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COVID-19 Change of Major Updates

Please review the updated "How to Declare an Engineering Major (May 2020)" document for a complete list of engineering's change of major policies for the May 4 - May 17, 2020 application period. All updates to the requirements are noted in red text.

Change of Major Policies (After May 2020)

Please review the "How to Declare an Engineering Major (After May 2020)" document for a complete list of engineering's change of major policies after the May 2020 application period.
All engineering majors are restricted, which indicates specific requirements must be completed for students to be eligible to apply.

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 changing out of engineering should use the resources located 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 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.
  • 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 2020: May 4, 2020 - May 17, 2020
  • End of Summer 2020: August 3, 2020 - August 16, 2020
  • End of Fall 2020: December 14, 2020 - January 3, 2021

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
Human-Computer Interaction In a degree-granting major CS Advising Staff
csundergrad@cs.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
Nuclear Engineering None Mark Pierson
mark.pierson@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 24 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Virtual (Zoom Meeting) 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 (EST) Virtual (Zoom Meeting) Connect
Monday, March 30 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (EST) Virtual (Zoom Meeting) Connect
Monday, April 6 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM (EST) Virtual (Zoom Meeting) Connect
Tuesday, April 28 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM (EST) Virtual (Zoom Meeting) Connect
Wednesday, May 6 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM (EST) Virtual (Zoom Meeting) Connect
Friday, May 15 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM (EST) Virtual (Zoom Meeting) Connect

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 according to the deadlines below.

Engineering Change of Major Appeals Petition

Change of Major Dates Change of Major Decision Date Appeal Deadline Appeal Decision Date
End of Spring
May 4 - May 17
May 21 May 26, 12 PM (noon) May 27, 5 PM
End of Summer
August 3 - August 16
August 20 TBD TBD
End of Fall
December 14 - January 6
January 7 TBD TBD