Category: Advising Information

Newly added: HU 3295 Level III Advanced Spanish

Please note that the Humanities Department has recently added a section of HU 3295, Level III Advanced Spanish for spring, MWF 10-11 am, taught by Leyre Alegre-Figuero.

This course can replace UN 1025 Global Issues and counts for the Spanish minors. Students with AP Spanish or other previous Spanish experience who place into this course can earn 9 placement credits if they pass this class with a B or higher.
This course has the pre-req of HU 3293 or placement of 631 or higher. It is a repeatable topics course, so even if students already have credit for HU 3295 from a previous semester, they can take it again as there will be new content. If you have students who would like to take the Spanish placement exam (a free, online exam) have them contact me or the Humanities Department office.
Feel free to contact myself or Professor Alegre-Figuero with any questions.

Short Term 16 day Study Abroad Opportunity – UWP 3030 Cycling Infrastructure in The Netherlands

Hello Civil & Environmental Engineering Students –

Are you interested in studying abroad, but also want to get a summer internship? How about 16 days of bicycling around the world famous cycling infrastructure in The Netherlands (Netherlands where 27% of ALL their daily trips are made by bicycle and it’s easy riding – it is flat terrain!) where we will study bicycle infrastructure, work with students at a Dutch university, meet professionals who plan and design, and so much more? The course runs Sunday, May 20 – Monday, June 4 – plenty of time for you to get back for an internship. The course is offered out of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering Department (by a professor who is a MTU Civil Engineering aluma), yet is available to students at other campuses, such as Michigan Tech, as well.

View the promotional video of the course to catch a glimpse of what you’ll get to experience.

Join us on a 16 day course cycling throughout The Netherlands while studying the world famous cycling infrastructure. Click here to start the application pro…
We will spend 16 days bicycling in large cities (Amsterdam, Zwolle, Utrecht, Houten, Rotterdam, Eindhoven) and small towns in The Netherlands. We will work with students and faculty at Windesheim University and professional designers and planners of the amazing Dutch cycling network. We travel within cities by bicycle and between cities using their sophisticated passenger rail system. This course will give you hands on experience using and understanding how a country creates safe cycling infrastructure. 27% of ALL trips in the Netherlands are made by bicycle! Take this course to experience that!
Explore The Netherlands in Europe while earning course credit! On the UW-Platteville campus This course counts for 3 credits of technical elective in civil and environmental engineering AND for 3 credits of international education general education credits. I am happy to help work with your department to see how this course can transfer back to Michigan Tech.
*bonus – you can even extend your time in Europe by staying longer…come to the meeting to learn how! Grab your friends and backpack around Europe after the course is over – your airfare may even be cheaper!
Also attached is a flier that shows the course details. Note that the cost is listed at $4200 per person- this is the ‘high’ cost – as soon as there are at least 8 people signed up (the cap is 12 students), we can purchase our airline tickets and solidify the airfare, which will likely be lower than my budgeted amount.  This cost includes the 3 credit course, round trip airfare from Chicago, 5 day Eurail pass, bicycle rentals, all hotels and hostels, all breakfasts, and bus transfers. Funds not spent will be refunded to you.
You can start the application process and sign up for the course here.
For more information, please feel free to contact me,
Kristina Fields
Associate Professor
Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
(608) 342-1533

Registration will reopen TONIGHT: Additional course sections have been added

Spring registration had closed for a few days but will reopen on Tuesday, November 14 at 10pm.

Schedule additions:

  1. Additional section of CEE3810 (Soil Mechanics) lab, Thursdays, 8-11 am.
  2. Humanities has added another section of HU 2830, Public Speaking and Multimedia and HU 2810 Research and Writing in Communication.  Both of these courses count for the Communication/Composition requirement.
  3. Humanities also added another section of HU 2503 Introduction to Literature, which is on the Critical And Creative Thinking list.
  4. Humanities has added an online section of HU 3120, Technical and Professional Communication.  There are 9 spaces available in that course.
  5. First year students who have scores of 3 or higher on the AP Spanish exam but weren’t able to take Spanish in the fall can take HU 3293 and get the same 9 placement credits after finishing with a B or higher. We are not able to offer HU 3294, 3295, or 3296 this spring (these are the classes designated for students with AP credit).  HU 3293 counts as an alternative to UN 1025 Global Issues.

Info Session: Innovative Global Solutions Enterprise

Come learn about the Innovative Global Solutions Enterprise at our information Session:
Wednesday, November 8th, 5:00-6:00pm in MEEM 402.
IGS works to find solutions to problems facing areas in need. Currently, we are engineering a low cost ventilator for a hospital in Ghana and are in active new project development. IGS offers students the opportunity to apply skills to alleviating global problems and collaborating with teams locally and abroad with the possibility of being able to travel. Students in any major are encouraged to join! Fish tacos will be provided! 
If you have any questions or are interested and unable to make it, email Nichole at

CEE4760 – Optimization Methods in CEE (Course Info)

CEE 4760/5760 – Optimization Methods in Civil & Environmental Engineering

Semester: Spring 2018
Instructor: David Watkins, Ph.D., P.E.

  • Undergraduate students: (MA2320 or MA2321 or MA2330) and (MA2720 or MA3710).
  • Graduate students: None.

Course info: CEE 4760_Course Description Flyer

Please contact Dr. David Watkins ( for more information.

Spring Course – HU3400, Diversity Studies (Online)

HU 3400, Topics in Diversity Studies (Online, Spring 2018)
Looking is one of the most natural reflexes we have. We look at things and people all the time, but how often do we think about this daily action? How are we perceived by others? This class is designed to take a step back and understand how our gaze and how looking work, how it is engineered, how we can broaden our understanding of looking/ being looked at in order to be more sensitive to diversity surrounding us.
This course is on the HU/FA General Education list and also counts toward the Diversity Studies minor.

Accepting Applications: Pavlis Honors College

The Pavlis Honors College is now accepting applications for Spring 2018. Students are eligible to apply to join the Learning Community if they have 2 or more years remaining on campus. PHC’s Learning Community offers 6 distinct pathways on which students may build their honors program: Global Leadership, Peace Corps Prep, Research Scholars, Enhanced Enterprise Experience (E),New Venture, and Custom Pathway. Each of these pathways provides a framework of support, exceptional resources and a community of scholars for students interested in challenging themselves, doing more and making a difference. If you know of a student who may be interested in joining the Pavlis Honors College, please encourage them to apply. If you would like to request more information regarding our pathways, email us at

Applications will be accepted through Sunday, October 22nd. However, students who apply early will be given preference. Space is limited.

Find out why success means more than GPA:

Last day to add/drop fall classes

The last day to add/drop Track A courses without instructor approval is today, September 8. Beginning Monday, students will need the green late add/closed section form signed and brought to the Registrar’s office to have the course added.
The last day to add full semester courses without instructor approval is today, September 8, 5:00PM. Beginning Monday, students will need the green late add/closed section form signed and brought to the Registrar’s office to have the course added.
Full semester courses can be dropped on Banweb through Wednesday, September 13, 5:00PM.
Students will be able to add/drop Track B classes on Banweb through Thursday, October 26, 5:00PM