Author: Katie Torrey

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If you are looking for the flowchart or other advising handouts, these are available on the Degree Requirements and Advising PDFs webpages.

If you are having problems registering for courses that are not chemical engineering courses, contact the Registrar’s Office.

Also check out our FAQ’s on the right hand side of the page for answers to many common questions.

Summer Advising

During summer semester priority is being given to emergency issues in need of immediate attention because of limited work hours.  If you have an issue during the summer, email cmadvise@mtu.edu;  your patience is appreciated!  Regular advising hours resume two weeks before fall semester starts.


How can I get approval for a time conflict waiver if I’m not on campus?

To get approval for a time conflict waiver, you will need to get permission from instructors of both classes and then this needs to go to the Registrar’s Office.  To do this all via email, do the following:

  1. Write an email requesting a time conflict waiver.  Include:
    1. Which class you will be missing and how you will make up the time.  
    2. The waiver form, filled out with your information, and course and instructor information.
  2. Send the email to the instructor whose class you will be missing, requesting permission.
  3. After you get a reply, send the entire email thread to the second instructor whose class you will not be missing, requesting permission.
  4. If both instructors agree then send it to the Registrar’s Office registrar@mtu.edu requesting the waiver be put in place.


How does a virtual advising meeting work?

Schedule a meeting with me using your Google calendar.

At your designated time, open your Google Calendar in a browser window.

  • Click on the meeting/appointment.
  • Click on Join Hangouts Meet.
  • Allow access to your microphone and camera. These are typically built into a laptop.
  • Click on Join Now.
  • If you do not have a computer or a microphone on your computer then you will need to email me your phone number.

I will join the meeting as soon as I am done with my previous meeting. If you have difficulty send me an email.


Can I transfer in the UN classes?

Yes, you can transfer in the UN (University Wide) general education classes. However, it is extremely important to have the course evaluated prior to enrolling to ensure equivalency. The transfer guidelines for these courses are below.

UN 1015 Compositions – This course is a college writing course, and needs to incorporate the following elements: information literacy, citing secondary sources, and a research-based paper.

UN 1025 Global Issues – This course is a tougher course to transfer. It is similar to a world history, comparative religion, or Western civilization course, but it must meet the following criteria in order to be considered for transfer as UN 1025:

  • The course must focus on the study of globalization.
  • At a minimum, the course must cover at least three of following themes: culture, economics, politics, development, population dynamics, the environment, and sustainability.
  • The course must not be equivalent to another Michigan Tech course.

Classes that have already been evaluated for transfer can be found on the Transfer Services webpage. Go to the Registrar’s Office webpage and click on Transfer Services. Courses that have not yet been evaluated may be requested to be evaluated by contacting Transfer Services.


How do I sign up for a minor?

See the minor advisor first.

If you’d like to add a minor offered by The Department of Chemical Engineering,

  • Minor in Alternative Energy Technology
  • Minor in Bioprocess Engineering
  • Minor in Mineral Processessing
  • Minor in Polymer Science and Engineering

then we require that you submit a minor audit form to the advisor before the minor can be added.  You may then submit a request to add the minor using the online curriculum change portlet on your MyMichiganTech webpage.  Directions for using the curriculum change portlet are available on the Registrar’s Office webpage.


How do I sign up for the undergraduate research course?

  1. Find a faculty supervisor.  Approach a faculty member who is doing research that interests you and request to work with them.  Together you will settle on the research project details.  See the research brochure for a list of items you’ll need from your faculty supervisor.
  2. Pass the department’s safety test.  Go to the ChE department office (Chem Sci room 203) to sign up to take the test.
  3. Complete the enrollment request form.  Go to the Department’s undergraduate research webpage to complete the enrollment request form.
  4. Verify your registration.  You will be contacted once you’ve been enrolled in the class.  Verify your registration by checking your schedule on Banweb.

How do you find which gen ed/HASS classes are being offered this semester?

When you do a class search on Banweb you can filter the classes by attributes.

To do this you need to go to the advanced search page.  Then use the shift key to select all the subject areas, and select the attribute type for which you are searching.   The attributes are defined as follows:

  • For the Critical & Creative Thinking core list, select the attribute type “Critical/Creative Think’g CORE”
  • For the Social Responsibility & Ethical Reasoning core list, select the attribute type “Soc Resp/Ethical Reason CORE”
  • For the Communication and Composition HASS list, select the attribute type “Composition or Communication”
  • For the Humanities and Fine Arts HASS list, select the attribute type “Humanities & Fine Arts”
  • For the Social and Behavioral Sciences HASS list, select the attribute type “Social & Behavioral Science”
  • For the Restricted HASS list, select the attribute type “HASS Restricted”
  • For the co-curricular courses list, select the attribute type “Co-Curricular Phys Activity”

Once you register for a course it is critical that you run your online degree audit to ensure that it is being used towards your degree where expected.  If it is not then see your advisor to find out why.  Sometimes the issue is because you’ve enrolled in the wrong class and sometimes the issue is with the audit.