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Certficate phase out

1. “Certificates” for undergraduate students will be phased out at MTU, effective fall 2016.

CEPE – the Certificate in Electric Power Engineering details:

Students who signed up to pursue the certificate by Spring 2016, using catalog
year 2015-16 may be able to complete the certificate while pursuing their BS degree.

Sophomore students may complete the certificate courses in spring of 2016 or 2017, if they already signed up.
Fall 2015 and later students might consider changing their catalog year to 2017 to pursue the new concentration in power- see last paragraph. (recommended in lieu of the CEPE certificate)

To drop the certificate if you decide not to pursue it, go to the Registrar’s Office or email registrar@mtu.edu

EE3120 – Electric Energy Systems is the prerequisite course for the power engineering courses on the certificate and the concentration.

Regarding other certificates at MTU – some will be replaced with minors
and the student should pursue the appropriate minor instead.

The CHEV Hybrid Electric Vehicle Certificate is advised by Marlene Lappeus
in 811 MEEM.

2. A concentration in Electric Power Engineering will be available with the
fall 2017 BSEE degree requirements. Current students may change to the 2017
requirements and pursue the electric power concentration if desired. For students
who began here before fall 2015, this means also using the new gen ed
requirements.


2015 Spring Advising meetings – videos

Have your flowchart handy and be ready to take notes:

1) EE and CpE Students who began 2014-2015, freshmen and transfer students: Spring Advising Meeting (20 min.)  Slides with hyperlinks.

2) CpE sophomores, juniors, and seniors not yet graduatingSpring 2015 Advising Meeting. (16 min) Slides with hyperlinks.

3) EE sophomores, juniors and seniors not yet graduatingSpring 2015 Advising Meeting (21 min). Slides with hyperlinks.

4) Gen ed:  applies to 2014-15 and 2013-2014 catalog years General Education requirements (5 min.):    Intended for 2014-15 freshmen and new transfer students, AND students who began fall 2013 or spring 2014.  Slides with hyperlinks.

5)  All EE and CpE majors:  Degree Audit – What is it? (5 min)  Explains how degree requirements are defined, how to use your online degree audit report, and what to do before your graduation semester.  Slides with hyperlinks.

6) All EE and CpE majors: How to Transfer Credits from elsewhere video. Explains how to transfer credits, the rules, and what to do if you are taking a prerequisite course needed for registration of another course. Slides with hyperlinks.

7)  All who are curious about a  Study-Abroad semester (5 min)-Updates: EE3901 now offered fall and spring; Pre-approval required for EPS project; new Study Abroad Webpages for locations. Learn how to start planning, search for courses and locations, finding EE or CS courses, European Project Semester (EPS), benefits of studying abroad.  Slides with hyperlinks.


ECE graduate degree – grad school

Consider pursuing a graduate degree after completion of your bachelor’s. Students have taken advantage of one or both of these opportunities:

1) The ECE Department offers an Accelerated Master’s program. (cumulative GPA of 3.25+ required) With this program, students can double-count up to six credits of coursework towards an accelerated master’s degree in EE or CpE.  A master’s degree requires 30 credits, so students in the Accelerated Master’s Program take 24 credits after completion of their bachelor’s degree. What a deal!

Students who do not meet the 3.25 minimum GPA requirements for the Accelerated Master’s program, may apply for graduate school, and will take 30 credits after completion of the bachelor of science degree to earn a master of science in EE or CpE.

2) Students may take graduate courses while they are still an undergraduate student, under the Senior Rule, if they have room in the last semester(s). This is DIFFERENT than the accelerated master’s program six credits.  With the senior rule, specific courses are designated for a graduate transcript only, and may not be used toward your bachelor’s degree. See this link to get the Senior Rule Form. The credits are available for possible use toward a graduate degree and may be transferred elsewhere. It is up to the program you pursue to approve the courses for a graduate degree. Pay undergraduate tuition.

4000 and 5000 level courses may be used with either option. A maximum of 9 credits of 4000 level coursework may be used toward a master’s. All EE courses must have a grade of BC or better to be used toward a master’s degree in the ECE Department. All credits must be approved by your graduate program advisor.

Why grad school?  see:

Spring 2015 ECE grad school information session with Dr. Lukowski and Dr. Mork. 49 minutes.

If you are uncertain about your options, please meet with your advisor and see what might work for you! It’s worth considering!

MORE INFORMATION and How To Apply:

Computer Engineering, MS, PhD

Electrical Enginering, MS, PhD

ECE Accelerated Master’s program

Online Master’s in Power Systems


Environmental Applications concentration – BSEE

The concentration in Environmental Applications with the bachelor of science in electrical engineering helps prepare students to contribute as EE’s in fields related to environmental quality. Opportunities exist in environmental remote sensing, air quality, water quality, and related fields.

The concentration may be pursued using the 2015-2016 catalog year or later.

Concentration coursework, 18 credits:  (2015-2016)
(may be completed in years 3 and 4)

ENVE3501 Environmental Engineering Fundamentals
ENVE3502 Environmental Monitoring & Measurement
Remote sensing sequence:  1. EE4252 and GE4250 or 2. EE3090 and EE3190
Two Environmental Quality Engineering courses from this list:
ENVE4502 Wastewater Treatment Principles and Design
ENVE4503 Drinking Water Treatment Principles and Design
ENVE4504 Air Quality Engineering and Science
ENVE4505 Surface Water Quality Engineering
ENVE4507 Application of Sustainability Principles
ENVE4511 Solid and Hazardous Waste Engineering
ENVE4512 Green Engineering Design for Sustainability

See Judy Donahue, EERC 131, for help with planning. Call 487-2550 to schedule an advising appointment.

The concentration credits take the place of EE3250, Approved electives, and 9cr. EE electives on the BSEE.


Biomedical Applications concentration – BSEE

The concentration in Biomedical Applications with the bachelor of science in electrical engineering helps prepare students to contribute as EE’s in the medical field, biomedical instrumentation, medical imaging and related areas.

The concentration may be pursued using the 2015-2016 catalog year or later.

Concentration coursework, 19 credits: (2015-2016)

BL2010 Anatomy & Physiology I
BE2400 Cellular & Molecular Biology
BL2020 Anatomy & Physiology II
BE3700 & 3701  Bio-Instrumentation and Lab
BE3300 or BE2800 Bomechanics I or Biomaterials I
Biomedical elective: BE3350, BE3800, BE4250, BE4610, BE4700, or EE4252

The Biomedical Applications concentration credits take the place of EE3120, approved electives, free elective and 9 cr. EE electives on the BSEE.

See Judy Donahue in EERC 131 for help with planning. Call 487-2550 to schedule and advising appointment.


FE Exam Information

Visit  ncees.org/exams for information regarding the FE exam, preparation, exam schedule, cost, and other details.

Computer engineers typically don’t take the FE exam.

For EE majors, becoming a PE (Professional Engineer) is not a requirement for most positions, but is desirable. It is required for consulting-type areas and for legal areas (legislature, public services commission or the courts).  Utilities, Architecture and Engineering (A and E) Firms may require PE registration for upper level positions.

First-year engineering courses, sophomore core courses plus your area(s) of specialty have helped prepare you.

EC3400 – Economic Decision Analysis is a good course to help prepare for the exam. It can count as an upper-level HASS elective or free elective.

EE4240 – Intro. to MEMS includes topics in micro electro mechanical systems that are helpful in preparation for the FE Exam as well. EE4240 applies to the BSEE as 4 credits of EE electives, or may apply as approved or free electives.  It can be a CpE technical elective for CpE’s.

Take the exam during your Senior year. You can study on your own following the topics described on the FE exam website.

Electrical and Computer CBT exam specifications

When will the CBT exams be offered?
The FE and FS will be administered during four testing windows throughout the year: January–February, April–May, July–August, and October–November. Registration will be open year-round.

Where will I take my CBT exam?
The exams will be administered at approved Pearson VUE testing centers:  at Michigan Tech, in the Library’s Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning.

What is professional engineering registration and why should I seek to be a registered professional engineer?

Some types of engineering jobs require professional registration. If you might start your own business and call yourself a consultant, most states require the PE designation. Consulting work and some types of design work are greatly facilitated by professional registration.

If you become a registered professional engineer, you may append the initials “P.E” after your name on your business cards.

The first step: To become a registered professional engineer you must first take the fundamentals of engineering exam administered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying.

Once you pass the FE exam, you become designated “engineer-intern”.  You remain in this status until you have practiced engineering for a designated number of years.  The amount of time you need to practice before becoming registered varies from state to state.  See the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying web site for details.


Photonics – the use and study of light

EE majors may take photonics courses for EE elective credit, or may follow requirements to earn a Concentration in Photonics – which is listed on the diploma.

View a sample Photonics Concentration flowchart (2018-2019).

Photonics is using light energy to do work: sensing, imaging, communication. Photonics entails the control of photons in making systems faster, more efficient and more accurate, in a wide range of applications from energy generation to detection to communications and information processing. Robotic sensing and vision, space photography, medical instrumentation, imaging, and satellite communication are a few areas using photonics.

Students study laser systems, optics, and the control of photons/light.

EE2190, Introduction to Photonics, offered spring semesters beginning Spring 2019

EE3090, Introduction to Geometrical and Wave Optics is offered in Fall semesters.  Last offering: Fall 2018. Replace with EE2190.

EE3190, Optical Sensing and Imaging, Spring semesters.  Prereq: MA3521/20; JR/SR.

EE3290, Photonic Material, Devices, and Applications, Spring semesters. Prereq: EE3140 or EE3090 or PH2400.

EE4490, Laser Systems and Applications, check schedule for semester offered.  Pre-req: EE3140.

Companies hiring MTU photonics majors include Raytheon, NAVSEA and CRANE. To add the Photonics Concentration, submit a request in MyMichiganTech curriculum changes .

Photonics elective courses (6 credits minimum with the concentration): BE4250,BE4410,EE4240,EE4252, EE4253,  EE4290,  MSE/PH4292, PH3410,PH4510,PH4640

We are unique!  Very few universities offer an undergraduate photonics program.  For additional information on courses, SPIE, OSA or getting involved in research, contact:

  • Dr. Durdu Guney,  EERC 729,    dguney@
  • Dr. Chris Middlebrook,  EERC 628,  ctmiddle@
  • Dr. Mike Roggemann,  EERC 503,  mroggema@

Cool Beams!


2014 Spring Advising Meetings

Have your flowchart handy.  Be ready to take notes and plan for registration of your fall classes.  Write down your questions. Turn your speakers on. May need to adjust volume. Many advising topics covered.

Approximately 23 minutes, in lieu of coming out on a COLD February night to a cold classroom for an hour.

Audio: Have your speakers on;    Software: Windows Media Viewer

First-year and new transfer students:   2014 First-year student Spring Advising Meeting (EE and CpE)

EE Sophomores and Juniors2014 EE Soph and Beyond Spring Advising Meeting

CpE Sophmores and Juniors: 2014 CpE Soph & Beyond Spring Advising Meeting

E-mail Judy or Trever or stop by EERC 131 if you have questions.


Engineering Design Pre-requisites

Whether you are doing Enterprise or Senior Design, you will need to meet the same requirements before enrolling.

CpE’s:  Complete EE3901 and EE3131. EE3173 can be taken before or with EE4901 or ENT4950.

EE’s:  Complete EE3901 and EE3131. EE3171 can be taken before or with EE4901 or ENT4950.

EE3901 (Design Fundamentals) is required for all ECE students following Fall 2010 and later degree requirements (was EE4900) regardless of if you are completing Enterprise or Senior Design.

EE3171 or EE3173 is a prerequisite for the second half of your final design path (EE4910 or ENT4960) and must be completed successfully before you enroll in those courses. (This is not the case for Photonics concentration majors)

As a reminder, your Engineering Design requirements may be completed with a one-year senior design project in EE4901-4910, MEEM4901-4911 or by completing Enterprise project work using ENT3950, ENT3960, ENT4950, and ENT4960. Plan on having two semesters remaining after completion of prerequisite courses to complete engineering design at the senior level.

Enterprise students who have completed ENT3950 and ENT3960, but are not ready to take ENT4950 may enroll in ENT3980 if you want to stay in your enterprise while you’re completing your design prerequisites. ENT3980 does not apply to your Engineering Design Requirements.


ENG1102 for CpE’s 2013-2014 and later

Computer engineering students using catalog year 2013-2014 or later:

ENG1102 is not required for 2013-14 and later computer engineers.  ENG1101 students may take it in spring of first year if they wish, and ENG1001 students may take it in the next Fall (3rd semester). If you do/did not take ENG1102 as part of your first-year engineering sequence, you may not take it later on for technical elective credits.

Should you take ENG1102 if it’s not required?

1) If you are certain you’ll stay in computer engineering or a CS or non-engineering major, you will not need ENG1102.

2) If you’d like the option of changing your major to another engineering major in the future, take ENG1102.

3) If you are considering another engineering major,  or a double major with EE, or a 2nd degree with BE,ME, etc.. take ENG1102.

ENG1102 will count as a technical elective for CpE’s if you take it in the semester following ENG1101 or ENG1100. You cannot take ENG1102 as a junior/senior for technical elective credits.

Transfer students who came here with 30 or more transfer credits have the option of taking ENG1101 or substituting CpE technical elective credits.