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Engineering, Undeclared

Campus: Columbus

College: Engineering

At Ohio State being undecided is no problem. The first-year engineering curriculum is designed to give students time to explore the wide variety of areas in engineering as well as introduce them to the fundamentals of engineering. Another important goal of the curriculum is to strengthen communication, problem solving and teamwork skills.

First-year engineering courses are taught by experienced engineering professionals and faculty. The program is an unparalleled first-year experience and is highly regarded among peer institutions. Learn more at

Undergraduate engineering majors

  • Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Aviation
  • Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering specialization 
    • Computer Engineering specialization 
  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
    • Agricultural Engineering 
    • Food, Biological, and Ecological Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Welding Engineering

Students interested in engineering should have a good high school background in math, chemistry, physics, and written and verbal communications. They should have scientific curiosity and be both imaginative and analytical in their thinking. Experience with computers is helpful. 

Students may directly enroll as pre-engineering students; however, selection is competitive. Factors used to determine eligibility to directly enroll include ACT/SAT scores (emphasis on math), strong college prep curriculum (emphasis on math, science and rigorous courses), and class rank or GPA. The middle 50 percent of directly enrolled pre-majors (autumn 2016) had ACT score ranges of 29–33 and 98 percent were in the top 25 percent of their high school classes.

Students not eligible to directly enroll in engineering may enroll in Science, Technology and Environment Exploration, which offers students the opportunity to explore a large variety of majors at Ohio State and find an exciting focus based on their interests, abilities and goals. Learn more at

As an integral part of the pre-major sequence, students begin taking required General Education (GE) courses. The remaining requirements will be met during the selected major sequence.

Requirements for graduation vary based on engineering majors. However, all engineering students must complete the following engineering required core curriculum courses: 

  • Engineering 1100 (1 hour survey course)
  • Engineering 1181 and 1182 (4 hours)
  • English 1110 (3 hours)
  • Mathematics 1151 and 1172 (10 hours)
  • Physics 1250 (5 hours) 

Honors students may choose to meet many of these requirements through the Fundamentals of Engineering for Honors (FEH) program. These courses are followed by core courses within a student’s selected major along with technical electives.

In addition, students must take a second writing course and six liberal arts courses with one of those courses meeting the engineering ethics requirement and another one meeting the diversity requirement.

Undergraduate engineering students seeking cooperative, internship, summer and part-time employment can receive assistance from Engineering Career Services. The office provides career counseling; help with job search strategies, letters, resumes and interview preparation; on-campus interviews; job searching on the web; resume referrals at employer request; past students’ co-op and intern employer evaluations; and continued service during co-op work terms. Last year more than 600 companies recruited engineering students. 

The College of Engineering offers honors and scholars programs for high-achieving and creative students which extend beyond the classroom. The Engineering Honors Program offers an unparalleled first-year engineering experience including an advanced capstone design project, special honors courses, a combined BS/MS degree, honors research and the opportunity to graduate with distinction and/or with honors.

The Humanitarian Engineering and Green Engineering Scholars programs offer living-learning communities of students with similar interests living in the same residence hall, clustered courses with other engineering Scholars students, and co-curricular programming based around the program themes of green engineering and innovation and social responsibility. 

Students pursuing undergraduate research are eligible for many research scholarships granted by the department and College of Engineering. 

Women in Engineering

Women in Engineering (WiE) is a support program based out of the College of Engineering. WiE helps prepare women engineering students for a successful career through a variety of recruitment, retention and outreach programs. There are many opportunities for students to network with peers, professionals and faculty. Opportunities and resources offered by WiE include the following:

  • WiE LEAP (Women in Engineering Learning Community’s Early Arrival Program) for incoming female freshman declaring majors in engineering
  • A scholarship guide listing scholarships available to women engineers
  • WiE Connect, a mentoring program wherein students and professionals connect with each other throughout the year

Minorities in Engineering

The Minority Engineering Program (MEP) expands the participation of underrepresented ethnic minorities in the College of Engineering and in the engineering profession. MEP services—pre-college programs, a summer bridge program, and financial aid and job assistance—are offered to both prospective and current students. 

Perhaps the greatest single reason for studying engineering is to prepare students for employment in a wide range of exciting industries including aerospace; automotive; medical; pharmaceutical research; computers; energy, fossil and nuclear power; manufacturing; and textiles. The breadth of the engineering program also provides for greater mobility for career shifts. Additionally, a degree in an engineering field can open the door to post-graduate study in engineering, business, law and medicine.

Beginning salaries for graduates with a degree in an engineering field range from $54,000 to $67,000.

College of Engineering
Undergraduate Recruitment

The College of Engineering undergraduate program is among the best in the country and according to the U.S. News & World Report is ranked as Ohio’s top program. Ohio State’s College of Engineering is consistently among the top doctoral-granting universities in the nation. 

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