Engineering Education at Virginia Tech
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Fall and Spring Semester

The following courses are based on the assumption that the student has no Advanced Placement (AP), Advanced Standing (AS), or transfer/dual enrollment credit. This assumption is not valid for many students, but is the most consistent way to represent the courses required for the first year.

Fall Semester
ENGE 1215 Foundations of Engineering 2
ENGL 1105 First-Year Writing 3
MATH 1225 Calculus of a Single Variable 4
CHEM 1035 General Chemistry 3
*CHEM 1045 General Chemistry Lab 1
  CLE Course (Area 2, 3, or 7) 3
Total Credit Hours 16
Spring Semester
ENGE 1216 Foundations of Engineering 2
ENGL 1106 First-Year Writing 3
MATH 1226 Calculus of a Single Variable 4
PHYS 2305 Foundations of Physics I 4
*CHEM 1045 General Chemistry Lab 1
  **Major Requirement or CLE Course 2-4
Total Credit Hours 15-18

*CHEM 1045: General Chemistry Lab is often moved to the spring semester due to capacity constraints.

Additional Courses

**Students should take the below courses during their second semester to remain on track for future courses:

Aerospace Engineering ECON 2005 OR CLE Course (Area 2, 3, or 7)
Biological Systems Engineering CHEM 1036
Chemical Engineering CHEM 1036 AND CHEM 1046
Civil Engineering CLE Course (Area 2, 3, or 7)
Computer Engineering ECE 1574 AND MATH 1114
Computer Science CS 1114
Construction Engineering and Management MATH 1114/2114
Electrical Engineering ECE 1574 AND MATH 1114
Engineering Science and Mechanics MATH 2114
Industrial and Systems Engineering CLE Course (Area 2, 3, or 7)
Materials Science and Engineering CLE Course (Area 2, 3, or 7)
Mechanical Engineering MATH 2114
Mining Engineering MATH 1114
Ocean Engineering ECON 2005 OR CLE Course (Area 2, 3, or 7)

Two Attempt Policy

  • ENGE 1215 can only be attempted at Virginia Tech twice.
  • ENGE 1216 can only be attempted at Virginia Tech twice.
  • Dropping the course DOES NOT count as an attempt.
  • Withdrawing ("W") from the course DOES count as an attempt.
  • After two attempts are exhausted, students must transfer the course if they wish to continue in engineering.

Fall 2016 – ENGE 1215 to be offered in a distributed model


In order to maximize student learning, we have created a model for ENGE 1215 (Foundations of Engineering 1) where each faculty member can more readily tailor the learning experiences for his or her students.  The Department of Engineering Education continually seeks to put “research to practice” creating optimal learning environments for our students. Our redesigned, distributed model allows our ENGR 1215 instructors to incorporate the expertise and research from our stellar and experienced faculty and graduate students.  This new model will necessarily mean that students may have different assignments, tests and learning experiences, all designed to facilitate successful attainment of the student learning outcomes.


How similar is each section?


Each section of the course will meet all of the educational objectives of the course  to give each student the best opportunity for success as they move to ENGE 1216.  Specific activities and projects may vary from one section to the next, but each will support the educational objectives and overall student success.  


The objectives of the course focus on long-term professional and technical success, including effective teamwork and an ability to communicate effectively.  Students will begin to use and apply MATLAB as an engineering tool, use data to control a physical system and appreciate the value of engineering analysis.  This forms a foundation as students move into ENGE 1216, where they participate in a semester-long design project, and into later courses within their selected discipline.


What expertise can be brought into the course?


Faculty in the Engineering Education department have a wide range of experience in multiple disciplines within engineering (Civil, Electrical, Computer, etc.).  Further, faculty within the department have engaged in research in supporting student success, motivating students to learn, understanding pathways into and through engineering careers and professional communication among others.  The Engineering Education Department at Virginia Tech has a world-renowned faculty, regarded among the best in the field.




Each course instructor will document that students have attained each of the specified learning outcomes by following an assessment plan.  On a larger scale, faculty will report out on activities, projects or pedagogies that were particularly effective.  


What can students expect?


Students should expect to be challenged; sometimes, in ways that may not be found in a typical classroom.  Engineering is a profession which solves problems, whether that be problems for an employer or problems within society from around the world.  When we combine the values of Virginia Tech and the motto Ut Prosim (“That I may serve”), the experience of the faculty in industry, research, and service, combined with innovations such as the Rising Sophomore Abroad Program (RSAP) which allows students to experience engineering in other nations around the world, the possibilities are endless.


CLE Requirements

As a vital component of undergraduate education at Virginia Tech, the Curriculum for Liberal Education (CLE)--required of all undergraduates--empowers our students with a broad base of knowledge and transferable skills. Liberal Education provides students the opportunity for rigorous intellectual encounters with enduring human challenges and important contemporary problems, through wide-ranging exposure to multiple disciplines and ways of knowing.

Curriculum for Liberal Education (CLE Requirements)
CLE Guides
Alphabetical Listing
Area 1
Writing and Discourse
Fulfilled with: ENGL 1105-1106/1204H
6 credits
Area 2
Ideas, Cultural Traditions, and Values
6 credits
Area 3
Society and Human Behavior
AE, MSE, OE: require ECON 2005
CEM: requires ECON 2005-2006
6 credits
Area 4
Scientific Reasoning and Discovery
Fulfilled with: CHEM 1035/1045 and PHYS 2305
8 credits
Area 5
Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning
Fulfilled with MATH 1225-1226
6 credits
Area 6
Creativity and the Aesthetic Experience 1 credit
 Area 7
Critical Issues in a Global Context
BSE, CE, CEM, ISE: may be fulfilled with a major course
3 credits
Can CLE courses count towards more than one area simultaneously?
Generally, no. While there are some courses which do meet requirements in more than one area, they can only count towards one CLE area at a time. The only exception to this rule is that some Area 7 courses may simultaneously fulfill the requirements of another area in addition to Area 7.

English Placement

Two semesters of Freshman English (ENGL 1105 and 1106) are required for the College of Engineering. Students can fulfill this requirement several different ways:
  1. Complete ENGL 1105 and ENGL 1106.
  2. Receive Advanced Standing for ENGL 1105 and complete ENGL 1106* in the spring.
  3. Receive Advanced Standing for ENGL 1105 and complete ENGL 1204H* in the fall.
  4. Receive AP, IB, or Transfer/Dual Enrollment credit for ENGL 1105 and/or ENGL 1106 (speak with your advisor to ensure you are taking the appropriate English course(s).
*Students receiving Advanced Standing in ENGL 1105 will take ENGL 1106 or ENGL 1204H. A C- or better must be earned in order to receive credit for ENGL 1105. If a C- or better is not achieved, Advanced Standing will not be awarded, and the student will need to complete ENGL 1105.

Students can view any Advanced Standing they may have received on Hokie Spa under View General Student Information and View Orientation Information. Advanced Standing is based on the following available criteria: SAT Critical Reading, SAT Writing, and standardized High School Class Rank.

During Course Request students will see a link for Course Request on the Registration and Schedule screen In Hokie Spa. The Course Request link will be used to request the courses a student would like to take next semester. Students are not guaranteed to get all of the courses requested or the specific times requested. Course Request results will be available when drop/add opens and necessary changes can be attempted at that time.

Please use the resources below for assistance with this process.

First-Year General Engineering Students

Degree granting engineering departments will facilitate an Academic Advising Session to help you prepare for Fall 2017 Course Request. These advising sessions are NOT information sessions, but are your opportunity to receive academic advising for Fall 2017 classes, change of major information, and additional information directly from the department. Departments are expecting all students interested in their major to attend the respective advising session.

Transfer General Engineering Students

Transfer students should schedule an appointment with Abbey Rowe Erwin (via Scholar) for course registration concerns.

VERY IMPORTANT: Students should verify that their Transfer Credits have been awarded appropriately by viewing their Transfer and Other Additional Credit under the Grades Menu in Hokie Spa and reviewing the Transfer Guides for courses previously evaluated for transfer credit.  It is the student's responsibility to ensure their academic record is accurate and reflects the appropriate courses. If credits are not showing or showing incorrectly, students should follow-up on this immediately with their academic advisor.

Continuing General Engineering Students

Continuing GE students with questions regarding course request should schedule an appointment with their academic advisor via the scholar sign-up tool and come prepared with a printed (paper copy) checksheet for their intended major.

A force-add is used during drop/add if a course is full or if course requirements (pre-requisites, co-requisites, etc.) have not been met. Each department determines if and how force-adding is done for its courses. Some departments do not accept force-adds, others will post force-add procedures on their website, listed below, or the instructor of the course determines force-adds on a case by case basis.

ENGE Courses

Enrollment restrictions and force-add procedures for ENGE 1215 and ENGE 1216.

Students experiencing pre-requisite or major restriction errors may add their name to the electronic waitlist. The waitlist will be available Saturday, March 11, 2017 through Thursday, May 11, 2017.

Summer I 2017

  • ENGE 1215
    • Non-engineering students must have a 3.2 overall Virginia Tech GPA.
    • General Engineering students with below a 3.2 overall Virginia Tech GPA will need to add their name to the electronic waitlist.
  • ENGE 1216
    • Non-engineering students must have a 3.2 overall Virginia Tech GPA.
    • General Engineering students with below a 3.2 overall Virginia Tech GPA will need to add their name to the electronic waitlist.

Summer II 2017

  • ENGE 1215
    • Available only to General Engienering students admitted to the Virginia Tech Summer Academy.
  • ENGE 1216
    • Non-engineering students must have a 3.2 overall Virginia Tech GPA
    • General Engineering students with below a 3.2 overall Virginia Tech GPA will need to add their name to the electronic waitlist.

Students unable to get a seat in an ENGE course at Virginia Tech may receive transfer credit from a Virginia Community College or from other colleges or universities. Prior approval must be obtained from the College of Engineering Academic Affairs Office.

All Other Engineering Courses

Students who are NOT in a specific engineering major will not be able to course request, self-enroll, or force-add into specific departmental courses (Intro to Aerospace Engineering, Intro to Civil Engineering, Intro to Computer Engineering, etc.). Students may add major-restricted courses on January 12 after change of majors are processed.

Force-adds are only for pre-requisite issues due to pending transfer credit.

  • Aerospace Engineering: Contact Ms. Madhu Kapania (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  • Biological Systems Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering: Contact Ms. Jane Price (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Construction Engineering and Management
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Science and Mechanics
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mining Engineering: Contact Ms. Michelle Crotto (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  • Ocean Engineering: Contact Ms. Madhu Kapania (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Non-Engineering Courses

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Math
  • Physics
    • Does not accept force-adds. Monitor the timetable of classes and add available classes/labs through drop/add. When a section is full (according to the timetable), it is full. Students must enroll in the 4 credit lecture and 0 credit lab if enrolling in PHYS 2305 or PHYS 2306. Students not enrolled in both will be dropped from that course

Students can verify that Virginia Tech has received any expected AP, IB, Transfer Credits by viewing their Virginia Tech Unofficial Transcript under the Transcripts and Certifications Menu in Hokie Spa or by viewing the Transfer and Other Additional Credit menu under Grades Menu in Hokie Spa.

No changes in transfer credit equivalency will be made after one calendar year of completion of transfer course(s).

Transferring Credits as a Virginia Tech Student

It is highly recommended that all courses required to satisfy the College of Engineering Change of Major requirements be completed at Virginia Tech. When transferring courses from another institution there may be a delay of weeks/months from Registrar’s receipt of the official transcript from the transfer institution to having credit show on student’s transcript (viewed in Hokie Spa). Major changes will not be processed until all credits are officially awarded and showing on the Virginia Tech transcript, which may delay the student’s ability to submit a College of Engineering Change of Major Application and therefore their ability to take in-major courses.

Students planning to take classes at another college or university should follow the below steps:

  1. Find an equivalent course
    1. List of Transferrable ENGE Courses (see first bullet)
    2. Virginia Community College System (VCCS) Transfer Guide
      1. Search all courses offered by Virginia's Community Colleges
    3. Transfer Equivalency Database
      1. Courses not in the Equivalency Database require a copy of the COURSE SYLLABUS (not a course description), with the request form. You can obtain the syllabus from the transfer institution.
  2. Complete the appropriate transfer credit request form 
  3. Once authorization is received, register for the course at the transfer institution
  4. Upon completion of the course(s), students can hand deliver an unopened official transcript to the University Registrar or request an official transcript to be sent to:
Office of the University Registrar (MC 0134)
Student Services Building, Suite 250, Virginia Tech
800 Washington St., SW
Blacksburg, VA 24061

AP, IB, CLEP, Cambridge

Scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to the Virginia Tech University Registrar (school code 5859). Students can view their credit on Hokie Spa under the Grades Menu then Transfer and Other Additional Credit. Review the below charts to determine the appropriate credit that should be received.

If the credit is not showing or is incorrect, students will need to do one of the following:

  • Students that requested their scores to be sent to Virginia Tech and they are not showing on Hokie Spa, email the University Registrar at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. from your Virginia Tech email account. Express that your AP, IB, CLEP, or Cambridge scores are not showing on Hokie Spa. In the body of the email list your full name, date of birth, and Virginia Tech ID number.
    • Students with the original student report for AP exams from College Board can take the original report to the Office of The University Registrar in 250 Student Services with their Hokie Passport (ID) and credit will be awarded.
  • Students that took exams in multiple years should have requested all years to be sent to Virginia Tech. Even if scores were sent during previous years, students must request all scores to be sent together during your senior year. 

Transfer/Dual Enrollment

Official Transcripts must be requested by the student directly from the college or university that the courses were taken through. Students can view their credit by viewing Hokie Spa under the Grades Menu then Transfer and Other Additional Credit. Please review the Transfer Guides for courses previously evaluated for transfer credit. Official Transcripts should be sent to one of the following addresses:

Prior to the start of the semesters for new students:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Virginia Tech
925 Prices Fork Road
Blacksburg, VA 24061

For continuing students and after the start of the semester for new students:

Office of the University Registrar (MC 0134)
Student Services Building, Suite 250, Virginia Tech
800 Washington St., SW
Blacksburg, VA 24061

If credit is not showing, please contact the college or university the course was taken through directly and request another official transcript be sent to Virginia Tech. Do not rely on guidance counselors to send transcripts for transfer/dual enrollment credit as your high school transcript cannot be used to award transfer credit for college level coursework.

Education Abroad

The College of Engineering encourages all students to consider an education abroad experience and offers two ways for students to participate:

  • Departmental Opportunities: Faculty designed programs offered through the engineering departments
  • Direct Enrollment: Students credit their own experience

Students interested in a departmental opportunity should contact the faculty leading the program. Students interested in a direct enrollment program will need to complete the following steps:

Step 1: Find an opportunity

Step 2: Meet with academic advisor to discuss taking courses at an international institution through direct enrollment and how study abroad might affect your progress towards degree

Step 3: Complete the Transfer Credit Request Form for International/Study Abroad Schools

Step 4: Meet with an advisor in the Global Education Office to verify the institution's accreditation 

Step 5: Obtain a copy of course syllabi

Step 6: Obtain academic advisor's signature 

Step 7: Submit completed form and course syllabi to Ryan Wagoner, 212 Hancock Hall

Step 8: Search for Scholarships

Engineering Education at Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech
Engineering Education (MC 0218)
345 Goodwin Hall
635 Prices Fork Rd
Blacksburg, Va 24061
(540) 231-6555
Fax (540) 231-6903