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Declaring a Major or Pre-Major

Once you have decided on a major, you will then need to declare either the major or pre-major with the appropriate school or college.  Majors and pre-majors are not declared in EXP, instead please see below:

How to Declare

Declare a pre-major in Architecture (2.5 min GPA), Landscape Architecture (2.5 min GPA) or City & Regional Planning (2.0 min GPA) by making an appointment with an Architecture advisor.
Arts and Sciences

Students that are interested in an Arts and Sciences major can find where to make an appointment by selecting their major here
  • While most ASC majors are open entry regardless of GPA, there are several exceptions including CIS, Data Analytics, Actuarial Sciences, Neuroscience and Communication.
  • While most ASC majors require an appointment to declare, there are several exceptions. These majors require an informational session to declare, including Psychology, Communication, GIS and Mathematics.
Fisher College of Business

Students need to have a 3.1 cumulative Ohio State GPA in at least 12 hours of work with a "C" or better in both English 1110 and also in either Math 1131 or 1151​. Applications are available at three times per year leading up to the three application deadlines: June 1, Sept 15 and Jan 31.

Dental Hygiene

Students interested in Dental Hygiene should contact an advisor from the Dental Hygiene program.
Education and Human Ecology
To declare a major or pre-major in the College of Education & Human Ecology, make an appointment with an EHE advisor.

To do so, call the Academic Advising Appointment line at 614-292-9261 or stop by their front desk at A100 PAES Building.

Students need a 2.5 minimum Ohio State GPA, completion of MATH 1172 (or 1152) and completion of PHYSICS 1250 OR CHEMISTRY 1210 OR CHEMISTRY 1250 to move into a pre-Engineering major. 

When a student has these criteria in progress (i.e. at the end of the current term, the student plans to be eligible for the pre-Engineering major), they should request to be moved into a pre-Engineering major. Follow the instructions on the Change to Engineering Pre-Major page and complete their form.
Food, Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, including the School of Envinronment & Natural Resources

To declare a major in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, call (614) 292-6891 or visit 100 Agricultural Administration Building. A minimum Ohio State GPA of 2.0 is required.

To declare a major in the School of Environment & Natural resources, call 614-292-2265 or come in to the front desk in 210 Kottman Hall. A minimum Ohio State GPA of 2.0 is required.

Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

To declare a pre-major in HRS, students should have an OSU GPA of at least a 2.5 and should follow the steps described here on the HRS Student Services website, including completing a brief online information session.

Current Ohio State Columbus campus students can learn more about switching their major to pre-nursing by viewing a major change overview and completing the associated quiz. Click to view the presentation. At the end of the presentation, students have the option of completing a form to request their major to be changed to pre-nursing. Students are eligible to switch to pre-nursing provided they have at least 12 hours of Ohio State credit and a minimum GPA of 3.2.


In order to transfer into the BSPS program, you must have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA. 

Please watch the BSPS Transfer Overview video to learn how to move into the BSPS major. There will be specific instructions at the end of transfer overview that explain what you need to do in order to change your major. If you are looking to transfer into the BSPS major or you want to learn more about the Pharmaceutical Sciences minor, please email and they will get back with you as soon as possible to meet your needs.
Public Affairs

To declare a major in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs please call 614-292-8696 to make an appointment with a member of the Public Affairs advising staff.
Public Health
If you are interested in finding out more about the Public Health majors or minors, we encourage you to watch their video overview. If you wish to declare the pre-major (min. GPA of 2.8) or have additional questions, please complete the quiz at the end of the video and you will receive instructions on how to schedule an appointment with an academic advisor. Appointments are typically 30 minutes, but can be longer if requested. Phone appointments are also available (614.292.8350). The undergraduate advisor offices are located in Cunz Hall Room 100. Appointments are not made by email.
Social Work

To move to the pre-major, contact a Social Work advisor. For the major, applications to the major are accepted on a rolling basis from November-March for the following fall.

Why declare a pre-major when I could stay in EXP?

As a pre-major, you will:

  • Be advised by an advisor who is a specialist in your area of interest
  • Be enrolled in your degree-granting unit (i.e., the college that houses your major)
  • Be one step closer toward declaring your major
  • Meet prerequisite requirements for some courses
  • Move out of EXP before you run out of time in our unit