You can find your catalog term in the upper right-hand corner of your online degree audit, on Banweb. The catalog year runs from fall through summer. So the 2015-16 catalog year includes Fall 2015, Spring 2016, and Summer 2016. The first four digits of your catalog term is the year, and the last two digits is the month that the term starts. If your catalog term says “201508” (which is Fall 2015), “201601” (which is Spring 2016), or “201605” (which is Summer 2016) then you are on the 2015-16 catalog year.
Degree requirements are organized by catalog year or catalog term. Degree requirements can change from year to year as the curriculum is improved, so it is important that you know what your catalog year is and what the requirements are for your catalog year. This is why your requirements (for example: general education rules or technical electives) may be different than students that started in a different year than you.
In most cases your catalog year is the year in which you started at Michigan Tech. Sometimes when you change majors you are put in the most current catalog year. If you are changing majors into chemical engineering we usually keep you on the same catalog year as when you started at Michigan Tech. However, you may move to a newer catalog year if the newer requirements fit in better with your planned classes. You may not move to an older catalog year that was in place before you started at Michigan Tech. If you leave the university for longer than a year and then return to complete your degree, you will be placed on the most current catalog year.
If you are pursuing a minor, the catalog year for the minor may be different than the catalog year for your major.