Many students find courses outside their major that are of great interest to them. One way to receive formal recognition for taking such extra courses is by meeting the requirements for a minor or a certificate. Each option has a set of rules for meeting those requirements.
The purpose of a minor is to officially recognize a student who takes a prescribed set of courses in a discipline outside their major. To earn a minor, a student must meet the following requirements:
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in minor courses.
- Minimum of six credits must be 3000-level or higher and not used for degree (other than as free electives).
- Minimum of six credits of the 3000 level or higher minor-required courses at Michigan Tech.
- May not be completed after receiving a bachelor’s degree.
- May not be earned with the same title as the student’s major or major concentration for the student’s bachelor’s degree.
A certificate is a body of courses that provides students with knowledge of a disciplinary or interdisciplinary subfield. Departments can offer certificates to both degree seeking and non-degree seeking students. To earn a certificate, a student must meet the following requirements:
- Minimum of a “C” grade in each certificate course (higher in some departments).
- Certificates require one-half of the total credits must be 3000-level or higher (certificates range from 12-25 credits).
- Certificate requirements may be completed during or after completing a bachelor’s degree.
An audit must be completed and approved by the department offering the minor or certificate. An advisor list is available at: www.mtu.edu/registrar/students/advising/list/. For details on specific minors and/or certificates, visit: www.admin.mtu.edu/catalog/academic/.