What should I do to prepare for transferring to Michigan Tech?
Are you planning to transfer into to the Computer Science (SCS) or Software Engineering (SSEN) program at Michigan Tech from another college or university? Here’s some advice that will help you prepare for the transition:
- We encourage students pursuing a Computer Science or Software Engineering degree to
transfer to Michigan Tech after one year of study to ensure graduation within four
- Two-year transfer students may not be able to schedule enough core courses in their major to get a full course load in some semesters. (This is due to the abundance of general education, pre-calculus math, and lab science courses and lack of early-on core required courses.)
- If you have already completed two years at another college or university, you may wish to start during the summer semester and catch up on computer science courses or plan to stay on campus and take the required courses during the following summer. Summer courses begin in early May.
- Please see the 1+3 Year Plan for SCS or the 1+3 Year Plan for SSEN for more information.
- Students who transfer with more than 30 credits, depending on how close they follow the recommended Michigan Tech flowchart plan, can complete their degree in six to eight semesters. The most common time to degree is seven semesters, which is due to the pre-requisite chains in core CS classes.
Which courses should I take in advance?
We recommend that you take the following courses (or equivalents) before arriving at Michigan Tech:
- MA 1160 Calculus with Technology I
- MA 2160 Calculus with Technology II
- CS 1121 Introduction to Programming I
- CS 1122 Introduction to Programming II
- UN 1015 Composition (first-year course)
- UN 1025 Global Issue (first-year course)
You can also take any courses equivalent to the following:
- CORE Critical and Creative Thinking (3 credits)
- CORE Social Responsibility and Ethical Reasoning (3 credits)
- Lab Science Courses: Need 8 total credits, two different disciplines (BL, CH, FW, GE, PH, etc.), one course must include course and lab. Pick courses off the Science Course list from the Gen Ed STEM list.
- CS 2311 Discrete Structures
- CS 2321 Data Structures
- CS 1142 Programming with Hardware/Software Interface
- MA 2330 Introduction to Linear Algebra
- MA 2720 Statistical Methods
- Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS)
What courses should I avoid taking before I transfer into computer science?
Do not take more than 9 credits of lower-level HASS elective classes. Six credits must be at the 3000 level or higher.