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Prospective Undergraduate Students

Visiting Ohio State

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. Schedule a campus visit.
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.

Approximately 100-110 students are admitted to the BME major each year.  Following admission, students will continue to take courses in the Biomedical Engineering curriculum.  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

Engineering Career Services