Category: Academic

First-Year 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.


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.


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.

http://www.mtu.edu/registrar/students/calendars/academic/


First-year advising meetings

During fall semester, all academic advisors meet with first-year students to go over the requirements for the department, scheduling, and degree options. Students who are undecided (General Engineering) about which engineering discipline they want to pursue should attend the meeting with Engineering Fundamentals. These students are also welcome to attend any department meeting (see list below).

  • Biomedical: 10/15/2012, 5pm, 642 DOW
  • Chemical: 10/8/2012, 6pm, 102 Chem Sci
  • Civil: during CE1000, 10/8/2012, 2pm, U115 M&M
  • Electrical & Computer: ECE will schedule your appointment and notify you via e-mail, 131 EERC
  • Environmental: during ENVE1501, 10/9/2012, 2pm, 101 Chem Sci, other students by appointment, e-mail Ms. Ross (jzross@mtu.edu)
  • General/Undecided & Bachelor of Science: 10/17/2012, 6pm, 641 DOW
  • Geological: during GE1100, 10/17/2012, 4pm, 320 Dillman, other students by appointment, e-mail Dr. Gierke (jsgierke@mtu.edu)
  • Materials: please schedule an appointment with Ms. Kramer (ruthie@mtu.edu)
  • Mechanical: 10/15/2012, 5pm, 112 MEEM

Last day to drop without a “W” (withdraw) is September 21, 2012 (Friday, Week 3)

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 withdraw 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. 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 through the Friday of 10th Week.


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 Teaching Assistants

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.


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.

http://www.mtu.edu/registrar/students/calendars/academic/


Changing Fall 2012 Schedule

Whether you have decided to change your major, retake a class, or just want classes at different times, you may find yourself wondering if you should change your schedule. Fall 2011 registration will be open most of the summer, with a brief shutdown in mid-July. Before rescheduling classes, make sure that there are seats available in the classes that you intend to switch into. If you are changing your major and are unsure of which classes to take, contact that major’s academic advisor . If you need to get into a class that is full, here are some options:

  1. Check to see if there are open sections that may fit in your schedule if you move other classes. Double check seating availability for all classes that you will need to move before changing your schedule.
  2. Contact the department of the class that is full to see if you can get into the class.
  3. If you cannot get into a class, contact your academic advisor to see what other class you should take.

If a class is full, or you do not have the pre-reqs or there is a major or class restriction, then you will need a waiver to get into the class; contact the department offering the class.


Studying Abroad

Participating in the Study Abroad program can be an exciting and life-changing experience. Studying abroad can be done during the summer, or for one semester or two semesters. Whether you know what country you would like to visit or simply want to know the opportunities available to you, visit the International Programs and Services (IPS) website (www.mtu.edu/international/study-abroad/program/).
Once you have determined that you want to study abroad, start the process by contacting the IPS office. As long as you plan ahead, courses taken abroad can be used to satisfy your degree requirements and should not impact your graduation date. Coordination is required among the IPS staff, your academic advisor, and other departments to determine course offerings and to get them pre-approved to transfer to Michigan Tech.


Taking Summer Classes

Some students take summer classes at Michigan Tech to replace a grade, to lighten the credits of a future semester(s), or for a great excuse to enjoy the Copper Country summers. Summer 2012 course offerings at Michigan Tech are now available at: www.mtu.edu/registrar/students/registration/prepare.
When you are scheduling, please note that some courses run the full summer semester and some run the first or second half of the semester. The dates the course will run are listed on-line when you register. Keep in mind a half-semester course requires the full amount of work in half the time (i.e., the course is taught at an accelerated pace).