Environmental Quality Engineering Electives – for concentration

BSEE Environmental Applications Concentration  (2015 flowchart)

Choose two courses (6 credits minimum) from the Environmental Quality Engineering Electives list:

ENVE 4502  Wastewater Treatment Principles and Design  Fall

ENVE 4503   Drinking Water Treatment Principles and Design  Spring

ENVE 4504   Air Quality Engineering and Science  Fall

ENVE 4505   Surface Water Quality Engineering   Fall

ENVE 4507   Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Design   Spring

ENVE 4511    Solid and Hazardous Waste Engineering   Spring

Note: The Environmental Applications Concentration includes a choice of two Remote Sensing sequences:

1.  EE4252 and GE4250  DSP and it’s Applications, and Fundamentals of Remote Sensing


2. EE3090 and EE3190  Geometrical and Wave Optics, and Optical Sensing and Imaging

Link to undergraduate course descriptions

Biomedical Applications Electives – for concentration

BSEE – Biomedical Applications Concentration   (2015 flowchart)

Includes 3 credits from the biomedical engineering applications electives list:

BE2800  Biomaterials I   Spring

BE3300  Biomechanics I   Fall

BE3350  Biomechanics II   Spring

BE3800  Biomaterials II  Fall

BE4250  Biomedical Optics  Alternate Springs (odd)

BE4610  Biological Microscopy for Engineers  Alternate Falls (odd)

BE4700  Biosensors: Fabrication & Applicaions  Alternate Falls  (odd)

BE4755   Medical Devices   Fall

Link to undergraduate course descriptions  shows prerequisites, semester offerings and other course details

Note: BE2800 or BE3300 will be a required choice.  The other may be taken for the biomedical applications elective course.

EE3901 substitutions

Courses which may substitute for EE3901 – Design Fundamentals, 2 credits.
1. ENT 3964(1) Project Management AND ENT3958(1) Engineering Ethics.
Usually offered:
ENT3964 – online in summers; spring (JR or SR standing)
and ENT3958 – fall
Prereqs: ENG1101 or (ENT1001 and ENG1100) (JR or SR standing)

Must take both courses. Take ENT3964 BEFORE EE4901 or ENT4950. May take ENT3958 with or before EE4901 or ENT4950.

2. ENG4300 (3) or SSE 4300 (3) – Project Planning and Management for Engineering
Usually offered:
Summer online; fall
Prereqs: MA2710 or MA2720 or MA3710 or BUS2100 or BA2100
Instructor permission required to request EE3180 as prereq.
NOTE: Course number changed from SSE4300 to ENG4300 – fall 2016.


3. OSM3200(3) – Project Management
Usually offered:
Summer online; fall; spring
Prereqs: MA2710 or MA2720 or MA3710 or EET2010 or BUS2100 or BA2100
Instructor permission required to request EE3180 as prereq.

You will need a pre-requisite waiver entered to register for ENT4950 or EE4901. See your advisor for this.

Your academic advisor will need to adjust your online degree audit for this substitution.
Email them when you are enrolled or complete the course(s).

EE Elective Credits – Selecting Classes

What are “EE Electives”?

EE majors and CpE/EE double majors
who are currently enrolled in junior core classes will soon be choosing courses for their “EE Electives” credit and focus area(s).
Having a focus area is not required, but it is beneficial for job hunting and career planning. A co-op experience is a great way to get exposure to one or more focus areas. (or areas of specialization)

EE Elective courses are lecture-based courses dealing with more in-depth or new (to you) topics in electrical engineering.

Focus Areas: Communication, Computing Systems, Control, Electromagnetics, Electronics, Photonics, Signal Processing, Wireless Communication

Some areas offer a fall-spring sequence such as Signal Processing, Power and Photonics.  You can acquire a “focus area” by succeeding in multiple courses that relate to one area. You can have more than one “focus area”. Or, you can mix and match courses as you like. You do not have to have a focus area, however it may be best for your resume to be highly knowledgeable and skilled in at least one area.
Completing the junior-level core courses prior to your last year, or last fall-spring sequence gives you the best options for taking the classes you’d like, as shown on the suggested plan/flowchart.

Meet with  faculty members  who specialize in areas you might be interested in, to find our more. They are a fantastic resource and are experts in their area(s).
Perhaps you will find an opportunity to participate in research under a faculty member in one of the areas you are interested in.

PLAN AHEAD:  it is very import to plan ahead to get the electives you’d like.  LOOK UP the course pre-requisites online (don’t rely on pdf’s or  paper handouts).  EE Elective classes are offered in fall or spring, NOT BOTH, so you need to plan ahead.

The Photonics area offers a ‘Concentration’ in PhotonicsEE3090, Introduction to Geometric and Wave Optics is offered in fall semesters. The pre-req is Diff EQ and co-req is EE3140, Electromagnetics(may be pre-req).  There is a different set of requirements for the EE major with a concentration in Photonics.  EE majors may use EE3090 as ‘EE Elective‘ credit, approved or free electives for the EE major w/o the concentration.  EE-Photonics majors choose 3 cr. of EE electives.

“Focus Areas” are not listed on your diploma.  You may highlight them on your cover letters, resumes and in your interviews.  A “Concentration” is listed on your diploma, as well as minors or a double major.

For questions on meeting degree requirements with EE Electives, e-mail or see the academic advisor, and run your degree audit report.

Certficate phase out

1. “Certificates” for undergraduate students will be phased out at MTU, effective fall 2016.

CEPE – the Certificate in Electric Power Engineering details:

Students who sign up to pursue the certificate this year, using catalog
year 2015-16 may be able to complete the certificate while pursuing their BS degree.

Sophomore students may complete the certificate courses in spring of 2016 or 2017
for example. (if you sign up this year)
Fall 2015 students might consider changing their catalog year to 2016 to pursue the
new concentration in power- see last paragraph. (recommended in lieu of the CEPE certificate)

If you have not signed up but would like to pursue the CEPE certificate before it ends,
see Judy this academic year (2015-2016) to sign up using the  Curriculum Add/Drop form.
(You can drop it later if you decide not to pursue it)
You will get a certificate audit report along with your major degree audit whenever
you run it in Banweb.

The certificate courses are designed for students interested in careers with
the Power and Energy industry. Power Companies know about MTU’s certificate
in Electric Power Engineering and some look for it on resumes.

EE3120 – Electric Energy Systems is the prerequisite course for the power elective

Regarding other certificates at MTU – some will be replaced with minors
and the student should pursue the appropriate minor instead. If you are
interested in pursuing a certificate (or it’s new minor replacing it) contact the advisor
of the certificate or minor for planning.

The CHEV Hybrid Electric Vehicle Certificate is advised by Marlene Lappeus
in 811 MEEM.

2. A concentration in Electric Power Engineering will be available with the
fall 2016 BSEE degree requirements. Current students may change to the 2016
requirements and pursue the power concentration if desired. For students
who began here before fall 2015, this means also using the new gen ed

2015 Spring Advising meetings – videos

Have your flowchart handy and be ready to take notes:

1) EE and CpE Students who began 2014-2015, freshmen and transfer students: Spring Advising Meeting (20 min.)  Slides with hyperlinks.

2) CpE sophomores, juniors, and seniors not yet graduatingSpring 2015 Advising Meeting. (16 min) Slides with hyperlinks.

3) EE sophomores, juniors and seniors not yet graduatingSpring 2015 Advising Meeting (21 min). Slides with hyperlinks.

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

5)  All EE and CpE majors:  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.

6) All EE and CpE majors: 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.

7)  All who are curious about 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