Four-Year Journey

Your first year

As a new engineering student, you might already have a major in mind, or maybe you’re still figuring that out. During your first year, you will explore a variety of activities to help you determine the best major for you. As a general engineering student, you will have an opportunity to explore the 17 majors and declare your major at the end of the year.

If, on the other hand, you discover that engineering is just not for you, you can transfer to another major at just about any time. Before you make a decision, you can meet with an academic advisor who will help you understand the process and where your credits can be applied.

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You will get started right away, exploring the variety of majors in engineering. Real-world engineering experiences, combined with classroom and lab work, provide firsthand knowledge you’ll need to choose a path in engineering.

You’ll also take the common engineering prerequisites (mostly math and science) during your first two years. Once you start taking upper-level courses, you’ll be in classes that range in size from about 20 to 150 students, depending on your major. Upper-division courses focus on major-specific engineering problems and research challenges, often leading to a capstone project.

Get involved


Expand your circle, learn new skills, make an impact through humanitarian projects, and put your ideas to the test in national and international competitions. Choose from a variety of clubs, societies, and other organizations in the College of Engineering, many of which are student chapters of national and international professional associations. If you want to explore university opportunities, start with Student Leadership and Involvement.


The Center for Diversity and Inclusion supports and empowers students who have traditionally been denied equal opportunities in the field of engineering.

There's something for everyone!



You can make real contributions to faculty-led research projects and collaborate with graduate students and fellow undergrads across campus and at other universities. You can also pursue a project of your own and earn the distinction of OSU Undergraduate Research Fellow, with a notation on your transcript.

Some students receive grant funding for research and publish their findings before they graduate. 

You can even become involved in research as early as your first year. There are many programs on campus that help you get involved in research, such as the URSA Program and the STEM Leaders Program. Alternatively, you could also reach out to any faculty member to see if they’re hiring undergraduate researchers.

Rub elbows, shake hands, bump fists

All kinds of industry representatives visit the campus every year for targeted recruiting events and larger career fairs. Undergraduates are encouraged to attend these events, network, and find out about internships and other opportunities.