Biomedical Engineering

The Department of Biomedical Engineering has full-time undergraduate academic advisors dedicated to assisting students.  Students are encouraged to meet often with our advising staff to discuss their academic progress and any questions or concerns they may have. 

Where is the advising office located?

Office Location: 2124 Fontana Lab
Visit the department's website.

When should I schedule an appointment?

Appointments are great for in-depth advising, as they are scheduled in advance and can last up to 30 minutes at a time. You should schedule an appointment for topics like:

  • Completing a course projection or petition (SAP appeal, ROTC projection, etc.)
  • Learning more about the program and becoming a pre-major
  • Talking through decisions and weighing options
  • Planning your courses and scheduling
  • Preparing and applying to graduate
  • Exploring majors and minors
  • Getting involved in undergraduate research
  • Checking on your progress and performance

Pre-major students and minor students: ​View open appointment times and book an appointment online.

Major students: Email to schedule an appointment.

Our advising office does not offer walk-ins.  If you have a quick question, please send your question via email to an advisor.

When should I email my advisor?

Emailing your advisor with questions you have is another great way to connect. Keep in mind that, due to the limitations of written communication, conversing over email is not the same as talking one-on-one with your advisor in person. As a general rule, stick to questions that are primarily transactional in nature: 

  • asking for a copy of a form
  • verifying a course equivalency
  • sending documentation such as a signed course enrollment permission slip or a request to drop a class

Always contact your advisor directly through your OSU Buckeyemail. Advisors are not able to respond to academic questions to an external email address, due to FERPA. Also, external email addresses may be filtered into your advisor's junk folder. OSU Buckeyemail is the only way to communicate electronically with your advisor.

How do I change into the pre-major program?

Are you a student who is currently in the College of Engineering? If so, changing pre-majors is easy! You can request to change into the Biomedical Engineering pre-major program by emailing an advisor, setting up an appointment, or coming to our walk-in hours.

Are you a student who is not in the College of Engineering? If so, please review the admission requirements to change into the College of Engineering pre-major program. If you meet the criteria, we recommend setting up an appointment with an advisor to change into our program. That way, you and your advisor can talk about the program, the admission to major process, review your schedule, and answer any questions you may have. If you need to switch into our pre-major immediately and an appointment is not available, you can also email an advisor to ask to be changed into our pre-major.

Which advisor should I work with?

Each of our advisors specializes in advising certain students. Please review the advising assignments for each advising staff member and choose the advisor who works with your group.

Our Advising Staff

Cory Matyas

Academic Advisor and Coordinator of Academic Advising

Advises: BME majors

Additional Responsibilities: BME course scheduling, research, graduation, transfer credit, oversee advising office (email preferred)


Lindsay Tolchin

Academic Advisor

Advises: BME pre-majors, BME minors, prospective major change students

Additional Responsibilities: orientation, university survey (email preferred)