– Meet with your advisor. (or at least email them)
– Contact the Center for Student Success – 906-487-3558 – for mentors and workshops.
Stressed? Many things come into play during college life that increase stress. Trying to balance everything is tough. First, remember why you are here and keep reminding yourself of that. Second, you are here for yourself and not anyone else. Watch out for number one!
Why am I here? Your goal may be something like this: To earn a nationally accredited electrical engineering or computer engineering degree at one of the nation’s top engineering universities. To obtain a position with one of the large, successful companies that hires MTU grads or go on to earn your graduate degree. Awesome.
- Establish personal priorities that will allow you to perform well academically and meet your goal.
- If your friends want you to hang out, but you’ve got homework or a test, hang out another day instead.
- If you are working too many hours, evaluate your need to work and/or consider reduced course loads.
- If you are involved in too many organizations or a position that takes away time and hurts your grades, then cut back, limit your hours, or postpone. You have your entire future to pursue your interests. It’s O.K. to graduate in 4.5 or 5 years.
- Attend all your classes.
- Research at University of Michigan states that the most important factor for success in college is class attendance.
- Don’t skip a class to catch up on sleep or to catch up in another class. This is where you learn what you need to be successful on quizzes, homework and tests.
- If you rely on just reading the textbook, you will miss out on important information.
- Get help when you need it.
- If you are falling behind in any of your classes, see your instructor, a learning center coach and your academic advisor.
- If you are feeling pressures from all corners of your life, see the academic advisor and the Counseling Center. Nip it in the bud. Watch out for number one.
- If your grades are continuously low, see your academic advisor early on.
Get your homework done, study for quizzes and exams first. There will be plenty of time for fun after that. If you reverse this priority – the grades suffer.
Feeling overwhelmed ? Don’t know where to go or what to do? just see Judy. EERC 131. email@example.com
A bit about grades, probation, and suspension:
If you are earning low grades, see your academic advisor early on. Once you get on probation, it can be a very long and difficult process to get yourself back to Good Academic Standing. If your grades do not improve after two semesters, consider whether or not you are in the right major. Continuing on probation leads to academic suspension.
The Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success, 487-3558, offers academic success coaching, 10am – 5pm M-F, Admin Building, room 159.
Our Counseling Services Center offers Academic Counseling. Call (48)7-2538. If you are overwhelmed, unable to focus on homework and studying for exams, experience test anxiety, are depressed, or have high anxiety, call (48) 7- 2538. Learn new study skills and how to focus on what’s important to you, in order to reach your personal goals.
When you are in a tough class, and you just “give up”, do you really want to take the class again? Seek help as soon as you know you need it. See the instructor during office hours and use the learning center. See your academic advisor if you wish to consider dropping a course or changing your major.
Homework: Prepares you to be successful on quizzes and exams. If you don’t understand how to do a problem, don’t let it slide. See your instructor and/or the learning center coach. Do the problem over and over until you can do it yourself without error. Helps you tremendously on exams. Take interest in your subject. One class is a building block for another, so it is important to do well in each.
Instructors: Your instructor wants you to succeed. He/she is not trying to trick you. Ask questions; learn how to learn. Explore the subject. Master the material. Instructors don’t ‘give’ grades, students earn grades. Our curriculum is challenging. Get help as soon as you need it. Know your instructor’s office hours. Your instructors are experts in their fields and enjoy teaching those who want to learn.
Selecting your CpE Technical Electives: This is how you can develop your own specialty or focus area(s) in Computer Engineering. Choose classes you are most interested in, will help you get a CpE job you enjoy or prepare you for a graduate degree in CpE. You can choose more classes in one area for a stronger focus, or choose a variety to have a broader knowledge base.
You may take more CpE technical elective credits than the minimum that is required.
Plan ahead to get the electives you’d like. Most Technical Elective courses are offered in Fall or Spring, NOT BOTH, so plan ahead and know what the pre-requisites are for the elective courses you want AND which semester they are offered in. When you are in your junior-level required courses (if not before), start familiarizing yourself with the list of valid electives and identify the classes you are interested in. Look up and know the pre-reqs. If you’d like to know more about specific CpE skills/knowledge, ask the CpE faculty. They are happy to talk about their areas of specialty and recommend classes.
Here you will find a list of faculty recommened courses listed by area or industry. Click “Technical Electives” to open.
When selecting courses, be sure to use the list that applies to your degree requirements. (DARS contains this, as does the CpE advising page)
Courses: UN3002, UN3003, UN3004, UN3005
A co-op or internship experience is highly recommended. Students gain experience they cannot get in the classroom or labs, not only with technical experience, but just as importantly – with professionalism. Co-op can help you decide which focus area(s) in your field you’d like to pursue with your CpE or EE Electives, or not. Students work side by side with engineers and are usually a part of a team. Co-op experience is great for your resume – it helps you get interviews, and can lead to a permanent job offer or another co-op offer.
When is the best time to go? Work with your academic advisor to determine the best time for you to go. As a general recommendation, after EE2112, and for CpE’s – after CS1141/42, 2321, and perhaps CS3421, is probably ideal. If students co-op earlier in the program, they will become familiar with what certain jobs entail. By co-oping after taking a few junior level core classes, students may find more meaningful work. Start planning early and attend career fairs as early as your 1st year, but certainly in your 2nd year and beyond.
The best place to get details about finding and setting up a co-op is at the Co-op Office in the Career Center – Second Floor of the Admin Building. http://www.mtu.edu/career/students/jobs/co-ops/
Required forms are available in the Career Services Center or Co-op webpage.
- Student Information Form
- Co-op Education Agreement Form
- a copy of your offer letter from your company
Bring or submit above items to Career Services – 2nd Floor Admin bldg. You are considered a full-time MTU student while on co-op for credit.
Meet with your academic advisor to find out how your plans to complete your degree are affected by taking a semester off, and how co-op credits may apply to your degree requirements. If you are in Enterprise for completing engineering design requirements, do not co-op between ENT4950 and ENT4960. Co-op prior to taking ENT4950.
Credits Earned: (optional)
2 credits per semester of course UN3002,3,4 can be earned. Co-op office assignments are completed in Canvas. Follow instructions from the Co-op Office and assignment deadlines, diligently.
For EE majors, the up to 6 credits of UN3002-5 can be applied to the Approved Electives requirements (not SELECT) and/or Free electives.
CpE majors may use up to 2 credits UN3002-5 in CpE technical electives with limits. See degree audit report and/or your academic advisor.
How to join an enterprise:
1. How many semesters do you have remaining at Tech, on campus? Determines which course number to register in.
2. Use special approval Waiver form for permission to enroll-see enterprise advisor:
BMSE – Blue Marble Security – Dr. Glen Archer, EERC 629
WCE – Wireless Communication – Mr. Kit Cischke, EERC 520
RSE – Robotic Systems – Dr. Jeremy Bos, EERC 623
ASE – Aerospace – Dr. Brad King, MEEM 1014 (ASE has specific registration instructions)
Meet with your Academic Advisor if you are uncertain which course number to register in for project work, to stay on track with your graduation semester. EERC 131
ECE Department rules for completing Engineering Design Requirements in the enterprise program. Complete: ENT3950, ENT3960, ENT4950, then ENT4960.
- If you to take a semester off to co-op or study abroad, do it before you take ENT4950.
- Your last year of project work in enterprise must be consecutive semesters to apply to senior design requirements.
- ENT4950 and ENT4960 need to be in the same enterprise.
Plan carefully and plan well in advance of graduation. Pre-requisites required for senior-level project work (4000 level):
EE Majors: complete EE3901 and EE3131 before enrolling in ENT4950. Take EE3171 before or in same semester as ENT4950.
CpE Majors: complete EE3901 and EE3131 before enrolling in ENT4950. Take EE3173 before or in same semester as ENT4950.
For ABET accreditation standards, you may join any enterprise at Tech that will provide you with an appropriate project work and responsibilities to meet design standards in ENT4950 and ENT4960:
EE Majors: must apply EE knowledge and skills in engineering design
CpE Majors: must apply hardware/software integration skills in engineering design
CpE/EE Double Majors: apply EE knowledge/skills and hardware/software integration skills in engineering design
To schedule ECE Design Project 1 in Fall, EE4901, register for section 0A and section L01. Your section will be adjusted to match your team in 2nd week of classes, after teams are formed. Design Project 2 is required in Spring (EE4910).
To schedule ENT4950:
Start by completing Part A, online form found here under the Enterprise “Team Resources” (requires ISO login). Expand “Forms” and choose ‘ENT4950 Registration Forms (Electrical and Computer Engineering)’
- Part A is used to verify your are “Senior Design Ready”, have met the prerequisites. Part A must be satisfactorily completed prior to completion of Part B. Emails will be sent to you from firstname.lastname@example.org regarding your registration status.
- Part B is used to document your project and obtain approval from your Enterprise Advisor.
- Once complete and approved, Judy or Trever will register you in ENT4950.
To schedule MEEM4901, (or MEEM4911) contact Ryan (email@example.com) or Tricia (firstname.lastname@example.org) in MEEM204/205. Senior Design in MEEM4901 can begin in Fall or Spring. (EE majors copy Judy and CpE majors copy Trever on that email)
Prerequisites must be complete to register: EE3901, EE3131, and co-req or pre-req : EE3171 or EE3173 (if not photonics concentration)
First-year and new transfer students who began Fall 2017 or Spring 2018:
- Computer Engineers: Video Meeting, Slides w/links
- Electrical Engineers: Video Meeting (19min) – Slides w/links
Sophomores and beyond: All students except graduating seniors: Prepare for 3rd/4th/5th years:
- Computer Engineers: Video , slides w/links
- Electrical Engineers: Part 1 (17 min), slides w/links
- EE quick view: Part 2 Slides (minor, accelerated MS, co-op, study abroad, GPA’s, repeat course, transfer a course, etc…)
- Sophomore/Junior Checklist
How to read your Degree Audit Report
Introduction to Studying Abroad (4 min.)
Co-op: how to take a co-op semester.
Degree Audit report:
- registrar’s tutorial – very good one to listen to.
- ECE online degree audit report; Slides .pdf with links
- Transferring from elsewhere; Slides .pdf with links Update: Nancy no longer in Transfer Services; email email@example.com
Study abroad introduction:
Spring Advising meetings – advice for planning your next year and prepare for registration of fall classes.
Run your degree audit to review your degree progress each time you change or schedule classes and before each semester begins.
•Sign into Banweb
•Select the ‘Current Students’ tab
•Locate Academic Information and Click on ‘Undergraduate Degree Audit’
•Click the ‘Run Audit’ box. Do not use the drop down menu. Just click ‘Run Audit’
•and WAIT; then click blue link/major name. Carefully review your report.
A Degree Audit is a document that lists the requirements for your major. It shows your completed and registered courses and your remaining credits/courses to complete.
A Degree Audit is specific to a major and “Catalog Year”, which is usually the academic year you began, or later.
“Catalog Year” is the academic year of requirements.
If you began in Fall 2016, then your catalog year is “Fall of 2016”, and is designated as “201608” on your degree audit. If you began in spring 2017 or summer 2017, then your catalog year is “201608” because the academic year begins with fall semester and ends with summer. Catalog year designations end in “08” because the academic year begins in the 8th month.
Degree Services Department processes degrees and verifies requirements have been met before awarding your diploma. You can view requirements for majors, minors and certificate programs on the Degree Services website and access information pertaining to GRADUATION!
Meeting all requirements for a degree is the student’s responsibility. Meet with your academic advisor regularly to help you understand degree requirements and for help with planning to meet those requirements.
A “Final Degree Audit Review” with your academic advisor (a “degree audit” advising appointment) is required in the semester before your graduating semester.