Prospective Undergraduate Students

When choosing a discipline, one must consider personal interest and satisfaction, career objectives, and employment opportunities. The Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM) offers a unique route to the achievement of these goals. The small class size, close interaction with faculty, hands-on experience with laboratory equipment, and in-depth study in the fundamental principles guiding the design of

  • Modern Machinery
  • Automobiles
  • Air and Space Craft
  • Biomedical Equipment

provide an ideal environment for your career preparation.

Graduates with a bachelor's degree in ESM are prepared to assume and successfully carry out any engineering assignment. Additionally, this strong background in the fundamentals is excellent preparation for graduate work.


ESM's flexible curriculum can also be used to give tailored, focused instruction in mechanics of materials, vibrations and controls, kinematics and dynamics, thermal sciences, the dynamics of fluids and gases, biomedical engineering, computer applications, and business. A total of 12 credit hours of technical electives, 6 hours of free electives, and 6 hours of creative design give you the freedom to select a program ideally suited to your particular career goals and interests.

Emphasis on Fundamentals.

In ESM courses, the emphasis is on fundamental principles and basic engineering concepts. Instead of very specialized courses dealing with specific engineering applications, students take more advanced courses on all fundamental aspects of engineering, including mechanical behavior of materials, dynamics, viscous flows, vibrations and controls, and reliability methods.

Small Classes.

With 20 to 30 students per class, you get personal attention and can interact easily with the instructor.

Senior Projects.

During senior year, students spend a considerable amount of time working on an engineering design project of their choice to earn credit towards their degree. These projects are supervised on a one-on-one basis with faculty members, and students often work side-by-side with graduate students.

Hands-On Laboratory Work.

In ESM lab courses, students work in small groups with state-of-the-art equipment. Labs are easily accessible to students for individual work at hours other than regular class time. For further research experience, the ESM Department offers a laboratory internship program for undergraduate students.

Cooperative Education Program.

The department participates in the Cooperative Education Program. The program gives qualified students valuable work experience with private industrial employers or with federal and state governmental agencies. Students who elect the co-op program alternate school and work semesters during their sophomore and junior academics years.

Writing and Communications Program.

Students learn workplace-modeled engineering writing and communication skills throughout the ESM curriculum. These skills make graduates more attractive to prospective employers and graduate programs.

Undergraduate/Graduate (UG/G) Degrees Program.

Upon completion of 90 credit hours and with at least one more semester to complete all requirements for the bachelor's degree, undergraduate students having an overall grade point average of at least 3.3 can apply for the ESM Undergraduate/Graduate Degrees (BS/MS, BS/ME or BS/PhD) Program. This program allows undergraduate students at Virginia Tech to use up to four three-hour courses (12 credit hours) taken during the senior year to count towards both the BS and graduate (MS, ME or PhD) degrees.

TBiomedical engineers are professionally trained to apply engineering analysis and design to clinical applications. Biomedical engineers understand how the human body functions as a complex system and can design medical interventions to help protect, identify and/or treat diseases and injuries. The systems designed by biomedical engineers will improve patient outcomes and quality of life while decreasing the financial burden of medical care to society.

What Type of Careers are Available for Biomedical Engineers?

Biomedical engineers have numerous career opportunities to choose from and have the fastest rate of employment growth compared to all other fields of engineering! They are employed by hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, medical device and testing companies, government agencies, universities, and medical schools.

BME Minor Program Focuses on Research!

Virginia Tech's biomedical engineering minor program is uniquely suited to provide research opportunities to all enrolled students. Our School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences (SBES) faculty is committed to undergraduate research exposing students to state-of-the-art research laboratories.

Minor Application Dates

To apply for the Biomedical Engineering (BME) minor, a Change of Major/Minor application for the College of Engineering must be completed. Application dates are at the end of spring, the end of summer, and the end of fall. Refer here for specific dates.

Application Policies for Applying for the BME Minor:

Applicants must be enrolled in one of the degree granting programs in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech. Applicants must have a minimum overall GPA of a 3.0.

Notifications of acceptance will be made at the conclusion of the application time period.


Amanda Sandridge
Undergraduate Academic & Career Advisor