Tag: First-year Engineering

What is the spatial visualization placement test and what happens if I don’t do well on it?

The spacial visualization placement test measures your ability to mentally visualize a 3-D object from different perspectives. New first-year students will take this test during Orientation. These skills are important because engineers must often represent things in the physical world using diagrams and drawings when communicating information and ideas to others. As a chemical engineering student you will use these skills when studying stereochemistry in organic chemistry and when working in the unit operations lab.

If you’ve already spent a lot of time working with your hands, such as playing with Legos or working on your bike or car, then you’ve probably already developed these skills and will do fine on the test. If you don’t do well on the test, then you’re in luck because these skills are learnable! To help you build these skills you will be enrolled in a one credit course, ENG 1002 Introduction to Spatial Visualization.


Do I have to take the first-year engineering courses?

The first-year engineering courses are CM 1000, ENG 1101, and ENG 1102.

All students have the option to either take CM 1000 Introduction to Chemical Engineering or a core engineering technical elective.  We recommend CM 1000 when it can be taken either before or at the same time as CM 2110 Fundamentals of ChE 1.  If you have already completed CM 2110, then we recommend a core engineering technical elective instead.  The list of approved core engineering technical electives can be found on the Technical Elective Handout .

Transfer students coming in with at least 50 credits and credit for MA 3160 Multivariable Calculus with Technology have the option to either take the first-year engineering courses ENG 1101 and ENG 1102, or substitute courses.

If you are planning to do a substitute course, then see the Chemical Engineering advisor to have the adjustment made to your degree audit.

An acceptable substitute course for ENG 1101 is a programming course (CS 1121 or CM 3450 are approved).

  • CS 1121 Introduction to Programming I – 3 credits; the starting point of the computer science program; Fall, Spring, Summer
  • CM 3450 Computer-Aided Problem Solving – 3 credits; alternate Fall semesters (even years)

An acceptable substitute course for ENG 1102 is any non-research course on the core engineering technical electives list (found on the Technical Electives Handout).  In particular, the courses below are recommended:

  • EE 3010 Circuits and Instrumentation – 3 credits; designed for nonmajors; Fall, Spring, Summer
  • MEEM 2110 Statics – 3 credits; Fall, Spring, Summer
  • ENG 2120 Statics-Strength of Materials – 3 credits; Spring

I am a transfer student; do I have to take the first-year engineering courses?

The first-year engineering courses are required for graduation with a B.S. in chemical engineering.  If you have not yet transferred to Michigan Tech, we recommend that you take courses at your home institution that transfer as ENG 1101 and ENG 1102.  The transfer equivalent for ENG 1101 is a computer programming class using an objected-oriented programming language, such as Java or C++.  The transfer equivalent for ENG 1102 is a 3-D solid modeling class using software, such as Solid Works, Unigraphics, or 3-D Autocad.

For transfer students who have not transferred in ENG 1101 and ENG 1102, you may take ENG 1101 and ENG 1102 at Michigan Tech or it is sometimes preferable to substitute courses more appropriate to your experience and educational level.  For more information on this see the policy for when substitutions are allowed for ENG 1101, and ENG 1102.

CM 1000 is not required for graduation (per Departmental vote 10Feb2016) but it is recommended for first-year students, and it counts as a core engineering technical elective.  If you do not take CM 1000 then you must take an additional credit of core engineering technical elective.