Information on this website is unofficial. University catalogs and other official documents take precedence over the information that is available here. The material presented here is to aid you in planning your academic program to best fit your interests. Ultimately you are responsible for making sure that you fulfill the graduation requirements. We present these aids to help you achieve your goal of a degree in mechanical engineering.
Students may take up to 10% of the credits counting towards their degree using the pass/fail grading system. For ME students, only technical electives and free electives may be taken pass/fail unless the course is only offered pass/fail. Required courses and courses used to fulfill the Curriculum for Liberal Education core areas may NOT be taken pass/fail unless they are only offered pass/fail (example - FA2004 for Area 6).
The ME undergraduate degree is a 130 credit program. If an ME student has no transfer credits (not including AP, IB, advanced standing credits, etc.), they would be able to take up to 13 credits pass/fail, which would be up to 4 technical electives (12 credits) plus possibly a 1 credit course like FA2004 (Area 6, only offered pass/fail).
For ME students with transfer credits from another school (does NOT include AP credits), the following guidelines can be used. If:
Free electives and other courses NOT counting towards the 130 credits required to earn a BSME degree (example - military leadership courses, ESM4404 (review for FE exam course), etc.) do not count against the number of tech elective credits that may be taken P/F.
Changing grading options: After the add deadline, students cannot change the grade mode through Hokie SPA by themselves. Instead, they should go to the Registrar's Office (250 Student Services Building) or contact their departmental advisor.
Students are awarded transfer credit for courses in which they earn a C or higher. If a student earns a C- or lower, they do not receive transfer credits. (Transfer credits should be taken in the A/F grade mode at the transfer institution due to the C or higher grade requirement.)
Transfer credits earned at other schools do NOT affect the student's Virginia Tech GPA. Students wishing to improve their GPA over the summer while living at home should consider taking online courses from Virginia Tech instead of taking transfer courses.
Students must earn a C- or better in their ENGE1024 and ENGE1114 courses and a competitive GPA to transfer from General Engineering into Mechanical Engineering.
Once a student is in ME, there are currently no minimum required passing grades for prerequisite courses as there are in many of the other engineering departments. Courses in which a student has earned a D- or higher in the A/F grading system will fulfill prerequisite requirements. However, if a D- truly reflects the student's understanding of the course material, the student should seriously consider retaking that course to avoid grade problems in future courses that build upon that knowledge.
Policy 91 requires that students continue to make progress towards their degree programs.
Identification of students not making sufficient progress towards BSME degree:
Any Mechanical Engineering student not maintaining:
will receive an e-mail informing them that they are on "Policy 91" probation.
In addition to meeting the minimum GPA requirements above, students must also make continuous progress towards completing their BSME degree.
Students who are not making progress in key courses by a set number of "attempted required credit hours" may also be placed on Policy 91 probation. These requirements include:
Here, "attempted required credits" includes any course on a student's VT transcripts which is listed on the ME checksheet (or degree path sheet) EXCEPT technical electives and curriculum for liberal education (CLE) electives. Free electives are NOT included in the attempted required credits total. The attempted required credit total includes repeated courses, transfer credits covering required courses, and courses with grades of W or F.
Students on Policy 91 probation may be required to meet with the Mechanical Engineering Associate Department Head for Undergraduate Studies or another member of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee to discuss goals and requirements for the coming semester to ensure that the student makes sufficient progress toward their BSME degree.
Requirements for students placed on Policy 91 probation to avoid suspension:
Students placed on Policy 91 probation must do the following while on Policy 91 probation to avoid suspension:
Conditions to have Policy 91 probation lifted:
Students must meet the 2.000 overall, in-major, AND extended in-major GPA requirements. They must also complete key courses in such a way that there are no more incomplete key courses which violate the attempted credit deadlines listed above.
Implications of Policy 91 suspension:
Policy 91 suspension is a permanent suspension from the department. Students wishing to switch to a different engineering department or college at VT must meet the entrance requirements for the new major. With the new enrollment management plan which takes effect January 2013, changing majors into another engineering department may be more difficult, as ALL degree granting engineering departments will have a variable entrance requirement somewhere between a 2.0 and 3.0 overall GPA.
If you attempt at least 12 hours with the A/F grading option and earn a 3.4 or higher GPA during the fall or spring semesters, you have made the Dean's List. If your name does not appear on the online Dean's List, it is most likely because you have set some of your personal information as confidential (including address, phone number, etc.) or you did not take at least 12 credit hours for a letter grade. You man contact the Engineering Dean of Academic Affairs Office in 212 Hancock if you have questions about the Dean's List.
If you complete at least sixty (60) hours at Virginia Tech, the distinction noted on your diploma will be: