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Department Professional Development Support for Students

There are many opportunities for professional growth and development along the way to your degree. Whether it’s through a student organization with a national presence, an affinity group by major or identity group, or presenting on research done with a faculty member, students often find themselves with a chance to be part of major conferences and workshops. These experiences with public speaking, networking, development, and professionalism are so important to growing as an engineer!

Any ECE student (grad or undergrad) looking for support to attend a conference, workshop, presentation, or other professional development opportunity, may request funding assistance. This may relate to hotel costs, travel, or – especially amid the ongoing pandemic – registration fees for virtual events.

The ECE Department strives to help students grow through these experiences, and will provide partial support for these endeavors on a selection basis. Be aware that submitting an application is not a guarantee of award. Requests will be reviewed by members of the faculty and staff, and you will be notified in a timely fashion.

 Funding Request Form 

Spring 2021 ECE Course Waitlist

“Help! A course I need next semester is already full!”

This is bound to happen sometimes. Please read through the following to learn more about the waitlist process.

First, attempt to register for all your courses using available sections. If there is another section open, try rearranging your schedule if possible to accommodate. Sometimes, though, it will be genuinely impossible to finish your registration.

If you are trying to register for an ECE department course (one that begins with EE), you may submit your information via our Waitlist. This will alert us to pressing needs that you might have.

We will prioritize the waiting lists firstly based on which students have the greatest need for a required course to maintain feasible graduation timing and/or earn a minor, etc.  We’ll also take the planned graduation semester into account for technical electives (Spring 2021 grads take priority over Fall 2021 grads, etc). 

You will be notified with an email if and when they are added to a course from a waiting list. Sometimes this might take some time to shake out; remember, there are hundreds of students who might be encountering a variety of issues.

Lastly, please do not complete the online form to get on a waiting list until after your registration time starts according to the published schedule (by earned credits).  If you do submit an entry early it will jeopardize your priority for getting into the course.

In the meantime, plan ahead! Have a plan B (or plan C) schedule. Consider if there are any alternative courses you can take, or at different times!

Seniors: HASS and Gen Ed Communication/Composition Issues

To get on the waitlist for a HU/Gen Ed Humanities Course, Email Dr Maria Bergstrom (, Jackie Elleneich (  and Katy Ellenich ( right away if they are not able to get into a course. Students should include:

M Number
Graduation semester
Course/section preference (though we can’t guarantee the student will get the preferred course or section)
What requirement you’re trying to fulfill
Whether the Comm/Comp needs to be upper division

Priority is based on (a) urgency of need to fill requirement to graduate (b) JR/SR status (c) other extenuating circumstances (so if that’s the case, ping your advisor!).

ECE Engineering Explorations

As a first-year student engaging in Michigan Tech’s Engineering Fundamentals program, you are required to learn about some of the different engineering majors on campus. We’re glad that you’re here this evening; whether you’re already declared as EE/CpE/RE or looking to find out what major is right for you, we hope the information shared here is valuable.

Some resources that you may want to look at:

Electrical Engineering Flow Charts (plus double major info)
Electrical Engineering Concentrations
Computer Engineering Flow Charts
Robotics Engineering Flow Charts
EE minor information

Blue Marble
Robotic Systems
Wireless Communication
IT Oxygen

Want to learn more but missed a session? You can still sign up to attend one of the future dates, and recordings will be made available as well.

I’m ready to change majors into ECE! What next? First, check out the requirements for changing into an ECE major. From there, you can schedule a time to meet with Judy (EE, RE, double major, minor) or Liz (CpE).

How to search for General Education class

Looking for a General Education Course? Practice searching on the Schedule of Classes using various Subjects and Attribute Types.

  1. Run your degree audit and find out which general education course areas you have not yet filled. (if you aren’t sure)
  2. Search in the Schedule of Classes (SOC) using the Subject and Attribute fields. Example:
Click the “Class Search” button to see what courses are offered in the semester you are searching. You’ll see if seats are available and the days and times of sections.

3. Use the complete list of general education courses to find the Subjects (Department) that offer gen ed courses. Try searching for co-curricular courses that you’d enjoy.

4. To search on all courses offered by Subject, leave the Attribute Type at ‘All’ and leave the Course Number field blank.

5. To search on one course, for example, EE2190, Highlight subject “Electrical & Computer Engrg”, then enter 2190 in the Course Number field.

Summer course option for Fall 2020 incoming class

Are you considering a head start on your ECE Degree? This is not required, however, you may take a summer course at a discounted price! The details are listed on our Admissions Website.

Summer 2020 recommended courses for Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering majors who are admitted for Fall 2020:

Do not take a course for which you may be earning AP or transfer credit. Students should not take more than one course from each General Education list (consider any AP or transfer credits you may earn).

One of the following is appropriate for all engineering degrees:
UN1025 – Global Issues, 3 credits
FA2520 or HU2324 or HU2503 or HU2538 or HU2700 (one of these will satisfy the Critical & Creative Thinking core list)
PSY2000 or EC2001 or SS2700 (one of these will satisfy the Social Responsibility/Ethical Reasoning core list)
MA1161 – Calculus I, (if Calc I is the correct starting math course for you)

Computer Engineers may include this as their choice:
CS1121 – Introduction to programming I

Electrical Engineers may include one of these as their choice:
CH1150 and CH1151 – University Chemistry I and Lab
MSE2100 – Introduction to Material Science and Engineering (will apply toward the SELECT approved elective area)

Electrical Engineers who are interested in pursuing a Computer Science minor or Computer Engineering double-major may take CS1121. If undecided, it is OK to postpone this class until later.

CH1150 and CH1151 will apply toward the Computer Engineering degree in the 2nd Discipline math and science electives area. Later, there are will be two other choices, in case you do not want to take Chemistry.

One of the other lower level Humanities, Arts and Social Science courses may be a choice for you, as 6 credits of lower level HASS are allowed. Ensure you don’t have the lower-level HASS already covered from incoming AP or Transfer credits.

If you have questions, please contact the academic advisor for your major:
Computer Engineers: Liz Fujita,
Electrical Engineers: Judy Burl,


How hard is it to add a minor?

It depends, but some of the minors fit fairly neatly into the Electrical Engineering and/or Computer Engineering programs. Minors require completion of at least 18 credits, 9 of which need to be upper level and completed here at Michigan Tech.

Check out the list of minors offered in the undergraduate catalog. The page includes links to the minor program audits. It is important to look carefully at the number of credits required, and at what level.

Remember: just like your major, it is your responsibility to make sure you meet all the requirements!

How do I declare a minor?

If you have specific questions about a minor, talk to the minor’s advisor. Sometimes it is the same person as the major’s primary academic advisor, but not always! To formally declare a minor, submit a Curriculum Add/Drop request within MyMichiganTech.

Can I do any minor?

Not quite. Computer Engineering majors (as well as EE/CpE double majors) may not pursue a minor in EE nor CS. The purpose of Computer Engineering is to be a convergence of those two programs, so your coursework has that amount of skill (and more!) built in.

Some minors will fit more neatly into your degree program. For instance, some credits might double-count as electives or fit into your HASS selections. Others will require more work above-and-beyond your degree requirements – but can certainly be worthwhile.

About Common Minors (coming soon!)

CS (EE only)

Math Minor

The math minor fits well with both Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering. Depending on how early you make the choice to add a math minor, you can double-count most of the credits with other requirements that you would need to fulfill anyway.

Below are some guides to show you where courses will double-count and what amount of extra work you may need to do. In summary:

Electrical Engineers: With careful planning ahead, you can fit the entire minor into your program. This does not apply to everyone, though – check your personal situation carefully! You may need to take up to two additional courses (6 credits) beyond your degree requirements.

Computer Engineers: With careful planning ahead, you can fit almost the entire minor into your program. If you plan well, you can use one of the two extra courses as your Math/Science elective, leaving just one course above-and-beyond your requirements. This does not apply to everyone, though – check your personal situation carefully!

More details:

Math Minor Requirements (EE)

Edited version of the math minor audit as it related to EE. Click to enlarge.

Math Minor Requirements (CpE)

Edited version of the math minor audit as it related to CpE. Click to enlarge.

Online Learning Tips and Strategies

Online learning could be more difficult, as it is very different from in-class learning, especially if you’ve never taken an online class.
Here are some tips and resources to help you adapt. You can also check out the comprehensive list of resources suggested by Residence Education and Housing Services here.

  1. Schedule your classwork at your normal class schedule. Many classes will be delivered online at the same scheduled time, in real-time, so be sure to join in. Do not skip class.
  2. Some classes will be recorded and available to view anytime. KEEP up with the lecture recordings and homework as you would on campus. Use the regularly scheduled time for a class, to do homework, listen to the video.
  3. Plan extra time for studying. Begin homework and studying for exams early, so you have time to get help. Online help from the instructor may not be available at the last hour.
  4. Be self-disciplined and stick to your schedule.
  5. Contact your academic advisor if you are unsure of your success or are experiencing anxiety over taking classes remotely. It’s best to talk about your options, and/or what strategies you could try.
  6. Be aware of your course homework deadlines and exam dates. Some exams may require a proctor which will need to be set up ahead of time. Seek help with the material from the instructor or virtual learning center.
  7. The Covid-19 situation is not an excuse for late homework, missed exams, lectures or lab assignments. (unless you have extenuating circumstances – contact dean of students office)
  8. What if you don’t have internet access or a computer? Some of our students may have access barriers. If you do not have adequate technology to complete classes online, please contact
  9. Use this opportunity to embrace the situation, adapt good online learning habits, and be successful in your academic work despite the new environment. This is a challenge to be met.
  10. Do not cheat.
  11. Do not fill your time with additional activities that interfere with completion of assignments and study time, such as a job or vacation. You are a full-time student.
  12. Read all emails and communications from instructors, TA’s, and advisors and be on top of what you need to do for each course.
  13. Ask for help, if you need it.

Liz can be reached at and 906-487-1161
Judy can be reached at or or 906-487-2232

CpE Advising Contact Info

Updated January 19, 2021

Hello everybody!

I am generally available in some format from 9–noon and 2–4:30 Monday through Friday, with the usual occasional exceptions for meetings, calls, etc. Since I also manage K-12 outreach efforts in the department, there are occasional blocks of time where I will be unavailable. Schedule meetings take priority over walk-ins!

Schedule an appointment: here!

The primary methods of meeting are virtual or in-person. Please make sure to indicate which you prefer and/or check the mode of the slot you are booking.

Walk-ins here in EERC 131: welcome during business hours as long as I’m here (Mon, Wed, Thur). Just like everywhere else on campus, masks and appropriate care are required in the advising office.

Other ways to contact me:

  • Email (
    • I do my best to respond as quickly as feasible Mon-Fri
  • Phone (office: 906-487-1161)
  • Other idea or platform? Ask and I’ll let you know.

Out of office 1/22.


Judy Burl’s contact information:

To meet with or schedule an academic advising appointment with Judy, try one of the following options:

1. 10am -12 Noon Wed-Thurs: Zoom Advising Hours or Try Me! randomly using the same Zoom link. I will be available at other times TBD. The wait room is used for privacy. Stop in for one on one advising, as if you are walking into my office. Waiting Room is needed in case someone else is meeting or if I have stepped out for a bit.

2. Schedule a Google Hangouts Meeting here. Use your MTU calendar/email address. This is less reliable, so I have few hours posted.

3. Email: jmburl @ – email me your advising question(s) or days/times you are available for a meeting, preferably 8:30am-3:30pm M-F.

4. Call the ECE Main Office at 906-487-2550 to schedule an appointment time in Google Hangouts or a phone-call.

I am OFF: dates TBA; and off most weekends.

Judy’s Office phone – 906-487-2232 Messages go to my email during work-from-home times.

906-487-2550 – the ECE Main Office / EERC 121
Dept Fax: 906-487-2949
I am also known as: Judy Donahue jmdonahu@ (previous name)

Fall semester hours:
I am usually available M-F 8 am – 4 pm, with variability for meetings and days off.
I assist Electrical Engineers, Double-majors with CpE and EE, Robotics Engineers, EE minors, and students interested in pursuing one of these!

Here is contact information for Liz Fujita, Computer Engineering Advisor and ECE Outreach Specialist.

Many questions can be answered using email or by searching the Advising Blog.
I will not be having face-to-face meetings in my office in EERC 131 at this time. (sad face)