Author: Katie Torrey

Can I do a co-op and still graduate in four years?

Maybe. You’ll need to plan ahead. If you come in with credit for calc I and some other courses then you might be able to get this to work. You will also need to take thermo along with the junior year ChE classes, which is challenging.

Here are the important things to know:

  • If you are done with the required math and CM 2110 Material and Energy Balances then you can take CM 3110 Transport & UO I and CM 3215 Fundamentals of ChE Lab at the same time as CM 3230 Thermo.
  • You can take CM 3240 Separations at the same time as the usual spring junior classes. This will give you 13 credits of required junior-year ChE classes, which is challenging. However if you are a strong student and very motivated then it’s doable.

If you are interested in working out a schedule like this, then make a rough draft and bring it to your academic advisor to review together.

I’m a new student. When can I register for classes?

If you are a new first-year student or transfer student coming in with less than 30 credits then the Registrar’s Office will enroll you in your first semester classes. Your schedule will be based on your math placement and you will be placed into a cohort of 20-24 students who are taking the same classes. Fall schedules are usually ready by early August. If needed, we will be able to make adjustments before the semester starts.

If you are a new transfer student coming in with more than 30 credits then you will be able to register yourself on Banweb. You can find your registration time by logging into Banweb and going to the Students menu, Registration tab, then Check Your Registration Status page. If you don’t have a registration time yet, then contact your Admissions representative for assistance. Contact your academic advisor once you’ve enrolled to have your schedule reviewed or if you need help choosing classes.

What do I need to know to plan out a mineral processing minor?

Here is some additional information to help you plan. Go to the Registrar’s Office minor page for the most current list of requirements.

Required Mineral Processing and Mineralogy Courses

You need to take all three of these courses.

  • CM 2200 Intro to Minerals and Materials is usually offered every fall semester.
  • CM 3830 Mineral Processing and Extraction Lab is usually offered every spring semester.
  • GE 2300 Mineral Science is usually offered every fall semester. This course includes a lecture and laboratory.

Thermodynamics Courses

You need to take one course on the list. Check with the department offering the course for the expected planned schedule.

Elective Courses

You need to take at least seven credits from this list.

  • CM 3825 Sampling, Statistics, and Instrumentation has not been offered recently.
  • CM 4020 Undergrad Research in Mineral Processing Engineering is offered on demand. If you are interested in doing undergraduate research then you will need to talk to the faculty who are doing research in the mineral processing area to see if they have a project that you can work on with them. The faculty currently doing research in this area is Dr. Eisele and Dr. Pan.
  • CM 4505 Particle Technology is usually offered every other spring during even years, such as Spring ’22, Spring ’24, etc.
  • CM 4510 Interfacial Engineering is usually offered every other spring during odd years, such as Spring ’23, Spring ’25, etc.
  • CM/MSE 4740 Hydrometallurgy/Pyrometallurgy is usually offered every spring.
  • EC 4630 Mineral Industry Economics is usually offered every other spring semester and requires principles of economics as a prereq. However it hasn’t been offered recently and so you’ll need to check with the College of Business to see when it will be available next.
  • ENT XXXX Enterprise Project Work. If you are doing work in Enterprise that is in the mineral processing area then up to three credits of Enterprise may be approved to use towards the minor. Email a brief description of your project for each of the semesters that you wish to be considered for approval to the chemical engineering advisor.
  • GE 3400 Drilling and Blasting is usually offered every fall and requires additional prerequisites. However, if you have already completed both PH 2100 University Physics I and CM 2200 Intro to Minerals and Materials, then you might be able to get permission to enroll in the class. Contact the instructor of the course for consideration.
  • GE 4360 Bulk Material Dynamics and Engineering is usually offered every spring and requires additional prerequisites. However, if you are a chemical engineering student who has already completed both PH 2100 University Physics I and CM 3110 Transport & Unit Operations I, then you might be able to get permission to enroll in the class. Contact the instructor of the course for consideration.
  • MSE 3120 Materials Characterization I are offered every spring and require additional prerequisites and so you’ll need to plan ahead.

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 or one of the differential equations courses (MA 3520, MA 3521, MA 3530, or MA 3560) 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?

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 or one of the differential equations courses (MA 3520, MA 3521, MA 3530, or MA 3560) 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

How does doing Enterprise for senior design work?

If you are involved in Enterprise, you may use an Enterprise project as your capstone design project, pending departmental approval. Students choosing this option will take the following design classes senior year.

Fall Semester

CM 4855 Process Analysis and Design I. 3 credits. All ChE students take this course.

ENT 4950 Enterprise Project Work V Capstone. 2 credits. You will need departmental permission to enroll in this class. This class can count towards your technical or free electives.

Spring Semester

CM 4860 Process Analysis and Design II. 2 credits. All ChE students take this course.

ENT 4960 Enterprise Project Work VI Capstone. 2 credits. This course will substitute for CM 4861 Capstone Design Project (1 credit) on your online degree audit. The additional credit can count towards your technical or free electives.

How do I register for ENT 4950?

ENT 4950 and ENT 4960 are for students using Enterprise for their senior capstone design experience.  

You need permission to enroll in ENT 4950 and your project will need to be approved. We will allow you to enroll in ENT 4950 prior to having your project approved so that you can get your schedule and financial aid settled before the semester starts.

You must be senior design ready and currently enrolled in Enterprise in order to take ENT 4950.  You are senior design ready when you are able to enroll in CM 4855 Process Analysis and Design I. You’ll need to be enrolled in both CM 4855 and ENT 4950 next semester.

For permission to enroll in ENT 4950 go to the Enterprise Student Resources page, go to the Forms section, and complete the ENT 4950 Registration Form (ALL Majors).

This approval/registration process is paperless and uses a series of Google forms and system-generated emails sent from enterprisereg@mtu.edu. Watch for these emails and save them because they contain the link you need to submit your project for approval.

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

How do I get a project approved for senior design?

You will submit an abstract describing your project. To be approved the project must:

  • require the use of knowledge and skills acquired in your earlier engineering course work;
  • utilize appropriate engineering standards;
  • incorporate multiple realistic constraints;
  • and include economic considerations, which is typically an economic analysis discriminating between design options.

If your project is through Enterprise then you will submit your abstract using a link you received via email when enrolling in ENT 4950. The email was from enterprisereg@mtu.edu, titled “Part A Approved”.

Your project will be reviewed by the ABET committee chair, Dr. Caneba. You should review your abstract with Dr. Caneba before submitting it because revisions are often necessary. Abstracts are due by week 5 of the semester.

See related:  What needs to be in my senior design abstract for Enterprise? and How do I register for ENT 4950?