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CpE Technical Electives – Selecting

Although there aren’t “official” concentrations in Computer Engineering the same way there are in Electrical Engineering, you can still develop your own specialty or focus area(s) in within the degree. Choose classes you are most interested in, will help you get a CpE job you enjoy, or prepare you for a graduate degree down the road.  You can choose more classes in one area for a stronger focus, or choose a variety to have a broader knowledge base.

You may take more CpE technical elective credits than the minimum that is required.

Plan ahead to get the electives you’d like.  Most Technical Elective courses are offered in Fall or Spring (not both) so plan ahead and know what the pre-requisites are for the elective courses you want AND which semester they are offered in.  When you are in your junior-level required courses (if not before), start familiarizing yourself with the list of valid electives and identify the classes you are interested in.  Look up and know the pre-reqs.  If you’d like to know more about specific CpE skills/knowledge, ask the CpE faculty.  They are happy to talk about their areas of specialty and recommend classes!

Here you will find a list of faculty recommended courses listed by area or industry (click “Technical Electives” to open).

When selecting courses, be sure to use the list that applies to your degree requirements. Your online degree audit lists which courses fit in which categories, so review it after registering to see if things are counting where you’d like. If you have questions, contact your advisor!


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.


Registration- Senior Design or ENT4950

“I am starting my final semester of capstone project work… what do I do?”

Firstly, make sure your prerequisites are complete for senior-level capstone work. The prereqs are the same for either Senior Design or Enterprise. For ENT4950, ENT3960 is also a prerequsite.

  • CpE:  EE3901 and EE3131 are pre-req; EE3173 can be taken as a co-req or pre-req with EE4901/ENT4950
  • EE:  EE3901 and EE3131 are pre-req; EE 3171 can be taken as a co-req or pre-req with EE4901/ENT4950 (if not photonics concentration)
  • RE:  EE3901 and EE3280; and (EE3261 or MEEM3750) is a required coreq or prereq for EE4901/ENT4950.

Senior Design

To schedule ECE Design Project 1 in Fall (EE 4901), register for section 0A and section L01.  Your section will be adjusted to match your team during the second week of classes, after teams are formed.

Design Project 2 is required in Spring (EE4910). Schedule section L01 and the RXX section that matches your team section number from EE4901.

Enterprise

Scheduling ENT4950 requires a slightly different process than the normal Enterprise waiver form.

Start by completing Part A, online form found under the tab “Enterprise Student Resources” (requires ISO login). Expand “Forms” and choose ‘ENT4950 Registration Forms (Electrical, Robotics and Computer Engineering)’

  1. Part A is used to verify your are “Senior Design Ready”, have met the prerequisites. Part A must be satisfactorily completed prior to completion of Part B. Emails will be sent to you from enterprisereg@mtu.edu regarding this process.
  2. Part B is used to document your project and obtain approval from your Enterprise Advisor. (try to complete by first week of classes)
  3. Once complete and approved, Judy or Liz will register you in ENT4950, 2 credits.
  4.        Late-add form is required after 1st week of classes, in addition to Part B. Late fee may apply.

Alternate Options Info

To schedule MEEM4901 (or MEEM4911), contact Ryan (ratowles@mtu.edu)  or Tricia (pmstein@mtu.edu) in MEEM204/205. Senior Design in MEEM4901 can begin in Fall or Spring. EE majors, please copy Judy when you contact the MEEM advisors; CpE majors copy Liz on that email.

Those doing their design work via European Project Semester (EPS), start here. Let the advisors know if this is an option you want to pursue so that we can help you make a plan!


2018 Spring advising series

First-year and new transfer students who began Fall 2017 or Spring 2018:

Sophomores and beyond: All students except graduating seniors: Prepare for 3rd/4th/5th years:

How to transfer credits from elsewhere video; slides w/links; one-page instructions pdf.

How to read your Degree Audit Report

Introduction to Studying Abroad (4 min.)

Co-op: how to take a co-op semester.


ECE advising videos

Degree Audit report:

Transfer courses:

Study abroad introduction:

Spring Advising meetings – advice for planning your next year and prepare for registration of fall classes.


Minor in Electrical Engineering (EE Minor)

This Worksheet for the EE minor is helpful for planning to meet the minor requirements.
Feel free to review the EE focus area courses for ideas of courses that you may prefer to choose for the minor.

Contact: Judy Burl, jmburl @mtu.edu, EERC 131 for advice on completing the Minor in Electrical Engineering.

Notes:
1. Each minor must include at least 9 credits upper division coursework taken at MTU.
2. A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required for minor coursework.
3. Some prerequisite coursework may not apply to the EE minor. (Ex. CS)

Refer to the university minor information and requirements here.


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 Term”, which is usually the academic year you began, or later.

“Catalog Term” refers to the academic year of requirements.

If you began in Fall 2020, then your catalog term is “Fall of 2020”, and is designated as “202008” on your degree audit. If you began in spring 2021 or summer 2021, then your catalog term is “202008” because the academic year begins with fall semester and ends with summer.  Catalog term 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.


Photonics course sequence changes begin 2018-19

November 2017 announcement:  Meet with Judy if you:

  • plan to take photonics courses fall 2018 and/or beyond
  • are considering the Photonics Concentration
  • choose the remote sensing option for the Environmental Applications concentration
  • co-op/study abroad/semester off, & plan photonics courses

Course Offerings chart

The BSEE – Photonics 8 semester flowcharts have been updated.

Detailed planning is required to ensure you can follow the new path. Your flowchart will need to be adjusted.

EE3090 will become obsolete.

EE2190, Introduction to Photonics will be offered in Spring semesters (Soph year)

EE3190 will be offered in Fall semesters instead of spring.

EE3290 will be offered in Spring semesters instead of fall.


Full or filled MEEM course – wait list instructions

Spring 2018 registration: Students must follow the below instructions to generate an entry on an electronic waiting list. An online waiting list form will be available for each MEEM undergrad course offered for the spring semester. There will be no other way (not email, phone, appt, etc) to get added to a MEEM course waiting list. 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.

1. Attempt to register for all your courses using available sections.

2. If there is no other way to complete your schedule due to all sections of a MEEM course being full or unresolvable time conflicts, then go to the ME Advising page (http://www.mtu.edu/mechanical/undergraduate/advising/)

3. Click on the link for ‘Spring 2018 MEEM course waiting lists’ posted at the top center of the page under ‘Announcements’. (or click here)

4. This will bring you to a page with a link for the waiting list form for each offered undergraduate MEEM course.

5. Click on the course(s) you are unable to add and complete a Google form for each course to generate your entries for the waiting list(s).

6. Please read the form carefully and complete it as accurately and completely as possible.

7. We will prioritize the waiting lists firstly based on which students have the greatest need for a course to maintain feasible graduation timing and/or earn a minor. And then based on your designated time to begin registration in the priority schedule and/or the time stamp on your waiting list entry.

8. As additional seats are available (advisor maximums for sections [negative seats as available] and possibly more seats added later if needed), we will add students from these waiting lists as we are able up until the spring semester begins.

9. ME students that absolutely need a course will be added to that course sometime before the semester begins. But you may have to be patient and/or be open to an alternate plan from an advisor that supports equivalent feasible graduation timing.

10. Students will be notified with an email if and when they are added to a course from a waiting list.

11. Feel free to see us with questions at any time, but you must complete the online form to get on a waiting list.

12. 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.


Success and study habits

Success in a class is largely due to the effort put in. Interest and motivation are close seconds. Even if you are not liking a class, pretend you are very interested and wish to learn as much as you can by listening attentively in class and being curious.
Here is one students’ answer to the question of how to study in the best possible way. Why not give them a try.

Re-presented here, as found in above link, answered by Rob McQueen:”

  • Teach it first: To understand new systems / concepts, stand up in front of a chalkboard and act as if you’re teaching it to a class. When you get to a point you don’t know how to explain, talk it out. Literally, stand up and talk to yourself; it works.
  • Diagram / Symbol: Once you understand something, create a visual diagram / symbol. Draw it on a piece of paper. Close your eyes and think about it in your head. Once you have the diagram / symbol, it will be very easy to remember how it works later on.”

It always helps to ‘write it down’ multiple times. Practice doing problems, until you think you’ve got it, then test yourself. Re-work the problem until you can do it successfully on your own. (as if in exam)