Missouri University of Science and Technology Top Questions

What are the academics like at your school?

Bob

The academics at this school in my opinion are good, at least later on, some of the classes are bullshit, especially the intro classes, which are harder than the later classes,. but there are exceptions. THe classes can be annoying and tough, but theres a lot of help available. THe academics really outweigh everything else like others say, and I pretty much agree, the school is pretty insular in a lot of ways, its pretty much all about engineering, go to class, study, get a job, other areas are pretty much either half assed or ignored. Class sizes are pretty small, you pretty much see the same people around all the time, after starting your major. The classes aren't as bad as people think, it justs takes understanding the material, and then practicing it, people often make a big deal about the classes, even though they are doable, most of them that is, their are some classes here that are really hardd to the point you have to spend a lot of ur time studying. Pretty much though, academics hasn't been been too bad, its pretty either really laid back or really really busy. Its laid back most of the time when there isn't tests during a week or something, also cuz your homework isn't due everyday later on, but still a lot of your time will be spent studying though if you want to get good grades. You actually learn stuff in classes for your major, especially if you dont know much.

Tristan

Favorite...materials (me153 with Kohser) Least favorite...thermo Study time...A lot, studying is good and socially accepted as an excuse to miss a party. Conversations outside of class...everything turns into an engineering conversation, very intellectual atmosphere. We had a school sponsored picnic where some guy may or may not have been hoisted in the air to challenge gravity with the effects of peristalsis

Tate

First of all, be prepared for many foreign professors in the math department. I've had 2 Polish profs and a Chinese prof plus a Chinese TA and an Indian TA. Sometimes the accents can be a bit of a challenge. I actually formed a friendship with a professor of Psychology and we spoke after class nearly every class period. Classes are much harder than high school. I'm sure there are some students who can continue to breeze by, but the majority of students must put in many hours of effort, especially in Math and Engineering classes.

Alex

Academics at MST are BRUTAL, even by engineering school standards. There is no question about what you can do with a degree from MST, You can GET A JOB. You will not learn anything here that you don't need to know to pass the Professional Engineering Exam. Many people take 6 or more years to finish a 4 year degree, due to the strenuous work load. It is common (and Acceptible) for 90% or more of the students in some classes to fail. Without question however, a Missouri S&T Degree will get you a job, in your field, right out of college.

Brian

The faculty in the business department actually have some concern for their students. I started out in Engineering and the faculty was horrible. Ninety percent of them speak with an accent that prevents you from being able to understand anything. On top of that if you ask for help you get treated like you are stupid. They don't want to help their students. They want their students to help themselves and pay the school too much for it.

Nathan

The teachers seem to genuinely care about student performance and do their best to make themselves available. For the classes that have a lot of enrollment (ex. Chemistry, Math, Physics, etc.) they have free tutoring sessions during certain days and hours. The school also has a Career Opportunities Center (COC) to help students find a summer intership, Co-op job, and/or job placement, along with tips to interviews and writing a resume. Most classes are geared towards application--meaning it's focus is on job application.

Jody

school is hard. i study for several hours every night, and the weekends are full of school work also. the teachers suck and are more interested in their research then the education of future engineers. my department does not seem too terribly interested in helping students out and will not get rid of crapy teachers even though they know that every student hates them.

Torry

Academics are solid, no complaints

Olivia

The class sizes in the Freshman and Sophmore years are on the large side, but once you really get into your major most classes have no more than 30-35 people enrolled. Class participation is class dependent and professor dependent. Some professors absolutely love it when students ask questions and cause discussions while others seem put off and annoyed by it. Most professors are very helpful and have office hours that allow students to drop by and ask questions or have general discussions. Many students will have intelligent conversations even when they are hanging out and/or drunk on the weekends. Some people had a "no nerding on Friday night" rule. Most unique class I have ever taken would have been an Art appreciation class or an Energy Materials class. Both classes were dependent upon class dicussions and your opinion was very important. The academics are tough, but fair. I was always competing against someone else to see who would get a higher grade on a test, but competition is difficult since so many people are very hard working and very dedicated. I have had classes that have been geared towards getting a good job and doing a good job, but some other classes emphasized learning for the sake and passions of learning. Again professor dependent.

Yasser

favorite class is my major classes

Blake

As mentioned above, the academics are the reason people come to this school. As a computer science and mathematics major, I know the degrees I'm getting rival any school in the Midwest. I have worked with students in computer science from other universities and I was far ahead of them in terms of knowledge. Several of my professors know me personally and I have been asked to do a lot of work for the Computer Science department. You won't get to know all of your professors. No college can offer that. You will be challenged. The career fair held every year helps students get high paying internships and for graduating students, jobs for after college. Computer Science is a very solid department. Surprisingly, most of my favorite classes come from the humanities or social sciences. Those departments have some of the best teachers on campus. You will feel emotionally invested in some of those classes. Academia is the best thing about MS&T.

Andrew

Class sizes are about the normal size you hear about (40-100), until you get into major-specific classes. My major is Metallurgical Engineering. For my particular department (Materials Science and Engineering) the professors know the students very well, and I very much like the small, friendly environment. I would go nowhere else to get an engineering degree, and the employers (almost) look nowhere else to hire.

Dustin

A lot of very difficult and time consuming classes. You won't graduate if you don't study. Class size is small and most professors are helpful, but naturally there are a few assholes who could care less if half the class fails.

Ash

Being that classes in your department are usually small (under 35), teachers usually know the students names. Some instances in a large math class (100+) the teacher will still know everyone's name. Walking around campus, you can tell it's a nerd-school. You hear nerdy conversations everywhere you go. Like I said, it's a tough school (I'm Mechanical Engineering), but if you work your ass off you'll do okay.

Jason

The class sizes were perfect. ~30 students per class (excluding big lecture halls). My most un-usual class was an advanced research genetics class. I had a lot of fun and learned quite a bit. The class was also featuerd during the time when Missouri was voting on the stem cell issue, so it was extra informative. A majority of the classes are setup in order to prepare you for the real world, working real jobs.

Josh

Education at UMR/MST is top notch. Minimal time is wasted on gen eds that don't directly serve your major. Professors in the engineering department are, for the most part, easily and readily accessible for assistance and all are more than knowlegable in the subject matter. Most professors take the time to get to know students since the school is small enough that you will most likely see the same professor more than once. Faculty is always helpful for references and encouraging of finding undergraduate and full-time employment.

Steve

It depends on the size of your class if teachers know your name. My freshman year I had some classes where the teacher knew my name and others where they didn't. As you progress in your major the class sizes get smaller. I spent a lot of time studying my freshman year and it paid off because my grades were good. It's what you put into it. The education at Missouri S&T is geared towards learning and getting a career. I had one class where the professor referred to a situation that we might be faced with in the working world which gave me a different perspective.

Toby

The academics are the best. I transferred from another school to MS&T and the cirriculum was more demanding and more difficult. I just graduated and I feel prepared. I also accepted a job offer in January (I graduated in May). It is easier to get a job becuase of the school's reputation and the career center (it is a top ranked COC). Most of the professors are easy to get along with. There is the occasional professor who is a pain to get along with. I got a degree in architectural engineering and most people don't understand the difference between architecture and architectural engineering. In this field, there is limited design. Students should know what they are getting into before they pick a major.

Brittany

You will always be able to stumble upon the resident intellectual that will hold a conversation about the most nerd-related things. But then, that's who we are. Professors are up to talk to you if you need, student aids are more of those who teach you early on in math. Math here sucks, I won't put it bluntly. If you were good in high school, it's just that- were. Don't come in thinking you know what you're doing, you will only put yourself in a bad mood come your first exam.

Tim

The only reason to go to Missour S&T is for the good academics.

Josh

MST has some good things going for it here. You can pretty well get to know all your professors with ease, the grad school is great for engineering and the non engineering department staff are some of the nicest most helpful people you will ever meet. I loved biology when I switched majors from aerospace engineering. That being said the rest of the school, specifically engineering, is horrible. Most teachers are out to make you fail and I'm not talking just trying. There are several classes with a combined drop and fail rate of around 20%. Almost any TA you get will be foreign and is incapable of answering a seemingly simple question. The math deparment it HORRIBLE. I have never had such bad teachers in my life. I had to teach myself calculus 1 and 3 because my teachers sucked so bad. There are a few good teachers but if you can, take math somewhere else. On average I had 6 hours of useless homework a night while I was doing aerospace engineering. I could pass the classes but all the teachers made me hate what I was doing so much I quit. The biology and history departments are by far the best on campus. I knew pretty much all of the bio professors within the first 3 weeks I was in the department and they are all really pleasant and knowledgable people to be around. The history department is about the same way. I have never heard of anyone having a bad history teacher there and I loved all of mine. Also, most of them are pretty well regarded in the acedemic community and several of them have some pretty major books.

Brad

Most of the professors are great.

Andrew

It's as tough as MIT or any other really good engineering school. Everyone has to take calculus up to diff. equations, and they all take physics (the engineering physics taught by Ronald Bieniek is pretty tough).

John

Academics here are very difficult, having "tried" at highschool, i thought i was prepared, but i spend a tremendous amount of time doing homework. Class participation is large in smaller classes, and non-existant in large classes.

Nathan

I was a Nuclear Engineering undergrad. The departmen is small and mismanaged, but the professors under the idiot department head are pretty good. Poorly funded because of him as well. Students are friendly and work together well, no need to compete. The overall requirements here are lower than normal, which means we get more normal people compared to other big engineering departments.

Amanda

The first couple of semesters class sizes are pretty big, probably around 100-150 people. as you split off into your major classes things are more interesting and class sizes dramatically decrease. My favorite class this past semester was Architecural Design because i finally got to learn about designing and constructing buildings, which is what i want to do when i graduate. my least favorite class was differential equations. as i said before, our math department sucks, and there is no applications for diff eq in my major (or probably any major for that matter). generally anyone who goes to this school is an intelligent person. if you aren't smart enough then you will end up transferring to an easier school. students are very competitive. Missouri S&T prepares you for your career and pushes you to the limit as far as challenging you academically.

Matt

Once you get past freshman classes, then teachers get more personal with the students, and the material is more relevant and fun to study. All the physics (23 and 24) and calculus (14, 15, 22) are very impersonal and it doesn't seem like teachers aren't too worried about the students.

nick

-professors know names well -studying is almost daily -sustainability was my most unique class -meeting with teachers out of the classroom is difficult most times, i try to drop by my advisor once a week -the education is geared toward getting a job and constant learning

Adam

i don't go to class that often, so i wouldn't know. professors are usually understanding when i have to miss class for fsae.

Ash

really have to study to get an A but you get a lot of personal attention because of the small classes

Alex

Academics take top priority at Missouri S&T. Classes are nice because they aren't too huge and professors are willing to take the time to help you no matter what. Students are almost always studying because many are engineering majors and that is a tough subject. Students are competitive but not to the point of not getting along with each other because they are trying to out do one another. I feel that the school has very high academic requirements but sometimes asks a little much of it's students as far as projects and assignments go. I also wish I was participating in more hands-on learning.

Catherine

Some of the professors that care about their students know them by name, but most do not. My favorite class is History 176 with Dr. Ahmad because she actually cared about how her students did in her class. Least favorite classes... I actually have two, Mr. Brigham's Calc I class and Dr. Silvius' Physics 21 class. Class participation... no, for the most part class constists of a teacher talking about equations the whole lecture. YES, Missouri S&T students are intellectual, and have conversations that are usually pretty interesting. Yes, students are very competitive. I haven't really had a chance to take a class that is very unique because I will only be a sophomore in the fall. Well I was originally a dual major in Aerospace Engineering and Physics, with a minor in math, but after physics 21 with Slvius I decided that I would drop physics down to a minor. The professors are not always accessible. I think that the classes would be fine, if they would make sure that the teacher of that class could actually teacher the material correctly. I think that S&T is geared to get a job, but some of the departments curriculum does not allow its students to take co-ops without offsetting there classes by an entire year (Aerospace).

Sam

Most of the professors on campus are very personable and proficient in their areas of study. Class participation is always encouraged, both in and out of the classroom. Online discussion boards are made available for students needing help with homework, as well as help sessions provided by professors. Many students are competitive in class but are still willing to help one another. Professors encourage seeking help from fellow students, to try and get a different point of view.