Tag: Co-op

Do I have to register for the co-op class or can I just skip it?

It depends.  Enrolling in the co-op class allows you to retain your student status while you are gone.  This can help you keep your financial aid, scholarships, and health insurance.  You can also use the credits towards your degree requirements as technical electives or free electives.  

Your next step is to check with Financial Services to see how the co-op will impact your situation. They can help you determine if you should be taking the co-op class and if you should take it for one or two credits for financial aid purposes.  In most situations one credit will give you part time status and two credits will give you full time status.

If you are here on an F-1 visa then Career Services recommends you register for co-op credits during the summer as well.  By registering as a co-op student you are considered a full-time student and will not be utilizing your practical training time.


How many credits do I get for co-op? Do I get a grade for this class?

For each semester of co-op you can sign up for 1 or 2 credits of co-op class .  If you need to be a full-time student during your co-op then you need to be signed up for 2 credits.

Yes, your co-op class is graded.  It is a course that you will complete on Canvas while on co-op. Your employer will do a midterm and final evaluation on your work, and this evaluation will be submitted to Michigan Tech.  You will be asked to do a midterm and a final evaluation of your employer as well.  Lastly, to complete your co-op you must write a final report.  All of this is used to determine your grade for the class.

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I’m starting out in precalculus (MA 1032 or MA 1120). Can I still graduate in four years?

If you are willing to take summer classes, then yes. You’ll need to take summer classes after your first year and maybe after your second year too to make this work. You can take summer classes at Michigan Tech or at a community college and then transfer in the classes.

If summer classes are not feasible or you can only take a limited number then you can instead adjust your classes so that you can co-op during the five years. Having engineering work experience through a co-op prior to graduation will help you with landing summer internships and your first full-time job because most employers look for this type of experience when hiring.

If you’d like help getting your options sorted out then set up a meeting with your advisor during a less busy time (week 3-7 of the semester).