Registration periods for each semester are listed in the University Academic Calendar. While every effort is made to ensure that the Schedule of Classes is accurate, unforeseen circumstances or low enrollments may cause the cancellation of some section(s) or course(s). Michigan Tech also reserves the right to change the days, times, rooms, or instructors of section(s) or course(s) as deemed necessary.
The Schedule of Classes can be found on the web at Prepare for Registration.
The last day to officially add a full semester course is Wednesday of the second week of the semester*.
Through the first five business days of the semester*, signature approval must be obtained from the student's academic advisor. After the fifth business day of the semester*, signature approval must be obtained from the student's academic advisor and the course instructor. Section changes for the same course do not require an academic advisor approval signature.
All Other Students
Through the first five business days of the semester*, no signature approval is required. After the fifth business day of the semester*, students must obtain signature approval from the course instructor to add a course or change a section.
* Or the same percentage of time if a course is offered in a time module other than a fourteen-week semester
Courses dropped by the close of business on Wednesday of the second week of the semester* will be refunded 100 percent. Courses dropped after this date will not be refunded.
During the first three weeks of a semester, courses dropped will not be recorded on the student’s permanent record. Beginning the fourth week through the end of the tenth week of the semester, courses dropped will be indicated by a grade of 'W' on the student’s permanent record.
During the first three weeks of instruction*, signature approval must be obtained from the student’s academic advisor. Students must be made aware of how dropping a course affects their progress toward graduation. After the third week of instruction*, signature approval must be obtained from the student’s academic advisor and the course instructor.
All Other Students
During the first week through the end of the tenth week of instruction*, no signature approval is required to drop a course.
* Or the same percentage of time, if a course is offered in a time module other than a fourteen week semester.
After the tenth week, a student may request a late drop from the Dean of Student's Office, which will only consider those requests that clearly involve extenuating circumstances beyond a student's control. Comments from the academic advisor and instructor will be requested prior to final approval. The course will appear on the student's permanent record with the grade of 'W.'
NOTE: Students that drop all of their courses will be withdrawn from school as of the date the last course was dropped.
Prerequisite courses are required to be satisfactorily completed before a student may register in a course requiring the prerequisite. Students who earn a CD or D in a prerequisite course should retake the prerequisite course before registering for the advanced course.
Departments may also require C or better grades in some prerequisite courses. Students should check both the course number and the required grade to determine if they are qualified to move to the next course.
Concurrent prerequisites are courses that may be taken either simultaneously in the same semester or in a prior semester.
Co-requisites are courses that are required to be taken in the same semester as the course requiring the co-requisite.
The course instructor has the right to waive prerequisites, if openings are available, in the case of a student who has demonstrated competence or who has had academic experience equivalent to that represented by the prerequisite. The waiver does not grant credit for the prerequisite course but indicates the instructor's willingness to accept the student into their class without the student officially taking the prerequisite course.
Repeating a Course
Undergraduate students may not repeat courses in which they have earned a grade of C or better. When a course is repeated, the most recent grade will be used to calculate the GPA, credits earned toward graduation, and determination of class standings. When a course is repeated, any credit previously earned under the course number is forfeited and the transcript will indicate NR (no grade-repeated) for the earlier attempt. Students must have the permission of the Dean of Students Office and their academic advisor for the third attempt at any one course. Courses exempt from the repeat rule are those that may be repeated for credit as indicated in the course description.
In situations where an original course is no longer offered and no active direct equivalent exists, students may seek the permission of their academic advisor and their department chair or school dean to substitute a different course (a "similar repeat") which covers comparable material at a similar level.
Variable Credit Courses
The last day to change credit amounts on variable credit courses is Wednesday of the second week of the semester (or the same percentage of time if a course is offered in a time module other than a fourteen-week semester). Decreases in credits after this date will not be refunded.
Enrollment in Graduate Courses under "Senior Rule"
While completing an undergraduate degree, students are permitted to take courses which could apply to a graduate degree. However, a course cannot be applied to both a graduate and an undergraduate degree.
A Senior Rule form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar’s Office by Wednesday of the second week of class for the term in which the class is taken. Upon submission, the student's academic record will be changed to show graduate status for the course(s) designated. Once the academic record has been changed to show graduate status for a particular course, it cannot be changed back to count toward an undergraduate degree, nor can courses from previous semesters be reclassified.
Students will receive two transcripts once the Senior Rule is applied to a course—one for undergraduate courses and one for graduate courses. Courses completed previously under Senior Rule (but not classified as such in the student's academic record) will not be reclassified to appear on the graduate transcript, but the courses may be accepted on the graduate degree schedule with department advisor’s approval.
Senior Citizen Enrollment
Individuals who are 60 years of age or older can have the tuition and related fees waived for up to two on-campus courses per semester. Those individuals taking courses for the first time at Michigan Tech must apply through the Admissions Office. Persons who are not assessed fees are not entitled to receive any associated benefits.