Day: September 12, 2012

Where can I get help at Michigan Tech?

There are many support services for students at Michigan Tech, and the best place to look for the kind of help you need is the Student Support Services page of the Michigan Tech Student Handbook.  There are links there for Counseling and Wellness Services, Career Services, Disability Services, and many more types of student services.

For help with academic subjects, please see our FAQ page on Where can I get help with my course work?.


Where can I get help with my course work?

Michigan Tech has in place many resources to offer if you find you need help with the challenging chemical engineering curriculum.  Resources include:

In addition, there are some web-based resources that may be helpful with chemical engineering subjects:

  • Khan Academy – This website has a large number of short videos that can help with math, statistics, chemistry, physics and other subjects.
  • DrMorrisonMTU – Michigan Tech’s own Dr. Morrison has a YouTube channel with short videos on mass and energy balance problems as well as fluid mechanics problems.  Email her with suggestions for new videos for the site.
  • LearnChemE – The University of Colorado at Boulder with support of the National Science Foundation has created a large website of screencast lectures on chemical engineering topics.  If you find some favorite videos on this site, please let us know and we’ll share them with your classmates.

What are the general education (Gen Ed; HASS) requirements for the chem eng degree?

The General Education requirements for all degrees at Michigan Tech are the same, and they are most accurately explained on the Registrar’s General Education web page.  Please go there or attend an advising meeting to have the details of the General Education requirements explained.  We recently made a video guiding you through the General Education process for Chemical Engineers.  The ECE deparment’s advisor Judy Donahue also has a General Education video on YouTube you may find helpful (she shows a bit how Gen Ed looks on DARS (Degree Audit Reporting System, in Banweb)).

There a few aspects of Gen Ed that you should keep in mind:

1.  The rules can and do change; you must follow the rules that apply to you.  Your rules are the ones that are associated with your catalog year, that is, the year you started at Michigan Tech.  Your catalog year is listed on your Banner DARS page.

2.  Not all Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences courses count as HASS electives.  You must choose your HASS electives from the supplied lists and follow the prescriptions associated with the list.

3.  Not all physical education classes count as co-curriculars.

4.  Six credits of your HASS credits must be at the upper division level (3000+).

4.  Failure to follow the General Education rules will prevent you from being awarded your degree.  Please think ahead and choose your courses to comply with the University’s Gen Ed requirements.