Miscellaneous abbreviations used only in the course descriptions include:
hours in classroom
First summer session
hours in laboratory
Second summer session
The Roman numeral designations for the terms in which courses are offered are intended only as general guides and do not indicate binding agreement to offer in those terms.
The following undergraduate departmental course offering abbreviations are used in the tables and course descriptions in the undergraduate catalog.
AAEC Agricultural and Applied Economics ACIS Accounting and Information Systems AEE Agricultural and Extension Education AFST Africana Studies AHRM Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management AINS American Indian Studies ALS Agriculture and Life Sciences AOE Aerospace and Ocean Engineering APS Appalachian Studies APSC Animal and Poultry Sciences ARBC Arabic ARCH Architecture ART Art and Art History AS Aerospace Studies (AFROTC) AT Agricultural Technology BC Building Construction BCHM Biochemistry BIOL Biological Sciences BIT Business Information Technology BMES Biomedical Engineering and Sciences BMSP Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology BMVS Biomedical & Veterinary Sciences BSE Biological Systems Engineering BUS Business C21S 21st Century Studies CEE Civil and Environmental Engineering
CEP Cooperative Education Program CHE Chemical Engineering CHEM Chemistry CHN Chinese CINE -- Cinema CLA Classics CMDA -- Computational Science CNST Construction COMM Communication COS College of Science CS Computer Science CSES Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences DASC Dairy Science ECE Electrical and Computer Engineering ECON Economics EDCI Curriculum and Instruction EDCT Career and Technical Education EDEP Educational Psychology EDHP Health Promotion EDIT Instructional Design & Tech EDTE Technology Education ENGE Engineering Education ENGL English ENGR Engineering ENSC Environmental Science ENT Entomology ESM Engineering Science and Mechanics FA Fine Arts FIN Finance, Insurance, Business Law FIW Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences FL Foreign Language FOR Forestry FR French FST Food Science and Technology GEOG Geography GEOS Geosciences
GER German GR Greek HD Human Development HEB Hebrew HIST History HNFE Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise HORT Horticulture HTM Hospitality and Tourism Management HUM Humanities IDS Industrial Design IS International Studies ISC -- Integrated Science ISE Industrial and Systems Engineering ITAL Italian ITDS Interior Design JPN Japanese JUD Judaic Studies LAHS Liberal Arts and Sciences LAR Landscape Architecture LAT Latin LDRS Leadership Studies MASC Mathematical Sciences MATH Mathematics ME Mechanical Engineering MGT Management MINE Mining and Minerals Engineering MKTG Marketing MN Military Navy (NROTC) MS Military Science (AROTC) MSE Materials Science and Engineering MTRG -- Meteorology MUS Music NANO -- Nanoscience NEUR -- Neuroscience NR Natural Resources NSEG Nuclear Science Engineering PHIL Philosophy PHS Population Health Sciences PHYS Physics PORT Portuguese PPWS Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science PSCI Political Science PSVP Peace Studies PSYC Psychology REAL --- Real Estate RLCL Religion and Culture RUS Russian SBIO Sustainable Biomaterials SOC Sociology SPAN Spanish SPIA School of Public and International Affairs STAT Statistics STL -- Science, Technology, and Law STS Science Technology Studies SYSB -- Systems Biology TA Theatre Arts UAP Urban Affairs and Planning UH University Honors UNIV -- University Course Series VM Veterinary Medicine WGS Women's and Gender Studies
Changes in Catalog Information
Caution: The course offerings and requirements of Virginia Tech are under examination and revision continually. This catalog presents the offerings and requirements in effect at time of publication, but in no way guarantees that they will not be changed or revoked.
The regulations and policies may change to meet new needs or as legislation is approved. Such changes are published in the President's Policy Memoranda.
The policies and regulations that appear in this catalog are not meant to form a contract or to constitute an offer of one. Current information may be obtained from the following:
Undergraduate Admission Requirements:Director of Admissions.
Course Offerings: Academic departments offering the course(s) in question.
Degree Requirements: Office of the University Registrar, head of major department, or academic dean of the college.
Fees and Tuition: Office of the University Bursar.
Course Numbering System
The first digit in course number designations denotes the year in which the course ordinarily is found in the curricular outlines or "checksheets," which are available from the major department or academic advisor. The second and third digits make the course number unique within a department. The fourth digit is 4 if the course is a one-term terminal course, 5 if the course is the first term in a sequence, and 6 if the second term in a sequence. As a general rule, courses with 0 as the first digit do not carry university credit. Agricultural Technology courses, however, are an exception.
Cross Listed Courses
Courses that are cross listed between departments may not be counted twice toward meeting graduation requirements. No credit will be allowed for a course taken that duplicates subject matter in a course for which credit already has been received. Cross listed courses are indicated in the title line of course descriptions; for instance, REL 3454 is listed as follows:
3454 (PHIL 3454): PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION
The first number is the Religion course number, while the number in parentheses indicates that the course is cross listed with Philosophy.
Graduate Courses Listings
Information regarding graduate courses (5000 and above) may be found in the Graduate Catalog.
Prerequisite Notations and Requirements
Students are permitted to take courses without having the specified prerequisites only upon obtaining the consent of the instructor. Students who enroll in a course for which they have not clearly satisfied the prerequisites or equivalent, or obtained the appropriate permission, may be dropped from the course. Deliberately false statements testifying to the satisfaction of prerequisites constitute a violation of the honor code. Students have the right to appeal a decision about prerequisites to the head of the department offering a course. Students should recognize that 3000 and 4000 level courses assume a certain level of academic maturity and general background regardless of the stated prerequisites. The course instructor can be consulted regarding the implications of this expectation for a specific course. Students must consult with the instructor if they wish to use the Pass/Fail option in a course for which they do not have the prerequisites.
Students should note prerequisite and corequisite requirements as stated in the course descriptions. Courses in a series may be taken independently where the series of course numbers is separated by commas (e.g., 3135, 3136), in the catalog listing. Where the series of course numbers is connected by hyphens (e.g., 4135-4136), the first course is prerequisite for the next one.
The numbers on the right hand side of tables listed under certain departments denote the number of hours the class meets each week during the term and, in parentheses, the number of credits allowed for the course. A listing such as 3(3) means that the course meets three hours each week and three credits are earned.