Category: Degree Requirements

How do I run a degree audit for the correct catalog year?

Keep the default selection of “Latest” to run your degree audit with the correct catalog year. Don’t select a major from the drop-down list.

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 newest catalog year.

What information needs be in my capstone design abstract?

Your project summary will need to addresses the following topics. If your project is though an Enterprise team then you’ll use the Enterprise project template.

Background

This is a brief description of the context of the project.

Functional Requirements

This is what the device or process should be able to do.

Realistic Constraints

These are your design boundaries. You are required to address the following.

  • Engineering Codes and Standards. Codes are legally enforceable, such as ASME BPV, OSHA, 1990 Clean Air Act, RCRA, CERCLA (Superfund), etc. Standards are best practices, such as TEMA, ASTM, etc.
  • Economic Factors. Examples are process or product cost, market pricing, market opportunities, target markets, pricing, minimum selling price, availability of raw materials, etc.
  • Physical Limitations. Examples are size, weight, ergonomics, user interface, service life, ability to operate in a hazardous environment, etc.
  • Health and Safety Issues. Examples are laboratory practices, OSHA regulations, operator exposure to toxic chemicals, mechanical guarding, hot surfaces, fire and explosion situations, fail-safe mode, handling spills, etc.
  • Environmental Concerns. Examples are EPA regulations, identifying and handling air emissions and liquid/solid wastes, etc.
  • Ethical Conduct. Examples are adherence to codes of ethics from organizations like AIChE or the Order of the Engineer, responsible conduct of research, etc.
  • Include additional constraints when applicable. Examples are sustainability, manufacturability, constructability, social ramification, political factors, legal issues, etc.

Deliverables

These are the final outputs of your project. You are required to include an economic analysis as part of your deliverables. The analysis should considers economic factors from both customer and sponsor perspectives when possible. Describe your intended economic analysis and include the types of economic factors that will be considered.

Sponsor Interactions

If you have a sponsor, this is a description of how your sponsor is involved. Sponsors sometimes provide information and materials as well as communication throughout the project.

Team Organization

This is a description of your team. Include team member names, major, and year in school.

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 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?

What changed on the new 2021-22 ChE flowchart?

If you are comparing the 2021-22 flowchart with an older version, then here’s what look for:

CM 2110 Material and Energy Balances. The title was change from Fundamentals of ChE I to Material and Energy Balances. The class itself hasn’t changed.

CM 3230 Thermodynamics for ChE. This course was moved from spring of third year to spring of second year and CH 3510 pchem lecture is no longer a prerequisite.

CM 3240 Separations. This is a new course that is replacing the old CM 2120 Fundamentals of ChE II course. CM 3240 is considered an equivalent to CM 2120, and so if you’ve already taken CM 2120 then you do not need to take this new course. The new CM 3240 course requires CM 3230 thermo as a prereq.

CM 3980 Sustainable ChE and CM 4320 Process Safety. These are new courses that are replacing CM 4310 Chemical Process Safety/Environment. You may take the new CM 3980 sustainability course anytime after completing CM 2110 and differential equations and we will be offering it both fall and spring semesters even though the flowchart only has it listed for fall semesters.

Technical Electives. The technical elective rules were simplified. The CH 2420 Organic Chemistry II or CM 4740 Hydro/Pyro or BL 2100 Principles of Biochemistry option was changed to a technical elective. CH 3511 Pchem Lab was changed to a technical elective. The core engineering elective was changed to a technical elective. On the new curriculum you need 18 credits of technical electives. The flowchart shows this as CM 1000 Intro to ChE plus an additional 17 credits of technical electives.

How will the curriculum changes affect me?

Anyone in sophomore, junior, or senior ChE classes will be affected by these changes.

Seniors graduating in Spring ’22: For Fall ’21, you need to enroll in both CM 4320 Process Safety (2 credits) and CM 3980 Sustainable Chemical Engineering (1 credit).  These classes are replacing the old CM 4310 Process Safety/Environment (3 cr) course and are only planned to be offered in the fall next year (2021).

Students taking third-year ChE class: For Fall ’21, you should enroll in CM 3230 Thermo for ChE along with the other usual CM classes and take Pchem in either fall or spring semesters of junior year.  Pchem lecture, CH 3510, is still required for graduation, but will no longer need to be taken before thermo.  You should take thermo in the fall because this will spread out your junior ChE classes more evenly between fall and spring semesters and will allow room for the sophomores to take thermo in the spring.  Be aware that the last time CM 2120 is being offered is Summer ’21.

Students taking second-year ChE classes: For Fall ’21, you should enroll in all the classes on your flowchart.  However, be aware that the title for CM 2110 has been changed to Material and Energy Balances.  Then in the spring you will be taking CM 3230 Thermo for ChE.  If you are done with your math by spring semester then you will also be able to start taking some of the other third-year level ChE classes, if you wish.  During third-year you will be taking a 3000-level separations course that is replacing the old CM 2120 course.  

If you have completed CM 2120 fundamentals of ChE II then you may stay on your current catalog year.  However, if you would like to take advantage of the new technical elective rules and/or pchem lab no longer being a requirement,  then next fall you will need to let me know that you’d like to be moved to the new catalog year.  The required classes that you’ve already taken will work with any of the catalog years.  

Spring 2022 will be the last semester that students will be allowed to take CM 3230 thermo concurrently with the spring third-year ChE classes, CM 3120 transport/UO II, CM 3310 process control, and CM 3510 chemical reaction engineering.