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Repeating Courses

If your earn a grade of CD or below in a course, the course may be repeated. By repeating a course, you have the opportunity to learn the material better, which will help you in future courses as well as improve your GPA. Below is a list of how it works:

  • You may repeat courses with a grade of CD or lower.
  • The most recent grade is used in your GPA calculation, even if it is lower than the previous grade.
  • Your official transcripts will indicate NR (no grade– repeated) for any earlier attempt(s) at the course.
  • You may repeat a course no more than two times (i.e., take a course three times).
  • Special permission from the Dean of Students (170 Administration Building, deanofstudents@mtu.edu, 906-487-2212), Financial Aid, and your academic advisor is required to repeat a course a second and final time.

If you have questions regarding which classes to re-take you should contact your academic advisor.

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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)
HUFA, SBS, OR HASS (3)

* 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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Repeating Courses

If your earn a grade of CD or below in a course, the course may be repeated. By repeating a course, you have the opportunity to learn the material better, which will help you in future courses as well as improve your GPA. Below is a list of how it works:

  • You may repeat courses with a grade of CD or lower.
  • The most recent grade is used in your GPA calculation, even if it is lower than the previous grade.
  • Your official transcripts will indicate NR (no grade– repeated) for any earlier attempt(s) at the course.
  • You may repeat a course no more than two times (i.e., take a course three times).
  • Special permission from the Dean of Students (170 Administration Building, deanofstudents@mtu.edu, 906-487-2212), Financial Aid, and your academic advisor is required to repeat a course a second and final time.

If you have questions regarding which classes to re-take you should contact your academic advisor.

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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.

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)
HUFA, SBS, OR HASS (3)

* 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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What engineering degree programs are offered at Michigan Tech

The College of Engineering at Michigan Tech offers the following degrees:

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When do I need to choose my engineering major

The first year or year and a half is common for all engineering programs depending on math readiness (see semester schedules above). With the help of an academic advisor in Engineering Fundamentals (efadvise@mtu.edu), students that still have not decided by the time they complete the first year program, may be able to take common classes for another one or two semesters. Note: this may extend the date of graduation depending on which major is finally chosen.

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