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Students Admitted to University Exploration

Are you a student who received a letter of admission to Ohio State through the University Exploration's Science, Technology and Environment (STE) Exploration Program? 

Below is information for students beginning your academic journey at The Ohio State University in the University Exploration program. It includes factors to consider, information on your pathway to engineering, and tips for a successful transition.

Academic Advising

As a student in the University Exploration program, you will work with a University Exploration advisor to explore your academic interests, identify campus resources, and select coursework. Advisors in this program work closely with the College of Engineering to ensure that they have the appropriate curricular information to guide first year students on their academic paths toward engineering.

Limited Access to Courses

As a student in the University Exploration program, you will be able to enroll in math and science courses that are the same or comparable to the courses engineering students take. However, there are certain courses that are primarily reserved for students in the College of Engineering. Space in these courses is primarily reserved for engineering students, with remaining seats (if any) released to other students once all engineering students have had the opportunity to schedule These courses are the Fundamentals of Engineering course sequence: ENGR 1181, 1182, 1281H, 1282H, 1186, 1187, 1188

Fundamentals of Engineering
ENGR 1181, 1182, 1281H, 1282, 1186, 1187, 1188

These courses are part of our first year engineering program and are only available to students enrolled in the College of Engineering. Due to the sequential nature of the engineering curriculum, it is likely that students who do not begin their Fundamentals of Engineering course sequence during their first semester at Ohio State will require additional time to graduate. While it is not uncommon for engineering students to extend their time to degree beyond four years, we do want you to consider this timeline as part of your college decision. This applies to all students, including those who anticipate entering Ohio State with a significant amount of college course credit completed during high school.

Time to Degree

Engineering is a highly sequential curriculum in which courses must be taken in a particular order as the content builds off of the previous coursework. As a result, even students with a significant amount of college coursework or Advanced Placement examination credit from high school will likely be on the same timeline to degree as all students. However, this credit does provide curricular flexibility and "breathing room" to accommodate other opportunities such as minors, double majors, and extracurricular activities.

In addition, the Fundamentals of Engineering course sequence is typically taken during the first year. Space in this sequence is primarily reserved for engineering students, with remaining seats made available only after all engineering students have had an opportunity to enroll. only As a result, most students outside of the College of Engineering will not be able to begin course sequence until after their first semester. Thus, these students should anticipate extending their time to degree by one to two semesters.

Sample Schedules

Here are two examples of a student's first semester of coursework, depending on their program of enrollment and math placement results:

University Exploration, First Semester
University Survey (Exploration 1100)
Calculus 1 (Math 1151)
Physics or Chemistry (Physics 1250 or Chemistry 1210)
General Education
General Education
 
College of Engineering, First Semester
Engineering Survey (Engineering 1100)
Calculus 1 (Math 1151)
Physics or Chemistry (Physics 1250 or Chemistry 1210)
Fundamentals of Engineering 1 (Engineering1181 or 1281H)
General Education 

Changing into the College of Engineering

Students are not permitted to change into the College of Engineering during their first semester at Ohio State. In order to change programs and enroll as a student in the College of Engineering, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Earn a C- or higher in Calculus 1 (Math 1151 or equivalent)
  • Complete one of the following science courses: Physics 1250, Chemistry 1210, Chemistry 1250, or Biology 2100
  • Earn an OSU cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Complete 1 term of full-time undergraduate enrollment at Ohio State (excluding terms of enrollment through post-secondary enrollment programs, such as Academy)

Once you meet these criteria, you will be able to change into the College of Engineering pre-major program. As a pre-major student, you are officially enrolled in the College of Engineering and can schedule introductory math, science and engineering courses as you prepare to apply to your intended major.

Admission to each engineering major program is competitive and will involve a review your academic performance in foundational courses, along with other factors. You can review these criteria with an academic advisor in the College of Engineering when you change programs and officially enroll.

Recommendations for a Successful Transition

  • Plan for an extended time to degree: when planning your academic journey, we recommend estimating a five-year timeline for graduation with an engineering degree. If that timeline is not feasible for you, Ohio State offers a variety of majors and fields related to technology that you can pursue which can be completed within four years. We generally advise all of our students to consider this timeline to graduation as well, if they anticipate pursuing work experiences such as co-ops or internships during autumn and spring semesters.
  • Prepare for the Math Skills Assessment (also known as the Math Placement Exam): this is an assessment you take online prior to attending orientation. This assessment will determine where in the math sequence you can start. We want you to start where you are prepared, not too far into unknown content but not so far back that you are bored. As a result, you should take it seriously: use the suggested materials like a calculator and scratch paper, pick a time when you are alert, pick a space where you can focus, and use a reliable internet connection. 
  • Work closely with your University Exploration Advisor.

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