To take classes elsewhere and transfer them to Michigan Tech, use Michigan Tech’s online Transfer Equivalency Link along with the course schedules and catalogs from the other college. Choose courses that will transfer to an equivalent course at Tech that are required for your degree (such as an appropriate HASS List course).
Remember: a grade of C or higher grade is required to transfer in a course!
- To access list of courses already approved for transfer use the Michigan Tech Transfer Equivalency System.
- If the course you want or need is not on the Transfer Credit Equivalency list, you may request to have it evaluated for transfer credit by sending the following details to the Transfer Services Office, for each course (email firstname.lastname@example.org):
- The other university or college name
- Course ID and title
- Syllabus – REQUIRED!
- Textbook(s) used (usually on the syllabus)
- Detailed Description (usually on the syllabus)
- If all this information is available online, you can send the link to email@example.com. A short catalog description is not enough information to evaluate for Michigan Tech credit; you must provide the course syllabus.
- Michigan students: complete a Guest Student Application and work with the Registrar’s office. You will need to check in with the other institution to see if anything else is required.
- Enroll in courses. If the course(s) are prerequisites to classes you need to register for next semester, have a copy of your transcript from the transfer college sent to Michigan Tech’s office of the Registrar so that our system knows the courses you plan to transfer.
Prerequisite? If a course you are taking elsewhere is a prereq for something you want to add to your next semester’s schedule, contact Transfer Services. They can mark a course as “in session” so that your registration can proceed as normal. You still must have an official copy of your transcript from the other institution sent to Michigan Tech as soon as the prereq course is complete!
To find out if a course may count as a “UN” course, consult the Transfer Services Office before taking the course.
Michigan Tech General Education HASS Requirements. Don’t forget: 6 credits of HASS must be numbered 3000-4999 (“upper level”).
After Completing the Course
Have an official copy of your transcript sent to the Michigan Tech Registrar’s Office:
Office of Student Records & Registration
1400 Townsend Avenue Houghton, MI 49931-1295
For generic transfer course numbers, ex. HU9300L and SS9300U: “L” in the 7th position indicates the course is Lower Level, and “U” indicates Upper Level. New in 2020: transfer courses come in with a new format that looks like HU1XXX, EC4XXX, or HU3XX5.
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:
- Computer Engineers: Video Meeting, Slides w/links
- Electrical Engineers: Video Meeting (20min) – Slides w/links
Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors not yet graduating: Prepare for 3rd/4th/5th years:
- Computer Engineers: Video , slides w/links
- Electrical Engineers: Part 1 (13 min), slides w/links
- Silent view: Part 2 Slides Important. View at your own pace. No narration (YAY)
- Sophomore/Junior Checklist
How to read your Degree Audit Report
Co-op: how to take a co-op semester.
Getting Started in Enterprise
1. Figure out your course number.
How many semesters do you have remaining at Tech, on campus? This will determine which course number to register in. Then, find the section number and CRN on the Schedule of Classes.
2. Get permission.
Every semester, you must seek permission to join or continue in Enterprise. Use the fillable Approval / Waiver form for permission to enroll in ENT project work EXCEPT for ENT4950 (see below). Select “Special Approval” and then see the 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
Open Source Hardware – Rick Berkey (M&M 722E) & Shane Oberloier, EERC
AE – Aerospace – Dr. Brad King, AE registration instructions, MEEM 1014
3. Turn in the form.
Email the completed, signed approval/waiver form to the Student Services Center, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or bring to the Registrar’s Office. Once the Approval has been entered, you will be able to go into Banweb and register in your Enterprise.
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.
Capstone Enterprise Work (4950-4960)
Once you get to your senior year, registering in ENT 4950 requires a different process. To register in ENT4950, go here: ENT4950 Registration for instructions. You will start by completing Part A, which is an online form under the tab: Enterprise Student Resources (click forms).
For ABET accreditation standards, join an Enterprise 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
The department does have some rules for completing your Enterprise Design requirements. For starters, you must plan to complete a four-semester sequence: 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.
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:
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)
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.
The Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree requirements contain a number of credits for “EE Electives“. You will see “boxes” for these credits listed on the 8-semester flowcharts, and an area of the degree audit report for EE elective coursework called “EE Electives” or “EE Technical Electives”.
The number of credits required in EE Technical Electives is 15 credits minimum, on the EE Degree without a concentration. The number of credits with a concentration varies, and is usually less than 15 credits. Your degree audit report shows the minimum number of “EE Electives” credits you need and how your registered and completed courses are applied toward degree requirements.
What are “EE Electives”? also called “EE Technical Electives“.
The ECE Department groups EE courses by “Focus Area” (area of specialization): Signal Processing, Power, Control, Computer, Electronics, Photonics, etc… See here for the latest list. If you plan ahead, you should be able to get all or most of the courses you prefer. Each course is typically offered once per year, either in fall or spring, so plan ahead for your next two or three semesters. Following the flowchart will get your prerequisite courses completed on time to choose the courses you prefer. Look up course prerequisites in the undergraduate course descriptions link. View the Schedule of Classes to see what courses are offered in a particular semester, when that schedule is available.
You do not have to choose one focus area, and you can mix and match the courses as you like. A concentration may use some of these courses as required courses for the concentration.
What can count? EE courses that are mainly lecture and/or lab-based courses with the subject code of “EE”. These types of credits will not count: project, research, and independent study credits. Specifically required courses such as EE2112 or EE3131 will not count in “EE Electives” (see “major requirements” on the degree audit report).
When should you choose EE Elective courses?
You should begin to get familiar with the EE Electives list as early as the sophomore year, and ideally, no later than the end of the third year, to plan for the courses you’d prefer.
Meet with Judy if you’d like help with planning future semesters with your EE Elective choices.
How do you decide which courses are for you? It is a good idea to familiarize yourself with the choices early on. Take the time to consider these explorations:
– join an enterprise project team that deals with a area or two that you might be interested in
– join IEEE and/or SPIE for access to world-wide information in the field and the various focus areas; talk with mentors (email@example.com for more info)
– become involved with undergraduate research in one of the areas you’d like to explore
– talk with faculty who teach or do research in areas you’re curious about. They are the experts.
– take a co-op semester or summer internship. This can expose you to one or more areas of specialization, and help you decide which electives you might take after you return.
– ask an acquaintance, senior student, or someone you know working in industry; inquire about job-shadowing at a company near your hometown
“EE (Technical) Electives” are courses in topics from the various areas of specialization (focus areas) in ECE. You can mix and match them as you like. You do not have to take all the classes listed under a focus area. Use your 15 credits to choose the courses you most prefer. Plan ahead (2nd and 3rd year).
Each concentration has a different number of “EE Elective” credits required. (usually less than 15)
Where to find:
Focus Areas: EE electives listed by focus area and by semester in which they are offered.
Concentration flowcharts — Expand “8-Semester Flowcharts”.
All on the ECE Electrical Engineering advising page
Selecting EE Elective courses for the BSEE (EE Technical Electives)
CpE Technical Elective courses for the BSCpE.
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,” “EE Elective,” “Technical Elective,” “SELECT approved elective,” etc. Electives can be pushed into last semester or two to make room for adding ROTC credits.
Consider taking MA2320 and MA3520 (Linear Algebra and Differential Equations) in separate semesters, rather than accelerated MA2321 and MA3521 in same semester. However, be sure to talk to your advisor about how this might impact the courses for which those are prerequisites!
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.
– 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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Although there aren’t “official” concentrations in Computer Engineering the same way there are in Electrical Engineering, you can still develop your own specialty or focus area(s) in within the degree. Choose classes you are most interested in, will help you get a CpE job you enjoy, or prepare you for a graduate degree down the road. 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 recommended 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. Your online degree audit lists which courses fit in which categories, so review it after registering to see if things are counting where you’d like. If you have questions, contact your advisor!