- Find a faculty supervisor. Approach a faculty member who is doing research that interests you and request to work with them. Together you will settle on the research project details. See the research brochure for a list of items you’ll need from your faculty supervisor.
- Pass the department’s safety test. Go to the ChE department office (Chem Sci room 203) to sign up to take the test.
- Complete the enrollment request form. Go to the Department’s undergraduate research webpage to complete the enrollment request form.
- Verify your registration. You will be contacted once you’ve been enrolled in the class. Verify your registration by checking your schedule on Banweb.
When you do a class search on Banweb you can filter the classes by attributes.
To do this you need to go to the advanced search page. Then use the shift key to select all the subject areas, and select the attribute type for which you are searching. The attributes are defined as follows:
- For the Critical & Creative Thinking core list, select the attribute type “Critical/Creative Think’g CORE”
- For the Social Responsibility & Ethical Reasoning core list, select the attribute type “Soc Resp/Ethical Reason CORE”
- For the Communication and Composition HASS list, select the attribute type “Composition or Communication”
- For the Humanities and Fine Arts HASS list, select the attribute type “Humanities & Fine Arts”
- For the Social and Behavioral Sciences HASS list, select the attribute type “Social & Behavioral Science”
- For the Restricted HASS list, select the attribute type “HASS Restricted”
- For the co-curricular courses list, select the attribute type “Co-Curricular Phys Activity”
Once you register for a course it is critical that you run your online degree audit to ensure that it is being used towards your degree where expected. If it is not then see your advisor to find out why. Sometimes the issue is because you’ve enrolled in the wrong class and sometimes the issue is with the audit.
In the spring semester there is one section of CH 1161 University Chemistry Lab II and one section of CH 1163 University Chemistry Recitation II that is reserved for only chemistry majors, which is not us. This section is indicated under “course comments” when you click on the CRN for any of the lab or recitation sections.
You will need to choose a different section of CH 1161 and/or CH 1163.
Note that CH 1163 U Chem II recitation is recommended because of positive feedback we’ve received from students who have taken it. They tell us that it is even more helpful than U Chem I recitation because U Chem II is more new material and less review of high school chemistry topics than U Chem I. If you choose to take U Chem II recitation then it can count towards your free elective requirement.
The ENT 4950 and ENT 4960 courses are reserved for students who are using an Enterprise project for their senior design project.
You will be allowed to register for ENT 4950 during the regular fall registration period that opens in March. You will need department permission from the advising office before enrolling and must have started in the Enterprise no later than spring of your junior year. You will also need to have already completed or be concurrently enrolled in CM 4855 . Subsequently, during early fall semester you will need to submit an abstract detailing your project to have your project approved for senior design. You must complete both ENT 4950 and ENT 4960 for the project to qualify for the senior design substitution.
Both CM 4855 CM Process Analysis & Design I (fall) and CM 4860 CM Process Analysis & Design 2 (spring) are required for all chemical engineering students. For approved projects, one credit from ENT 4960 substitutes for CM 4861. The additional three credits that you earn from ENT 4950 and ENT 4960 can be used towards your technical electives or free electives. If your project is not approved at the abstract stage, then you will need to take CM 4861 CM Design Laboratory 2 in the spring semester.
To receive departmental permission complete the Google form Declaration of intent to complete alternative senior design project. You will be notified via email when you’ve been given permission to enroll in ENT 4950.
See related: How do I get a project approved for senior design?
Registration is always right around the corner, and before it arrives, it’s best to get prepared. Those of you who have tried to make an appointment with Katie near registration time know that her schedule fills up. She has “walk-in” office hours weeks 9-11, so you will not need an appointment, but you may face some lines. With this post I reach out to you with some advice to ensure that you have a good registration season.
Katie’s walk-in office hours schedule is posted here: blogs.mtu.edu/chem-eng-undergrad/
If you are uncertain what classes you need to take, please take a look at our video on Planning your Schedule.
Planning your schedule begins with the planning handout at this link (http://www.chem.mtu.edu/~fmorriso/advising/2015MoreAdvisingInfoHandout4SemPlanFAM.pdf), which shows a 4-year plan of how the Chemical Engineering curriculum maps out. I have indicated the classes that cause a bottleneck–these are the classes that are only offered one time per year. Up until the spring of junior year you have flexibility in when you can take classes. The three spring junior classes, however, (transport 2, kinetics, controls) are only offered in the spring. The senior chemical engineering classes (unit and plant operations, plant design, safety and the environment) are only offered once per year as well. This means that you need to be ready for those spring junior classes during the spring that you plan to take them.
The pre-requisites for our classes are summarized on this handout: www.mtu.edu/chemical/undergraduate/advising/pdfs/prerequisite-map.pdf
To plan out your schedule you should map out which semester you intend to take the fixed classes (spring junior classes, senior classes) and then back-calculate when you will take the pre-requisites for those courses.
On the planning handout I have also indicated when classes are offered on-line, and I’ve highlighted some General Education (GenEd) rules that you should be mindful of as you plan out your GenEd choices.
Finally, once things get close to graduation, every requirement must be met and this can get confusing sometimes. For checking or auditing your compliance with your degree requirements Michigan Tech uses DARS: Degree Audit Reporting System. Go to your Banweb account, log in, and look for Degree audit. You can run your own degree audit. It takes a minute or two for the computer to slot all your courses into the various bins or “buckets” where they satisfy requirements. When it’s finished, you can take a look. Green is good; red is bad. You will see all kinds of lists and requirements that are checked. It is a computer program and online, so hopefully you can poke around a bit and figure out how it’s working. If you are a transfer student or if you transferred in courses, it is very helpful for sorting out what credits count for what.
Please take a look at your DARS and see how your credits earned are stacking up towards getting your CM degree. If you look over the attached sheet, consult the pre-req map, look at your degree audit, and make use of the handouts for minors and technical electives that are on the Advising web page, you will see that registration is a snap.
Thanks for your patience during registration season. We will endeavor to answer all your questions and hopefully we can find a solution that will lead to a smooth path towards your BS in chemical engineering.
More helpful links:
- Blank semester plan
- Blank time of day
- Schedule of alternate year tech electives
- Undergrad research form
- Trifolds for minors
- Forms for registration stoppers
- Form for changing major, adding minor
There are two parts to CM 3215 Transport Lab, a lecture (section 0A) and labs (sections L01, L02, etc.). If you do not enroll in both the lecture and lab sections then you will receive a link error.
There are a number of classes that have multiple parts (a lecture, recitation, and/or lab), and you must enroll in all of the parts to register for the class. If you only register for one part you will get a registration error that says “Linked Course Required”. If you look at the section column when you search for classes (labeled “Sec”), the lecture sections are lettered (0A, 0B, etc.), the recitation sections start with an R (R01, R02, etc.), and the lab sections start with an L (L01, L02, etc.). All of the parts of a single course will have the same course number.
For example to enroll in CM 3215, Transport Lab, you must register for both the lecture and lab portions:
CM 3215 0A (lecture)
CM 3215 L01 or L02 or etc. (lab)
Classes with multiple parts include: MA 1160, MA 1161, MA 2160, MA 3160, CM 3215, CM 3310, CM 4110, CM 4120, and CM 4855.
Some classes instead require a “co-requisite”. This means that you must sign up for both classes (different course numbers) or you will get a “Linked Course Required” error. Classes that require co-requisites include: CH 1150/CH 1151, CH 1160/CH 1161, and MA 2321/MA 3521.
Per the Registrar’s office on 18March2015, students with more than 30 transfer credits can register themselves through Banweb. Visit the Chemical Engineering 24/7 Advising page (blog) and the ChemE Advising Handout page to see Chemical Engineering degree requirements and suggested schedules. Once you have taken a crack at sorting out a schedule, email the ChemE advisor at email@example.com to receive additional advice.
Students with fewer than 30 transfer credits will be registered by the Registrar’s office in July as part of the incoming first-year registration process that puts first-year students into “cohorts”. See the website for the website for the Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success (Scheduling Information for Engineering Majors) for more information about cohorts and first-year student scheduling. Some first-year classes are added during orientation and cannot be added ahead of time.
If you are having difficulty enrolling in your UN class due to a “class restriction” error, then please read the directions below:
If you are a first-year student and are bringing in AP, dual enrollment, or transfer credit then you may no longer have the freshman class standing that is required to enroll in the freshman UN classes (Compositions and Global Issues). You will need a class restriction waiver. Usually these waivers are put in place ahead of time by the Registrar’s office. You can see if you already have this waiver by going to the “Check Your Registration Status” page on Banweb. If you don’t have the waiver then you must go to the Student Services Center in the Admin building. Tell them you are a first-year, and they should automatically give you the waiver.
New Transfer Students
If you are a new transfer student and you no longer have the freshman class standing that is required to enroll in the UN classes then you will need a class restriction waiver. Usually these waivers are put in place ahead of time by the Registrar’s office. You can see if you already have this waiver by going to the “Check Your Registration Status” page on Banweb. If you don’t have the waiver then you must go to the Student Services Center in the Admin building. Tell them you are a new transfer student, and they should automatically give you the waiver.
If you are a second-year student who is trying to take Compositions (now UN 1015) you will not automatically get a waiver. The policy of the Registrar’s office is to allow first-year students and new transfer students to register ahead of all others seeking to enroll in the first-year General Education classes. After the first-year students have completed registering (after Wednesday of the second week of registration) the restrictions on class will be lifted from the courses and anyone can register. If you think you should be allowed to register ahead, please go to the Student Services Center in the Admin building and request to get added to the class you seek.
If you are a returning Michigan Tech student who chose not to take the UN classes in their usual semester then you will need to wait until the freshmen have enrolled in their classes.
Registration for spring semester: Class restrictions on spring semester UN classes will be lifted at the end of the second week of registration. An email from the Michigan Tech Registrar’s Office will be sent out once these class restrictions have been removed and you will be able to register for these classes at that time.
Registration for fall semester: The class restrictions for fall semester UN classes are usually not removed until the end of Orientation week in the fall, after the new freshmen have enrolled in the classes.
Registration for summer semester: Summer semester UN classes do not have any class restrictions.
In the fall semester there is one section of CH 2411 Organic Chem Lab I that is reserved for chemistry majors. This section is indicated under “course comments” when you click on the CRN for any of the lab sections.
You will need to choose a different CH 2411 lab section.