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ECE Learning and Help Center: EERC 123

The ITC Learning and Help Center is hosting limited Virtual Hours for Fall 2020  via this Zoom Link during the following times:

Afternoons:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday:  1 pm – 4 pm
Tuesday: 1 pm – 3 pm

Evenings:
6 pm – 8 pm Sunday through Thursday

Can in-person coaching sessions be scheduled? If you need face-to-face help, feel free to contact one of the coaches and see if they can meet you in EERC room 123 at a mutually convenient time.


Requirements to change major to ECE major (CpE, EE, or RE)

If you are already an EE, RE or CpE student, changing/adding a major within the ECE Department is easy. Simply submit your request through the curriculum change portal in MyMichiganTech.

If you are interested in changing your major to Electrical Enginering (EE), Robotics Engineering (RE) or Computer Engineering (CpE) from another major, you should be aware of a few requirements.

To transfer into the EE or RE major:

  • Must have MA2160 (Calculus II) complete
  • ENGPA 2.75 or higher
    • Or a GPA in CS/EE/MA course of 2.75+ (based on 25 credits of those subjects)
  • Cumulative GPA 2.5 or higher
  • Cannot be on probation status currently
  • Two most recent full semesters must be good academic standing (off probation)

To transfer into the CpE major:

  • Must have MA2160 (Calculus II) complete
  • ENGPA 2.75 or higher
    • Or a GPA in CS/EE/MA course of 2.75+ (based on 25 credits of those subjects)
  • Cumulative GPA 2.5 or higher
  • Cannot be on probation status currently
  • Two most recent full semesters must be Good Academic Standing  (off probation)

What to shoot for early on: Achieve an A or B in programming (CS1121, CS1122 or CS1131), Math (MA1160, MA2160, MA2321, MA3521) and Physics (PH2100 and PH2200) courses to be successful in subsequent ECE classes and career.


Grades, probation and suspension

Grades, probation, and suspension:

If you are getting low grades, see your academic advisor early on. See your instructor(s) 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 two consecutive semesters, leads to academic suspension.

The MyPlan Career Planning Tool 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 our Academic Advisor who works extensively with undecided students, Ms. Sylvia Matthews, Walker 102.

If you are overwhelmed, unable to focus on homework and studying for exams, experience test anxiety, are depressed, or have high anxiety, call our Counseling Services Center at (48)7-2538. 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, contact the Dean of Students Office at 487-2212.

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.