For more information, please see your ECE Advisor.
For more information, please see your ECE Advisor.
All Virginia Tech undergraduate students are required to maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA. If your GPA falls below 2.0, you will be placed on academic probation. If you do not raise your cumulative GPA to a 2.0 within a designated time period, you will be placed on academic suspension.
All engineering students who are placed on probation are notified by the Dean's Office and required to complete probationary paperwork. ECE students are required to meet with ECE advisors to develop individual plans for academic improvement. The Dean's Office will block students who do not follow this procedure from further enrollment.
All undergraduate students must apply for degree to be cleared for graduation from the University. Application for degree cards may be picked up and submitted in the Registrar's Office in the Student Services Building. ECE students are encouraged to apply for degree in the junior year. Please include any double majors or degrees, minors, and/or concentrations on your application. An application for degree will generate a DARS (Degree Audit Report). Students are required to review their DARS reports with their ECE advisors within ten days from the receipt of the DARS report. At that time, your advisor will submit any necessary substitutions.
ECE students are required to earn minimum C- or better grades in all prerequisite courses. Students who do not earn a minimum C- in a course have the right to submit a petition for an appeal of the C- policy.
An appeal will be granted for exceptions to the rule in the case of enrollment in ECE or CS courses only in the most unusual and extenuating circumstances and, then, only if the overall and in major grade point averages are satisfactory. The C- Petition form must be submitted to 340 Whittemore no later than 12:00 noon on Tuesday of the first week of classes each semester or summer session.
Appeals for exception to the rule for enrollment in ECE Technical Elective courses are at the discretion of the course instructor. Faculty are urged to make exceptions with caution and, in particular, to consider the performance of the student in related courses.
C- Petition (MS Word document)
ECE students wishing to petition for exceptions to required or elective courses should contact their advisor. For example, students who wish to take a Mathematics Elective that does not appear on the approved Mathematics Elective list should submit a request for an exception. Only in exceptional or valid circumstances will exceptions be approved.
ECE force-add requests will be accepted ONLY from students who are eligible to take ECE courses but are unable to request certain ECE course(s) during the Course Request period due to a prerequisite or class restriction. If you do not submit a Course Request during the Course Request period, you are not eligible to complete the ECE force-add survey. Incomplete or ineligible surveys will not be reviewed and will be deleted with no notification to the student.
The force-add surveys for undergraduate and graduate courses will open each semester the day before Course Request and close at 5:00 pm on the Friday before the first day of classes. No force-add requests will be accepted after this date. All decisions will be made by the second day of classes. Students with approved force-adds will be notified by the second day of classes.
On the Friday before classes begin, ECE will open up classes to class capacity. This means that if the timetable is showing a course as full, then it is full to capacity and we cannot and will not add additional students. Note that class capacity does not always equal classroom capacity. Just because there may be empty seats, this does not mean that we can add additional students. Many factors go into determining class capacity.
Students may calculate projected GPA using the GPA calculation sheet or on-line GPA calculator. The in major GPA calculation for CPE majors includes the C++ course from the freshman year and all ECE courses. The in major GPA calculation for EE majors includes the C++ course from the freshman year and all ECE courses.
GPA Worksheet (MS Word document)
ECE seniors with a minimum 3.0 overall GPA and students participating in the Undergraduate/Graduate (UG/G) Accelerated program may petition to take ECE graduate courses by completing the Graduate Course Force-Add Survey. Students in the UG/G program will be permitted to double count graduate courses between their undergraduate and graduate programs. Students not enrolled in the UG/G program cannot use graduate courses taken as an undergraduate to fulfill requirements for a graduate degree at Virginia Tech.
An ECE student who is interested in course credit through Independent Study or Undergraduate Research with an ECE faculty member should first consult with his or her advisor. The advisor will provide direction with regard to faculty areas of technical expertise as well as the required paperwork process. Independent Study/Undergraduate Research paperwork must be submitted to the departmental advisor no later than Wednesday of the first week of class during the semester and no later than Tuesday of the first week of class during a summer session.
All ECE undergraduate students are automatically subscribed to the ECE_Undergrad listserv upon transfer to CPE or EE. Prospective students in General Engineering or other majors can also submit a request for subscription. Listserv subscriptions are updated each semester. There will be enough information in the subject line to help you determine whether the information posted is relevant to you. It is very important that you read the messages posted to the listserv that are relevant to you. Postings will include information on organizational meetings, policies and procedures, co-op, internship, and permanent job opportunities, and scholarship opportunities.
See the ECE Policy of Progress Toward Degree
Course prerequisite requirements have been put into place for the benefit of the student. All ECE class rolls, including lecture courses and laboratories, are reviewed at the beginning of each semester. Those students who have not satisfactorily completed prerequisite course requirements with a C- or better grade will be dropped and notified of the drop via e-mail.
In accordance with the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), all information regarding a student's academic record is considered private between the student and the university and requires a written release for discussion of this information with a third party. For a variety of reasons, you may wish to partially waive this protection and permit release of some types of information to certain people, for example, an advisor, a potential employer, a parent, or a faculty member.
Consent-Release Form (MS Word document)
Students may submit course requests via Hokie Spa. The course request period for Spring Semester is in late October and the course request period for both Summer Sessions and Fall Semester is in late March. Schedule changes may also be processed via DROPADD on Hokie Spa.
Often times transfer students and internal transfers have taken courses that are appropriate substitutions for required CPE or EE courses. If you believe that you have already completed the content of a required ECE course through a previous course, your should contact your ECE advisor.
While official transfer course requests must be submitted to the Dean's Office in 212 Hancock Hall, in many cases, in major transfer course requests will be reviewed by the department before submission of the official transfer course request form. If you are interested in taking an in major course (CS or ECE for CPE majors and ECE for EE majors) at another college or university, please see your advisor prior to enrolling in the course.
The Office of Academic Affairs in 212 Hancock Hall has administrative responsibility for the undergraduate programs of the College of Engineering. The office staff and some of their principle activities include:
The College of Engineering Receptionist, is your first point of contact when you enter the suite of offices and is responsible for processing of most forms and requests. She will answer your question or refer you to the person who can.
The following procedures are handled in the Office of the University Registrar in 250 Student Services Building.
For BSCPE and BSEE checksheets, please see ECE degree programs and requirements.
C- Petition (.doc)
Tutor Request Form (.doc)
Your ECE academic advisor is always your first point of contact regarding Departmental, College, and University policies and procedures. In most cases, if you do not contact your advisor first, you will be referred back to the ECE Department. In the event that your advisor needs to refer you to another office within the University or College, she will do so.