Grades, probation, and suspension:
If you are earning low grades, see your academic advisor early on. See your instructor(s) early on to get a good understanding of the tasks at hand. 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 two consecutive semesters, leads to a notice of academic suspension, which can be appealed.
The Career Services advisors can be helpful in exploring majors if you are thinking you want to change. If you are thinking of changing majors, but do not know what, meet with one of our advisors for undecided students.
If you are overwhelmed, unable to focus on homework and studying for exams, experience test anxiety, are depressed, or have high anxiety, call our Center for Student Mental Health and Well-being at 906-487-2538. Learn new study skills and how to focus on what’s important to you, in order to reach your personal goals. If you are on probation and interested in one of our very helpful workshops or programs or events, see options here.
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 and the academic advisor. Go to the learning center.
These 3 situations result in Probation status: 1) Cumulative GPA falls below 2.0 2) your semester GPA falls below 2.0 3) Departmental GPA falls below 2.0 (after reaching 16 department credits).
Repeating courses: You may repeat a course with a grade of CD or lower. For a 3rd attempt, obtain permission from the Dean of Students and your Academic Advisor and Financial Aid. Your most recent grade is used in your GPA calculation(s), even if it is lower. The prior grade drops out of your GPA calculation(s). If a course is required for your major and you do not pass the 3rd attempt, you will not be able to complete degree requirements for your major, and have to change your major.
What to shoot for early on, to be successful in EE and/or CpE:
In Computer programming (CS1121, CS1122 or CS1131), Math (MA1160, EE1110, MA2160, MA2321, MA3521) and Physics(Ph2100, PH2200) achieve an A or B grade (but at least a C), to be successful in subsequent major classes and in your career.