All students are required to complete the University's general education curriculum in addition to major-specific course work. During your first two years, you will take four core courses:
- Composition (UN1015)—3 credits
- Global Issues (UN1025)—3 credits; the Modern Language Option is one semester of a 3000-level language course or higher
- Humanities/Fine Arts—3 credits from the list of 2000-level courses
- Social and Behavioral Sciences—3 credits from the list of 2000-level courses
For additional information, see the University Catalog.
In many cases, you will be permitted to transfer courses from other institutions to satisfy general education requirements. Check with the Michigan Tech Transfer Services Office to find out which courses qualify before taking a class elsewhere.
Michigan Tech offers a variety of minors to broaden your academic study. A typical minor consists of 16–20 credits. For more information about minors or other degree options, see the Undergraduate Catalog.
Important Scheduling Info for Engineering Majors
The first-year engineering program is designed to provide an overview of the engineering profession. In addition to introducing students to engineering fundamentals, this program groups students together in cohorts. Each cohort exists of 20 to 24 students who will all be enrolled in the same calculus, physics, and engineering courses. Engineering students who are enrolled in or who have received credit for calculus will be placed in a cohort together.
Students enrolled in Data, Functions, and Graphs Plus and Engineering and Science Application in Precalculus will be scheduled for common classes. This common schedule provides the same benefits as a cohort. If you aren't enrolled in both of these courses, you will be placed in a cohort when you are ready to take Calculus I.
Engineering students will be automatically scheduled for their core courses based on their math ACT score, Advanced Placement Test score, or the results of their online Math Placement Test. Any additional courses will be scheduled during Orientation.
If you have questions about the first-year engineering program or scheduling, contact Engineering Fundamentals at 906-487-3057.