Biomedical Engineering Major Program
Admission to Major FAQ
When can I apply to the major?
Major applications are accepted only in the spring. Students can submit applications to the BME major any time during Spring Semester for admission the following school year. In order to be eligible for admission, students must complete the following courses (or the honors/accelerated equivalents) prior to Autumn Semester of Sophomore year:
Engineering 1181, 1182
Math 1151, 1172
Chemistry 1210, 1220
What factors are considered by the admissions committee?
Admissions decisions are based mainly on OSU grade point average. Students are also asked to submit a one-page essay describing any additional factors (hardships, special achievements, etc.) of which they would like the admissions committee to be aware.
How many students apply to the major each year, and how many are admitted?
80 students will be admitted to the BME major each year.
What is the average GPA of students admitted?
The average GPA of students admitted to the BME major is just above 3.6.
Does taking a more challenging course schedule increase my chance of admission / does taking an easier schedule hurt me?
No. We do not prioritize admission for students who take honors classes or higher credit hour loads, nor do we have punitive policies toward those who take lighter loads or GECs. We find that these factors do not make a significant difference in students’ future performance in the major. Please also be aware that GEC classes do not always equate with “easy A’s” and will not necessarily raise your grade point average.
How does admission work for transfer students?
If a transfer student has taken classes at Ohio State, only grades in the OSU classes will be considered in admission to the major. If a transfer student has not taken any OSU classes but meets all of the course requirements for major application, only then will academic performance at the other institution be considered.
What are my options if I apply to the major and do not get in?
Students are welcome to apply to more than one major in the spring to have a “back up plan.” You may also reapply to the BME major again the following year, or meet with one of our advisors to discuss which other majors can help you achieve your goals. Here are links to some other major programs that overlap with Biomedical Engineering:
|If you are interested in...||Then check out...|
|Drug delivery/pharmaceuticals||Chemical Engineering|
|Applications of engineering in the biological sciences||Biological Engineering|
|Biomaterials||Materials Science & Engineering|
|Image processing or computer modeling and simulation||Electrical/Computer Engineering or Computer Science & Engineering|
|Microdevices||Mechanical Engineering or Electrical/Computer Engineering|
The curriculum follows a standard first year engineering sequence of mathematics, chemistry, physics, and introductory engineering courses. The second year coursework will expand to include life sciences (biology, organic chemistry), more specialized engineering sciences, and the initial biomedical engineering courses. Life sciences and engineering sciences continue in the 3rd year, but the focus is on biomedical engineering with biomedical measurement and techniques labs and the "domain" courses. Each of the 6 domain courses (students are required to take at least 3) are intended to build on previous engineering and life sciences courses to truly integrate engineering with biology and medicine. Pedagogically similar (each domain course emphasizes creativity, technical communication, in silico modeling and simulation, hands-on experiments), the domain courses are pathways to advanced biomedical engineering courses and research. The 4th year has three distinctive features: a requirement for students to take one advanced-level BME course, an individually designed and approved 2-course sequence of professional engineering electives (allowing students to pursue independent research projects, honors theses, minors, or other engineering courses), and the 2-semester team design project. The design projects will allow student engineering teams with 4-5 members to work with a disabled client from the local community. For these real-world, open-ended experiences, students will determine what is needed and will design and construct a device to meet their client's needs, with a public show of the designs in the spring of the senior year.
Students may combine the Biomedical Engineering major with OSU's pre-med or other pre-health/pre-professional curricula, though students who choose to do so should plan their course schedule well in advance as completing all the requirements in 4 years may require taking very full course loads certain semesters and/or summer classes.
Technology to visualize living components (molecules, cells, tissues, organs) and processes
Study of how foreign materials and the body interact
Application of mechanics to biomedical problems
- Materials in motion
Study of nutrient, pharmaceutical, waste exchange in tissues
- Kidney dialysis
- Lung oxygen exchange
Design and manufacturing of very small devices and processes
- Miniaturization of devices for medical use (cancer)
Molecular, Cellular, & Tissue Engineering
How to culture cells, tissues, organs in the lab
- In Vitro
- Stem Cells