Students transferring into Virginia Tech's College of Engineering, from another institution, may be told by a representative of the College of Engineering that their introductory physics course credits will not transfer unless they complete one or more Pass/Fail 1-credit Physics Module Winter Courses. These courses are meant to provide the student with the topics not covered by the introductory physics course(s) which they took at their previous institution, but are required here at Virginia Tech as part of either PHYS 2305 or PHYS 2306, or both. Once the student successfully completes the required Module course(s), transfer credit is obtained; failure to pass a course means the student must take the related 4-credit course (either PHYS 2305, or PHYS 2306).
Students transferring into other majors at Virginia Tech may also be required to complete one or more Physics Module Courses before transfer credit can be given for PHYS 2305 or PHYS 2306.These Module Courses are offered during a Winter Session between the Fall and Spring semesters. The courses are Thermal Physics Module, Waves & Sound Physics Module, and Optics Physics Module. These courses are 1 credit each. Some labs will also be provided with the classes. Some of the work will be online. Some of the work will be on campus in a classroom, in January. There will be an instructor to help you learn the material, and more than one graded assignment. The grades from all the assignments will determine if you pass or fail a course. Each course will be P/F only.