Author: Katie Torrey

Do I have to register for the co-op class or can I just skip it?

It depends.  Enrolling in the co-op class allows you to retain your student status while you are gone.  This can help you keep your financial aid, scholarships, and health insurance.  You can also use the credits towards your degree requirements as technical electives or free electives.  

Your next step is to check with Financial Services to see how the co-op will impact your situation. They can help you determine if you should be taking the co-op class and if you should take it for one or two credits for financial aid purposes.  In most situations one credit will give you part time status and two credits will give you full time status.

If you are here on an F-1 visa then Career Services recommends you register for co-op credits during the summer as well.  By registering as a co-op student you are considered a full-time student and will not be utilizing your practical training time.


What happens if I retake a class?

Important Information on Retaking Classes

You may retake any class.  However we recommend only repeating courses in which you receive a CD, D, or F because a C is good enough.  Before choosing to retake a class, be aware of the following:

The second grade always replaces the first grade.  If you retake a class and receive a better grade, this will improve both your semester and overall GPAs.  However, you can retake a class and get a worse grade.   For example, if you have a D (a passing grade) and retake a course and receive an F (a failing grade), you now have a failing grade in the course and will have to take the class for a third time.

You may only take a class three times.  You must receive permission from the Dean of Students Office and your academic advisor to register for a class the third time.  If the class that you are retaking is a required class for your program, and you do not pass the class during the third attempt, then you may no longer continue in the program.  Below is the link to Michigan Tech’s policy on retaking classes. www.mtu.edu/registrar/students/registration/policies/repeat-course/

Retaking classes you have previously passed may impact your financial aid.  Contact the Student Financial Services Center (www.mtu.edu/finaid/) for an evaluation of your situation.


How do I find which gen ed/HASS classes are being offered next semester?

This will save you time when looking for general education elective classes: 

  1. In Banweb go to “Look-Up Classes to Add” and select “Advanced Search” at the bottom of the page.  
  2. In the Subject box use the shift key to select all the subject areas.  
  3. In the Attribute Type box select what you are looking for.

Attributes are defined as follows: 

  • Critical/Creative Think’g CORE:  These are courses on the Critical & Creative Thinking core list.
  • Soc Resp/Ethical Reason CORE:  These are courses on the Social Responsibility & Ethical Reasoning core list.
  • Composition or Communication:  These are courses on the HASS Communication and Composition list.
  • Humanities & Fine Arts:  These are courses on the HASS Humanities and Fine Arts list.
  • Social & Behavioral Science:  These are courses on the HASS Social and Behavioral Sciences list.
  • HASS Restricted:  These are courses on the HASS Restricted list.
  • Co-Curricular Phys Activity: These are courses on the co-curricular activities list.

IMPORTANT!  Run your online degree audit on Banweb after enrolling to make sure classes are counting where you expect them to.  Contact your advisor if you have questions.


How do I add a minor?

First, get the most current listing of requirement from the Registrar’s Office, Degree Services webpage. Look for “minor audits”.

Next, plan ahead because many classes have prerequisites that you need to complete first. You can find prerequisites on the minor audit and in the course descriptions in the Undergraduate Catalog. Contact the minor advisor for help planning.

Finally, talk to your major advisor to determine if any (or all!) of the minor classes can double count towards your major requirements. 

Once you have a workable plan in place then request the addition of the minor through your MyMichiganTech webpage. Directions for how to do this are on the Registrar’s Office, Degree Services webpage.


What do I need to know to plan out a polymer science and engineering minor?

Here is some additional scheduling information to help plan your minor. Be sure to check the schedule of classes on Banweb, since this can change from year to year.

Introduction to Polymers Course

Select one course below:

  • BE 4300 Polymeric Biomaterials is usually offered spring of odd years, such as Spring ’23, Spring ’25, etc.
  • CM/CH 4610 Introduction to Polymer Science is usually offered every fall.
  • MSE 4110 Introduction to Polymer Engineering is usually offered every fall.

Chemistry or Engineering Courses

Check with the department offering the course for the expected planned schedule.

Elective Courses

Select remaining credits below:

  • BE 3300 Biomechanics I or MEEM 2150 Mechanics of Materials is usually offered every year.
  • BE 4335 Smart Polymers is usually offered fall of odd years, such as Fall ’21, Fall ’23, etc.
  • CH/CM 4620 Polymer Chemistry is usually offered every spring.
  • CH 4710 Biomolecular Chemistry is usually offered every fall but has a time conflict with CM 4855, which is required for senior chemical engineering students.
  • CM 4060 Undergraduate Research in Polymer Engineering is offered on demand. If you are interested in doing undergraduate research in the chemical engineering department then you will need to talk to the faculty who are doing research in the polymer engineering area to see if they have a project that you can work on with them. The faculty currently doing research in this area are Dr. Liu and Dr. Ong.
  • CM 4650 Polymer Rheology is no longer offered because the faculty retired.
  • ENG 4515 Introduction to Sustainability and Resilience is usually offered every fall. To use this class towards the minor you will need to complete a polymer-related term project. Email your topic to the chemical engineering advisor for approval.
  • ENT Enterprise Project Work. Up to 3 credits of Enterprise project work in the polymer science or engineering area may be approved. Email a brief description of your project to the chemical engineering for approval.
  • MEEM 4170 Failure of Materials in Mechanics is usually offered every spring.
  • MEEM 4635 Design with Plastics has not been offered recently. You will need to check with the Mechanical Engineering Department to see when it will be available next.
  • MSE 4430 Composite Materials is usually offered every spring.
  • Undergraduate Research in the polymer science and engineering area from other departments may be approved. Email a brief description of your research to the chemical engineering advisor for approval. Several students have done polymer chemistry research with Dr. Heiden in the Chemistry Department, as one example.


What classes can substitute for ENG 1101 and ENG 1102?

If you are a transfer student coming in with at least 50 credits and credit for MA 3160 Multivariable Calculus with Technology then you may choose to take substitute courses instead of ENG 1101 and 1102.  Contact your academic advisor to have the adjustment made to your online degree audit.

ENG 1101 Substitute Courses

A substitute course for ENG 1101 is a programming course.  The following courses are approved:

  • CM 3450 Computer-Aided Problem Solving in Chemical Engineering – 3 credits; usually offered fall semesters
  • CS 1121 Introduction to Programming I – 3 credits; the starting point of the computer science program; usually offered fall, spring, and summer semesters

ENG 1102 Substitute Courses

A substitute course for ENG 1102 is a non-research engineering course.  The following courses are approved:

  • CM 2200 Intro to Minerals and Materials – 3 credits; usually offered fall semesters
  • CM 3450 Computer-Aided Problem Solving in Chemical Engineering – 3 credits; if not used as a substitute for ENG 1101;  usually offered fall semesters
  • CM 4505 Particle Technology – 3 credits, usually offered every-other spring semester
  • CM 4510 Interfacial Engineering – 3 credits; usually offered every-other spring semester
  • CM 4710 Biochemical Processes – 3 credits; usually offered every-other fall semester
  • CM/MSE 4740 Hydrometallurgy/Pyrometallurgy – 4 credits; usually offered spring semesters
  • CM 4780 Biomanufacturing and Biosafety – 3 credits; usually offered every-other fall semester
  • EE 3010 Circuits and Instrumentation – 3 credits; designed for non-EE majors; usually offered fall, spring, and summer semesters
  • MEEM 2110 Statics – 3 credits; usually offered fall, spring, and summer semesters
  • ENG 2120 Statics-Strength of Materials – 4 credits; usually offered spring semesters


Do I have to take the first-year engineering courses?

It depends. The first-year engineering courses are:

  • CM 1000 Introduction to Chemical Engineering
  • ENG 1101 Engineering Analysis and Problem Solving, and
  • ENG 1102 Engineering Modeling and Design.

CM 1000 is optional for all students.  CM 1000 is a technical elective.  We recommend taking CM 1000 either before or at the same time as CM 2110 Material and Energy Balances.  If you have already completed CM 2110, then we recommend choosing a different technical elective instead.  

ENG 1101 and ENG 1102 are required for all students.  However, transfer students coming in with at least 50 credits and credit for MA 3160 Multivariable Calculus with Technology may choose to take substitute courses instead.  If you are planning to take a substitute course, then contact your academic advisor to have the adjustment made to your online degree audit.

See also:  What classes can substitute for ENG 1101 and ENG 1102?


How do I have a project approved for senior design?

In order to have your project approved for senior design, you will need to complete a project abstract and petition form.  If your project is through Enterprise, then you will be using the second semester course, ENT 4960, as a substitute for CM 4861.

Your project will need to include:
1.  Appropriate engineering standards,
2.  Multiple realistic constraints, and
3.  Economic consideration, which is usually an economic analysis to discriminate between your design options.

If several students are working on the same project, then you will be submitting one abstract and petition form for the team.

You will need to review your project with the ABET committee chair and the department’s lead design instructor.  Once you’ve received approval for your project then submit a pdf of your materials to the chemical engineering advisor.    Materials should be submitted no later than week 5 of fall semester.

See related:  How do I register for ENT 4950?


How do I get to my online degree audit?

Go to Banweb to get to your online degree audit. Be sure to run the default audit titled “Latest” because this will run the audit with your correct catalog year. Degree Services has more detailed information on how to run the audit on their webpage. New students will be able to run audits 30 days before the semester starts.

Run your online degree audit every time you change your schedule to check your progress towards graduation.  Unfortunately, the online audit is not perfect. This is why it’s important for you to know where your classes should be counting and which requirements should be complete.  If you have questions then contact your academic advisor to investigate.