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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.


Co-op

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.

  • Checklist
  • 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.


Accelerated Master of Science MS

The Michigan Tech Graduate School is offering a limited number of Graduate Academic Excellence Awards (GAEA) which provide a one-time payment of $4500 in tuition support for the first semester of study in the Accelerated MS programs.  Well-qualified students will be nominated for the GAEA by the ECE Department, with academic merit being the sole criterion.   No separate application is required. Meet with Dr. Michael Roggemann, EERC 503, and bring a copy of your transcript.

ECE: Accelerated Master of Science degree program.

Undergraduate electrical engineers and computer engineers are allowed to count up to six credit hours toward both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the ECE Department, and could potentially finish their master’s degree in one academic year (two semesters). The credits must be at least 4000 level, lecture-based coursework. (Excludes UG research, individual project, enterprise and senior design credits)

ECE Accelerated Master’s preparation checklist  How to get started.

Undergraduate students can apply, using the standard Graduate School application, as early as their junior year and may start taking graduate level courses during their senior year. ECE Applicants must maintain an undergraduate minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 to apply and to remain in the program.

Graduate School accelerated masters information.

 

Take an extra course(s) for a future grad program while you’re an undergrad:

Senior Rule: Students may take graduate program courses under the Senior Rule if they have time for an extra course in senior year. This designates a course as “GR”, graduate level, making the course available for possible use in a future graduate degree program. Courses taken under Senior Rule may NOT apply to the undergraduate degree. Senior Rule credits could be transferred and considered by graduate programs outside MTU-ECE. Senior Rule credits are on your graduate transcript, and not on your undergraduate transcript.


ECE graduate degree – grad school

Consider pursuing a graduate degree after completion of your bachelor’s. Students have taken advantage of one or both of these opportunities:

1) The ECE Department offers an Accelerated Master’s program. (cumulative GPA of 3.25+ required) With this program, students can double-count up to six credits of coursework towards an accelerated master’s degree in EE or CpE.  A master’s degree requires 30 credits, so students in the Accelerated Master’s Program take 24 credits after completion of their bachelor’s degree. What a deal!

Students who do not meet the 3.25 minimum GPA requirements for the Accelerated Master’s program, may apply for graduate school, and will take 30 credits after completion of the bachelor of science degree to earn a master of science in EE or CpE.

2) Students may take graduate courses while they are still an undergraduate student, under the Senior Rule, if they have room in the last semester(s). This is DIFFERENT than the accelerated master’s program six credits.  With the senior rule, specific courses are designated for a graduate transcript only, and may not be used toward your bachelor’s degree. See this link to get the Senior Rule Form. The credits are available for possible use toward a graduate degree and my be transferred elsewhere. It is up to the program you pursue to approve the courses for a graduate degree. Pay undergraduate tuition.

4000 and 5000 level courses may be used with either option. A maximum of 9 credits of 4000 level coursework may be used toward a master’s. All EE courses must have a grade of BC or better to be used toward a master’s degree in the ECE Department. All credits must be approved by your graduate program advisor.

Why grad school?  see:

Spring 2015 ECE grad school information session with Dr. Lukowski and Dr. Mork. 49 minutes.

If you are uncertain about your options, please meet with your advisor and see what might work for you! It’s worth considering!

MORE INFORMATION and How To Apply:

Computer Engineering, MS, PhD

Electrical Enginering, MS, PhD

ECE Accelerated Master’s program

Online Master’s in Power Systems

 


2014 Spring Advising Meetings

Have your flowchart handy.  Be ready to take notes and plan for registration of your fall classes.  Write down your questions. Turn your speakers on. May need to adjust volume. Many advising topics covered.

Approximately 23 minutes, in lieu of coming out on a COLD February night to a cold classroom for an hour.

Audio: Have your speakers on;    Software: Windows Media Viewer

First-year and new transfer students:   2014 First-year student Spring Advising Meeting (EE and CpE)

EE Sophomores and Juniors2014 EE Soph and Beyond Spring Advising Meeting

CpE Sophmores and Juniors: 2014 CpE Soph & Beyond Spring Advising Meeting

E-mail Judy or Trever or stop by EERC 131 if you have questions.


ECE Areas of Specialization

What are the areas of specialization (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.

How to find out what the different areas of specialization, also called “focus areas” are about:

– View Eta Kappa Nu’s (HKN) presentation of Areas of Specialization within ECE:
Powerpoint slides, no narration.

– View EE Electives list by focus areas, list by semester offering, and Advisor Blog entry

– View CpE Technical Electives list and Advisor Blog entry

You will meet faculty who teach and research in different areas. Be sure to ask them questions about the areas you are interested in or curious about. Find out what skills you’ll acquire and what type of work you could be doing. Consider doing research under a faculty member.

Consider:

–  Join an enterprise project which deals with areas you are interested in

– Take a semester to co-op with a company where you will be exposed to one or more areas of interest. This experience can help you decide whether to pursue a certain area or not.


Linear Algebra and Differential Equations

Linear Algebra and Differential Equations:  what EE and CpE majors need to know

  • MA2321 and MA3521 are Accelerated and taken in same semester.
  • Lin Alg (MA2321 or MA2320) is the pre-req for Diff Eq(MA3521 or MA3520)
  • Students must pass MA2321 to continue on in MA3521
  • MA2320 is same course as MA2321, but uses full semester to complete
  • MA3520 is same course as MA3521, but uses full semester to complete after MA2320.
  • MA2321/MA3521 is the accelerated-pace option (take at least 14 credits)
  • MA2320 and MA3520 is the two-semester option
  • Diff Eq (MA3521 or MA3520) is a pre-req to Circuits II (EE2112)

Repeating a Course

One of the easiest ways to improve your GPA is by repeating courses.

  • If you fail a required course, you will have repeat and pass the class for your major.
  • No more than 3 attempts are allowed.
  • Students may repeat courses with a grade of CD or lower.
  • The most recent grade is used in your GPA calculation, even if it is lower than the prior grade in the course.
  • Permission from the Dean Of Students, your academic advisor and Financial Aid is required for the 3rd (final) attempt. Find the permission form here.
  • If a course you wish to repeat no longer exists, see the following link regarding “similar repeat” rules.
  • Repeating a Course” official rules found under Academic Policies and Procedures

First-year Spring Advising Meeting 2012

Have your flowchart (from Orientation week, Advising Folder) handy as well as note-taking method.

This is about 22 minutes long, so give yourself a 1/2 hour, so you can pause and take notes or e-mail me your questions. This beats coming out on a COLD February night to a classroom for an hour.

Spring 2012 First Year Advising Video

E-mail questions to eceadvise@mtu.edu

Prepare for Registration


Engineering GPA – ENGPA

The ENGPA, engineering GPA, is calulated with a set of first-year engineering classes.  The ENGPA is used as a milestone for determining success in the foundations of engineering.  These classes make up the ENGPA:

  • CH1150 and CH1151
  • MA1160 or MA1161
  • MA2160
  • ENG1101 or (ENG1001 + ENG1100)
  • ENG1102
  • PH2100 and PH1100
  • UN1015 or UN1001

The Electrical & Computer Engineering Department requires a 2.75 ENGPA as one of the requirements to transfer into the EE or CpE major.

ENGPA calculator instructions and more details.