Author: Katie Torrey

Why am I getting a “Major Restriction” error when I try to enroll in University Chemistry II lab/recitation?

In the spring semester there is one section of CH 1161 University Chemistry Lab II and one section of CH 1163 University Chemistry Recitation II that is reserved for only chemistry majors, which is not us.  This section is indicated under “course comments” when you click on the CRN for any of the lab or recitation sections.

You will need to choose a different section of CH 1161 and/or CH 1163.

Note that CH 1163 U Chem II recitation is recommended because of positive feedback we’ve received from students who have taken it.  They tell us that it is even more helpful than U Chem I recitation because U Chem II is more new material and less review of high school chemistry topics than U Chem I.  If you choose to take U Chem II recitation then it can count towards your free elective requirement.

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How do I make an appointment with a chemical engineering advisor?

During the summer, priority is given to issues in need of immediate attention because there are only limited advising hours.  If you have a pressing issue during the summer, email cmadvise@mtu.edu.  Regular advising hours will start two weeks before falls semester starts.

During the school year, if you need help with schedule planning, minors, co-ops, study abroad, changing majors, or degree audits then you will need to schedule an appointment with Katie Torrey (Chem Sci room 202M) using your Michigan Tech Google calendar.  Advising appointments are usually 30 minutes long.  Appointments will not be available during busy times; instead, there are scheduled walk-in office hours during busy weeks, and no appointment is necessary.

Please come prepared to your appointment.

Directions for using your Google calendar to find an available time and scheduling a meeting are below:

  1. Login to your Michigan Tech Google account.
  2. In the list of Google Apps, click on Calendar.
  3. Create a new event by clicking on your calendar.
  4. Enter a title for your meeting.
  5. IMPORTANT – Find an available appointment time.
    1. Click on “Edit event”.
    2. Click on the “Find a time” tab.
    3. Add a guest to your appointment.
      1. Located on the far right hand side of the page.
      2. For an appointment with Katie, enter kt@mtu.edu.
      3. The calendar for your guests will appear with busy and free (blank) times indicated.
    4. Modify event date and time to a time when you are both available.
      1. Event date and time are located at the top of the page.
      2. If you do not see any available times, try another day.
      3. Most advising appointments are a half hour long.
      4. The proposed appointment time will show up on the calendars as a box with moving dashed lines.
  6. Click Save.
  7. You will be asked if you want to send your guests an invitation.  Say “yes”.
  8. The appointment will show up on your calendar.  Check that it is at the day and time you intended.
  9. The person that you’ve invited will receive notification of a meeting request.  You will receive notification if they can or cannot attend.

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

The first-year engineering courses are CM 1000, ENG 1101, and ENG 1102.

All students have the option to either take CM 1000 Introduction to Chemical Engineering or a core engineering technical elective.  We recommend CM 1000 when it can be taken either before or at the same time as CM 2110 Fundamentals of ChE 1.  If you have already completed CM 2110, then we recommend a core engineering technical elective instead.  The list of approved core engineering technical electives can be found on the Technical Elective Handout .

Transfer students coming in with at least 50 credits and credit for MA 3160 Multivariable Calculus with Technology have the option to either take the first-year engineering courses ENG 1101 and ENG 1102, or substitute courses.

If you are planning to do a substitute course, then see the Chemical Engineering advisor to have the adjustment made to your degree audit.

An acceptable substitute course for ENG 1101 is a programming course (CS 1121 or CM 3450 are approved).

  • CS 1121 Introduction to Programming I – 3 credits; the starting point of the computer science program; Fall, Spring, Summer
  • CM 3450 Computer-Aided Problem Solving – 3 credits; alternate Fall semesters (even years)

An acceptable substitute course for ENG 1102 is any non-research course on the core engineering technical electives list (found on the Technical Electives Handout).  In particular, the courses below are recommended:

  • EE 3010 Circuits and Instrumentation – 3 credits; designed for nonmajors; Fall, Spring, Summer
  • MEEM 2110 Statics – 3 credits; Fall, Spring, Summer
  • ENG 2120 Statics-Strength of Materials – 3 credits; Spring

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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 Petition to Request CM 4861 Design Substitution.  If your project is through the Enterprise program, then you will be petitioning the second semester course, ENT 4960, as a sub for CM 4861.

Your project must include:
1.  Appropriate engineering standards,
2.  Multiple realistic constraints, and
3.  Economic considerations.  Economic considerations typically include an economic analysis to discriminate between your design options.

The petition form and project abstract are due to the CM Advising Office by Friday of Week 4 of Fall semester.  You may drop the materials off in the CM Department Office to be put in the advisor’s mailbox.  The department’s lead design instructor and ABET committee will be reviewing all petitions on Monday of Week 5 for final approval.  If several students are working on the same project, you may submit one abstract for the team with your individual petitions attached.

See related:  How do I register for ENT 4950?

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How do I register for ENT 4950?

The ENT 4950 and ENT 4960 courses are reserved for students who are using an Enterprise project for their senior design project.

You will be allowed to register for ENT 4950 during the regular fall registration period that opens in March.  You will need department permission from the advising office before enrolling and must have started in the Enterprise no later than spring of your junior year.  You will also need to have already completed or be concurrently enrolled in CM 4855 .  Subsequently, during early fall semester you will need to submit an abstract detailing your project to have your project approved for senior design.  You must complete both ENT 4950 and ENT 4960  for the project to qualify for the senior design substitution.

Both CM 4855 CM Process Analysis & Design I (fall) and CM 4860 CM Process Analysis & Design 2 (spring) are required for all chemical engineering students. For approved projects, one credit from ENT 4960 substitutes for CM 4861.  The additional three credits that you earn from ENT 4950 and ENT 4960 can be used towards your technical electives or free electives.  If your project is not approved at the abstract stage, then you will need to take CM 4861 CM Design Laboratory 2 in the spring semester.

To receive departmental permission complete the Google form Declaration of intent to complete alternative senior design project.  You will be notified via email when you’ve been given permission to enroll in ENT 4950.

See related:  How do I get a project approved for senior design?

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How do I run a degree audit for my catalog year, not the most current?

When you run your degree audit on Banweb you will see a screen that says “Select Degree Program”.  Keep the default selection of “Latest” to run your degree audit with the correct catalog year.

If you select a major from the drop-down list then this will run what is called a “What-if Audit”.  The what-if audits are for students who are considering changing majors and always run with the most current catalog year.

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What does a “Linked Course Required” error mean?

There are a number of classes that have multiple parts (a lecture, recitation, and/or lab), and you must enroll in all of the parts to register for the class.  If you only register for one part you will get a registration error that says “Linked Course Required”.  If you look at the section column when you search for classes (labeled “Sec”), the lecture sections are lettered (0A, 0B, etc.), the recitation sections start with an R (R01, R02, etc.), and the lab sections start with an L (L01, L02, etc.).  All of the parts of a single course will have the same course number.

For example to enroll in CM 3215, Transport Lab, you must register for both the lecture and lab portions:

CM 3215 0A (lecture)

CM 3215 L01 or L02 or etc. (lab)

Classes with multiple parts include:  MA 1160, MA 1161, MA 2160, MA 3160, CM 3215, CM 3310, CM 4110, CM 4120, and CM 4855.

Some classes instead require a “co-requisite”.  This means that you must sign up for both classes (different course numbers) or you will get a “Linked Course Required” error.  Classes that require co-requisites include:  CH 1150/CH 1151, CH 1160/CH 1161, and MA 2321/MA 3521.

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What is my catalog year?

You can find your catalog term in the upper right-hand corner of your online degree audit, on Banweb.  The catalog year runs from fall through summer.  So the 2015-16 catalog year includes Fall 2015, Spring 2016, and Summer 2016.  The first four digits of your catalog term is the year, and the last two digits is the month that the term starts.  If your catalog term says “201508” (which is Fall 2015), “201601” (which is Spring 2016), or “201605” (which is Summer 2016) then you are on the 2015-16 catalog year.

Degree requirements are organized by catalog year or catalog term.  Degree requirements can change from year to year as the curriculum is improved, so it is important that you know what your catalog year is and what the requirements are for your catalog year.  This is why your requirements (for example:  general education rules or technical electives) may be different than students that started in a different year than you.

In most cases your catalog year is the year in which you started at Michigan Tech.  Sometimes when you change majors you are put in the most current catalog year.  If you are changing majors into chemical engineering we usually keep you on the same catalog year as when you started at Michigan Tech.  However, you may move to a newer catalog year if the newer requirements fit in better with your planned classes.  You may not move to an older catalog year that was in place before you started at Michigan Tech.  If you leave the university for longer than a year and then return to complete your degree, you will be placed on the most current catalog year.

If you are pursuing a minor, the catalog year for the minor may be different than the catalog year for your major.

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What classes can I take for the HUFA and SBS gen ed requirements?

The HUFA and SBS gen ed requirements are only a part of the 201308 and 201408 catalog years.  The following lists are courses that are approved for the HUFA and SBS requirements.

IMPORTANT:  The courses listed below that say “added Fall 2015” do not automatically pull into the HUFA or SBS spots on your online degree audit.  Please contact your advisor to have this corrected.

Humanities and Fine Arts (HUFA) Electives:

  • FA 2330 Art Appreciation
  • FA 2520 Music Appreciation
  • FA 2720 Audio Arts Appreciation (added Fall 2015)
  • FA 2820 Theater Appreciation
  • HU 2130 Introduction to Rhetoric
  • HU 2501 American Experience in Literature (course discontinued in Spring 2015)
  • HU 2503 Literature Survey A (added Fall 2015)
  • HU 2504 Literature Survey B (added Fall 2015)
  • HU 2538 British Experience in Literature
  • HU 2700 Introduction to Philosophy
  • HU 2820 Communication and Culture
  • HU 2910 Language and Mind
  • SS 2300 Environment and Society (added Fall 2015)

Social and Behavioral Science (SBS) Electives:

  • EC 2001 Principles of Economics
  • PSY 2000 Principles of Psychology
  • SS 2100 World Peoples and Environments
  • SS 2200 Introduction to Archaeology
  • SS 2400 Introduction to Human Geography
  • SS 2500 United States History to 1871
  • SS 2501 United States History Since 1877
  • SS 2502 European History to 1650
  • SS 2503 European History Since 1650
  • SS 2504 World History to 1500
  • SS 2505 World History Since 1500
  • SS 2600 American Government and Politics
  • SS 2610 Introduction to Law and Society (added Fall 2015)
  • SS 2700 Introduction to Sociology

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