Category: FAQs

Where to Go for Help

Many things come into play during college life that increase stress. Trying to balance everything is tough. Here is a list of campus resources that you may find helpful. If you do not know where to go, you can always talk with a professor or academic advisor.


Choosing a Career/Major, Changing Majors

How to Choose a Career/Major?
There are many factors that go into choosing a career/major. Here are some steps to help:

  • Complete MyPlan on the Career Services web page (see details below).
  • Meet with Career Services to review MyPlan results.
  • Talk with engineers (parents, friends, home/local companies, etc.).
  • Talk to prospective department advisor.
  • Investigate information about different engineering fields at the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

MyPlan can help you in selecting a career. It has four parts: Myer-Briggs personality test, a skills test, an interests’ inventory and a values’ test. It takes approximately an hour to complete all four parts of the test. The results show areas of aptitude. In order to review the results with someone at Career Services, students need to give the Career Services access to their results before beginning the test. Then, students need to make an appointment with a professional in the Career Services office (906-487-2313).

Changing Majors
If you are a new student at Michigan Tech, contact Admissions (mtu4u@mtu.edu, G29 Administration Building) before Wednesday, second week of classes. After Wednesday second week of classes, you must meet with the academic advisor of your new department. For some majors, you will also need to meet the GPA or course requirements for that department. Below is a list of the Engineering Academic Advisors.

Engineering Advisors Contact Information


Waiver Forms and Required Signatures

It is best to check course pre-reqs, co-reqs, and restrictions before registration opens. This will allow you time to get appropriate signatures or make other plans for your schedule. You can check the course pre-reqs, co-reqs, and restrictions in the course descriptions listing by clicking the CRN in the Schedule of Classes or by looking at the undergraduate course descriptions.

When registering, if you get an error, read the error. Many times the error is due to a time conflict or lack of a co-requisite course (i.e. UN1002 has a required Lecture and Lab). You can easily correct these errors by selecting a class at another time or adding the co-requisite course. If you still are unable to register, check the course pre-reqs, co-reqs, and restrictions to see if you may need a waiver.

Types of waivers (who to go to for approval):

  1. Grading Option/Credit Change Form
    • To take a class as Pass-Fail or Audit – not used for courses required to graduate (academic advisor and instructor)
    • To take a variable credit course, i.e. independent study (academic advisor and instructor)
  2. Credit Overload Permission Form
    • Students in good standing going over 18 credits (academic advisor)
    • Students on probation going over 16 credits (Student Affairs)
  3. Special Approval/Restriction Waiver Form
    • Major (department offering the course)
    • Level – Undergraduate or Graduate (department offering the course)
    • Special Approval
      • Instructor Approval – i.e. enterprise (instructor)
    • Prerequisite (instructor)
    • Corequisite (instructor)
    • Class Restriction to be Waived – Freshman, Sophomore, etc. (instructor)
  4. Time Conflict/Exam Conflict Permission Form (all instructors of conflicting courses)
  5. Full Section – (department offering the course)
    Check to see if another section would work if you rearranged your schedule. If not, go to department that offers the class for permission to enroll in a filled-section.

To obtain approval for a waiver:

  • Print the appropriate “waiver form” from the Registrar’s Office website.
  • Complete the form and obtain signature approval from the course instructor or advisor for the department offering the course.
  • Bring completed, signed waivers to Student Services Center in the Admin Building.

Class Restriction on a UN course:
UN1015 and UN1025 are restricted to Freshman during initial registration. If you have AP or transfer credits that place you in a higher class (i.e., Sophomore), you may be able to get a waiver to register for 1st-year UN classes. Go to the Student Service Center for a Class Restriction waiver. For students that did not take their UN course/s during the 1st year, class restrictions for the UN courses will be removed after the freshmen have scheduled (near the end of the registration period).


Dropping a Class

When a student drops a 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 how 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. After Orientation, all first-year students must meet with their academic advisor to drop a class. After 3rd week, all first-year students must meet with their academic advisor and instructor to drop a class. This allows the student to discuss the ramifications before dropping a class. All students must go to the Student Service Center to drop classes through the Friday of 10th Week. The last day to drop a class with a withdraw (W) grade is Friday of Week 10. After the last day to drop, students who have extenuating circumstances must appeal to the Student Affairs office for a Late Drop. The instructions for requesting a Late Drop can be found at: www.mtu.edu/dean/conduct/policy/late-drop/.

If a student plans to drop all of their courses and withdraw from the university, this can be done at any time during the semester. For information on how to do this go to the following website: www.mtu.edu/registrar/students/registration/policies/withdrawal/.


Transferring Classes to Michigan Tech

If you are going to take classes elsewhere, make sure that the course(s) will transfer to Michigan Tech as the course(s) you need BEFORE you take the class.

1) Check for the course on the Transfer Equivalency System.

2) If the course you want is NOT on the Transfer Credit Equivalency list, you may request to have it evaluated by sending information to the Michigan Tech Transfer Services Office.

Transfer Services Coordinator

Required Information for Transfer Evaluation

  • University or college name
  • Course ID and title
  • Course Catalog Description

Additional information may be required

  • Syllabus including
    • Textbook(s) used
    • Detailed Description
    • Course Outline

3) Transferring:

  • a) Register for the course (for other Michigan colleges, use the Guest Application),
  • b) Earn a grade of “C” or better (the grade will not transfer, but the credit will), and
  • c) Have your official transcripts sent to Michigan Tech.
    • Office of Student Records & Registration
    • Admin Bldg 110
    • 1400 Townsend Avenue
    • Houghton, MI 49931-1295

4) Prereqs: If any course you plan to take off campus is a prerequisite for your next semester on campus, you will need to notify Transfer Services (Ms. Nancy Gagnon, transfer@mtu.edu). She will then enter a prerequisite waiver to prevent any course scheduling issues.

5) On-line courses may sound easier since you can approach the class in your own time. Though this is true for some classes, on-line classes also require self-motivation and a time commitment on your part. Before taking the class, check into the course requirements, including internet access, exam proctors, etc.

Michigan Tech (select link, “For Online Learners”) – http://www.mtu.edu/ets/techonline/getting-started/

Michigan Community College Virtual Learning Collaborative- http://vcampus.mccvlc.org/

Michigan Transfer Network – http://www.michigantransfernetwork.org/

Always double check that the course transfers as your required course by contacting the Transfer Office.


First-Year Courses (what classes will 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).


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 Office (1st Floor Administration Building, deanofstudents@mtu.edu, 906-487-2212) and your academic advisor is required to take a course a third and final time.
  • You might not be able to receive financial aid for retaking a course you already passed.  For more information: http://www.mtu.edu/finaid/understanding/requirements/.
  • Students who receive GI Bill benefits cannot be certified for or receive compensation for repeating a course they have previously passed. For more information, please see the School Certifying Official in the Registrar’s Office.

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


Last Day to Drop with a “W” October 21, 2011 (Friday, Week 8)

The last day to drop a class with a withdraw (W) grade is Friday of Week 8. All first-year students must meet with their academic advisor and instructor to drop a class. This allows the student to discuss the ramifications before dropping a class. After the last day to drop, students who have extenuating circumstances must appeal to the Student Affairs office for a Late Drop. The instructions for requesting a Late Drop can be found at: www.admin.mtu.edu/dos/latedrop.htm. For more information regarding W grades, see the September blog “Last day to drop without a ‘W’“.


Need help in a class?

As you are getting into your classes, you may find that you need extra help on a topic. If you have questions, go see your professor during office hours, or e-mail your professor to set up an appointment. Learning Centers are another resource on campus:

  • Chemistry: 208 Chem Sciences and Eng Building
  • Engineering Fundamentals: 209 Dillman, Sunday- Thursday, 7pm-9pm
  • Mathematics: 128 Fisher Hall
  • Physics: 228 Fisher Hall
  • Multiliteracies Center (formerly the Writing Center): 107 Walker Arts and Humanities Center

Last day to drop without a “W” is September 16, 2011 (Friday, Week 3)

When a student drops a class between 1st and 3rd weeks, nothing appears on their transcripts. When a student drops a class between 4th and 8th 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 8th Week.