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Undergraduate program advisor for electrical engineering and computer engineering majors.

France in Junior Year Spring – Ensea FAME

CpE and EE majors can study in Cergy, France, in Spring of junior year! Core 3rd-year courses are offered that can apply to your MTU degree. Apply for the France American Exchange Program (FAME) at the study abroad office in the Admin Building – room 200.  Application deadline is October 15th.

Plan both Fall and Spring semesters for next year if you’d like the option to go to France next Spring. Are you ready to skip a Houghton Winter?

It is possible to stay on track with the 4-year flowchart – see sample flowcharts:

Spring 2018 (Jan 20-May 30):  EE flowchart    CpE flowchart

Courses offered:

Electronic Circuits; Lab —————————- EE3131, 4 cr
Computer Arch. & Intro to Microprocessors   EE3171, 3 cr,   EE’s only. Make up 1 cr with EE elective.
Algorithms & Design Analysis ——————— asof 7/2019: credit for CS4321, 3 cr. is given! previously, No CS credit; however, may sub for CS4321 on CpE degree.
Operating Systems ———————————- (being re-evaluated) No CS credit; CS3xxE(?), 3 cr. May use as CpE tech elective.
Signals and Systems ——————————– EE3160, 3 cr
Fundamentals of Power Engineering ——— EE4219, 2 cr   (2 credit EE elective or CpE tech elective)
Probability and Statistics ————————-MA4760, 3  May not substitute for EE3180. EE’s = Approved Elective (not SELECT); CpEs may use for MA3710. Pre-requisite waivers will need to be requested for follow-on courses at MTU.
Communications Systems ———————— as of 7/2019 will give credit for EE4250, 3cr.
Communications Systems ———————— (EE3250, 3 cr effective Spring 2019 and earlier).
French language and Culture (beg,int,adv) —- HUnXXX, 3 cr HASS-HU/FA; n=1 or 2 or 3

PLANNING NOTES:

  •  Save 3 credits of HASS-HU/FA (or your HASS any) for France; lower level
  •  EE’s consider EE3250 in France if you decide to take Probability and Statistics in France
  •  Take EE3901 in Fall prior to France semester. Or take a substitution for EE3901 prior to 4th year or EE4901/ENT4950.
  •  Re-plan your junior year considering the courses you’d like to take in France.

FAME program website

Cergy, France

For details on application, airfare, cost, etc…see Vienna Chapin in the Study Abroad Office – Admin 200

 

 


2019 Spring advising series

Spring Advising Meetings – videos- Have your flowchart handy and go to appropriate link. Prepare for registration of next set of classes and plan for next two+ semesters.

First-year and new transfer students who began Fall 2018 or Spring 2019:

Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors not yet graduating: Prepare for 3rd/4th/5th years:

How to transfer credits from elsewhere video; slides w/linksone-page instructions pdf.

How to read your Degree Audit Report

Co-op: how to take a co-op semester.


Enterprise – How to Register

How to register in an enterprise group:
1.  How many semesters do you have remaining at Tech, on campus? Determines which course number to register in.

2. Use the Approval / Waiver form for permission to enroll-see enterprise advisor:

BMSE – Blue Marble Security  – Dr. Glen Archer, EERC 629
WCEWireless Communication – Mr. Kit Cischke, EERC 520
RSE – Robotic Systems – Dr. Jeremy Bos, EERC 623
AE – Aerospace – Dr. Brad King, AE registration instructions
, MEEM 1014

other enterprises:  Enterprise Program. Also see: Schedule of Classes

3. Bring completed, signed waiver form to the Student Services Center, or the Advising Office.

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

To register in ENT4950, go here: ENT4950 Registration for instructions and to start the process of completing Part A, online form under the tab:  Enterprise Student Resources. Click Forms.

For ABET accreditation standards, join an enterprise at Tech that will provide you with an appropriate project work and responsibilities to meet design standards throughout 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

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 graduationPre-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.

 


Should I join Enterprise ?

Enterprise is project work, not a class.  You will be a team member working on a project for industry, competition or student ideas.  Many enterprises will require a Approval / Waiver Form signed by the faculty advisor of the enterprise you wish to join. The faculty advisor is the instructor listed in the Schedule of Classes.

The enterprise course numbers are synced with a 4-year plan beginning with semester two. The latest you should join is that point in time when you have 4 semesters left until graduation – ENT3950 – if you plan to use enterprise project work for your ENGINEERING DESIGN requirement.  Each enterprise has a unique section number as listed in the Schedule of Classes.  Ensure you are enrolling in the correct course number – This guide will help you determine that:

Enterprise Course Number REGISTRATION GUIDE

To register, bring a signed Special Approval (waiver) form to the Student Services Center in the Admin Bldg.   See your advisor if you need help determining which course number to enroll in. (see above link)

List of enterprises

There are one-credit ENT modules, which are classes that you may take as part of an Enterprise minor or concentration. ENT courses may count as “approved electives” for EE majors; or Free Electives.  A couple of these modules are on the HASS Supplemental List.


ECE Focus Areas (ece electives)

ECE focus areas:  EE and CpE majors can use their “EE  Electives” or “CpE Technical Electives” to specialize in one or more areas.  These courses include EE and CpE lecture-based courses taught in the ECE Department. CpE’s may also use CS courses for their CpE technical electives

The ECE Focus Areas .pdf – one slide per focus area shows:

  • brief description
  • course numbers and when to take them
  • faculty who teach and research in the area
  • some job types

(most) Courses in light blue boxes considered “EE Electives” and “CpE Technical Electives”

Use the focus area slides in conjunction with:

the list of “EE Electives”  (ECE taught lectures/labs)

Selecting EE Elective  courses for the BSEE (EE Technical Electives)

the CpE Technical Elective  courses or the BSCpE.



ROTC Graduation plan, Form 48 / AR 104 instructions

BEFORE you meet with your Academic Advisor regarding your Form 48 or 104R or Graduation Plan form:

Decide on a 8, 9 or 10 semester plan as recommended by your ROTC program advisor. Make a draft plan, in pencil, based on reading your online Degree Audit Report, and using your flowchart from your major, appropriate for your catalog term.  (usually the year you began at Tech).

Start with the core required courses first, placing them in pre-requisite order (look up prerequisites in course descriptions). Leave room for required ROTC credits.

You do not need choose electives for the initial plan, just write “HASS Comp/comm elective” or “EE Elective”, “Technical Elec.”, “SELECT appr elective”, etc.  Electives can be pushed into last semester or two to make room for adding ROTC credits.

Consider taking MA2320 and MA3520 in separate semesters, rather than accelerated MA2321 and MA3521 in same semester. (Linear Algebra and Differential Equations).

When you have your form complete, including 128 credits of major, 3 units co-curricular, bring it to your academic advisor for review and signature. Some ROTC credits may count in the co-curricular requirements, such as AF0120 and AR2068.


I am feeling stressed. What can I do?

– 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. jmdonahu@mtu.edu

 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 Career Services Center offers an online career exploration guide called Career Cruising, under the CAREER ADVISING menu.

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.


CpE Technical Electives – Selecting

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)