Tag: academic policies

If I am on probation, how does taking summer classes affect my academic standing?

If you are taking summer classes at Michigan Tech then it is treated just like any other semester, regardless of whether or not you are taking a full load of classes. Doing well in your summer classes can bring you off of academic probation. Doing poorly in your summer classes can put you on academic probation or count towards an additional semester of probation if you are already on probation. Go to the Dean of Students webpage for more information on the academic probation policy.

If you are taking summer classes at a different school then it will not affect your academic standing at Michigan Tech.


If I get a CD or D in my math class, do I have to retake it?

We recommend retaking any math classes in which you’ve earned less than a C because these are important for your junior and senior engineering classes. However, you are not required to take it again because it meets our minimum prerequisite requirement.  

Be aware that you will start utilizing what you’ve learned in your math, chemistry, and physics classes in your ChE classes and applying it to solve various engineering problems.  In particular, the application of math to solve engineering problems intensifies in the junior year classes. Students usually struggle with this, even if they have previously done well in their math classes because it’s using math in an entirely different context.  It looks different, the terminology is sometimes different, and you’re being asked to recall concepts that you learned a year (or longer!) ago.  

In general it is probably worth your time to brush up on calculus, linear algebra, and differential equations prior to starting the junior year ChE classes.  Retaking classes you did poorly in, reviewing course topics and note from your math classes (even ones you did well in), and/or utilizing online resources, like Khan Academy, are all a good idea.

See also: What happens if I retake a class? and How can I succeed in ChE at Michigan Tech?


Where can I find my final grade for a course?

Grades that you see in Canvas are not final grades. Final grades, which are used to calculate your GPA, are posted on Banweb.

It’s really important that you check your final grades at the end of every semester because final grades are not always the same as what you see in Canvas.  Many times your final grade in Banweb will match what you see in Canvas, but not always. Some instructors will adjust the grading scale down (or up!), sometimes a mistake is made, and in certain situations the instructor may give you a temporary grade (P, I, or X grade), which means you have limited time to complete something before receiving a final grade. All of this is important to know so that you can follow up promptly with your instructor if you have questions.

You can see your final grades by logging into Banweb.  Go to the Students tab, then Student Records, and then Final Grades or Academic Transcript (unofficial).  Either place will give you access to your final recorded course grades that are used to calculate your GPA. If you see something that you don’t understand then check out the definition of the grade codes in the Undergraduate Catalog under Grade Policies.


What happens if I retake a class?

Important Information on Retaking Classes

You may retake any class in which you receive a CD, D, or F.

The second grade always replaces the first grade.  If you retake a class and receive a better grade, this will improve both your semester and overall GPAs.  However, you can retake a class and get a worse grade.   For example, if you have a D (a passing grade) and retake a course and receive an F (a failing grade), you now have a failing grade in the course and will have to take the class for a third time.

You may only take a class three times.  You must receive permission from the Dean of Students Office and your academic advisor to register for a class the third time.  If the class that you are retaking is a required class for your program, and you do not pass the class during the third attempt, then you may no longer continue in the program.  Below is the link to Michigan Tech’s policy on retaking classes. www.mtu.edu/registrar/students/registration/policies/repeat-course/

Retaking classes you have previously passed may also impact your financial aid.  Contact the Student Financial Services Center (www.mtu.edu/finaid/) for an evaluation of your situation.