James Madison University

Declaring the Major

New Freshmen and Transfer Students

Declaring the engineering major when registering for orientation will enable students to be assigned to an engineering advisor during Freshmen or Transfer Orientation who can answer questions and help them to plan a course of academic study. The BS in engineering degree is not a freshman admit program. Typically, students will apply for the BS in engineering degree after their second semester sophomore year and will be formally admitted into the program at that time.

Currently Enrolled Major Changers

In order to change one’s major to engineering, a student must complete a “Change or Declaration of Major” form and submit it to the Engineering Student Coordinator. Once the student has met with the student coordinator and determined his or her academic path, the form must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar.

All students should be aware of the Academic Policies for all engineering majors.


  • September 28
    Fall Career & Internship Fair
    Festival Conference and Student Center
  • October 2
    11:00 a.m.
    Cohen Center Talk:
    David Campbell of Boston University presents: Back to the Future: Recovering the Age of Wonder
    Highlands Room
  • November 13
    11:00 a.m.
    Cohen Center Talk: Henry Petroski of Duke University presents on the topics of design, success and failure, and history of engineering and technology.
    Grafton Stovall Theater
  • April 16, 2016
    9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Engineering xChange