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Add or Change a Major, Minor, or Option

Interested in Biological Sciences?

Primary Major Change

When a change of major time opens up, students can request a new primary major through Hokie SPA. Each college will run its own process to determine if it can accept the student and will then notify the student of the decision. This process applies to students who wish to change their primary major. Requests for adding secondary majors will still follow the current paper process.

There are two types of majors at Virginia Tech, restricted and non-restricted. Restricted majors have specific criteria students must meet to be eligible to declare. Please review the restricted majors website for a complete list of restricted majors and their criteria.

Step-by-step instructions available on how to apply for a new primary major.

Take Note
Summer 2022 Fall 2022 Spring 2023 Summer 2023
Change of Major Opens
May 5 August 1 December 11 May 4
Deadline to Apply for Restricted Major
May 20 August 12 January 6 May 19
Deadline to Apply for Non-Restricted Major
June 3 August 26 January 23 June 2

The department of Biological Sciences accepts and processes requests for second majors and options at any time.

To add or remove a Biological Sciences option or second major, you must download and complete the College of Science Change of Second Major/Minor/Option Form and schedule an appointment with an advisor in Biological Sciences to make a plan for enrolling in those courses.

Steps to schedule an appointment with an advisor in Biological Sciences:

  1. Login to Navigate
  2. Click Schedule an Appointment
  3. Select Advising
  4. Select Biological Sciences Major Advising

Once you discuss the plan with the advisor, you must submit the Change of Second Major/Minor/Option Form to the Biological Sciences Document Submission Portal who will then submit it to the College of Science Dean’s Office.

The department of Biological Sciences accepts and processes requests for minors at any time.

To add or change a Biological Sciences minor, you must download and complete the College of Science Change of Second Major/Minor/Option Form and schedule an appointment with an advisor in Biological Sciences to make a plan for enrolling in those courses.

Steps to schedule an appointment with an advisor in Biological Sciences:

  1. Login to Navigate
  2. Click Schedule an Appointment
  3. Select Advising
  4. Select Biological Sciences Minor Advising

Once you discuss the plan with the advisor, you must submit the Change of Second Major/Minor/Option Form to the Biological Sciences Document Submission Portal who will then submit it to the College of Science Dean’s Office.

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