer credits, the rules, and what to do if you are taking a prerequisite course needed for registration of another course. Slides with hyperlinks.

Considering a Study-Abroad semester?(5 min)  Learn how to start planning, search for courses and locations, finding EE or CS courses, European Project Semester (EPS), benefits of studying abroad.  Slides with hyperlinks.

ECE graduate degree – grad school

Consider pursuing a graduate degree after completion of your bachelor’s. Students have taken advantage of one or both of these opportunities:

1) The ECE Department offers an Accelerated Master’s program. (cumulative GPA of 3.25+ required) With this program, students can double-count up to six credits of coursework towards an accelerated master’s degree in EE or CpE.  A master’s degree requires 30 credits, so students in the Accelerated Master’s Program take 24 credits after completion of their bachelor’s degree. What a deal!

Students who do not meet the 3.25 minimum GPA requirements for the Accelerated Master’s program, may apply for graduate school, and will take 30 credits after completion of the bachelor of science degree to earn a master of science in EE or CpE.

2) Students may take graduate courses while they are still an undergraduate student, under the Senior Rule, if they have room in the last semester(s). This is DIFFERENT than the accelerated master’s program six credits.  With the senior rule, specific courses are designated for a graduate transcript only, and may not be used toward your bachelor’s degree. See this link to get the Senior Rule Form. The credits are available for possible use toward a graduate degree and my be transferred elsewhere. It is up to the program you pursue to approve the courses for a graduate degree. Pay undergraduate tuition.

4000 and 5000 level courses may be used with either option. A maximum of 9 credits of 4000 level coursework may be used toward a master’s. All EE courses must have a grade of BC or better to be used toward a master’s degree in the ECE Department. All credits must be approved by your graduate program advisor.

Why grad school?  see:

Spring 2015 ECE grad school information session with Dr. Lukowski and Dr. Mork. 49 minutes.

If you are uncertain about your options, please meet with your advisor and see what might work for you! It’s worth considering!


Computer Engineering, MS, PhD

Electrical Enginering, MS, PhD

ECE Accelerated Master’s program

Online Master’s in Power Systems


Environmental Applications concentration – BSEE

The concentration in Environmental Applications with the bachelor of science in electrical engineering helps prepare students to contribute as EE’s in fields related to environmental quality. Opportunities exist in environmental remote sensing, air quality, water quality, and related fields.

The concentration may be pursued using the 2015-2016 catalog year or later.

Concentration coursework, 18 credits:  (2015-2016)
(may be completed in years 3 and 4)

ENVE3501 Environmental Engineering Fundamentals
ENVE3502 Environmental Monitoring & Measurement
Remote sensing sequence:  1. EE4252 and GE4250 or 2. EE3090 and EE3190
Two Environmental Quality Engineering courses from this list:
ENVE4502 Wastewater Treatment Principles and Design
ENVE4503 Drinking Water Treatment Principles and Design
ENVE4504 Air Quality Engineering and Science
ENVE4505 Surface Water Quality Engineering
ENVE4507 Application of Sustainability Principles
ENVE4511 Solid and Hazardous Waste Engineering
ENVE4512 Green Engineering Design for Sustainability

See Judy Donahue, EERC 131, for help with planning. Call 487-2550 to schedule an advising appointment.

The concentration credits take the place of EE3250, Approved electives, and 9cr. EE electives on the BSEE.

Biomedical Applications concentration – BSEE

The concentration in Biomedical Applications with the bachelor of science in electrical engineering helps prepare students to contribute as EE’s in the medical field, biomedical instrumentation, medical imaging and related areas.

The concentration may be pursued using the 2015-2016 catalog year or later.

Concentration coursework, 19 credits: (2015-2016)

BL2010 Anatomy & Physiology I
BE2400 Cellular & Molecular Biology
BL2020 Anatomy & Physiology II
BE3700 & 3701  Bio-Instrumentation and Lab
BE3300 or BE2800 Bomechanics I or Biomaterials I
Biomedical elective: BE3350, BE3800, BE4250, BE4610, BE4700, or EE4252

The Biomedical Applications concentration credits take the place of EE3120, approved electives, free elective and 9 cr. EE electives on the BSEE.

See Judy Donahue in EERC 131 for help with planning. Call 487-2550 to schedule and advising appointment.

FE Exam Information

Visit  ncees.org/exams for information regarding the FE exam, preparation, exam schedule, cost, and other details.

Computer engineers typically don’t take the FE exam.

For EE majors, becoming a PE (Professional Engineer) is not a requirement for most positions, but is desirable. It is required for consulting-type areas and for legal areas (legislature, public services commission or the courts).  Utilities, Architecture and Engineering (A and E) Firms may require PE registration for upper level positions.

First-year engineering courses, sophomore core courses plus your area(s) of specialty have helped prepare you.

EC3400 – Economic Decision Analysis is a good course to help prepare for the exam. It can count as an upper-level HASS elective or free elective.

EE4240 – Intro. to MEMS includes topics in micro electro mechanical systems that are helpful in preparation for the FE Exam as well. EE4240 applies to the BSEE as 4 credits of EE electives, or may apply as approved or free electives.  It can be a CpE technical elective for CpE’s.

Take the exam during your Senior year. You can study on your own following the topics described on the FE exam website.

Electrical and Computer CBT exam specifications

When will the CBT exams be offered?
The FE and FS will be administered during four testing windows throughout the year: January–February, April–May, July–August, and October–November. Registration will be open year-round.

Where will I take my CBT exam?
The exams will be administered at approved Pearson VUE testing centers:  at Michigan Tech, in the Library’s Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning.

What is professional engineering registration and why should I seek to be a registered professional engineer?

Some types of engineering jobs require professional registration. If you might start your own business and call yourself a consultant, most states require the PE designation. Consulting work and some types of design work are greatly facilitated by professional registration.

If you become a registered professional engineer, you may append the initials “P.E” after your name on your business cards.

The first step: To become a registered professional engineer you must first take the fundamentals of engineering exam administered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying.

Once you pass the FE exam, you become designated “engineer-intern”.  You remain in this status until you have practiced engineering for a designated number of years.  The amount of time you need to practice before becoming registered varies from state to state.  See the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying web site for details.


CANCELLED: CS course changes CS1141, CS3421

The following changes have been cancelled by the CS Department. October 6, 2014.

CS1141 will remain 2 credits. CS3421 will remain 4 credits, for Academic year 2014-2015. Other changes are being considered for future.


Not happening:  (10-21-2013 announcement)

Effective for Fall 2015: How does this affect Computer Engineers(and EE’s who are taking CS courses)? - Update your flowchart as needed: Be aware of when you plan to take EE3173 H/S Integration. (CS3421 is a pre-req to EE3173)

1.  If you’ve already taken CS1141 (2) and CS3421(4), you are not affected and can ignore this.

2. CS1141(2) and CS3421(4)  become 3 credit courses starting fall 2015.

3.  If you’ve taken CS1141(2) but not CS3421 (4), TAKE CS3421 in Spring 2015, OR take CS1090 in spring or summer (online) and then CS3421(3) in fall 2015.

4. If you’ve taken CS3421 (4), but not CS1141 (2), TAKE CS1141 in SPRING 2015.

5. If you’ve taken neither CS1141 nor CS3421,  take and complete both courses in spring 2015
OR take them both in academic year 2015-2016. CS1141 becomes prereq for CS3421: Plan accordingly.

CS course changes for next year, effective Fall 2015:

1.  CS3421 (4), Computer Organization, becomes 3 credits instead of 4.  1 credit of material is being removed, and added to CS1141, last known as “C for java Programmers”. CS1141 becomes a prereq for CS3421. This change could affect graduation date. Plan accordingly.

2.  CS1141 (2) becomes 3 credits instead of 2.  1 credit of material is being added from CS3421, Computer Organization. Take CS1141 BEFORE CS3421.

3. The title of CS1141 is changing from “C for java Programmers”, to “Programming at the H/S Interface“.

4. CS1090, Assembly Language, is a one credit course offered online for Spring, Summer and Fall 2015 for students who took CS1141, 2 credits, and plan to take the new CS3421, 3 credits in fall 2015 or later.

Photonics – the use and study of light

EE majors may take photonics courses for EE elective credit, or may follow requirements to earn a Concentration in Photonics – which is listed on the diploma.

View a sample Photonics Concentration flowchart (2014-2015).

Photonics is using light energy to do work: sensing, imaging, communication. Photonics entails the control of photons in making systems faster, more efficient and more accurate, in a wide range of applications from energy generation to detection to communications and information processing. Robotic sensing and vision, space photography, medical instrumentation, imaging, and satellite communication are a few areas using photonics.

Students study laser systems, optics, and the control of photons/light.

EE3090, Introduction to Geometrical and Wave Optics is offered in Fall semesters. Requires Differential Equations(pre-req), PH2200 and EE3140(co-req).

EE3190, Optical Sensing and Imaging, Spring semesters.  Prereq: EE3090.

EE3290, Photonic Material, Devices, and Applications, Spring semesters. Prereq: EE3140 or EE3090 or PH2400.

EE4290, Optical Comnunication, Fall semesters. Prereq: EE3290

EE4490, Laser Systems and Applications, Spring semesters.  Prereq: EE3140.

Companies hiring MTU photonics majors include Raytheon, NAVSEA and CRANE. To add the Photonics Concentration, complete a Curriculum Add/Drop Form and bring it to Judy in EERC 131.

Photonics elective courses (6 credits minimum with the concentration): BE4250,EE4252, EE4253, EE4256, EE5522, EE4290, MY3292, PH4510

We are unique!  Very few universities offer an undergraduate photonics program.  For additional information on courses, SPIE, OSA or getting involved in research, contact:

  • Dr. Durdu Guney,  EERC 729,    dguney@
  • Dr. Chris Middlebrook,  EERC 628,  ctmiddle@
  • Dr. Mike Roggemann,  EERC 503,  mroggema@

Cool Beams!


Registration- Senior Design or ENT4950

To schedule Design Project 1 in Fall, EE4901, register for section 0A and section L01.  Your section will be adjusted to match your team in 2nd week of classes, after teams are formed.

To schedule ENT4950, you’ll need the ENT4950 permission to enroll formInstructions.

To schedule MEEM4901, contact Ryan or Danise in MEEM204/205 or ratowles@mtu.edu or dnjarvey@mtu.edu.

Prereqs must be complete to register: EE3901, EE3131, and ready for EE3171 or EE3173 if not yet complete.

2014 Spring Advising Meetings

Have your flowchart handy.  Be ready to take notes and plan for registration of your fall classes.  Write down your questions. Turn your speakers on. May need to adjust volume. Many advising topics covered.

Approximately 23 minutes, in lieu of coming out on a COLD February night to a cold classroom for an hour.

Audio: Have your speakers on;    Software: Windows Media Viewer

First-year and new transfer students:   2014 First-year student Spring Advising Meeting (EE and CpE)

EE Sophomores and Juniors2014 EE Soph and Beyond Spring Advising Meeting

CpE Sophmores and Juniors: 2014 CpE Soph & Beyond Spring Advising Meeting

E-mail Judy or Trever or stop by EERC 131 if you have questions.