New Curriculum

New Curriculum Changes

The Mechanical Engineering Bachelor’s Degree requirements will change for students graduating in Spring 2022 and later. To minimize possible graduation delays, we will begin to offer some new courses in Fall 2019. Students who intend to graduate in Spring 2021 may consider taking new curriculum courses in the event that they may delay their graduation. The documents provided on this page should help you map your personal degree path sheet.

Please refer to the documents below and the FAQ to the right before seeing your Advisor. We do not schedule appointments in ME. We have walk-in advising hours M-F 8:30a-11:30a and 1:30p-4:30p. You are welcome to see any of the three advisors during these hours.

Tentative Course Calendar

Curriculum Comparison Quick Guide

Class of 2021:

Class of 2021 Advising Info Session

Class of 2021 Degree Path Sheet

Class of 2022:

Class of 2022 Advising Info Session

Class of 2022 Degree Path Sheet

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I'm a Freshman who wants ME. What courses should I course request?

    • ME 2004 (3)
    • MATH 2204 (3)
    • PHYS 2306 (4)
    • MSE 2034 (3)
    • ESM 2104 (3)
    • ISE 2214 (1)

    Note that MATH 2114 (Linear Algebra) is a prerequisite for ME 2004. If you do not already have MATH 2114 completed, we recommend completing it before the start of Fall 2019.

    If you have already completed some of the courses listed here, check out the Class of 2022 Info Session link located on the left side of this page for some options.

  • What happens if I don't successfully complete ME 2124 in Spring 2019?

    ME 2124 will be discontinued after Spring 2019. You need to take the new Thermodynamics class, ME 2134 (4 credits), and MSE 2034 in Fall 2019. Then, in Spring 2020, you need to complete ME 3414 (Fluids, 4 credits).

  • I'm a current Sophomore in ME (class of 2021). What courses should I take next semester?

    Sophomores planning to graduate in Spring 2021 will need to pay close attention to when old course strings discontinue. We’ve created a document, linked to the left of this page, titled Tentative Course Calendar. When planning your class schedule, refer to the document to make sure the course is still offered when you plan to take it. Generally speaking, you should course request the same courses you planned to take before the curriculum change. However, if there is any chance you may graduate in Spring 2022, then you need to speak with an Advisor about your options.

  • If I do a co-op and end up graduating in Spring 2022 will I be forced to take extra credits?

    We’re trying to make this transition as seamless as possible. The main difference is that 2022 graduates must complete ME 2004. If you’ve already taken your programming course, then those credits will only count as free electives. This means they count toward your total credit hours but do not fulfill any degree requirements. However, 2022 graduates do not have to complete ECE 3254 and ME 4006. Instead, you can take ECE 3254 as a list 1 technical elective. ME 3034 (1 credit) can be taken in place of ME 4006. So it all evens out in the end.

  • Is it better to graduate in Spring 2021 or Spring 2022?

    Nobody can answer this questions for you. The decision is yours. But here is some general guidance:

    If you’re on track to graduate in Spring 2021 and do not expect to take any semesters off, fail or drop any classes, or complete a co-op then you can stay with a Spring 2021 graduation date without issue.

    If you want to offer yourself the opportunity for wiggle room, then graduate in Spring 2022. The decision is up to you and depends entirely on your academic motivation, skills, and interests.

  • If I end up taking extra courses because I switched my graduation year how will this affect Policy 91?

    Here are the requirements for progress towards degree:

    • 2.0 minimum in-major GPA (all “ME” and “NSEG” courses)
    • 2.0 minimum extended in-major GPA (all ME, NSEG courses and ESM 2304, 2104, and 2204)
    • 2.0 minimum overall GPA (all courses taken at VT)
    • By 45 attempted required credits of: ESM 2104, MATH 2204, and MATH 2114
    • By 60 attempted required credits of: ESM 2304, MATH 2214, and [ME 2124 (c-) or ME 2004  (c-)]
    • By 72 attempted required credits of: (ME 3124 or ME 2134 (c-)) and (ME 3514 or ME 3524) and (ME 3614 or ME 3624)

    Attempted Required Credit hours count all courses required for the ME degree that have been passed, failed, or withdrawn except general education classes and technical electives. For the Class of 2021, this will include a programming elective but not ME 2004 (unless you took it as your programming elective), ME 4006, and ECE 3254. For the Class of 2022, this will include ME 2004 but not a programming elective, ME 4006 or ME 3034 but not both, and it will not include ECE 3254.

  • What if I already took a programming course but now I'm graduating in Spring 2022?

    All 2022 graduates must complete ME 2004. There will be no overrides, exceptions, or substitutions.

    ME 2004 is NOT offered at any community colleges even if previously approved. You must get approval if you intend to take ME 2004 at a different 4 year, ABET accredited school.

  • When will the new ME courses be offered?

    We have created a document, linked to the left of this page, with details on course offerings called the Tentative Course Calendar. Please refer to this document.

  • When will the old ME courses stop being offered?

    We have created a document, linked to the left of this page, with details on course offerings called the Tentative Course Calendar. Please refer to this document.

  • Do 2022 graduates follow CLEs or Pathways?

    Students who entered Virginia Tech before Fall 2018 follow CLEs. Students who entered Fall 2018 or after must follow Pathways. Your graduation date does not affect this policy.

  • I'm graduating in 2022 and taking ME 3514 now but plan to take a year off. What should I do?

    Students who end up delaying graduation until 2022 who take ME 3514 and are not able to complete the old sequence of vibrations and controls (ME3504 (3 credits) + ME4504 (3 credits)) before those courses are phased out may mix the old and new courses.  Extra credits taken will count as List #1 tech elective credit:

    • ME3514 (3 credits) + ME3524 (4 credits) + ME3534 (4 credits) will be granted 3 credits of List #1 tech elective
    • ME3514 (3 credits) + ME3504 (3 credits) + ME3534 (4 credits) will be granted 2 credits of  List #1 tech elective
    • ME3514 (3 credits) + ME4504 (3 credits) + ME3524 (4 credits) will be granted 2 credits of  List #1 tech elective

  • I'm graduating in 2021 do I have to take controls and vibrations?

    That depends on your ability to complete the old sequence before it is phased out. Here are your two options:

      • ME3514 (3 credits) + [ME3504 (3 credits) or ME4504 (3 credits) or ME3534 (4 credits)] – Class of 2021 students taking ME3534 end up with 1 credit of List #1 tech elective; or
    • ME3524 (4 credits) + ME3534 (4 credits) – Class of 2021 students will also be awarded 2 credits of List #1 tech elective

    ME 3514 will be discontinued after Fall 2019. ME 3504 will be discontinued after Spring 2020. ME 4504 will be discontinued after Fall 2019.

    ME 3524 will be offered starting in Fall 2019 in, both, Fall and Spring. ME 3534 will be offered starting in Spring 2020 and will also be offered in Summer I 2020.

    *Note, it is strongly recommended that students have experience with matlab or another programming system before taking ME 3524.

Alternate Course Plans

External Transfer Students with VCCS AS Degree:
Students graduating with associates degrees from Virginia Community College System schools often are one semester out of sequence with when our senior courses are offered.  For this reason, we strongly recommend co-op work/school schedules instead of trying to graduate as quickly as possible by taking summer courses.  Students following the suggested co-op schedule below should complete all courses in the white boxes before Fall semester.  The schedule includes 5 semesters of classes, 1 semester of work during the academic year (Fall or Spring), and 1-2 summer work terms.  The course load is very reasonable (15 credits or less), and students can sign up for a 0-credit course to maintain full time status if needed for financial aid reasons.
Suggested Co-op Schedule for External Transfers with VCCS AS Degree in Engineering

External transfer students wishing to go with a lighter course load and spread courses out into 6 semesters could follow this plan:
Spread Out Schedule for Transfers with VCCS AS Degree in Engineering
Note that it is difficult to maintain full time status (12 credits) with this schedule, which may affect financial aid, which is why we prefer the co-op schedule above.

Rising Sophomores Missing MATH2114 (Linear Algebra):
We strongly recommend that students who did not complete MATH2114 during their freshman year take it over the summer at a community college (or at Virginia Tech).  Northern Virginia Community College offers an equivalent linear algebra course online over the summer, but seats are limited.  If this is not possible, the following plan is difficult, but it could work.  Note that students would need to sign up for a 3-credit statistics course, STAT4604, in place of the 2-credit STAT3704 course to avoid MATH2204 (multivariable calculus) prerequisite issues:
Plan for Rising Sophomores without MATH2114 Credit

Plans for Students Needing Lighter Course Loads:
Some students require a lighter course load due to various reasons.  Students in the ROTC programs at Virginia Tech have additional classes they must take on top of the already challenging ME curriculum.  We have devised several plans that could be used by ROTC or any other students to spread out their courses.  Students should also consider co-op plans (see below) as a way of lightening course loads.
4.5 Year Military Plan
5 Year Military Plan

Co-op Plans (Class of 2022 and later):
Sample co-op schedules with 9 academic terms

Sample co-op schedules with 8 AcademicTerms

For More Information

For additional information please contact Sarah Deisher (students last names A-G) , (540) 231-8592, Linda Vick (students last names H-O), (540) 231-7747, or Heather Whedbee (students names P-Z), (540) 231-2555 the Academic and Career Advisors in Mechanical Engineering.


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.