The College of Engineering offers several undergraduate minors in various programs. Students must complete this minor form with their advisor to complete any minor program.
A minor program in aviation is available through the College of the Arts and Sciences. The minor in aviation consists of a minimum of 17 credit hours of required and elective course work.
Architecture has a broad cultural impact – we shape the world and then the world shapes us. The architecture minor addresses a broad audience, students in the arts and sciences as well as those in related disciplines such as construction management and civil engineering.
The objective of the BME minor is to provide a focused, educational opportunity in the field of biomedical engineering for students outside of the BME major program. The minor program allows students to choose from one or more BME domains and they are challenged to creatively integrate engineering and life sciences within the context of the domain(s).
City and regional planners are out-of-the-box thinkers, tomorrow’s innovators who care about everyone’s quality of life. Planners work with communities to foster vital places, so the planning minor suits students majoring in a variety of disciplines as well as those in geography, civil engineering, social work and political science.
Students who plan to major in another area but have a strong interest in computing may want to consider a minor in computer and information science (CIS). This minor is appropriate for students who wish to develop skills in software design and development, including programming in C++ or Java.
A minor in computational science through the Ralph Regula School of Computational Science will provide students who already have expertise in science and engineering with skills to complete computationally based projects. Further, the draft competencies created by the participating faculty have been reviewed and approved by a business advisory committee, meaning that when you enter the workforce with this background, you will have the specific skills sought by employers.
This minor is designed for non-engineering students interested in learning more about technology’s important role in today’s society. The program is also useful for students who may be working with engineers and technology based opportunities in the future. Specific learning goals include:
- Develop a basic understanding of the engineering design process
- Understand the capabilities and limitations of technologies and engineered systems
- Be able to make informed decisions about engineering activities and technologies
- Be able to work effectively as a member of a team including technology experts
This program is designed for students from across the university who have an interest in obtaining an introduction to issues such as sustainability, pollution prevention and environmental modeling. Students majoring in chemical and biomolecular engineering, environmental science or policy and management may find this minor beneficial.
Humanitarian Engineering is the design and creation of products and processes that promote human welfare, especially for the economically disadvantaged or underserved. Examples of humanitarian technologies for developing communities include affordable: technologies for clean water and sanitation; non-polluting lighting, heating, and cooking methods; off-grid electricity generation (e.g., solar or bicycle); agricultural technologies and methods (e.g., aquaponics or irrigation); healthcare technologies; and shelters.
The landscape minor is ideal for students interested in reading and shaping the environment. The curriculum offers a perspective on landscape architecture in relation to urbanization, sustainability, esthetics and social justice. The minor is equally geared toward students from the liberal arts and those in environment, engineering and design majors.
Any engineering student may apply for an undergraduate minor in nuclear engineering. The undergraduate minor in nuclear engineering requires four core courses and three additional courses selected from a list of options. Up to 10 hours of courses in the minor may be used as technical electives in some majors.
Petroleum Engineering is the science of dealing with oil and gas industry in three major sectors: upstream, midstream and downstream. Students will be exposed to the main petroleum engineering subjects, and equipped with an understanding of the vocabulary and engineering fundamentals needed to succeed in the oil and gas industry. They will also increase their involvement in the petroleum industry including field trips and facilities visits, and build knowledge about the industry’s current practices and issues.
Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) is believed to be one of the transformative technologies for several key fields including healthcare, manufacturing and public safety in the United States. As we know, restructuring of U.S. manufacturing is essential to the future of economic growth and the creation of new jobs and ensuring competitiveness of U.S. industries.
Offered by the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, this minor introduces students to the governmental roles and responsibilities surrounding science, engineering and innovation. In addition to determining spending, items such as standards, regulations, patents, inventions and medicines are determined by government policy and science greatly influences these outcomes. The minor consists of 12 semester credit hours, composed of six credits of core courses from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs and six credits of thematic courses in substantive areas of relating science, engineering and public policy (e.g., Energy and Environmental Policy).
This minor program is designed for students within civil engineering who have a professional interest in land surveying and plan to take the FS exam upon completion of the minor.
Additional minor programs
Ohio State offers more than 100 programs for students to choose from, including the programs listed below.
Art: Engineering Structure
Offered by the College of Arts & Sciences, the Art: Engineering Structure minor in Art provides students with the opportunity to integrate creative and artistic studio practice with other academic or research pursuits. Designed to provide students with an interest in material exploration and making a way to frame and extend their interests, the coursework revolves around a choice of basic material making with clay, wood, metal and glass prominently featured.
Offered by the College of Arts & Sciences, the 15 credit hour Design Thinking minor introduces students to new and creative ways to solve problems. Through the lens of Design Thinking, students will build a solid understanding of basic principles, processes and applications of design as related to a wide spectrum of disciplines.
Entertainment Design and Technology
Offered by the College of Arts & Sciences, the 12 credit hour Entertainment Design and Technology minor supports students who want to apply the skills of their discipline to careers in live events, theatre and themed entertainment.
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Designed for capturing the economic value in creative ideas for commercially viable products and services, this educational program enhances a student’s understanding of and appreciation for entrepreneurship and innovation. The Undergraduate Entrepreneurship & Innovation minor is offered through a collaboration of the following colleges: Fisher College of Business, the College of Engineering, and the College of Arts and Sciences (Department of Design).
Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability
Offered by the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability minor offers students a multidisciplinary program that focuses on the human, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability—often referred to as people, planet and profit. Students learn sustainability concepts to complement their work in their major program of study.
Health, Environment, Risk and Science Communication
Offered by the College of Arts & Sciences, the minor in Health, Environment, Risk, and Science Communication provides students with an understanding of the role of communication in health and health care, science, and the communication of risk. All of these areas deal with the communication of complex information that has implications for people's well-being and safety.