Admission to the University
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Prospective students wishing to major in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering must first apply to and be accepted by the University.  Admission to The Ohio State University is selective.  Applicants undergo a holistic review considering standardized test scores, high school (or previous institution) performance, and written essays.  This review and the admission decision are handled centrally in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and First Year Experience.   For more information and to complete an admissions application, please visit

Once you have been accepted to the University, you will be required to attend an orientation session ( where you will meet with a ChBE advisor to discuss the program and also create a course schedule for your first term of enrollment. 

Changing to Pre-Chemical Engineering (current OSU students only)

Students wishing to change into the ChE Pre-Major from outside of the College of Engineering should contact Brian Endres. More information about changing into the college can be found at Change to Engineering Pre-Major.

Applying to the CBE major (Autumn 2020)


How will the Pass/Non-Pass option affect my admission to the chemical engineering major?

Pass/Non-Pass marks will be treated in the same manner as we currently treat Advanced Placement (AP), Examination Mark (EM), and transfer (K) credit, where the credit for the course(s) will be accepted, but will not be used when calculating the Eligibility Point-Hour Ratio (EPHR). 

        For example, Brutus Buckeye has completed the following courses:

Math 1151     A-
Math 1172     B
Chem 1210     EM
Chem 1220     B
Engr 1181.01     A
Engr 1182.01     P

When calculating the EPHR, the department will only use grades earned in Math 1151, 1172; Chem 1220; and Engr 1181.01.


Admission to major in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is by application only and is in accordance with the College of Engineering enrollment management plan approved by the University Council on Academic Affairs. To review the necessary information contained in the application prior to completing it, please review this help guide.

1.You must have at least a Cumulative Point Hour Ratio (CPHR) (i.e. overall GPA) of 2.0 and: 

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2. A 3.3 Eligibility Point Hour Ratio (EPHR) (i.e. “special” GPA) is required to guarantee admission, however, admission during autumn semester is more competitive, therefore, those students who are admitted will likely have an EPHR greater than 3.3.  If you have a 3.3 EPHR after autumn semester though, you will be guaranteed admission in spring semester.  

Your EPHR is the grade point average of the following specific courses listed below.  You must have completed, or be in progress of completing, the following set of courses at the time of application.

  • Math 1151 and 1172 or equivalents
  • Chemistry 1210 and 1220
  • Eng 1181.xx and 1182.xx or equivalents

3. You must complete a University survey course (i.e. Engineering 1110.04 and 1120.04, 1110.15, 100.03, etc).

If you are a transfer student, your EPHR will be based only on the EPHR courses taken at OSU. Transfer students must  have also earned a 3.0 CPHR or higher at OSU to be considered for autumn admission if all EPHR courses were not completed at OSU.  

If any of the courses above are repeated, the highest grade will be used to calculate your EPHR.  




For Admission to the Major Starting

Submit Application by 4PM on:

Autumn Semester

3rd Friday of previous Spring semester

Spring semester

3rd Friday of previous Autumn semester


CBE Major Application