Author: Katie Torrey

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.


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

I cannot register for my UN class. I am getting a class restriction error. What should I do?

If you are having difficulty enrolling in your UN class due to a “class restriction” error, then please read the directions below:

First-Year Students

If you are a first-year student and are bringing in AP, dual enrollment, or transfer credit then you may no longer have the freshman class standing that is required to enroll in the freshman UN classes (Compositions and Global Issues). You will need a class restriction waiver. Usually these waivers are put in place ahead of time by the Registrar’s office.  You can see if you already have this waiver by going to the “Check Your Registration Status” page on Banweb.  If you don’t have the waiver then you must go to the Student Services Center in the Admin building.  Tell them you are a first-year, and they should automatically give you the waiver.

New Transfer Students

If you are a new transfer student and you no longer have the freshman class standing that is required to enroll in the UN classes then you will need a class restriction waiver.  Usually these waivers are put in place ahead of time by the Registrar’s office.  You can see if you already have this waiver by going to the “Check Your Registration Status” page on Banweb.  If you don’t have the waiver then you must go to the Student Services Center in the Admin building.  Tell them you are a new transfer student, and they should automatically give you the waiver.

Second-Year Students

If you are a second-year student who is trying to take Compositions (now UN 1015) you will not automatically get a waiver.  The policy of the Registrar’s office is to allow first-year students and new transfer students to register ahead of all others seeking to enroll in the first-year General Education classes.  After the first-year students have completed registering (after Wednesday of the second week of registration) the restrictions on class will be lifted from the courses and anyone can register.  If you think you should be allowed to register ahead, please go to the Student Services Center in the Admin building and request to get added to the class you seek.

Upperclassmen

If you are a returning Michigan Tech student who chose not to take the UN classes in their usual semester then you will need to wait until the freshmen have enrolled in their classes.

Registration for spring semester:  Class restrictions on spring semester UN classes will be lifted at the end of the second week of registration. An email from the Michigan Tech Registrar’s Office will be sent out once these class restrictions have been removed and you will be able to register for these classes at that time.

Registration for fall semester:  The class restrictions for fall semester UN classes are usually not removed until the end of Orientation week in the fall, after the new freshmen have enrolled in the classes.

Registration for summer semester:  Summer semester UN classes do not have any class restrictions.


I am planning to graduate next semester. What do I need to do?

Congratulations!!  All of your hard work is about to pay off.

The semester before your final semester you need to do the following three things:

  1. Review your online degree audit on Banweb.  It is important to realize that while the online degree audit is very convenient to use, you should not just blindly trust everything that it does.  That is because it does not always place your classes in the best spot on your audit.  If you find any problems or have questions about your online degree audit then schedule an appointment with the ChE academic advisor.
  2. Apply for graduation.  This application is online on the Registrar’s Office webpage.  Under Students, click on Graduation.  The link to the Application for Graduation is on this page.
  3. Once you have registered for classes for your final semester complete a final review of your online degree audit.  At this point all of the areas on your audit should be green, meaning complete, with RGIP (registered in-progress) classes.  The only areas that should be red are the last two sections on your audit:  Repeated Courses: and Courses not used to complete degree requirements:, which are always red.  If you find any problems with your audit then schedule an appointment with the ChE academic advisor.

Summer Advising

In order to keep your department fees at a minimum, the advising office is not staffed in the summer and only limited academic advising services are offered.  If you have an issue that needs immediate attention during summer months, please call the Chemical Engineering Department office at 906-487-3132 or the Registrar’s Office at 906-487-2319.

Many Frequently Asked Questions about the Chemical Engineering Program are answered on our Advising FAQs pages.  Use the search box there to find academic plans, advice about minors, information about graduate school, and help on many other topics.

Regular academic advising services resume on August 19th, two weeks before fall semester starts.  All new summer and fall incoming transfer students are required to meet with a department academic advisor during fall Orientation.

Go to the our FAQ page for more information on fall advising office hours.


Do the Fall 2013 general education changes affect me?

Take a look at your transcript on Banweb.  If you have credit for all of the old UN classes:

  • UN 1001 (Perspectives)
  • UN 1002 (World Cultures) or UN 1003 (World Cultures Activities)
  • UN 2001 (Composition or Revisions)
  • UN 2002 (Institutions)

then the Fall 2013 general education changes do not affect you.

If you have not yet taken all of the UN classes listed above by Fall 2013 then, yes, the Fall 2013 general education changes do affect you.

If you don’t have credit for:

  • UN 1001 (Perspectives), you will instead take an elective course from the Humanities and Fine Arts (HUFA) elective list (see below).
  • UN 1002 (World Cultures), you will instead take UN 1025 (Global Issues) or a 3000-level language course, and one credit of free elective.
  • UN 2001 (Composition), you will instead take UN 1015 (Composition).
  • UN 2002 (Institutions), you will instead take an elective course from the Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) elective list (see below).

The courses that are on the HUFA elective list are:

  • FA 2330 Art Appreciation
  • FA 2520 Music Appreciation
  • FA 2820 Theater Appreciation
  • HU 2130 Introduction to Rhetoric
  • HU 2501 American Experience in Literature
  • HU 2538 British Experience in Literature
  • HU 2700 Introduction to Philosophy
  • HU 2820 Communication and Culture
  • HU 2910 Language and Mind

The courses that are on the SBS elective list are:

  • EC 2001 Principles of Economics
  • PSY 2000 Principles of Psychology
  • SS 2100 World Peoples and Environments
  • SS 2200 Prehistory and 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 2700 Introduction to Sociology

If you need a class from one of these lists, be sure to take a look at your transcript on Banweb.  You might already have one of these classes from AP or transfer credit.  If that is the case then we can use it towards the UN course requirement instead of the HASS requirement.  You can choose which requirement you would like the class to count towards, but it cannot be used towards both.


I transferred in University Chemistry I, but have “TW credit” for University Chemistry I Recitation, CH1153. What does this mean?

The TW means that the credit for this course has been “transfer waived”. You did not receive credit for the recitation class, so you will need to make up the missing credit with something else.  See your academic advisor for course approval and to have the adjustment made to your online degree audit.