All first-year and transfer students admitted to the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech are classified as “General Engineering” in the Department of Engineering Education. General Engineering provides an innovative learning environment that embraces a hands-on, minds-on approach, which leverages the latest advances in educational technologies to fully engage students in the learning experience. The first-year course sequence integrates professional and technical skills to give students tools for tackling the grand challenges of the 21st century. The program introduces students to the wide range of engineering majors in the College of Engineering so that students are able to make informed decisions about their educational pathways. After completing the first year curriculum students are eligible to declare any of the 14 undergraduate degree granting engineering majors.

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