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ECE Engineering Explorations

As a first-year student engaging in Michigan Tech’s Engineering Fundamentals program, you are required to learn about some of the different engineering majors on campus. We’re glad that you’re here this evening; whether you’re already declared as EE/CpE/RE or looking to find out what major is right for you, we hope the information shared here is valuable.

Some resources that you may want to look at:

Electrical Engineering Flow Charts (plus double major info)
Electrical Engineering Concentrations
Computer Engineering Flow Charts
Robotics Engineering Flow Charts
EE minor information

Blue Marble
Robotic Systems
Wireless Communication
IT Oxygen

Want to learn more but missed a session? You can still sign up to attend one of the future dates, and recordings will be made available as well.

I’m ready to change majors into ECE! What next? First, check out the requirements for changing into an ECE major. From there, you can schedule a time to meet with Judy (EE, RE, double major, minor) or Liz (CpE).

How to search for General Education class

Looking for a General Education Course? Practice searching on the Schedule of Classes using various Subjects and Attribute Types.

  1. Run your degree audit and find out which general education course areas you have not yet filled. (if you aren’t sure)
  2. Search in the Schedule of Classes (SOC) using the Subject and Attribute fields. Example:
Click the “Class Search” button to see what courses are offered in the semester you are searching. You’ll see if seats are available and the days and times of sections.

3. Use the complete list of general education courses to find the Subjects (Department) that offer gen ed courses. Try searching for co-curricular courses that you’d enjoy.

4. To search on all courses offered by Subject, leave the Attribute Type at ‘All’ and leave the Course Number field blank.

5. To search on one course, for example, EE2190, Highlight subject “Electrical & Computer Engrg”, then enter 2190 in the Course Number field.

Robotics Engineering degree: New for Fall 2020!

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department is pleased to offer the Bachelor of Science degree in Robotics Engineering beginning fall 2020 for the academic year of requirements, 2020-2021.

The Robotics Engineering degree encompasses the three disciplines of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Computer Science.

Students develop skills and knowledge to find creative solutions to engineering problems involving robots or robotic systems. Joining the Robotic Systems Enterprise (RSE), where students work in the research and design of robotic systems, is encouraged!

Engineering Design requirements: student have two choices, the year-long company-sponsored Senior Design program (EE4901/MEEM4901 + EE4910/MEEM4911) and four semesters of Enterprise project work. The approved enterprises for meeting engineering design requirements are:
Aerospace, Blue Marble Security, Robotic Systems, and Wireless Communications. Other will be considered for UPC approval on a case by case basis.

Advising: Contact Judy Burl, or, EERC 131, 906-487-2232

Summer course option for Fall 2020 incoming class

Are you considering a head start on your ECE Degree? This is not required, however, you may take a summer course at a discounted price! The details are listed on our Admissions Website.

Summer 2020 recommended courses for Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering majors who are admitted for Fall 2020:

Do not take a course for which you may be earning AP or transfer credit. Students should not take more than one course from each General Education list (consider any AP or transfer credits you may earn).

One of the following is appropriate for all engineering degrees:
UN1025 – Global Issues, 3 credits
FA2520 or HU2324 or HU2503 or HU2538 or HU2700 (one of these will satisfy the Critical & Creative Thinking core list)
PSY2000 or EC2001 or SS2700 (one of these will satisfy the Social Responsibility/Ethical Reasoning core list)
MA1161 – Calculus I, (if Calc I is the correct starting math course for you)

Computer Engineers may include this as their choice:
CS1121 – Introduction to programming I

Electrical Engineers may include one of these as their choice:
CH1150 and CH1151 – University Chemistry I and Lab
MSE2100 – Introduction to Material Science and Engineering (will apply toward the SELECT approved elective area)

Electrical Engineers who are interested in pursuing a Computer Science minor or Computer Engineering double-major may take CS1121. If undecided, it is OK to postpone this class until later.

CH1150 and CH1151 will apply toward the Computer Engineering degree in the 2nd Discipline math and science electives area. Later, there are will be two other choices, in case you do not want to take Chemistry.

One of the other lower level Humanities, Arts and Social Science courses may be a choice for you, as 6 credits of lower level HASS are allowed. Ensure you don’t have the lower-level HASS already covered from incoming AP or Transfer credits.

If you have questions, please contact the academic advisor for your major:
Computer Engineers: Liz Fujita,
Electrical Engineers: Judy Burl,

Co-curricular Repeatability

New beginning Fall 2020: 0.5-credit co-curricular courses may be repeated one time for up to 1.0 unit to count toward the General Education Co-Curricular requirement. 

This means that any 0.5-unit co-curricular course on the General Education list may be used twice for General Education effective fall 2020 for all undergraduate students. 

Co-curricular courses that are 1.0 unit may still be used only once for the General Education Co-Curricular requirement; that has not changed.

We hope you continue enjoy some of those courses that get you out, moving, and trying something new!


How hard is it to add a minor?

It depends, but some of the minors fit fairly neatly into the Electrical Engineering and/or Computer Engineering programs. Minors require completion of at least 18 credits, 9 of which need to be upper level and completed here at Michigan Tech.

Check out the list of minors offered in the undergraduate catalog. The page includes links to the minor program audits. It is important to look carefully at the number of credits required, and at what level.

Remember: just like your major, it is your responsibility to make sure you meet all the requirements!

How do I declare a minor?

If you have specific questions about a minor, talk to the minor’s advisor. Sometimes it is the same person as the major’s primary academic advisor, but not always! To formally declare a minor, submit a Curriculum Add/Drop request within MyMichiganTech.

Can I do any minor?

Not quite. Computer Engineering majors (as well as EE/CpE double majors) may not pursue a minor in EE nor CS. The purpose of Computer Engineering is to be a convergence of those two programs, so your coursework has that amount of skill (and more!) built in.

Some minors will fit more neatly into your degree program. For instance, some credits might double-count as electives or fit into your HASS selections. Others will require more work above-and-beyond your degree requirements – but can certainly be worthwhile.

About Common Minors (coming soon!)

CS (EE only)

Math Minor

The math minor fits well with both Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering. Depending on how early you make the choice to add a math minor, you can double-count most of the credits with other requirements that you would need to fulfill anyway.

Below are some guides to show you where courses will double-count and what amount of extra work you may need to do. In summary:

Electrical Engineers: With careful planning ahead, you can fit the entire minor into your program. This does not apply to everyone, though – check your personal situation carefully! You may need to take up to two additional courses (6 credits) beyond your degree requirements.

Computer Engineers: With careful planning ahead, you can fit almost the entire minor into your program. If you plan well, you can use one of the two extra courses as your Math/Science elective, leaving just one course above-and-beyond your requirements. This does not apply to everyone, though – check your personal situation carefully!

More details:

Math Minor Requirements (EE)

Edited version of the math minor audit as it related to EE. Click to enlarge.

Math Minor Requirements (CpE)

Edited version of the math minor audit as it related to CpE. Click to enlarge.

Spring 2020 ECE Waitlist

If you are trying to register for an ECE department course (one that begins with EE), you may submit your information via our Waitlist. This will alert us to pressing needs that you might have.

We will do our best to help solve your situation, with priority given to those graduating soonest.

In the meantime, plan ahead! Have a plan B (or plan C) schedule. Consider if there are any alternative courses you can take, or at different times!