Prospective Undergraduate Students
Planning a Visit to the Department of Biomedical Engineering
If you are interested in coming to Ohio State to major in Biomedical Engineering, here are a few handy tips to follow. First, schedule a visit with the University. This visit and tour is crucial. You will gain highly valuable insight on what OSU has to offer! See: https://campusvisit.osu.edu/ to schedule a University tour and Engineering overview.
Additionally, the Department of Biomedical Engineering hosts informational/tour visits throughout the school year. The next dates are:
Friday, March 2, 2018 9:00am - 11:00am
Friday, March 30, 2018 9:00am - 11:00am
Each tour includes a chance to speak with a BME academic advisor, a BME faculty member, a current BME student, and a tour of the labs/facilities. You can see the SAMPLE Prospective Student Visit Itinerary here.
High School Preparation
A strong background in science and math is important to Biomedical Engineers. If possible, students should try to obtain some background in calculus, chemistry, biology, and physics as well as enjoy problem-solving, hands-on work and unraveling puzzles. Students should be prepared to develop an intensive work ethic and expect a significant amount of group work.
If your school offers AP courses, you should strive to take those courses and complete the tests as they often count toward your college graduation requirements. You can see how AP credit is applied to Biomedical Engineering here.
What to Expect
Each new freshman who declares his/her interest in Biomedical Engineering and is admitted to the College of Engineering is admitted as a Pre-Biomedical Engineering major during the first year. If you are interested in Biomedical Engineering and are not directly enrolled into the College of Engineering, be sure to schedule an appointment with an undergraduate advisor by the first week of classes.
During the pre-major year, all students will begin a 2-course series in General Chemistry and Physics. Each student must also take 3 semesters of Calculus (a variety of sequence options will be given to you at orientation) and a first year engineering program (there are two sequences to choose from if you are an honors student). There is a great deal of similarity among the 14 different Engineering pre-majors at Ohio State, making it extremely easy to move from one to another if you change your mind about your major.
In your first semester at Ohio State you will also participate in a University Survey course designed for Biomedical Engineering pre-majors. The course is taught by the department's academic advisors and will help students explore course policies, university policies, and general procedures as well as expose them to a variety of faculty, staff and student guest speakers covering topics related to biomedical engineering, engineering in general, and involvement at Ohio State.
During the spring of your first year, you can apply to begin the Biomedical Engineering major program. A select group of 75 students are accepted into the major each summer. Ahead will be at least three more years of hard work - and hopefully an internship or research experience to boost your marketability. Your on-campus world will become smaller as you interact more and more with your peers and your courses become concentrated in one area of campus. You will have every opportunity available in terms of resources and activities on campus. You will reap great personal and public rewards for your hard work, including integrity in society, financial gain and unmatched problem solving skills.
The curriculum begins with 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 year-long team design project. The design projects will allow student engineering teams with 4-5 members to work with a clinician, disabled client, or organization from the local community. For these real-world, open-ended experiences, students will determine what is needed and will design and build 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.
Office of Admissions
College of Engineering
First Year Engineering & Engineering Honors Program
(Part of the Engineering Education Innovation Center)
For more information on the Biomedical Engineering major, please contact the department's undergraduate academic advisor, Cory