The required scores for receiving AP, IB, and CLEP credit and the class credit you will receive are on the Admission’s AP, IB, and CLEP scores webpage.
There was an opinion piece in the New York Times in October 2018 that expresses one view of double majoring.
Op-Ed Columnist for the New York Times
24 October 2018
When I visit a college campus and ask the students what they’re studying, the response often starts with: “I’m double-majoring in … ” And then my heart sinks just a little bit.
I understand why many students are temped to double-major. They have more than one academic interest. When I was in college, I briefly thought about double-majoring in my two favorite subjects, math and history. (Instead, I spent much of my time at the college newspaper and barely completed one major — applied math.)
But the reality is that many students who double-major aren’t doing it out of intellectual curiosity. The number of double majors has soared in recent years mostly because students see it as a way to add one more credential to their résumé. What’s even better than one major? Two majors!
Except that it’s not. Most students would learn more by creatively mastering a single major — and leaving themselves time to take classes in multiple other fields. “Double majoring,” as Jacqueline Sanchez, a Wellesley College student, wrote in a recent op-ed for her campus paper, “ultimately prevents students from exploring many different disciplines.”
Unfortunately, double majoring is just one part of a credentials arms race among teenagers and college students. This arms race exacerbates inequality, because it can make upper-middle-class students seem more accomplished than working-class and poor students. And the arms race is also unpleasant and counterproductive for many of the well-off students. They’re loading up on extracurricular activities, Advanced Placement courses and college majors, rather than exploring, going deep into one or two areas and learning what they really enjoy. (see link for more)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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.
No, that is not permitted. CM 3410 is required for graduation with a degree in chemical engineering from Michigan Tech. You may take HU 3120 as a substitute course for CM 3410. Because HU 3120 functions as an equivalent course to CM 3410, you may not take them both.
CM 3410 – Technical Communication for Chemical Engineering
Study of the purposes, genres, and applications of technical communication in chemical engineering professions, including written, oral, visual, and graphic communication. Assignments may include memos, progress reports, procedures, memo and formal reports, research citations, and job-seeking requirements. Emphasizes organization, support, coherence, usefulness, ethics, and professionalism.
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore, Senior
Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015
HU 3120 – Technical and Professional Communication
A study of written and oral communication in technical and scientific environments; emphasizes audience, writing processes, genres of scientific and technical discourse, visual communication, collaboration, professional responsibility, clear and correct expression. Students write and revise several documents and give oral report(s). Computer Intensive.
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore
Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language – 3000 level or higher)
The CM degree at Michigan Tech requires 131 credits plus 3 credits of co-curricular classes (physical education). What classes are required for you depends on when you started at Michigan Tech, known as your catalog year. The requirements are all posted on our advising webpages, and we made a video walking you through the process for planning out your degree.
Here’s the basic process.
- Go to our advising webpage and select Undergraduate — Advising — Plan Your Schedule
- Print out the course requirements (4 year plan or 5 year plan), the General Education Requirements, the co-curricular requirements, and the Technical Elective requirements that go with your catalog year.
- On your 4 (0r 5) year plan, cross off any courses for which you already have credit.
- Print out a blank Academic Plan worksheet.
- Fill in the Academic Plan worksheet with all the remaining courses.
There is a great deal that goes into that step “5” up there, and we’ve made some videos to help you find your way through the process. Once you have a good rough plan, you may wish to make an appointment with a CM advisor to make sure that you’ve got all the details right.
That’s it! Welcome to Michigan Tech Chemical Engineering–We’re glad you’re here.
The first-year engineering courses are required for graduation with a B.S. in chemical engineering. If you have not yet transferred to Michigan Tech, we recommend that you take courses at your home institution that transfer as ENG 1101 and ENG 1102. The transfer equivalent for ENG 1101 is a computer programming class using an objected-oriented programming language, such as Java or C++. The transfer equivalent for ENG 1102 is a 3-D solid modeling class using software, such as Solid Works, Unigraphics, or 3-D Autocad.
For transfer students who have not transferred in ENG 1101 and ENG 1102, you may take ENG 1101 and ENG 1102 at Michigan Tech or it is sometimes preferable to substitute courses more appropriate to your experience and educational level. For more information on this see the policy for when substitutions are allowed for ENG 1101, and ENG 1102.
CM 1000 is not required for graduation (per Departmental vote 10Feb2016) but it is recommended for first-year students, and it counts as a core engineering technical elective. If you do not take CM 1000 then you must take an additional credit of core engineering technical elective.
Registration is always right around the corner, and before it arrives, it’s best to get prepared. Those of you who have tried to make an appointment with Katie near registration time know that her schedule fills up. She has “walk-in” office hours weeks 9-11, so you will not need an appointment, but you may face some lines. With this post I reach out to you with some advice to ensure that you have a good registration season.
Katie’s walk-in office hours schedule is posted here: blogs.mtu.edu/chem-eng-undergrad/
If you are uncertain what classes you need to take, please take a look at our video on Planning your Schedule.
Planning your schedule begins with the planning handout at this link (http://www.chem.mtu.edu/~fmorriso/advising/2015MoreAdvisingInfoHandout4SemPlanFAM.pdf), which shows a 4-year plan of how the Chemical Engineering curriculum maps out. I have indicated the classes that cause a bottleneck–these are the classes that are only offered one time per year. Up until the spring of junior year you have flexibility in when you can take classes. The three spring junior classes, however, (transport 2, kinetics, controls) are only offered in the spring. The senior chemical engineering classes (unit and plant operations, plant design, safety and the environment) are only offered once per year as well. This means that you need to be ready for those spring junior classes during the spring that you plan to take them.
The pre-requisites for our classes are summarized on this handout: www.mtu.edu/chemical/undergraduate/advising/pdfs/prerequisite-map.pdf
To plan out your schedule you should map out which semester you intend to take the fixed classes (spring junior classes, senior classes) and then back-calculate when you will take the pre-requisites for those courses.
On the planning handout I have also indicated when classes are offered on-line, and I’ve highlighted some General Education (GenEd) rules that you should be mindful of as you plan out your GenEd choices.
Finally, once things get close to graduation, every requirement must be met and this can get confusing sometimes. For checking or auditing your compliance with your degree requirements Michigan Tech uses DARS: Degree Audit Reporting System. Go to your Banweb account, log in, and look for Degree audit. You can run your own degree audit. It takes a minute or two for the computer to slot all your courses into the various bins or “buckets” where they satisfy requirements. When it’s finished, you can take a look. Green is good; red is bad. You will see all kinds of lists and requirements that are checked. It is a computer program and online, so hopefully you can poke around a bit and figure out how it’s working. If you are a transfer student or if you transferred in courses, it is very helpful for sorting out what credits count for what.
Please take a look at your DARS and see how your credits earned are stacking up towards getting your CM degree. If you look over the attached sheet, consult the pre-req map, look at your degree audit, and make use of the handouts for minors and technical electives that are on the Advising web page, you will see that registration is a snap.
Thanks for your patience during registration season. We will endeavor to answer all your questions and hopefully we can find a solution that will lead to a smooth path towards your BS in chemical engineering.
More helpful links:
- Blank semester plan
- Blank time of day
- Schedule of alternate year tech electives
- Undergrad research form
- Trifolds for minors
- Forms for registration stoppers
- Form for changing major, adding minor
In Fall 2016, the rules for all minors will be changing. Students will be able to double count all minor classes with major classes (no more “6 credits must not double count, etc. etc.), but you will no longer be able to use the same classes for multiple minors. Some departments may choose to change the courses required for their minor because of these rule changes.
If you are planning to pursue a minor in any department then it is very important that you add the minor *this* year. Students who have added a minor by the end of this year will be able to use the existing rules.
We will be allowed to move you to the newer rules if the new rules benefit you, but after next fall we will *not* be allowed to move you back to the older rules.
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
The Michigan Tech General Education program is changing as of Fall 2015. All student starting or transferring to Tech as of Fall 2015 must follow the new General Education rules. For chemical engineering students, this impacts mostly what courses count as HASS electives. The program will soon be outlined on the Registrar’s General Education page; that’s the definitive page for determining the rules. We do have an advanced copy of the rules/HASS list posted on the we that you can access at this link: www.chem.mtu.edu/~fmorriso/curriculum/HASS2015RegistrarList.pdf.