Author: Katie Torrey

I’m starting out in precalculus (MA 1032 or MA 1120). Can I still graduate in four years?

If you are willing to take summer classes, then yes. You’ll need to take summer classes after your first year and maybe after your second year too to make this work. You can take summer classes at Michigan Tech or at a community college and then transfer in the classes.

If summer classes are not feasible or you can only take a limited number then you can instead adjust your classes so that you can co-op during the five years. Having engineering work experience through a co-op prior to graduation will help you with landing summer internships and your first full-time job because most employers look for this type of experience when hiring.

If you’d like help getting your options sorted out then set up a meeting with your advisor during a less busy time (week 3-7 of the semester).


I’m enrolled in MA 1120 Single-Variable Calculus with Integrated Precalculus I and I don’t see this on the flowchart or sample schedules. What is this class?

MA 1120 Single-Variable Calculus with Integrated Precalculus I is a part of a new math course sequence for students starting out in precalculus. MA 1120 is equivalent to MA 1032 Precalculus. In the five-year schedule for students starting in precalculus, this course is being taken in place of MA 1032.

If you are enrolled in MA 1120, then the next math class you will take will be MA 1121 Single-Variable Calculus with Integrated Precalculus II. MA 1121 is equivalent to MA 1160/MA 1161 Calculus with Technology I. In the five-year suggested schedule, this course will be taken in place of MA 1161 in the spring.

After you are done with these classes then you’ll take the remaining required math classes: MA 2160 Calculus with Technology II, MA 3160 Multivariable Calculus with Technology, MA 2320/2321 Elementary Linear Algebra, and MA 3520/3521 Elementary Differential Equations.


I’m a new student. When can I make changes to my schedule?

New first-year students and new transfer students coming in with less than 30 credits can make changes to their schedule after consultation with their academic advisor. Schedule changes can also be made by contacting the Registrar’s Office at 906-487-2319 or schedule@mtu.edu. There will be time during Orientation to enroll yourself in co-curricular courses and other courses if your schedule isn’t yet full.

New transfer students coming in with more than 30 credits may make changes to their schedule themselves on Banweb at any time throughout the summer.

It’s best to have your schedule settled before tuition bills are due, which is the Wednesday before classes start, because schedule changes can impact your financial aid in some circumstances. The last day to add a class without instructor permission is Friday of the first week of classes.


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

New first-year students and new transfer students coming in with less than 30 credits will be enrolled in their first semester classes by the Registrar’s Office. 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. For students starting in the fall, these schedules are usually ready in mid-July. If needed, we will be able to make adjustments to these schedules before the semester starts.

New transfer students coming in with more than 30 credits will be able to register themselves for their first semester classes 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.


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.