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.

Students wishing to change out of engineering should use the resources here.

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.

Students currently in a degree-granting engineering major that wish to change their major to another degree-granting engineering major should complete the change of major application on Hokie Spa during the application dates listed in FAQ 3 on the "How to Declare an Engineering Major" document.

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.
  • Students must first declare Electrical Engineering (EE) or Computer Engineering (CPE). Upon completion of ECE 2804: Integrated Design Project, students may apply to declare one of the 7 electrical engineering majors (CMNW, ECRA, ERES, MNSY, PHTN, RFMW, SPCS) or 5 computer engineering majors (CPI, CRA, MCHL, NWCS, SFTW). Students may also choose to remain in EE or CPE.
Aerospace Engineering (AE) Computer Engineering (CPE) Materials Science & Engineering (MSE)
Biological Systems Engineering (BSE) Computer Science (CS) Mechanical Engineering (ME)
Biomedical Engineering (BME) Construction Engineering & Management (CEM) Mining Engineering (MINE)
Chemical Engineering (CHE) Electrical Engineering (EE) Ocean Engineering (OE)
Civil Engineering (CE) Industrial & Systems Engineering (ISE)

The College of Engineering offers 10 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 (

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

Minimum 3.0 overall GPA
Amanda Sandridge
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
Cybersecurity Completed CS 3214 or ECE 3574 Joe Tront
Engineering Science and Mechanics None Amanda Sandridge
Green Engineering None Sean McGinnis
Human-Computer Interaction In a degree-granting major CS Advising Staff
Innovation None Lisa McNair
Interdisciplinary Engineering and Science (Scieneering) None Christi Boone
Naval Engineering None Alan Brown
Nuclear Engineering None Mark Pierson

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 24 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM 125 Goodwin Hall Register Here
Tuesday, April 28 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM 190 Goodwin Hall Register Here
Wednesday, April 29 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM 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
Friday, December 6 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM 110 Randolph Hall Sign-Up
Tuesday, January 21 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM 209 Hancock Hall Sign-Up
Friday, January 24 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM 209 Hancock Hall Sign-Up
Monday, February 3 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM 209 Hancock Hall Sign-Up
Thursday, February 20 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM 209 Hancock Hall Sign-Up
Tuesday, March 3 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM 209 Hancock Hall Sign-Up
Monday, March 23 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM 209 Hancock 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
May 6 - May 19
May 23 May 28, 12 PM (noon) May 30, 5 PM
End of Summer
July 27 - August 18
August 22 August 25, 11:59 pm August 27
End of Fall
December 9 - January 5
January 9 January 13 (noon) January 14