Prospective Undergraduate Students
If you are interested in coming to Ohio State to major in Biomedical Engineering, we encourage you to schedule an Admissions Overview & Tour. There are general tours as well as dates available specifically for the College of Engineering. To schedule a campus visit please visit https://campusvisit.osu.edu/.
You are also encouraged to reach out to the Engineering recruitment team at
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. See how AP credit is applied.
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. During the pre-major year, students will take Calculus, General Chemistry, Physics, 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 university policies and 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.
Most students will be able to apply to the Biomedical Engineering major during the spring of their first year. A select group of 80 students are accepted into the major each summer.
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, anatomy), 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)
Engineering Career Services
For more information on the Biomedical Engineering major, please contact the department's undergraduate academic advisor, Cory