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Applying to Your Major

In order to enroll in major-specific classes and graduate, you must be admitted into your intended major program. Admission to major is primarily based on your academic performance in foundational coursework, with some programs also reviewing non-academic information such as responses to essay prompts or personal statements.

SUMMER APPLICATIONS OPEN

The following programs accept major applications during the summer:

  • Aviation 
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering

 

All other major programs only accept applications during autumn and/or spring semesters.

As you apply to each major, you will find that many programs use terminology such as EPHR, CPHR, OSU Advising Report, and Degree Audit. Here is a quick reference guide:

  • EPHR = Eligibility Point Hour Ratio. This is an admission to major point-hour ratio (or GPA). You can view which courses are included in a major's EPHR by viewing the Major Application Guidelines below.
  • CPHR = Cumulative Point Hour Ratio. This is the point-hour ratio (or GPA) you have earned at OSU. 
  • OSU Advising Report. This is an unofficial transcript of your OSU academic record.
  • Degree Audit. This is an online degree progress auditing tool which monitors the completion of degree requirements and may calculate your program's EPHR and/or CPHR. View instructions on accessing your Degree Audit.

Major Application Guidelines

Admission to each major program is competitive. In order to assist you with setting goals for your academic performance, each department publishes a year in advance a set of criteria which, if met, guarantees admission to the major. These criteria, along with admission coursework, is compiled in the documents called Major Application Guidelines:

Major Application Guidelines for Students Beginning Major Coursework Summer 2018 - Spring 2019

Major Application Guidelines for Students Beginning Major Coursework Summer 2019 - Spring 2020

Because majors are competitive, you are encouraged to identify a first-choice major and an alternate major. You can apply to multiple programs in the same term. If accepted to both, you will need to notify the program you no longer intend to pursue so that program can extend admission to additional students, if possible.

If you are ready to begin major coursework next term, you should submit your application to the major during this term. 

Preparing your Major Application

Step 1: Review the Major Application Guidelines, available above. Identify the major(s) to which you want to apply.

Step 2: Verify that you meet the requirements to apply for your intended major(s) and that each major program accepts applications during this term.

Step 3: Review the application information for your intended major(s) (see below). Prepare all required materials prior to beginning the online application. For example, if a major program requires an essay or short answer prompt, or a projection of courses, prepare those materials before beginning the online application.

Step 4: Submit your online application by the major application deadline.

The open application deadline for each term is the third Friday. Acceptance of applications after this deadline varies by each department.  If you submit your application by the encouraged application deadline, you will meet the deadline for all major programs accepting applications this term.

Step 5: You will receive notification of your admission decision via an email sent directly to your OSU email account. Most admission decisions will be made after final grades for this term have posted and been reviewed.

If you are admitted to multiple major programs, you can only accept admission to one major program during this admission cycle. You must notify the programs you no longer intend to pursue that you are declining the admission offer. This will not negatively affect any future applications you submit to these programs if you change your intended major. By notifying these departments you allow other students to receive offers of admission.

Cancelling A Submitted Application: Some departments limit the number of times you can apply to the major program. If, after submitting your application, you wish to cancel your application at a later date, complete the Cancel Application Request no later than 11:59PM on Friday, July 13, 2018).

Online Major Applications

Below are the online major applications for each engineering program. Scroll down to your program to review information and begin your application.


Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering

Application Deadline: applications are not accepted during this term.

Applications only accepted during autumn terms.

To apply you must have completed or be enrolled in the following courses (or equivalents): ENGR 1181, 1182; MATH 1172, 2173; PHYSICS 1250, 1251; CHEM 1250 or 1220; MECHENG 2040; ENGR 1100; ENGLISH 1110; AEROENG 2200

Application Materials: PDF of your Aeronautical and Astronautical Degree Audit.


Aviation

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Application Deadline:  August 1, 2018

Students who apply after this deadline will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. 

To apply you must have completed the following courses (or equivalents): ENGR 1181, 1182; MATH 1151, 1172; PHYSICS 1250, ENGLISH 1110; AVIATN 2000, 2100.

Application Materials: PDF of your OSU Advising Report.


Biomedical Engineering

Applications only accepted during spring term.

To apply you must have completed or be enrolled in the following courses (or equivalents): ENGR 1100, 1181, 1182; MATH 1151, 1172; PHYSICS 1250; CHEM 1210, 1220.

Application Materials: Projection of coursework for the next three academic terms (SU, AU, SP); description of any awards, honors, or scholarships; descriptions of relevant work or volunteer experience; responses to the following short answer questions:

  • How do you think your background experience(s) will add to the diversity in the BME Department? (300 word maximum)
  • What attracted you to the field of biomedical engineering? (150 word maximum)
  • What are your career goals and how will a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering help you succeed in achieving them? (150 word maximum)

Chemical Engineering

Applications only accepted during autumn and spring term.

To apply you must have completed or be enrolled in the following courses (or equivalents): ENGR 1181, 1182; MATH 1151, 1172; CHEMISTRY 1210, 1220; ENGR 1100.

Application Materials: PDF of your OSU Advising Report


Civil Engineering

Applications only accepted during autumn and spring term.

To apply you must have completed or be enrolled in the following courses (or equivalents): ENGR 1181, 1182; MATH 1151, 1172; PHYSICS 1250; one of the following science courses: PHYSICS 1251 OR CHEM 1210 OR CHEM 1250; ENGR 1100; ENGLISH 1110.


Computer Science and Engineering

Application Deadline: Last day of finals exams.Apply To Major

To apply you must have completed or be enrolled in the following courses (or equivalents): CSE 2221 or higher, ENGR 1100, 1181, 1182; MATH 1151;  PHYSICS 1250; ENGLISH 1110. 

Application Materials: none.

Note: This application is for the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering, offered through the College of Engineering. If you are interested in pursuing the Computer and Information Science majors (BS or BA) offered through the College of Arts and Sciences please submit the CIS Online Major Application. If you have questions about the difference between the CSE and CIS major programs, please contact the CSE Advising Office.


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Application Deadline: Friday, May 25, 2018

ApplyTo apply you must have completed or be enrolled in the following courses (or equivalents): ENGR 1100, 1181, 1182; MATH 1151, 1172; PHYSICS 1250, 1251; CHEMISTRY 1250 or 1220;  CSE 1222; ENGLISH 1110. 

Application Materials: PDF of your OSU Advising Report.

 


Engineering Physics

Applications only accepted during spring term.

To apply you must have completed or be enrolled in the following courses (or equivalents): ENGR 1181, 1182; MATH 1151, 1172; PHYSICS 1250, 1251.

Application Materials: If your CPHR and/or EPHR is less than a 3.0, prepare a response to the following prompt: "Please describe why you are a good match for the Engineering Physics program. Explain your interest in the program and what led you to pursue this academic path. In addition, please share factors that contributed to your CPHR and/or EPHR being below a 3.0. Include any other information you would like the committee to know or consider." 


Environmental Engineering

Applications only accepted during autumn and spring term.

To apply you must have completed or be enrolled in the following courses (or equivalents): ENGR 1181, 1182; MATH 1151, 1172; PHYSICS 1250; CHEM 1210, 1220; MECHENG 2040; ENGR 1100; ENGLISH 1110.


Food, Ag, and Biological Engineering

Application Deadline: Friday, May 25, 2018Apply to major

To apply you must have completed or be enrolled in the following courses (or equivalents): ENGR 1181, 1182; MATH 1151, 1172; PHYSICS 1250, one of the following sciences: CHEM 1210 or CHEM 1250; ENGR 1100.

*Interested in applying to the FABE major this semester? Contact Kelli Swackhamer at swackhamer.4@osu.edu to see if you qualify to submit an application after the deadline! 

Application Materials: PDF of your OSU Advising Report


Industrial and Systems Engineering 

Applications only accepted during autumn and spring term.

To apply, you must meet the following criteria:

You have completed the following EPHR courses (or equivalents): ENGLISH 1110.01; MATH 1151; 1172; PHYSICS 1250, 1251; ENGR 1181 and must have taken or be enrolled in CSE 1223 (ENGR. 1281.01 or 1281.02 are equivalent and fulfill the programming requirement). 

Additionally, you have completed ENGR 1182 or 1282 and ENGR 1100 or equivalents. The grades in these courses are not included in the EPHR calculation.

Lastly, you are enrolled in, or have previous credit for, MATH 2568 or 2174, and STATS 3470. The final grades in these courses are reviewed as part of the application process.  Full admission to the major requires a C or higher in STATS 3470, MATH 2568 or 2174, and CSE 1223 (or equivalent).

Application Materials: Response to this prompt: "Please describe why you want to be an Industrial and Systems engineer. Highlight any special circumstances that might have affected your academic performance."


Materials Science and Engineering 

Applications only accepted during autumn and spring term.

Applications are accepted during autumn and spring terms. Students applying during spring term who are accepted into the major program will begin major classes the following spring term.

To apply you must have completed or be enrolled in the following courses (or equivalents): ENGR 1181, 1182; CHEM 1210 OR 1250; MATH 1151, 1172; PHYSICS 1250; MATSCEN 2010 (C or higher); ENGLISH 1110.  


Mechanical Engineering

Applications only accepted during autumn and spring term.

To apply you must have completed or be enrolled in the following courses (or equivalents): ENGR 1100, 1181, 1182; 1172, 2173; PHYSICS 1250, 1251;  CHEM 1250 or 1220; MECHENG 2010; STATS 3450; ENGLISH 1110; ENGR 1100 or equivalents.

Application Materials: PDF of your Mechanical Engineering Degree Audit.


Welding Engineering 

Applications only accepted during autumn and spring term.

Applications are accepted during autumn and spring terms. Students applying during spring term who are accepted into the major program will begin major classes the following spring term.

To apply you must have completed or be enrolled in the following courses (or equivalents): ENGR 1181, 1182; CHEM 1210 OR 1250; MATH 1151, 1172; PHYSICS 1250; MATSCEN 2010; ENGLISH 1110.