Day: September 15, 2014

Last Day to Drop Without a “W” (Withdrawal) is September 19, 2014 (Friday, Week 3)

All first-year students must meet with their academic advisor to drop a class after orientation. All students must go to the Student Service Center to drop classes after 1st week.

When a student drops a full semester class between 1st and 3rd weeks, nothing appears on their transcripts. When a student drops a class between 4th and 10th weeks, a withdrawal grade (W) appears on their transcripts. This indicates that the student took the class for a significant amount of time (more than 3 weeks) and then decided to drop the class. One W on a transcript is not a big deal (check with Financial Aid to see a W grade will affect your financial aid, scholarships, or loans). More than a couple of Ws will start to indicate to a potential employer that a student cannot complete what they set out to do.

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No Time for Lunch?

Do you have a meal plan with the Residence Hall but skip lunch because you have classes through lunch time? You could get a bag lunch from your dining hall, and here is how it works:

Dining Service provides bag lunches for students in the residence halls that cannot make it to lunch due to their class schedule (note, class schedules will be checked to confirm lunch-time conflicts). To request a lunch, ask any dining services staff person for a Bag Lunch form. To complete the form, you will need to specify service days and pickup times. Bag lunches, which will require a swipe when picked up, include a sandwich of your choice, fruit, chips, yogurt, and cookie. You will need to pick up your bag lunch at your dining hall.

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Writing Professional E-Mails

Professional e-mails (those going to a professor or to a prospective employer) are different from personal e-mails or text messages in several ways.

  • Include a descriptive and detailed subject line for the e-mail. See the following examples:
    • Poor: I have a question
    • Better: ENG1101 Homework
    • Best: ENG1101 Homework due 9/12/2013, Problem 3.5
  • Address the person you are e-mailing (e.g., Hello Dr. Smith,).
  • Use full sentences.
  • Use capitals and punctuation.
  • Do not shorten words (i.e., use “you” instead of “u”).
  • Spell check the e-mail.
  • Sign the e-mail.
    • Thank you,
    • Your Name
    • Your Contact Information

Here are some tips for e-mailing questions to a professor or an academic advisor.

  1. Explain who you are and what you need help with. Include any important background information.
  2. List your questions in a numbered list rather than paragraph format. It is easy to lose questions in a paragraph.
  3. Sign your full name, course, day and time of course, or your full name and major.

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First-Year Engineering Courses (what do I take next)

The courses in which you enroll during your first 2-3 semesters at Michigan Tech will depend largely upon your initial math placement, and somewhat upon your intended major. For course descriptions, go to the Michigan Tech undergraduate course descriptions.

If you start out in Calculus I (MA1160) or higher,$ your approximate schedule for your first two semesters will be (see your academic advisor for any changes):

Fall 1 (15-17 credits) Spring 1 (15-17 credits)
MA1160 or higher$ – Calculus I (4-5) *
ENG1101 – Engineering Analysis & Problem Solving (3)*
PH1100 – Physics Lab (1)*
CH1150 – Chemistry I (3)**
CH1151 – Chemistry I Lab (1)
UN1015 – Composition (3) (English)
MA2160 or higher$ – Calculus II (4)
ENG1102 – Engineering Modeling & Design (3)
PH2100 – Physics I (3)
Major Specific Elective (1-4)
UN1025 – Global Issues (3) (Social Studies)

* Learning community scheduled: Groups of 20-24 students are scheduled in the indicated classes.
** Chemistry readiness guidelines
$ Typical Math sequence: MA1160 or MA1161, MA2160, MA3160, (MA2321 and MA3521) or (MA2320, MA3520). NOTE: Electrical Engineering students typically take MA2320/1 and MA3520/1 before MA3160. Computer Engineering degree does not require MA3160.

If you start out in PreCalculus (MA1032), your approximate schedule for your first three semesters will be (see your academic advisor for any changes):

Fall 1 (12-14 credits) Spring 1 (14-18 credits) Fall 2 (14-17 credits)
MA1032-PreCalculus (4)*
ENG1001-Engrg Problem Solving (2)*
CH1000-Prep Chem (3)**
OR CH1150-Chemistry I (3)
AND CH1151-Chemistry Lab (1)
UN1015-Composition (3) (English)Optional: HUFA, SBS, OR HASS (3)
MA1161-Calculus I+ (5)
ENG1100-Engrg Analysis (2)
PH100-Physics Lab (1)*
UN1025-Global Issues (3) (Social Studies)
If CH1000 in Fall 1 then:
CH1150-Chemistry I (3)
AND CH1151-Chem Lab (1)Optional: HUFA, SBS, OR HASS (3)
MA2160-Calculus II (4)
ENG1102-Engineering Modeling & Design (3)
PH2100-Physics I (3)
Major Specific Elective (1-4)

* Learning community scheduled: Groups of 20-24 students are scheduled in the indicated classes.
** Chemistry readiness guidelines

If you start in College Algebra I (MA1030), you will start your engineering sequence Fall 2 and Spring 2 and will look like the Calculus I schedule above (see your academic advisor for any changes).

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Michigan Tech Language and Acronyms

As with every type of organization, Michigan Technological University (also known as “Tech,” “MTU,” and “Michigan Tech”) has a unique language and associated acronyms. The following are some definitions to help you learn Michigan Tech’s unique language.

  • Admin: Administration Building
  • audit: Taking a course without credit or grade
  • by ARR or by arrangement: Student is able to set the time of the class or appointment
  • co-curricular: A physical activity course, such as skiing or swimming
  • co-op: Professional activity supervised by an experienced professional in a job that places a high degree of responsibility on the student
  • co-req or Co-requisite: A course that MUST be taken in combination with the given course
  • CRN: Course Registration Number
  • degree audit: Form to fill out that lists all the classes to complete a given degree
  • DHH: Douglass Houghton Hall, the smallest residence hall
  • diff EQ: Differential equations course
  • EERC (pronounced “erk”or “E-E-R-C”): Electrical Energy Resources Center
  • Gates: The tennis center located near the SDC
  • GPA: Grade Point Average
  • GRE: Graduate Record Examination taken as a senior for acceptance to graduate school
  • HASS (pronounced “hass”): Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences courses that count toward General Education requirements
  • Heights: Daniell Heights Apartments
  • internship: Summer job within engineering or another given field
  • late drop: Dropping a course after the drop date because of extenuating circumstances
  • McNair: Residence hall on the east end of campus
  • ME-EM (pronounced “meem” or “M-E-E-M”): R.L. Smith Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics Building
  • MUB: The Memorial Union Building
  • pass/fail: A grading option for assessing student performance in a course. Taking a course where the grade is not calculated into the GPA and credits may only be counted toward free elective credits in the degree requirements
  • PE or Professional Engineer: Licensed engineer that can offer his/her services to the public
  • pre-req or prerequisite: A course that MUST be taken prior to taking the given course
  • pre-req (C) or concurrent prerequisite: A prerequisite course that MAY be taken during the same semester (concurrently) as the course for which it is a prerequisite
  • SDC: Student Development Complex; athletic and recreational facility for use by all students
  • special topics course: A class format that allows for special title and focus, which may be different from section to section and from semester to semester
  • TBD or To Be Determined: Time offer of a class that will be scheduled around all registered students’
  • Union: Memorial Union Building
  • USG: Undergraduate Student Government
  • Wads: Wadsworth Hall, the largest residence hall
  • Walker: The Walker Arts and Humanities Center

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First-Year Engineering Learning Center

Engineering Fundamentals has a First-Year Engineering Learning Center for students taking first-year ENG courses. If you have questions regarding your ENG course you can see your instructor or go to the First-Year Engineering Learning Center.

  • Room: 208 Dillman
  • Sunday – Thursday
  • 7-9pm
  • Staffed with Coaches

Dillman 208 is also open for students to do homework when there is not a class in the room.

If you need help with other classes, there are other learning centers available across campus.

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Important University Dates

Each semester, Michigan Tech has important dates regarding course schedule changes. These are based on the week of the semester (i.e., Orientation week is Week 0, the first week of classes is Week 1,  etc.). After orientation all first-year students will need their advisor’s signature to drop or add a course. Below is a list of these important dates (Add and Drop refer to adding and dropping a course):

  • Last day to Add (without instructor’s signature): Friday, Week 1
  • Last day to Late Add (with instructor’s signature): Wednesday, Week 2
  • Last day to Drop with a refund: Wednesday, Week 2
  • Last day to Drop with no record: Friday, Week 3
  • Last day to Drop (Withdraw) with a W grade: Friday, Week 10

For a full list of university academic dates go to the following link.

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