Author: Katie Torrey

What happens if I retake a class?

Important Information on Retaking Classes

You may retake any class in which you receive a CD, D, or F.

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 also impact your financial aid.  Contact the Student Financial Services Center (www.mtu.edu/finaid/) for an evaluation of your situation.


What do I do now that CM 3410 Tech Comm is no longer offered?

The faculty have decided to merge the tech comm topics into transport lab to better help you with the communication of engineering topics.

Effective Fall 2018, CM 3410 Tech Comm will no longer be offered and CM 3215 Transport Lab will be changed to a 3 credit course.  Because of this change you must now have UN 1015 Compositions done before taking CM 3215 Transport Lab, and you need to have CM 3215 Transport Lab done before taking CM 4110 Unit Operations Lab and CM 4855 ChE Design I.

If you have taken both CM 3410 and CM 3215 then you are unaffected by this change.

If you have taken CM 3410 and you take the 3-credit version of CM 3215 then you can use the additional credit towards your technical electives or free electives, if needed.  Send an email to cmadvise@mtu.edu to have this change made to your degree audit.

For students who started at Michigan Tech prior to Fall 2018, if you have not taken CM 3410 then you have a choice.  You can either take a technical elective or HU 3120, the Humanities tech comm course, as a substitute for CM 3410.  Send an email to cmadvise@mtu.edu to have this change made to your degree audit.  If you choose to take HU 3120 as a substitute for CM 3410 then it cannot be used towards your general education HASS requirements.

For students who start at Michigan Tech during Fall 2018 or later, you will be on the new curriculum that no longer requires CM 3410.


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.


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:


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

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?


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?


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.


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.