Frequently Asked Questions

 

AP & Summer Courses

  • I took AP Exams in high school. Will I get credit for them?
    To see if your AP scores qualify for credit, go to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions website: here.
  • I took A level exams. How do I know what credit I received for them?
    To learn more about A-level credit evaluation, refer to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions website: here.
  • My AP Test credit is not on my transcript. How do I make sure credits are posted to my UM record?
    Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to verify that you sent your scores to the University. If you did not request to have scores sent to U-M, please contact the College Board Testing Center.
  • I took classes at a community college during high school. Can I get credit for them?
    Students seeking approval to transfer credit completed at a college or university while enrolled in high school are required to have their high school counselor or school official complete the College of Engineering Dual Enrollment Form. The completed form should be mailed directly from the high school to the College of Engineering Credit Evaluation office.  You can download the form by clicking here. The student should also have official transcripts directed from the college/university to the College of Engineering Credit Evaluation office. If you have questions, please contact:

    • College of Engineering – Recruitment and Admissions
    • 153 Chrysler Center
    • 2121 Bonisteel Boulevard
    • Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2092
    • (734) 647-7153
    • Email: engincredit@umich.edu
  • I want to take a course at a college or university near my home over the summer. How will I know which classes transfer to U-M?
    For more information on transfer credit, please refer to the CoE Bulletin.To quickly view courses that have already been pre-approved for transfer from other institutions; refer to the following two databases:

  • The class I want to take isn’t listed on the transfer equivalency database. What should I do?
    If you cannot locate your selected institution or courses on the Transfer Equivalency Databases, you will need to submit a Transfer Credit Approval form: here.
    You also need to submit a course description and syllabus to the Office of Recruitment and Admissions in 1108 Lurie or engincredit@umich.edu.
    The Office of Recruitment and Admissions will evaluate whether the course is equal to the same U-M course. Please allow 1-3 weeks for courses to be evaluated, and call ORA with questions: 734-647-7101.
  • I wanted to take a class at U-M Ann Arbor over the summer. How do I sign up?
    The Registrar’s Office will post Spring/Summer Term course schedules in March ( http://umich.edu/~regoff/schedule/ ) and you can register for Spring/Summer courses at the same time you register for Fall Term courses in April. Six credits per term is considered full time; you can take a maximum of nine credits each term.

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Chemistry

  • If I took a chemistry lab in high school, do I still have to take a lab class with Chemistry 130? My friends in LSA don’t.
    You are required to take the Chemistry 125/126 labs to fulfill the Engineering chemistry core requirement. The College of Engineering does not accept high school chemistry lab experience. The exception is if you receive a satisfactory score or grade in the Chemistry AP, A-Level, or IB Exams.
  • I placed into Chemistry 130, and plan to take Chemistry 210/211 in the Winter Term.  Do I also have to take Chemistry 125/126?
    No. You do not have to take the Chemistry 125/126 labs if you are planning to take Chemistry 210/211. Only one chemistry lab is required, and Chemistry 211, the concurrent lab with 210, will fulfill the requirement for the CoE.
  • I am taking Chemistry 210/211 in the Fall Term. Will this fulfill my chemistry lab requirement?
    Yes. Only one chemistry lab is required, and chemistry 211, the concurrent lab with 210, will fulfill your lab requirement for the CoE.
  • I placed into Chemistry 210 on the Chemistry Placement Exam. Will I receive credit for Chemistry 130?
    No. You do not receive college credit for the U-M Chemistry Placement Exam.

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Engineering 100 and 101

  • Do I have to take Engineering 100 and 101 in my first year?
    Yes. Engineering 100 and Engineering 101 or 151 are required for all CoE students and must be taken in the first year.
  • Do I have to take Engineering 100, even though I am considering transferring to LSA?
    Engineering 100 must be elected by all first-year Engineering students. If you are considering transferring out of Engineering, meet with an EAC advisor to discuss your options.
  • Should I enroll in Engineering 101 or 151 to satisfy the engineering computing requirement?
    The engineering computing requirement can be satisfied through either Engineering 101 or 151. Engineering 151 covers the fundamentals and languages covered in Engineering 101 plus additional topics in object-oriented programming and engineering analysis. Engineering 151 moves at a fast pace, but, like Engineering 101, does not presume prior knowledge of programming language specifics. The results from your algorithmic thinking test will guide you and your advisor on the best choice for your current skill set.

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Foreign Languages

  • Is a foreign language course required for a degree in Engineering?
    No. Engineering students are not required to study a foreign language, but knowledge of a second language is encouraged. Foreign language credits do apply towards your LAC or general electives credit.
  • Can HU/SS courses required for my LSA minor also count toward the Intellectual Breadth requirement?
    Yes. As long as the courses are marked HU or SS, and are not marked BS, NS, QR/1, or QR/2. In the LSA Course Guide, you may double-count them for your LSA minor and the CoE Intellectual Breadth requirement. Consult your advisor to make sure you fulfill the requirements of each.
  • Can I count any of my AP credits as Intellectual Breadth?
    Yes. Credit by test (e.g., Advanced Placement, A-Level, and International Baccalaureate) can be used to satisfy any of the intellectual breadth requirements except for the 3 credit humanities requirement. Please note that depending on the course it may be used as a general elective instead of an Intellectual Breadth credit (e.g., statistics, biology, environmental science).

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Math

  • Is there a recommended calculator for Math classes?
    A graphing calculator is required for Math 105, Math 115, and Math 116. The TI-84 is strongly recommended and Math instructors will use this model for all in-class examples. Students who buy a different calculator will be responsible for downloading their own programs. Calculators with letter keyboards are not allowed.
  • I took Calculus I in high school. Can I start in Calculus II my first term at U-M?
    You will need to start in Calculus I unless you have Math AP, IB or A-Level credit, or have transfer credit from another institution.
  • Who should take Honors Math courses?
    Students who are strong in Math and have taken AP Math classes in high school, and have a strong desire for deeper understanding should consider taking the Honors Math sequence.
  • What are the Honors Math sequences?
    There are two Honors Math sequences: The theoretical sequence: Math 185, 186, 285, and 286, is equivalent to Math 115, 116, 215, and 216. The applied sequence: Math 156, 255, and 256, is equivalent to Math 116, 215, 216.

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Miscellaneous

  • What should I do if I cannot get into a course?
    First, you need to exhaust all of the options available. Try all scheduling combinations you can – remember, for first-year engineering students, ENGR 100 or 101, Math, and Science courses are priorities. Build your schedule around these courses.If you still find that the classes you need to take are full, you can do the following:

    1. Add yourself to the waitlist if the option is available on Wolverine Access. Then, go to the first day of class and speak with the
      instructors about being added into the course.
    2. If there is no waitlist option, contact the department offering the course to find out if you can be added to the waitlist or given an override. Here are the contacts for some common departments:
      • Math Department: 734-764-0335, 2074 East Hall
      • Chemistry Department: 734-763-6722, 4028 Chem Building
      • Physics Department: 734-764-4437, 2477 Randall Lab
      • ENGR 100 and 101: come to the EAC
      • Engineering Departmental Courses: http://www.engin.umich.edu/departments/
  • Where do I go to find out about study abroad programs?
    Go to the International Programs in Engineering (IPE) office, 245 Chrysler Center, or visit the IPE website for more information.
  • I took the chemistry placement exam and placed into Chem 210. Does this give me credit for Chem 130?
    • Students are not awarded credit for Chemistry 130 if they place into Chemistry 210. A placement into 210 just means you have sufficient knowledge to start with that course instead of Chemistry 130, if you prefer.
    • We recommend students only take organic chemistry (Chemistry 210 and its lab, 211) if they are considering a major in Materials Science Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or are planning on following a pre-health curriculum. The College of Engineering only requires one chemistry course and lab, so if you are not planning on one of these majors, you can just take Chem 130 and its lab, 125/126.
    • Talk with your EAC advisor if you’re not sure which Chemistry course is right for you.
  • I want to transfer to LSA. What should I do?
    • Talk with your EAC advisor about your plans.
    • Attend a Cross-Campus Transfer Information Session. To view dates/times, go to the LSA website: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/transfer.
    • Meet with an LSA advisor to discuss your new career path and officially apply. To make an appointment call: 734-764-0332.
    • Note: You must complete your first year in the College of Engineering with a 2.0 GPA to be eligible to transfer.
  • What is my class standing?
    • 0 to 24 credits – First-year
    • 25 to 54 credits – Sophomore
    • 55 to 84 credits – Junior
    • 85 or more credits – Senior
  • I am an undeclared undergraduate engineering student and want to speak with an advisor. How do I make an appointment?
    Go to http://advising.engin.umich.edu.
  • Where can I find the academic calendar?
    Go to www.umich.edu/~regoff/calendar/.
  • If I take a course at a different university and transfer it for credit, will that grade be calculated in my GPA?
    No, as long as you pass the course with a C or better, you will receive the credit. No grades will be recorded on your U-M transcript.
  • I’ve decided I need to withdraw from classes for a term. Where should Igo?
    First, discuss the situation with your EAC advisor. To view the process, go to: http://www.engin.umich.edu/college/academics/bulletin/rules/transfer#termwithdrawals.
  • I am on the waitlist for a class. What are my chances of getting in?
    If you are among the first few on the waitlist, chances are good you will get a spot. Always be sure to attend the first day of class and speak with the instructor about getting in.You should always have a backup class in case you cannot get into your preferred course. Remember that you can add/drop classes in the first three weeks of the Fall or Winter Term without consequence.
  • How many hours should I plan for study time each week?
    As an engineering student, you will have a challenging course load. For each hour you spend in class, you should expect to study at least 2-4 hours outside of class. It is not unusual for students to study for 35+ hours a week. Study time includes homework, reading, going to office hours and academic resource labs, working with peers, etc.
  • How do I learn best?
    The VARK (http://www.vark-learn.com/english/page.asp?p=questionnaire) is a questionnaire that provides users with a profile of their learning preferences. Your results will show preferences for Visual, Aural, Reading/Writing, or Kinesthetic ways of learning new information.Follow the link to see which way you learn best! Then, talk with your advisor about which study strategies and U-M resources would work best for you.
  • I didn’t take the language placement exam during orientation, but I would still like to do so. What should I do?
    Contact the individual language department (i.e., Department of Asian Languages, Romance Languages, etc.) to find out when you can take the exam.

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Pass/Fail and Drop/Add

  • I am taking an LSA class. Do the LSA drop/add deadlines apply?
    No, the LSA deadlines do not apply to engineering students. The College of Engineering has their own drop/add and pass/fail deadlines that you will follow for all of your classes, regardless of the school or college offering the course. To see the deadlines for this term, you can check the CoE Bulletin: here.
  • Add/Drop/Edit (Modify)/Swap Policy (Change of Elections)

    During the first three weeks of classes (first two weeks in a Spring or Summer half term), students may drop without a “W” or add courses using Wolverine Access.

    Third week through ninth week (Fall term) or tenth week (Winter term):

    After the third week deadline through the ninth week of classes (second week through fifth week in a Spring or Summer half term), students should submit a Late Drop/Add/Edit/Swap Request through Wolverine Access.  Online requests are automatically routed to instructors, advisors, the CoE Registrar’s Office and finally to the University Registrar’s Office for approval and processing.  Students can track the progress of their request from a status page in Student Business.  A “W” will appear for courses dropped during this time period.  Please note that all requests to audit a course should be completed via the Add/Drop paper form.  The deadline for this will change starting Fall 2017 (third week for full term, second week for half term and the first and second seven week courses.)

    Ninth week (Fall term) or tenth week (Winter term) through last day of classes:

    After the ninth week (fifth week for a Spring or Summer half term), course additions, and credit modifications are processed using an Add/Drop form obtained from the program advisor (for undeclared students, these forms must be signed by an advisor in the Engineering Advising Center). Forms must be signed by the program advisor and instructor. Students should submit them to the College Registrar’s Office. Udergraduate students should submit them to 145A Chrysler Center. These changes will be approved only in exceptional circumstances.  Please note that all requests to audit a course should be completed via the Add/Drop paper form.  The deadline for this will change starting Fall 2017 (third week for full-term, second week for half-term as well as first and second seven-week courses.)

    For pass/fail or auditing a course after the ninth week (fifth week for a Spring or Summer half term), students will need to petition the Scholastic Standing Committee (SSC) 129 Chrysler Center. Documentation will need to be submitted with the Exceptions to College Rules Petitions requesting pass/fail and visit modifications. Petitions are available online at: http://ossa.engin.umich.edu/scholastic-standing-committee/petitions/.

    International students need to meet with the International Center (Central Campus: 515 E. Jefferson St.) to determine if a withdrawal will impact their visa status.

    Student athletes must contact their advisor in the Academic Success Program regarding all changes to their election for written approval. This is in addition to the signatures required by the College of Engineering (advisor & instructor signatures).

    Course Withdrawals

    1. The incomplete (I) should be the default mechanism for addressing a disruption that arises late in the term.
    2. Only the most serious circumstances warrant dropping a course after the ninth week of the term. In order for the SSC to grant a drop at this time, some non-academic, extraordinary event (like severe health issues, prolonged family illness or a severe personal disruption) would have occurred after the ninth-week (fifth week of a half-term) drop deadline and would make completion of a course or courses very difficult if not impossible; the SSC assumes that the student’s academic performance up to the point of the disruptive event has been satisfactory.
    3. Approved drops will be posted to the official record with a “W.”

    Petitions are available online at http://ossa.engin.umich.edu/scholastic-standing-committee/petitions/ and will need to be submitted to the Scholastic Standing Committee in 129 Chrysler Center.

    After the last day of classes, or after the term has ended:
    Individual course additions, section changes, credit modifications and cross-list changes are processed using an Add/Drop form obtained from the program advisor (for undeclared students, these forms must be signed by an advisor in the Engineering Advising Center). Forms must be signed by the program advisor and instructor. Students should submit them to the College Registrar’s Office,145A Chrysler Center.

    Students will need to petition the Scholastic Standing Committee (SSC) to make Pass/fail or visit modifications after the last day of classes or the term has ended  Documentation will need to be submitted with the Exceptions to College Rules petition.  Petitions are available at 129 Chrysler Center or on the web at http://ossa.engin.umich.edu/scholastic-standing-committee/petitions/.

    Late withdrawal of courses after the term has ended:

    • Will be rare and discouraged
    • Only the most serious circumstances warrant dropping a course after the end of a term.  In order for the SSC to grant a withdrawal at this time, some non-academic, extraordinary event (like serious illness or a severe personal disruption) must have occurred after the ninth-week (fifth week of half-term) drop deadline and that would make completion of a course or courses very difficult if not impossible; the SSC assumes that the student’s academic performance up to the point of the disruptive event has been satisfactory.
    • Adverse circumstances that occur during most of a term generally have foreseeable consequences on performance that should be addressed by students’ seeking advice and help, by advisors and faculty reaching out to students, and when necessary through the rules for dropping courses during the term.  In addition, the incomplete (I) should be the default mechanism for dealing with a disruption that arises late in the term.
    • Additional documentation will need to be provided regarding the reason the petition for a late withdrawal was not submitted during the term in which the student took the courses.
    • A clear rationale should be provided for not giving a “W” in all courses, addressing why the extenuating circumstances did not impact all work.
    • A 12-month deadline will apply to petition for retroactive withdrawal from courses from a past term.
    • If a petition to late withdraw after the end of term is granted, the instructing faculty member whose grade has been changed to “W” will be notified.

    The grade for any course dropped without completing the proper procedures will be recorded as “ED” (unofficial drop) and computed as “E” in grade-point averages.

    Junior and senior students enrolled in a Military Officer Education Program must also have approval of the Chair in charge of the unit before they can drop a Military Officer Education Program course or be relieved of the obligation assumed when enrolling in the program.

    Pass/Fail Information

    Pass/Fail Option (Elective)

    Elective courses used to satisfy the Intellectual Breadth requirement or courses to be used as General Electives can be taken pass/fail. A maximum of fourteen (14) credit hours can be used toward CoE degree(s) requirements. Pass/fail course elections are limited to two courses per full term (Fall or Winter) or one course in a half term (Spring or Summer). Course elections exceeding the full/half term limits will be reverted to the grade earned. Course/credit limits will be calculated in academic term order of election. Any course that is offered only on a pass/fail basis will not be counted in the above totals.

    1. The decision to elect a course on a pass/fail basis or on a graded basis must be made within the first nine weeks of the term (or first five weeks of a Spring or Summer half term). No changes in election as a graded course or as a pass/fail course can be made after the ninth week of a term, (or first five weeks of a half term).
    2. Instructors are not notified of pass/fail elections; they will report grades as usual, “A+” through “E.” The University of Michigan Registrar’s Office will then translate grades as follows:
      1. A grade of “C-” through “A+” in a course elected on a pass/fail basis is considered satisfactory and will be recorded as “P” (passfor credit toward the degree and no effect on the grade point average).
      2. A grade of “D+” or lower in a course elected on a pass/fail basis is considered unsatisfactory and will be recorded as “F” (failno credit and no effect on grade point average).
    3. To be eligible for the Dean’s Honor List, a minimum of 12 credit hours (6 for a half term) must be elected for letter grades, with a grade point average of 3.5 or better.
    4. To be eligible for Recognition on the Diploma, a minimum of 45 hours of credit with grades must be completed with a grade point average of 3.2 or better.
    5. If a student completes a course for pass/fail and subsequently changes the degree program of study to one in which the course comes into conflict with the stated constraints for pass/fail elections in the new program, the course will be accepted in the new program as follows:
      1. A record of “P” (pass) is regarded as a satisfactory completion of the program requirement.
      2. A record of “F” (fail) is regarded as unsatisfactory completion and the course must be repeated for grades.

    Courses Offered on a Pass/Fail Basis Only (Mandatory)

    A department or instructor may offer an undergraduate pass/fail course on the following basis:

    1. The instructor will report the grade as pass/fail for each student enrolled.
    2. The grade will be treated the same as when the student chooses to elect a course on a pass/fail basis if the following conditions are satisfied:
      1. The course is not required for any program or department.
      2. It is the type of course which might be considered appropriate to a pass/fail grading system. Examples of such courses may include: design, survey-type, individual directed research, laboratory, or undergraduate seminars.
      3. The pass/fail nature of the course is announced by the instructor at the beginning of the term, with the exception of individual instruction courses.  See the University Registrar’s Office schedule of classes website (http://www.umich.edu/~regoff/schedule).

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Physics

  • I prefer Physics rather than Chemistry. Can I elect Physics 140/141 in the Fall Term?
    Math 115 is a prerequisite for Physics 140/141. Therefore, you can only elect Physics in the Fall Term if you have AP, IB, A-level, or transfer credit for Math 115.
  • Am I required to take Physics 140 and Physics 141 in the same term?
    If you can fit in the Physics 141 lab, we recommend you take it with Physics 140. However, the lab can be taken after you finish Physics 140.
  • Should I consider an Honors Physics course?
    Honors Physics courses (Physics 160/161 and/or 260/261) can be a great fit for many engineering students. They are especially suitable for students who have taken Honors or AP Physics in high school and feel ready to study concepts in a challenging new way. Students learn how to apply physics concepts when solving problems, which is an important skill for advanced engineering coursework.
  • I passed the Physics B AP Exam. Is there any way I can skip Physics 140/141? I already know the material.
    No. The College of Engineering only accepts credit for the AP Physics C Exam. You will need to take Physics 140/141 and 240/241. Both courses are calculus-based and will prepare you well for your engineering coursework.

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Transfer Credit

  • Can I take courses in the summer after my first year at U-M?
    Yes. Summer can be a good time to catch up or get ahead with your coursework. For more information about summer course procedures, refer to the EAC website: advising.engin.umich.edu -under “Quick Links” click on “Course Equivalency Database.” Follow the steps to make sure courses are approved for transfer.
  • Does the College of Engineering accept transfer credit for online courses?
    Yes. It is possible to receive credit for online coursework. Online course credit is limited to a maximum of 12 credit hours per student. A CoE student seeking to take an online course must submit a Transfer Credit Approval Form prior to enrolling in the course to the CoE’s Office of Recruitment and Admissions. Please note that online MATH, CHEM, ECON, EECS, MECHENG, Physics, and Spanish courses do not transfer.
  • Is it possible to take courses at a community college?
    Yes. The College of Engineering does accept credit from community colleges. However, be sure to speak with your advisor about your plans. Certain courses (i.e., some courses in Math and Physics) should be taken at a four-year institution to ensure you are prepared for engineering coursework.

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