Engineering/Math Placement

Engineering/Math Placement

Michigan Tech has a common first-year engineering program. Within this program, every engineering student takes the same foundational courses: math, engineering, chemistry, physics, composition, and global issues.

Based on math placement, there are two course pathways through first-year engineering.

A student’s mathematics placement is determined by the Department of Mathematics.

If you start in Calculus I or Calculus I+, a sample schedule of your first two semesters may look like this:

Fall 15-17 credits Spring 15-18 credits
Calculus w/Technology I/I+ MA1160/1* Calculus w/Technology II MA2160
Engineering Analysis & Problem Solving ENG1101* Engineering Modeling & Design ENG1102
Physics Lab PH1100 Physics I PH2100
Chemistry I CH1150/1* Major Specific Elective
Composition UN1015 Global Issues UN1025

*Learning community scheduled

Note: Students with AP or transfer credits for math will be placed into the next appropriate math course.

If you start in Pre-calculus a sample schedule of your first three semesters may look like this:

Fall 1
15-17 credits
Spring 1
15-18 credits
Fall 2
14-17 credits
PreCalculus MA1032* Calculus w/Technology I MA1161 Calculus w/Technology II MA2160
Engineering Analysis & Problem Solving ENG1101* Engineering Modeling & Design ENG1102 Physics I PH2100
Prep Chem CH1000 or Chemistry I CH1150/1 Physics Lab PH1100 Major Specific Elective
Composition UN1015 Global Issues UN1025 General Education
Optional: General Education/HASS Chemistry I CH1150/1 if not taken in Fall 1 or General Education/HASS  

*Learning community scheduled

Students who are calculus-ready (i.e., they are placed upon enrollment into Calculus I–MA1160 or MA1161–or higher) have a two-semester sequence to complete the first-year engineering program. Students who are not calculus ready upon enrollment (i.e., they are placed upon enrollment into MA1032–PreCalculus) have a three-semester sequence, which will take 1.5 years in order to complete the first-year engineering program. Students placed into MA1030 will start the three semester sequence when they begin College Algebra 2 (MA1031).