Requirements for the Major in Biomedical Engineering

Acceptance into the Major

Freshman applicants who have specified their interest in the major in Biomedical Engineering may be accepted directly into the major upon admission to the Uni­versity. Freshman and transfer applicants admitted to the University but not immediately accepted into the Bio­medical Engineering major may apply for acceptance to the major at any time during the academic year by contacting the director of the undergraduate program. Students in good academic standing may apply in any semester, but priority for admission to the Biomedical  Engineering major is given to those students who have:

  1. Completed MAT 132 and PHY 132/PHY 134 or their equivalents;
  2. Earned a g.p.a. of 3.20 in all mathematics and physics courses with no more than one grade in the C range; and
  3. Received completed course evaluations for all transferred courses that are to be used to meet requirements of the major.

Requirements for the Major

The curriculum begins with a focus on basic mathematics and the natural sciences followed by courses that emphasize engineering science and bridging courses that combine engineering science and design. The sequence of courses culminates with a one-year design experience that integrates the science, engineering, and communication knowledge acquired. The technical electives and additional courses are chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor, taking into consideration the particular interest of the student.

Completion of the major requires approximately 130 credits.

1. Mathematics

a. AMS 151, AMS 161 Calculus I, II
b. AMS 261 or MAT 203 or MAT 205 Calculus III
c. AMS 361 or MAT 303 or MAT 305 Calculus IV
d. AMS 210  Matrix Methods and Models
e. AMS 310  Survey of Probability and Statistics

Note: The following alternate calculus course sequences may be substituted for AMS 151, AMS 161:
MAT 125, MAT 126, MAT 127 or MAT 131, MAT 132 or MAT 141, MAT 142 or MAT 171

2. Natural Sciences

a. BIO 202 Fundamentals of Biology: Molecular and Cellular Biology and BIO 204 Fundamentals of Scientific Inquiry in the Biological Sciences I
b. CHE 131, CHE 132 General Chemistry I, II
c. PHY 131/PHY 133, PHY 132/PHY 134 Classical Physics I, II with labs

Note: The following alternate science sequences may be substituted:
PHY 125, PHY 126, PHY 127, or PHY 141, PHY 142 in lieu of PHY 131/PHY 133, PHY 132/PHY 134
CHE 141, CHE 142, in lieu of CHE 131, CHE 132

3. Computers and Programming

a. BME 120 Programming Fundamentals in Biomedical Engineering

4. Engineering

a. MEC 260 Engineering Statics
b. MEC 262 Engineering Dynamics
c. ESE 271 Electrical Circuit Analysis I

5. Biomedical Engineering

a. BME 100 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering
b. BME 212 Laboratory Methods in Biomedical Engineering
c. BME 301 Bioelectricity
d. BME 304 Genetic Engineering
e. BME 305 Biofluids
f. BME 440 Biomedical Engineering Design
g. BME 441 Senior Design Project in Bioengineering

6. Biomedical Engineering Specializations and Technical Electives

Biomedical engineering students must complete a specialization, composed of at least 30 credits in one of four areas, including at least two 3- to 4-credit design technical elective courses. Three technical elective courses must be 300- or 400-level BME courses (not BME 499). BME 499 may be taken as an additional technical elective for a total of 6 credits.(See below for the four specializations with course options.) The specialization must be declared in writing by the end of the sophomore year and is selected in consultation with the faculty advisor to ensure a cohesive curriculum with depth at the upper level.

7. Upper-Division Writing Requirement: BME 300 Writing in Biomedical Engineering

All degree candidates must demonstrate skill in written English at a level acceptable for engineering majors. All Biomedical Engineering students must complete the writing course BME 300 concurrently with a selected BME 300- or 400-level course. The quality of writing in technical reports submitted for the course is evaluated, and students whose writing does not meet the required standard are referred for remedial help. Satis­factory writing warrants an S grade for BME 300, thereby satisfying the requirement.

Additional Requirements for Pre-Medical or Pre-Dental Students

Seven additional credits are required for the pre-professional students beyond the B.E. in BME degree. These are CHE 133, CHE 134, BIO 203, and BIO 205. It is recommended that CHE 133 is taken during the Freshman Spring, CHE 134 taken during Sophomore Spring, and BIO 203/BIO 205 taken during Junior Spring.


All courses taken to satisfy 1 through 6 above must be taken for a letter grade. A grade of C or higher is required in the following courses: AMS 151, AMS 161 or equivalent; BIO 202 or BIO 203; CHE 131, CHE 132 or equivalent; PHY 131/PHY 133, PHY 132/PHY 134 or equivalent; ESE 271; all BME courses.


To complete the specialization, students choose from the technical elective course list for one of the three specializations. Other courses may be used towards this requirement with the permission of the undergraduate program director. A total of 30 credits in technical electives are required. Fifteen credits or more must be engineering designations. Nine must be BME (not BME 499), however six additional credits may be BME 499.

a. Biomechanics and Biomaterials

Courses that focus on developing an understanding of mechanical structures and dynamics of biological systems, and material properties of those structures. This specialization is appropriate for students interested in the areas of biofluid mechanics, hard and soft tissue biomechanics, biomaterials, biocompatibility, medical prosthetics, or bioinstrumentation.

Recommended courses:

BME 303 Biomechanics
BME 311 Fundamentals of Macro to Molecular Bioimaging
BME 313 Bioinstrumentation
BME 381 Nanofabrication in Biomedical Applications
BME 404 Essentials of Tissue Engineering
BME 420 Computational Biomechanics
BME 430 Engineering Approaches to Drug and Gene Delivery
BME 461 Biosystems Analysis
BME 481 Biosensors
ESG 302 Thermodynamics of Materials
ESG 332 Materials Science I
ESM 335 Strength of Materials
ESM 353 Biomaterials
ESM 369 Polymers
MEC 363 Mechanics of Solids

Alternative courses:

AMS 315 Data Analysis
AMS 331 Mathematical Modeling
AMS 333 Mathematical Biology
CHE 321 Organic Chemistry I
CHE 322 Organic Chemistry II
CHE 327 Organic Chemistry Laboratory
CSE 326 Digital Image Processing
CSE 332 Introduction to Scientific Visualization
ESE 315 Control System Design
ESG 281 Engineering Intro to Solid State
ESG 316 Engineering Science Design II
ESM 221 Introduction to the Chemistry of Solids
ESM 309 Thermodynamics of Solids
ESM 325 Diffraction Techniques and Structure of Solids
ESM 334 Materials Engineering
ESM 335 Strength of Materials
ESM 355 Materials and Processes in Manufacturing Design
ESM 369 Polymer Engineering
ESM 450 Phase Changes and Mechanical Properties of Materials
MEC 310 Introduction to Machine Design
MEC 320 Engineering Design Methodology and Optimization
MEC 402 Mechanical Vibrations
MEC 410 Design of Machine Elements
MEC 411 Control System Analysis and Design
MEC 455 Applied Stress Analysis

b. Bioelectricity and Bioimaging

Courses focusing on the description of biological cells, tissues, and organisms as complex systems. This specialization is appropriate for students interested in the areas of bioinstrumentation, medical imaging, electrical prosthetics, electromagnetic compatibility, tissue engineering, or bioinformatics.

Recommended courses:

BME 311 Fundamentals of Macro to Molecular Bioimaging
BME 313 Bioinstrumentation
BME 461 Biosystems Analysis
BME 481 Biosensors
CSE 377 Introduction to Medical Imaging
ESE 211 Electronics Laboratory A
ESE 218 Digital System Design
ESE 306 Random Signals and Systems
ESE 314 Electronics Laboratory B
ESE 315 Control System Design
ESE 372 Electronics

Alternative courses:

AMS 311  Probability Theory
CHE 321 Organic Chemistry I
CHE 322 Organic Chemistry II
CHE 327 Organic Chemistry Laboratory
ESE 305 Deterministic Signals and Systems
ESE 324 Electronics Laboratory
EST 421 Starting the High-Technology Venture

c. Molecular and Cellular Biomedical Engineering

Courses focus on the application of biochemistry, cell biology, and molecular biology (i.e., recombinant DNA metho­dology) to the broad fields of genetic engineering, biotechnology, bionano-technology, and biosensors. Includes the specific engineering principles that are applied to problems involving structure and function of molecules and cells in areas such as tissue engineering, gene therapy, microarray, drug design and delivery, structural biology computational methods, and bioinformatics.

Recommended courses:

BIO 317 Principles of Cellular Signaling
BME 313  Bioinstrumentation
BME 381 Nanofabrication in Biomedical Applications
BME 404  Essentials of Tissue Engineering
BME 461 Biosystems Analysis
BME 481 Biosensors
CHE 321 Organic Chemistry I
CHE 322 Organic Chemistry II
CHE 327 Organic Chemistry Laboratory

Alternative courses:

BIO 302 Human Genetics
BIO 310  Cell Biology
BIO 311  Techniques in Molecular and Cellular Biology
BIO 320 General Genetics
BIO 325  Animal Development
BIO 328  Mammalian Physiology
BIO 361 Biochemistry I
BIO 362 Biochemistry II
BIO 365 Biochemistry Laboratory
BME 303 Biomechanics
BME 430  Engineering Approaches to Drug and Gene Delivery
CHE 312 Physical Chemistry
CHE 346 Biomolecular Structure and Reactivity
CHE 353 Chemical Thermodynamics
ESG 332  Materials Science I
BME 353 /ESM 353 Biomaterials: Manufacture, Properties and Applications
ESM 369  Polymer Engineering

BE/MS Degree

BME undergraduate students may be eligible to enroll in the BE/MS degree starting in their senior year and pursue a Bachelor’s Degree along with a MS in Biomedical Engineering. Important features of this combined degree program are that students must apply to the program through the BME Graduate Program Director during their junior year, and once accepted, they are considered to be a graduate student in all regards.