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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.


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.


Degree Audit – How to Run your report

 Run your degree audit to review  your degree progress each time you change or schedule classes and before each semester begins.

Sign into Banweb
Select the ‘Current Students’ tab
•Locate Academic Information and Click on ‘Undergraduate Degree Audit’
Click the ‘Run Audit’ box. Do not use the drop down menu. Just click ‘Run Audit’
•and WAIT; then click blue link/major name. Carefully review your report.

A Degree Audit is a document that lists the requirements for your major. It shows your completed and registered courses and your remaining credits/courses to complete.

A Degree Audit is specific to a major and “Catalog Year”, which is usually the academic year you began, or later.

“Catalog Year” is the academic year of requirements.

If you began in Fall 2016, then your catalog year is “Fall of 2016”, and is designated as “201608” on your degree audit. If you began in spring 2017 or summer 2017, then your catalog year is “201608” because the academic year begins with fall semester and ends with summer.  Catalog year designations end in “08” because the academic year begins in the 8th month.

Degree Services Department processes degrees and verifies requirements have been met before awarding your diploma.  You can view requirements for majors, minors and certificate programs on the Degree Services website and access information pertaining to GRADUATION!

Meeting all requirements for a degree is the student’s responsibility.  Meet with your academic advisor regularly to help you understand degree requirements and for help with planning to meet those requirements.

A “Final Degree Audit Review” with your academic advisor (a “degree audit” advising appointment) is required in the semester before your graduating semester.


Spring Advising Meetings/videos – registration

Prepare for your next fall and next year courses; options for engineering design, electives, concentrations, etc…

First-year students, click the academic year you began at Tech to view your current or past First-Year Spring Advising Meeting.

Sophomores, juniors, & seniors not yet graduating: Click the academic year you are/were in the sophomore/junior ECE courses to view your 2nd Spring Advising meetings (Sophomore and Beyond).
To view past first-year advising meeting, click the year your began at Tech, and view the first-year meeting.

2018-2019 (pub. spring 2019)

2017-2018 (pub. spring 2018)

2016-2017 (pub. spring 2017)

2015-2016 (pub. spring 2016)

 2014-2015 (pub. spring 2015)

2013-2014 (pub. spring 2014)


Waiver Forms

Print  a “waiver form” from the Registrar’s Office website.
03 Special Approval/Restriction Waiver is most common.

If you get a Registration  error, check the course pre-reqs/co-reqs/restrictions in the course descriptions listing. You can quickly get to the course description by clicking the CRN in the Schedule of Classes.
To obtain approval:

  1. Print a waiver form.
  2. Complete your form and obtain signature approval from the Course instructor or department advisor.
  3. Bring completed, signed waivers to:
    • Student Services Center – Admin Bldg.
    • EERC 131 for EE courses and ECE enterprise waivers

Enterprise: Instructor approval required for most enterprises, every semester. Bring waiver form to the enterprise faculty advisor or pick up waiver from your enterprise advisor. Bring signed form to Judy for ACE, WCE, & Blue Marble. For other Enterprises, see their sponsoring department if approval is needed to register & take signed form to Student Services Center (Admin Bldg).

Class Restriction on a UN course? Class restrictions for the UN/SBS/HUFA courses will be removed after the sophomores and freshmen have scheduled – near the end of the 2nd week of the initial registration period. If you miss that, UN classes will open to everyone at the end of orientation week.

Full Class? Go to department that offers the class for permission to enroll in a filled-section.  First-year students use Orange form. Others use Green Filled section form available in Advising Offices. I cannot get you into full classes in other departments such as MA, PH, PE or SS.
ENG courses:    Go to Dillman 112,  the Fundamentals of Engineering Department.

Waivers for non-EE courses need to be signed by the department advisor or instructor for that course. Bring signed wiavers to the Student Services Center.

  • ENG or Cohort – Dillman 112
  • CH – Chem Sci 607D /206A Lois Blau /Denise Laux (CH1000, CH1150, CH1151, CH1153)
  • CS – Rekhi 221  Jen Franke or Sarah Kuhl
  • MA – Fisher 205A  Beth Reed
  • EE – EERC 131    Judy Donahue or Trever Hassell
  • PH – Fisher 221  Wil Slough or Dr. John Jaszczak
  • PE – SDC 231 Terry Anderson
    UN –    Class Restriction – see Helene Hiner, Library 229 or Student Services Center.

Types of waivers and who you go to request approval:

  • Full Section    (get approval signature from department offering the course)
  • Pre-requisite missing    (get approval signature from instructor)
  • Instructor / special permission / Restriction    (approval from instructor)
  • Credit Overload Permission form    (approval signature from your academic advisor)
  • Time Conflict/Exam Conflict    (approval from BOTH instructors)

Study abroad

Thinking about a Study-Abroad semester?  Mini video – info and tips. (pdf version)

How about going somewhere warm (or cold) during winter, spring or summer, earning credits (typically gen ed), and having a great experience!

The study-abroad program advisor is Ms. Vienna Chapin, vrchapin@mtu.edu. Attend one of the workshops in the IPS Office,  to find out how to get started:   
11:00 am Tuesdays or 2:00 pm Thursdays
.  Admin Bldg, room 200.

Go to above link to search for programs  and for application deadlines. EE and CpE Seniors can meet their engineering design requirements in the European Project Semester(EPS) program. The project must be pre-approved for your major. (see blog entry regarding engineering design options)

In addition to the programs listed on the IPS website, be sure to ask about faculty-led international experiences, such as railroad engineering in Finland or Frontiers and Fortresses in Carlisle England, both of which are summer programs.

Contact information:    IPS Office,   200 Admin Bldg,  487-2160, vrchapin@mtu.edu

How can an international experience help you get a job?  Most students grow in certain qualities that will not just add a line to your resume, but boost your skills in areas such as relations, communication, empathy, leadership, integrity, ethics, self-confidence and conflict resolution while you learn about another land and culture. This experience can give your resume a boost when applying for jobs at companies with affiliates in multiple countries.

It certainly gives you an immersive experience in another culture! Through USAC, Viterbo, Italy in Summer 2014 was amazing!  Walking around exploring a medieval walled city, hearing only Italian and not understanding more than a few words, was a unique experience. I absorbed everything I could and enjoyed every second, even  in times of stress (catch the right train?).  Italy is as beautiful as the pictures in magazines. The towns with their Duomos – are magnificent! So much to see and learn! History is well-preserved there.

Check out the USAC programs – many countries to choose from! More programs are found on the Study Abroad website.

Ciao!


CS Placement / Programming Knowledge Assessment

Students interested in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or a Computer Science Minor:

If you have had programming classes prior to starting at Tech, you should take the Computer Science (CS) Knowledge Assessment. Instructions are mailed the Summer before you begin. Otherwise, contact Leo Ureel at ureel@mtu.edu if you wish to try and place into CS1131.

CS Knowledge Assessment webpage

If you pass you will place into CS1131 (5 credits), which is the advanced Introduction to Computer Science course, in lieu of CS1121 (3 credits)  and CS1122 (3 credits).  Contact the CS Department at 906-487-2209 with questions. CpE majors who take CS1131 will need one credit of “CpE technical elective” before you graduate.

Early CS chain:      CS1121 –>  CS1122 –> CS1142     OR CS1131  –>  CS1142 (Programming at the hardware/software interface)


Transfer credits from elsewhere

Here is the Tutorial on how to transfer credits from elsewhere, to MTU. Slides only .pdf

View/Print .pdf Transfer Help instructions.

Transfer Credits: To take classes elsewhere and transfer them to MTU, use the MTU online Transfer Equivalency Link and the course schedules and catalogs from the other college. Choose courses that will transfer to an equivalent course at MTU that are required for your degree.  (such as an appropriate HASS List 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, request to have it evaluated for transfer credit by sending the following details to the  MTU Transfer Services Office, for each course:   email transfer@mtu.edu
    • 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 transfer@mtu.edu.  A short catalog description is not enough information to evaluate for MTU credit. You must provide the course syllabus.
  • Enroll in courses. Grades must be C or higher to be accepted at MTU. 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 MTU, so that our system knows the courses you plan to transfer.

Prereq? If you are taking a class elsewhere that is a prereq for something you want to add to your next semester’s schedule, then contact Transfer Services at transfer@mtu.edu,  to let them know about the course, so the course will be marked “In Session”. Then you can schedule courses it is a prereq for. Be sure to send your transcript as soon as the prerequisite course is completed.

How to transfer credits to MTU after you complete course(s):

Office of Student Records & Registration
Admin. building
1400 Townsend Avenue Houghton, MI 49931-1295

To find out if a course may count as a “UN” course, consult the Transfer Services Office (Student Services, Admin bldg) before taking the course.  phone: 487-3323,  email: transfer@ mtu.edu

MTU’s General Education HASS Requirements 6 credits HASS must be numbered 3000-4999. (upper level)

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.


Change your major or Add a minor

Change major:

  1. To find out the latest requirements for your chosen major, see the  Degree Audits or go to the department website for flowcharts. Find out requirements for joining the department from the major advisor.
  2. Meet with the advisor of your new major to discuss switching, review program details, and submit a request to change your major when you are ready.

Add a minor:

  1. Find out the latest requirements for your chosen minor on the Degree Services website: Minor Audit Forms
  2. Meet with the advisor of the minor and submit a request to add the minor.
  3. Some credits may double count toward your major and minor. Look for courses the HASS list & the minor.
  4. CpE majors may not pursue a minor in EE or CS beginning Fall 2016.

Undecided on your Major?

Michigan Tech has an advisor for students who are undecided about their major.  Ms. Slyvia Matthew’s office is in Walker 102.

Engineering Undecided?  see Ms. Amy Monte or Ms. AJ Hamlin in Dillman 112.

Career Cruising will give ideas of majors that could involve your interests and skills.