The purpose of a minor is to officially recognize a student who takes a prescribed set of courses in a discipline outside their major. To receive a minor, students must be currently enrolled in a bachelor's degree program at Michigan Tech, have indicated that they are pursuing the minor by submitting a Curriculum Add/Drop form and have completed all requirements for the minor. The award will be noted on the official transcript.
A student must add the minor to their record no later than the time when the student submits their application for graduation. A student cannot be awarded a minor that has the same title as their major or major concentration. Students who wish to pursue a certificate in the same academic discipline or subject area as a minor must receive permission from the academic department. In addition to meeting the requirements specified by the academic unit offering the minor, a student must:
- Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 for courses completed as part of the minor.
- Take at least 6 credit hours of 3000-level or higher minor-required courses that are not required as part of their major (except as free electives). If more than one minor is being pursued, the 6 credit hours of 3000-level or higher minor-required courses that are not required as part of their major (except as free electives) must be unique to each minor.
- At least 6 credits of the 3000-level or higher minor-required courses must be taken at Michigan Tech. Courses that meet the "at Michigan Tech" requirement are defined as courses listed in the course catalog and taught by a Michigan Tech instructor either on campus, at field locations, or through distance learning.
- All minors, including interdisciplinary minors, must originate in an academic department.
- Minors must require at least 16 credit hours of course work.
- Of these 16 credit hours, no more than 6 credit hours may be at the 1000- or 2000-level.
- For minors exceeding 16 credit hours, the additional credit hours beyond 16 may be at any level.
- Tracks, or focus areas, are not allowed in minors with the exception of the four minors with tracks that currently exist (Biological Sciences, Music, Polymer Science and Engineering, and Bioprocess Engineering).