Change of Major/Minor

All engineering majors are restricted, which indicates specific requirements must be completed for students to be eligible to apply.

Please refer  to the "How to Declare an Engineering Major" document for a complete list of requirements and steps necessary to declare an engineering major.

Additional information including a list of the available engineering majors and minors, as well as details on upcoming information sessions can be located below.

The College of Engineering currently offers 27 engineering majors across 13 degree programs. All available engineering majors are listed below. Please refer  to the "How to Declare an Engineering Major" document for a complete list of requirements and steps necessary to declare an engineering major.

Important Notes:

  • Biomedical Engineering (BME) has an additional application/interview process and does not adhere to the 3.0 guarantee. Applications for BME are only reviewed in the spring semester.
  • Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM) is in the process of being discontinued and plans to only accept students through the end of the fall 2019 application period. Students not admitted to ESM by this time may not be permitted to pursue this major. First-year students admitted to Virginia Tech Fall 2019 will most likely not be able to pursue this major.
Aerospace Engineering (AE) Construction Engineering & Management (CEM) Mechanical Engineering (ME)
Biological Systems Engineering (BSE) Controls, Robotics & Autonomy (CRA:CPE) Micro/Nano Systems (MNSY:EE)
Biomedical Engineering (BME) Controls, Robotics & Autonomy (ECRA:EE) Mining Engineering (MINE)
Chemical Engineering (CHE) Electrical Engineering (EE) Networking & Cybersecurity (NWCS:CPE)
Chip-Scale Integration (CPI:CPE) Energy & Power Electronics (ERES:EE) Ocean Engineering (OE)
Civil Engineering (CE) Engineering Science & Mechanics (ESM) Photonics (PHTN:EE)
Communications & Networking (CMNW:EE) Industrial & Systems Engineering (ISE) Radio Frequency & Microwave (RFMW:EE)
Computer Engineering (CPE) Machine Learning (MCHL:CPE) Space Systems (SPCS:EE)
Computer Science (CS) Materials Science & Engineering (MSE) Software Systems (SFTW:CPE)

The College of Engineering offers 8 minors. Please review the table below for a list of the requirements for each minor. If you have any questions about an engineering minor, please reach out to the contact listed below.

Adding an Engineering Minor:
To add an engineering minors, students should complete the College of Engineering Minor Application . The minor application will be available during the below dates:

  • End of Spring 2019: May 6 - May 19
  • End of Summer 2019: July 27, 2019 - August 18, 2019
  • End of Fall 2019: December 9, 2019 - January 5, 2020

Dropping an Engineering Minor:
To drop a current engineering minor, students should email Natasha Smith (noliver@vt.edu).

Minor Requirements Contact
Biomedical Engineering In a degree-granting engineering major

Minimum 3.0 overall GPA
Amanda Sandridge
asandridge@vt.edu
Computer Science In a degree-granting major

Completed a CS course (1114, 2114, 2505, or 3114) at Virginia Tech with a minimum grade of a C
CS Advising Staff
csundergrad@cs.vt.edu
Cybersecurity Completed CS 3214 or ECE 3574 Joe Tront
jgtront@vt.edu
Engineering Science and Mechanics None Amanda Sandridge
asandridge@vt.edu
Green Engineering None Sean McGinnis
smcginn@vt.edu
Innovation None Lisa McNair
lmcnair@vt.edu
Interdisciplinary Engineering and Science (Scieneering) None Christi Boone
chboone2@vt.edu
Naval Engineering None Alan Brown
albrown5@vt.edu

General Engineering students are encouraged to attend one of the below information sessions to ensure they understand the change of major process. Please register using the links below.

Date Time Location Registration Link
Friday, April 26 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM 135 Goodwin Hall Register Here
Wednesday, May 1 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM 190 Goodwin Hall Register Here
Friday, May 3 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM 135 Goodwin Hall Register Here

The College of Engineering will host multiple informational workshops throughout the academic year for non-engineering students to learn about the process of becoming eligible to apply for an engineering major.

Students are required to attend one of the below workshops prior to meeting with an engineering advisor.

Date Time Location How to Register
Tuesday, January 22 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM 341 Goodwin Hall Sign-Up
Tuesday, February 19 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM 341 Goodwin Hall Sign-Up
Monday, March 18 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM 341 Goodwin Hall Sign-Up
Thursday, April 4 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM 340 Goodwin Hall Sign-Up
Monday, May 6 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM 340 Goodwin Hall Sign-Up

Change of major decisions may be appealed using the College of Engineering Change of Major Appeals Petition. Appeals can only be submitted if you completed the change of major application and are for addressing unusual and extenuating circumstances that occured while at Virginia Tech which caused you to be denied admission to an engineering major. Students wishing to appeal their decision must submit the appeal petition through Canvas according to the deadlines below.

The Canvas site will not be available until decisions are made on the dates below; at that time, the link will be provided here.

Change of Major Dates Change of Major Decision Date Appeal Deadline Appeal Decision Date
End of Spring
April 30 - May 13
May 18 May 22, 5 PM May 24, 5 PM
End of Summer
July 28 - August 12
August 16 August 20, 12 pm (noon) August 21
End of Fall
December 17 - January 6
January 11 January 15, 12 pm (noon) January 16