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

Course Title Credits
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

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

Spring Semester

Course Title Credits
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 4
*CHEM 1045 General Chemistry Lab 1
**Additional Course or CLE Course 2-3
Total Credit Hours 15-18

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

Major Course(s)
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
Mechanical Engineering ECON 2005 OR CLE Course (Area 2, 3, or 7)
  • 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.

Assessment:

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

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
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

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.

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 students should schedule an appointment with Abbey Rowe Erwin (via Student Success Collaborative) 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 GE students with questions regarding course request should schedule an appointment with their academic advisor and come prepared with a printed (paper copy) checksheet for their intended major.

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.

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.

Term ENGE 1215 ENGE 1216
Spring 2018 General Engineering students will need to add their name to the electronic waitlist.

Non-engineering students must have a 2.0 overall Virginia Tech GPA..

Electronic Waitlist: Available Friday, January 5 - Thursday, January 18
General Engineering students with below a 2.0 overall Virginia Tech GPA will need to add their name to the electronic waitlist.

Non-engineering students must have a 2.0 overall Virginia Tech GPA.

Electronic Waitlist Available Friday, January 5 - Thursday, January 18
Summer I 2018 General Engineering students with below a 2.0 overall Virginia Tech GPA will need to add their name to the electronic waitlist.

Non-engineering students must have a 2.0 overall Virginia Tech GPA.

Electronic Waitlist: Available Saturday, March 11 - Thursday, May 11
General Engineering students with below a 2.0 overall Virginia Tech GPA will need to add their name to the electronic waitlist.

Non-engineering students must have a 2.0 overall Virginia Tech GPA.

Electronic Waitlist: Available Saturday, March 11 - Thursday, May 11
Summer II 2018 General Engineering students admitted to Virginia Tech's Summer Academy will be enrolled in this course.

Non-engineering students are not permitted to take this course during the summer II session.

Electronic Waitlist: Available Saturday, March 11 - Thursday, May 11
General Engineering students with below a 2.0 overall Virginia Tech GPA will need to add their name to the electronic waitlist.

Non-engineering students must have a 2.0 overall Virginia Tech GPA.

Electronic Waitlist: Available Saturday, March 11 - Thursday, May 11

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 May 17 after change of majors are processed.

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

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Math
  • Physics
    • Students experiencing pre-requisite errors for PHYS 2305 or PHYS 2306 may complete the following to request force-add into open sections. Force-adds will not be accepted for closed sections or sections restricted to physics majors only.
      • Email a .pdf or screen shot of the unofficial transcript to Lynn Bryant (lynnb16@vt.edu) and CC Diane Walker-Greene (dwalkerg@vt.edu), the unofficial transcript must show your:
        • Name
        • Institution name
        • Course name and number
        • Final grade earned (Do not email Physics unless you have a final grade posted)
      • Include your student ID number
      • Include the CRN for an open section of the course and/or lab you wish to add that is not restricted to PHYS MAJORS Only. To verify major restrictions, click on the CRN on the timetable of classes or the course title on the class search option then click restrictions.

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).

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). If a student must use transfer credit to meet any of the change of major course requirements, they must show one of the following:

  • Course transfer credit awarded on the Virginia Tech Unofficial Transcript in Hokie Spa
  • An unofficial copy of the transcript from the transfer institution
    • The unofficial transcript must include the student's name, the institution's name, the course number and name, and the grade earned in the course
    • The unofficial transcript should be saved as a .pdf and attached in the survey found on the Change of Major website under the Application Timeline by the the indicated transfer credit deadline

Students planning to take classes at another college or university should follow the below steps OR follow the How to Transfer Credits flow chart:

Step 1: Find an equivalent course

Step 2: Complete the appropriate transfer credit request form

Step 3: Once authorization is received, register for the course at the transfer institution

Step 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

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 registrar@vt.edu 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.

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.

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