Category: Degree Requirements

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 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


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 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?


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 project abstract and petition form.  If your project is through Enterprise, then you will be using the second semester course, ENT 4960, as a substitute for CM 4861.

Your project will need to include:
1.  Appropriate engineering standards,
2.  Multiple realistic constraints, and
3.  Economic consideration, which is usually an economic analysis to discriminate between your design options.

If several students are working on the same project, then you will be submitting one abstract and petition form for the team.

You will need to review your project with the ABET committee chair and the department’s lead design instructor.  Once you’ve received approval for your project then submit a pdf of your materials to the chemical engineering advisor.    Materials should be submitted no later than week 5 of fall semester.

See related:  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 does doing Enterprise for senior design work?

If you are involved in Enterprise, you may choose to use your Enterprise experience towards your senior design requirement, pending departmental approval of your project. Students choosing this option will take the following design classes senior year:

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

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

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

Spring semester – ENT 4960 Enterprise Project Work VI Capstone. 2 credits. This course will substitute for CM 4861 (1 credit) on your online degree audit. The additional credit from this course can count towards your technical or free electives, if needed.


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.


I want to change my major to Chem Eng; what are the requirements for this?

We require a meeting with the ChE advisor prior to approving any change major requests.  If you’d like to change majors or are considering changing majors into ChE then make an appointment with the ChE academic advisor.  After your meeting you may submit your request to change majors through the Curriculum Change Portlet that is on your MyMichiganTech webpage.  There are directions on how to do this on the Registrar’s Office change major page.

Our general policy for major changes is as follows:  Students admitted to the College of Engineering may switch their major to chemical engineering.  Students admitted into a different College may also switch their major to chemical engineering provided they have earned a grade of C or better in key math and science classes (calculus, university chemistry, and university physics).  Students who do not meet these requirements will need to develop a course plan with the ChE academic advisor, which may include retaking key classes prior to switching majors.


What are the new technical elective rules that are starting Fall 2021?

Beginning Fall 2021, the following changes will be made to our technical elective rules:

  • The organic chemistry II or substitute requirement will be changed to any technical elective from the list.
  • Pchem lab will no longer be required and will be changed to any technical elective from the list.  Pchem lecture will still be required.
  • The core engineering elective requirement will be changed to any technical elective from the list.

Under these new rules there will be one technical list and you will need to take a total of 18 credits from the list.  Pchem lab will be on the technical elective list.  The reason for this change was to make the elective rules easier to understand and to give you greater flexibility in pursing your interests.  This will also help you be able more easily earn a minor in a math, science, or engineering area, if you desire.

Students who started at Michigan Tech before Fall 2021 will have the option to move to these new rules.  Students who start in Fall 2021 or later will be required to follow the new rules.


I’ve been enrolled in or taken a higher-level math class but I don’t have credit for the lower-level math class on my transcript. Does this matter?

Yes, this matters because you need to have credit for all of your required math classes in order to meet graduation requirements. This situation can also negatively impact future class scheduling if you are missing a math prerequisite for a class in which you trying to enroll.

The most common situation where this occurs is when a student receives a marginal score on their AP calculus test. Currently, if you receive a 3 on the calculus AB test, you are allowed to enroll in calculus II (MA 2160) but you will not receive credit for calculus I unless you receive a C or better in calculus II. There are similar rules for the AP calculus BC test. Go to the Admissions AP, IB, and CLEP Scores page for the latest information on these requirements. They are listed on the required scores page for AP credit.

If you find yourself in a situation where you are missing credit for a required math class then contact your academic advisor ASAP for assistance in resolving this issue.


How do I figure out what my AP/IB/CLEP and dual enrollment/transfer credit count toward?

The class credit you will receive for AP, IB, and CLEP tests are on the Admission’s AP, IB, and CLEP scores webpage.

The class credit you will receive for dual enrollment or transfer credit is on the Registrar’s Office, Transfer Services webpage. Go to the Transfer Credit Information page and the link to the Transfer Equivalency System is at the bottom. The Transfer Equivalency System is a listing of classes that have transferred recently for other students, but is not a list of every class that can transfer. If you don’t see the school or classes that you have taken then it means that the course may need to be evaluated for transfer. You will be contacted by Transfer Services through your mtu.edu email if they need information from you regarding a course you’ve taken.

You can figure out where the classes can be used towards your degree by reviewing the degree requirements. Some courses are required for graduation (like calculus MA 1160 or chemistry CH 1150), some courses can be used towards technical electives (like statistics MA 2710), some courses can be used towards general education requirements (like psychology PSY 2000), and some courses can be used towards free electives. Go to the department’s degree requirements page for more details on these requirements.