Category: Degree Requirements

Which linear algebra and differential equations classes should I take?

You have three options for linear algebra:  MA 2320, MA 2321, and MA 2330.

You have four options for differential equations:  MA 3520, MA 3521, MA 3530, and MA 3560.

If you plan to take linear algebra and differential equations in the same semester, then you must take the accelerated (7 week) versions of these classes:  MA 2321 (2 cr) and MA 3521 (2 cr).  MA 2321 is offered track A and MA 3521 is offered track B during the fall and spring semesters.  The advantage with the accelerated classes is that they allow you to complete both classes in one semester.  This is important if you plan to start junior CM classes in the next semester, as you must be done with all of your math to start taking junior CM classes.  The disadvantage with the accelerated classes is that the course material comes very quickly, and for this reason we do not recommend the accelerated classes to students who have struggled with math classes in the past or who feel they need more time to grasp math concepts.

If you plan to take linear algebra and differential equations in different semesters, then you can take either MA 2320 (2 cr) or MA 2330 (3 cr) in the first semester and then either MA 3520 (2 cr) or MA 3530 (3 cr, fall semester) or MA 3560 (3 cr, spring semester) in the second semester. There is additional course material in the three credit versions.  You may read the course descriptions by clicking on the CRN when doing a class search in Banweb or searching for course descriptions on the Registrar’s Office webpage.

If you have struggled in your previous math classes then we recommend the semester long, two credit classes (MA 2320 and MA 3520).

If you are interested in a math minor and/or pursuing an engineering graduate degree then we recommend the semester long, three credit classes (MA 2330 and MA 3530/3560).  The extra credits from the three credit math classes can be used towards your technical electives or free electives.  See the ChE advisor for more information on applying these additional credit towards either of these areas of your degree audit.


How do I apply for the new BS/MS in ChemE?

To apply for the BS/MS program you follow this procedure:

1.  Go to the Grad School website and go to the Admissions section and follow all instructions.
2.  In your “areas of interest” on the form, put “accelerated masters”.  This will signal that you’re applying for the BS/MS

All other application requirements for the BS/MS program are the same as for the MS program in general.  For more on the BS/MS in Chemical Engineering, go to the Advising website FAQ page.


Is there a standard course plan for a transfer student?

It is possible to transfer to Michigan Tech Chemical Engineering from a community college or from another university.  A standard path for this would be to take two years of college work at that other institution followed by a summer at Michigan Tech and then the usual junior and senior years of chemical engineering at Michigan Tech.  The two summer classes that must be taken are:

  • CM2110 Fundamentals of Chemical Engineering I
  • CM2120 Fundamentals of Chemical Engieering II

These two classes are prerequisites to junior classes in chemical engineering and they must be completed before you may begin your junior year in chemical engineering.  It is not possible to take these two classes at the same time as junior classes.  For this reason, students who wish to graduate with two years of transfer credit must plan on either three years at Michigan Tech or they must take these two courses the summer before they start Michigan Tech junior classes in chemical engineering.

The standard transfer plan, as discussed above, is available on our handouts page.


What are the requirements for the minor in alternative energy technology?

To obtain the minor in alternative energy technology, you must take 16 credits from an approved list of courses.  Of these credits, 10 credits may double count with your major requirements; six credits of upper division credits must not double count with your major or with any other minor (except as free elective).  For the specific rules for this minor, see our advising handout on the minor in alternative energy technology.


What are the requirements for the minor in minerals processing?

To obtain the minor in minerals processing, you must take 16-19 credits from an approved list of courses.  Of these credits, 10-13 credits may double count with your major requirements; six credits must not double count with your major or with any other minor (except as free elective).  For the specific rules for this minor, see our minerals processing brochure.


What are the requirements for the minor in polymer science and engineering?

To obtain the minor in polymer science and engineering, you must take 16-7 credits from an approved list of courses.  Of these credits, 10-11 credits may double count with your major requirements; six credits must not double count with your major or with any other minor (except as free elective).  For the specific rules for this minor, see our minor in polymer science and engineering brochure.


What are the requirements for the minor in bioprocess engineering?

To obtain the interdisciplinary minor in bioprocess engineering, you must take 16 credits from an approved list of courses.  Of these 16 credits, 10 credits may double count with your major requirements; six credits must not double count with your major or with any other minor (except as free elective).  For the specific rules for this minor, see our bioprocess minor brochure.