Day: April 4, 2012

What should I minor in?

Asking what you should minor in is closely related to asking what you should major in.  The answer is:  whatever you like.

To help you decide what you would like to study, here is a list of minors that many Chemical Engineering majors find appealing.  Details of the requirements for each minor may be found on the Registrar’s Degree Services page.  There are also trifold handouts on the Advising Handout page.

Chemical Engineering Minors These minors are administered in the Department of Chemical Engineering.  They are matched with career paths in chemical engineering; more information on each minor may be found at the links supplied below.

Minors in Related Fields

  • Mathematics – Chemical engineering majors may obtain a minor in mathematics by taking only 6 additional credits.  Students who are grad-school bound are advised to take the math minor.
  • Chemistry – Chemistry is what makes a chemical engineer different from other types of engineers; minoring in chemistry boosts your chemistry capabilities.
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry – A career in pharmaceuticals manufacturing is prepared for by taking the minor in pharmaceutical chemistry.
  • Biological Sciences – Many modern manufacturing processes have a strong biological component; graduates can prepare for these types of careers by minoring in biological sciences.
  • Data Acquisition and Industrial Control – This minor, offered in the School of Technology, provides additional preparation in hands-on control methods.
  • Economics – A career in engineering management is boosted by additional economics preparation.
  • Foreign Languages – A career in international business or manufacturing is boosted by foreign language study.

Minor in Data Acquisition and Industrial Control

For students who are interested in focusing on process control and other issues related to data acquisition within chemical engineering, it would be valuable to minor in Data Acquisition and Industrial Control.  The Michigan Tech Minor in Data Acquisition and Industrial Control is offered by the School of Technology and in 2014-15 has the following requirements (16 credits total):

Minor in Data Acquisition and Industrial Control

Required courses (6 cr)

  • EET 3131 Instrumentation (3) (spring class) OR
  • EET 4253 LabVIEW Programming for Data Acquisition (3)
  • EET 3373 Introduction to Programmable Controllers (3) (fall class)

Choose one course from this list (3-4 cr):

  • EE 2112 Electric Circuits II (4)
  • EE 3010 Circuits and Instrumentation (3) (recommended for CM majors)
  • EET 1411 Basic Electronics (4)

Choose 6-7 credits from this list:

  • CM 3310 Process Control (3)
  • EET 4141 Microcomputer Interfacing (4)
  • EET 4144 Real-Time Robotics Systems (4)
  • EET 4147 Industrial Robotic Vision Systems (4)
  • EET 4311 Advanced Circuits & Controls (4)
  • EET 4373 Advanced Programmable Controllers (4)
  • ENVE 3502 Environmental Monitoring and Measurement Analysis (3)
  • GE 4250 Fundamentals of Remote Sensing (3)
  • MEEM 3000 Mechanical Engg Lab (2)
  • MEEM 4701 Analytical & Experimental Modal Analysis (4)
  • SU 4003 GIS Technology Fundamentals (1)
  • SU 4010 Geospatial Concepts, Technologies and Data (3)
  • UN 4000 Remote Sensing Seminar (1-2)

You must see an advisor in the School of Technology to add this minor.  For more on minors that may be beneficial in the educational path of a chemical engineer, please see a departmental advisor.