Author: Judy Burl

Focus Areas and Concentrations for BS-EE

What is a focus area?
What are “EE Electives” (also called EE Technical Electives)
What is a concentration?
What is a minor?
This short advising tutorial introduces the ECE Focus Areas and Concentrations available for the B.S. in Electrical Engineering. It includes a brief introduction for each area and concentration so you can plan your options.
The slides without narration are here, which has activated links to take you to relevant webpages.

It is best to plan ahead for at least 2 or 3 future semester to take the EE Elective courses, concentration or focus area(s) you’d like to graduate with.

Find EE flowcharts with and without a concentration under “8-semester Flowcharts” on the EE Advising Page.

Excused Absence notice Spring 2022

From: Dean of Students Office Jan. 7, 2022

It is quite possible that some of us will have our lives disrupted by omicron during spring semester. As a result, we recommend that everyone plan in advance how to address disruptions.

Students should plan for potential disruption in advance. Students who must be absent from class must contact their instructors as soon as possible. It is each student’s responsibility to contact their instructors and determine how to best obtain the information presented in class and complete missed assignments.

If a student needs to be away from class for more than three consecutive days, they must contact the Dean of Students Office (DOS) immediately to request an excused absence. If an excused absence is granted, the DOS will provide official notification to instructors.  In accordance with the University’s attendance policy, making arrangements to make up missed work is the student’s responsibility, even for excused absences.

Please reach out to the Dean of Students Office if you have questions or need assistance with an excused absence.

The Dean of Students Office

ENT4950 registration instructions

Students who need to register in ENT4950 for next semester: (If you did Part A, jump to “What Happens Next” below)

Complete Part A: Go to :  Enterprise Student Resources (click forms). The ENT4950 Registration Form (ALL MAJORS) is a google form submission.

What Happens Next: After your Part A form has been submitted:
1. Your academic Advisor will receive a notice and verify that you are Senior Design Ready (met the prerequisites)
2. You will receive an email from with instructions to upload your Project Summary document. (Meet with your team and enterprise advisor if you need project details)  3. Your enterprise advisor will review your Project Summary, and if approved, the ECE Department and/or academic advisor will receive the notice.(If your project summary needs improvement, or if your project is not approved, you’ll be notified.)
4. After the approvals, your academic advisor will receive a notice from the enterprisereg system that you are approved to register in ENT4950. The advisor will enter the approval waiver. Registration is then up to you, but may be done by you or your academic advisor.
All other enterprise course numbers (not ENT4950), use the common Approval / Waiver form to obtain permission from the enterprise advisor to register.

RE Approved Electives list (human/machine related)

Choose one course from this list to fulfill the Robotics Engineering (RE) Approved Elective requirement. These courses include some element of human and computer or technology interaction.

Robotic Engineering (RE) Approved Electives (choose 3 credits):

HF 2000 Engineering Psychology (3 cr) Fall

HU 3710 Engineering Ethics (3 cr) (UN 1015 and (UN1025 or Modern Language -3000 level or higher) Spring

HF 3850 Human Factors (3 cr) PSY 2000 or HF 2000; Even Springs (alternating) Replaced PSY 3850

PSY 4010 Cognitive Psychology ( 3 cr) PSY 2000 Fall

PSY 4160 Sensation and Perception ( 3 cr) BL 1040 or BL1020 PSY 2000 or HF 2000 On Demand alternating years (Check with Cog. Sci Dept.)

PSY 4870 Human-Centered Design (3 cr) On Demand (Check with Cog. Sci Dept.)

PSY 3860 Human Performance ( 3 cr) PSY 2000 JR or SR; On Demand (Check with Cog. Sci Dept.) ?

BSEE changes: EE3261 and EE4250

Effective with the Fall 2022 BSEE degree requirements (including the concentrations where applicable), academic year 202208 (2022-2023):
EE3261, Control Systems and EE4250, Modern Communication Systems will no longer be required courses for the BSEE. Six credits of EE Electives will be added to the EE Electives area of the degree.
Students will have more choice in choosing focus areas, EE Electives and senior sequences that best match their interests. 
Students interested in Controls, should take EE3261. Students interested in Communications should take EE4250. 

Current students (202108 and earlier) will be allowed to substitute another EE Elective course, of the same or higher level, in place of EE3261 or EE4250 if there is a preferable choice. Your degree audit report will need to be adjusted by Judy, before you graduate, if you choose a substitution course. (EE4805 and EE4000 project and Research credits may not count)
Eventually, EE3261 will become a 4000-level course.
Please review your EE Elective course choices and evaluate the best courses for your area(s) of interest. Seniors and Juniors– please meet with Judy after Nov. 9th 2021 if you need an audit adjustment for a substitution. Meanwhile, register for your EE Elective choices. 
Students graduating later than Summer 2022 will be able to update their BSEE “Catalog Term” to 202208 (AY 2022-2023 requirements) after August 2022, if you wish to follow the new requirements. Please wait until August or later to evaluate this option. (That degree year doesn’t exist yet)

Contact Judy Burl if you have questions or need help with planning., EERC 131

Changes for Robotics Engineering flowchart

1. The prereq/coreq for EE 2180, Introduction to Robotics has changed. The original course sequence stays the same.
EE3010, Circuits and Instrumentation for CPS,  is now a required prerequisite or co-requisite (Concurrent prerequisite)and – Linear Algebra, accelerated(MA 2321) or non-accelerated(MA 2320), is now a required prerequisite or co-requisite (Concurrent prerequisite)
2. In semester 5, students choose either EE 3160(3), Signals and Systems, or MEEM 3750(4), Dynamics.  (previously only EE 3160 is listed)
3. In semester 6, take EE 3261, Control Systems. Previously students chose either EE 3261 or MEEM 3750. MEEM 3750 pairs better with EE 3160 topics. Those originally planning to take MEEM 3750 in place of EE3261, take EE 3261. See Judy if you already took MEEM 3750 instead of EE 3261.
4. Beginning Fall 2022, SAT2711, Linux Fundamentals, becomes a 3 credit course. The 4th credit can be ‘made up’ with one credit of ‘free electives’. (just about anything except co-curricular activities)
Please replace your flowchart with these changes or replace with this flowchart. See Judy if you need help planning with these changes.
5. EE 3280, Robot Operating System, is now offered in Fall semesters, instead of Spring semesters, beginning Fall 2022. Update your flowcharts accordingly.
6. Elective list updates will need advisor adjustment in your degree audit, if taken. HU 2000 and HF 3850 are valid “RE Approved Elective”. EE 4777 and EE 4262 are valid “RE Technical Electives”. EE 4737 is a valid “Directed RE Technical Elective”.

Taking summer prerequisite course elsewhere

If you are taking a summer course elsewhere, that is a prerequisite to a course you need to register in fall:

1. Send an email notice to (Transfer Services Office) and let them know your name, M#, the course and the college. Include a screen-shot of your registration page showing the College Name, and that you’re registered in that course.
2. After that, a temporary  “IN SESSION (IS)” record will be added so that you can then register in the fall class(es).
3. Be sure to have your other college send an official copy of your transcript as soon as the class has ended. (otherwise the fall classes will be dropped)

A grade of “C” or higher is required to transfer a course to Michigan Tech.

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