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GE Concentration Frequently Asked Questions

Commonly asked questions and answers about General Engineering concentrations can be located below.

  1. What is a GE concentration?
    Your GE concentration is the degree-granting engineering major you intend to pursue. It starts out as what you listed on your application for admission to Virginia Tech, but can be changed at any point during your time in GE.

  2. Why is my GE concentration important?
    The GE concentration allows us to see how many students intend to major in each engineering discipline and provides us the ability to more accurately predict course demand.

  3. How do I change my GE concentration?
    To change your GE concentration, you will submit a GE Change of Concentration Form.

  4. What are the requirements to change my GE concentration?
    There are no requirements to change your GE concentration, this is just a representation of what you intend to declare, which allows the university to better predict course demands. 

  5. Can I select more than one GE concentration?
    No, you can only select one GE concentration. If you are not sure, you should select GE-Undecided.

  6. Is there a limit to the number of times I can change my concentration?
    No, you can change your GE concentration as many times as you'd like.

  7. Once I have completed all of the change of major requirements, will I need to apply to change my major?
    Yes, all students will still need to complete the change of major application to move from GE to a degree-granting engineering major. The GE-concentration tells us your intent, which helps with course enrollment predictions, but is not a formal application. 

  8. Will my GE concentration influence my application when I apply to officially change my major from GE?
    No, your GE concentration will have no impact on your change of major application.

  9. What are the GE concentration choices?
    The GE concentration choices are:
    GEAE: Aerospace Engineering
    GEBE: Biological Systems Engineering
    GEBI: Biomedical Engineering
    GECE: Civil Engineering
    GECHE: Chemical Engineering
    GECN: Construction Engineering and Management
    GECP: Computer Engineering
    GECS: Computer Science
    GEEL: Electrical Engineering
    GEIS: Industrial and Systems Engineering
    GEME: Mechanical Engineering
    GEMN: Mining Engineering
    GEMS: Materials  Science and Engineering
    GEOC: Ocean Engineering
    GEUN: Undecided

Updated: April 2022