Category: Degree Requirements

What is the Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS)?

One of the frustrating things about registering is the uncertainty:  what classed do I need?  Does this class I’m looking at count as tech elective?  as gen ed?

One resource you have to sorting this out (besides seeing Katie) is the DARS tool in Banweb (Degree Audit Reporting System).  This tool checks your records (according to Michigan Tech) against the requirements for your degree.  If you’ve met the requirements, it goes GREEN.  If the requirements are not met, it stays RED.  See our advising video on this subject.  Degree services also have their own tutorial video (March 2018).

I would like to suggest that everyone try it out.

To get to DARS you log onto your Banweb account and under Student in the middle column look for “Degree Audit”.  Click there and run the current year audit.  Sometimes you have to wait – look for the circle above to see if it’s thinking.  It always has to generate the report to get the most current version.

When the DARS opens, you will see some graphics and a long column of red or green “buckets” of courses or requirements.  They are:

1.  Two buckets that check your GPA for both the department and for overall.  Both must be over 2.0 for you to graduate.
2.  Major requirements:  This is all your core math, physics, chemistry, and chem eng courses.
3.  Chemistry option:  here whether you take Organic 1 or Hydro Pyro you chose a different audit path.  In this section you will see the technical electives and the various categories of the electives.  Take a close look to see what classes you may choose from in each category.
4.  Six gen ed buckets that check if you meet all the gen ed requirements.  It checks if you have the freshmen courses, the sophomore courses, the HASS, etc.  It checks that at least 6 credits of HASS are at the 3000 level.
5.  Co curricular bucket – your phys ed courses.

The DARS system is what actually checks you out for graduation.  If it says you graduate, you do.  We have worked long and hard with the programmers in the Admin Building to get this system to accurately check you out for graduation – please use the DARS tool to guide you as you plan for registration.

There are some things that the DARS system will not do right until Katie “touches” your audit and makes an adjustment.  If something you chose or transfered puts you into this situation, you do need to come see Katie.  She’ll be happy to look at DARS adjustments after registration is over.

Hope this eases your registration experience!


Continuous Enrollment Rules on BS/MS

The Dean of the Graduate School, Jackie Huntoon, sent an email updating the continuous enrollment rule as it applies to the BS/MS program.

Students must be continuously enrolled. The idea behind these is that students begin the MS immediately after completion of the BS. The way these programs are all set up is that as soon as students complete the BS they are considered to be enrolled in the MS and they therefore must adhere to the graduate level continuously enrollment policy – like all other graduate students. If they don’t remain continuously enrolled they will be dropped from the program and have to reapply – and if they reapply they can’t be in the “accelerated program” since the Senate policy requires that students apply prior to graduation with the BS. This could have financial implications for students (loss of ability to double count credits) so it is important that they understand this. Kristi Isaacson (kris@mtu.edu) is the point person for the accelerated master’s programs so if you have a question – feel free to contact her.

(by email 20Feb2014)


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.


What are the general education (Gen Ed; HASS) requirements for the chem eng degree?

The General Education requirements for all degrees at Michigan Tech are the same, and they are most accurately explained on the Registrar’s General Education web page.  Please go there or attend an advising meeting to have the details of the General Education requirements explained.  We recently made a video guiding you through the General Education process for Chemical Engineers.  The ECE deparment’s advisor Judy Donahue also has a General Education video on YouTube you may find helpful (she shows a bit how Gen Ed looks on DARS (Degree Audit Reporting System, in Banweb)).

There a few aspects of Gen Ed that you should keep in mind:

1.  The rules can and do change; you must follow the rules that apply to you.  Your rules are the ones that are associated with your catalog year, that is, the year you started at Michigan Tech.  Your catalog year is listed on your Banner DARS page.

2.  Not all Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences courses count as HASS electives.  You must choose your HASS electives from the supplied lists and follow the prescriptions associated with the list.

3.  Not all physical education classes count as co-curriculars.

4.  Six credits of your HASS credits must be at the upper division level (3000+).

4.  Failure to follow the General Education rules will prevent you from being awarded your degree.  Please think ahead and choose your courses to comply with the University’s Gen Ed requirements.


How do prerequisite classes affect my degree planning?

Success in prerequisite classes leads to success in your chemical engineering classes. The table in the Chemical Engineering Prerequisite Map handout shows which engineering, science, and mathematics courses are required prerequisites to each required chemical engineering class.  Use this handy table to plan your graduation schedule.  All prerequisite requirements are listed as well on the Registrar’s page in the course listings there.


What should I minor in?

Asking what you should minor in is closely related to asking what you should major in.  The answer is:  whatever you like.

To help you decide what you would like to study, here is a list of minors that many Chemical Engineering majors find appealing.  Details of the requirements for each minor may be found on the Registrar’s Degree Services page.  There are also trifold handouts on the Advising Handout page.

Chemical Engineering Minors These minors are administered in the Department of Chemical Engineering.  They are matched with career paths in chemical engineering; more information on each minor may be found at the links supplied below.

Minors in Related Fields

  • Mathematics – Chemical engineering majors may obtain a minor in mathematics by taking only 6 additional credits.  Students who are grad-school bound are advised to take the math minor.
  • Chemistry – Chemistry is what makes a chemical engineer different from other types of engineers; minoring in chemistry boosts your chemistry capabilities.
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry – A career in pharmaceuticals manufacturing is prepared for by taking the minor in pharmaceutical chemistry.
  • Biological Sciences – Many modern manufacturing processes have a strong biological component; graduates can prepare for these types of careers by minoring in biological sciences.
  • Data Acquisition and Industrial Control – This minor, offered in the School of Technology, provides additional preparation in hands-on control methods.
  • Economics – A career in engineering management is boosted by additional economics preparation.
  • Foreign Languages – A career in international business or manufacturing is boosted by foreign language study.


Minor in Data Acquisition and Industrial Control

For students who are interested in focusing on process control and other issues related to data acquisition within chemical engineering, it would be valuable to minor in Data Acquisition and Industrial Control.  The Michigan Tech Minor in Data Acquisition and Industrial Control is offered by the School of Technology and in 2014-15 has the following requirements (16 credits total):

Minor in Data Acquisition and Industrial Control

Required courses (6 cr)

  • EET 3131 Instrumentation (3) (spring class) OR
  • EET 4253 LabVIEW Programming for Data Acquisition (3)
  • EET 3373 Introduction to Programmable Controllers (3) (fall class)

Choose one course from this list (3-4 cr):

  • EE 2112 Electric Circuits II (4)
  • EE 3010 Circuits and Instrumentation (3) (recommended for CM majors)
  • EET 1411 Basic Electronics (4)

Choose 6-7 credits from this list:

  • CM 3310 Process Control (3)
  • EET 4141 Microcomputer Interfacing (4)
  • EET 4144 Real-Time Robotics Systems (4)
  • EET 4147 Industrial Robotic Vision Systems (4)
  • EET 4311 Advanced Circuits & Controls (4)
  • EET 4373 Advanced Programmable Controllers (4)
  • ENVE 3502 Environmental Monitoring and Measurement Analysis (3)
  • GE 4250 Fundamentals of Remote Sensing (3)
  • MEEM 3000 Mechanical Engg Lab (2)
  • MEEM 4701 Analytical & Experimental Modal Analysis (4)
  • SU 4003 GIS Technology Fundamentals (1)
  • SU 4010 Geospatial Concepts, Technologies and Data (3)
  • UN 4000 Remote Sensing Seminar (1-2)

You must see an advisor in the School of Technology to add this minor.  For more on minors that may be beneficial in the educational path of a chemical engineer, please see a departmental advisor.