Biomedical Engineering Major
The bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering is designed with three tracks, to accommodate the different career paths of graduates.
The curriculum leading to the BS degree offers considerable flexibility, allowing time for electives within and outside the department. The curriculum is designed for students whose post-BS career plans include graduate school, industry, or professional schools (medicine, law, or business).
The courses and laboratory experiences provide a broad fundamental preparation for any of these career paths. The program was designed with an emphasis on providing a biomedical engineering focus in all core-engineering classes and with integrating undergraduate research into the students experience from the very beginning.
The capstone course was designed to fully embed the student in a project that will challenge even the exceptional student to integrate their previous training and to develop their abilities as an engineer.
Because of the flexibility in our degree, our undergraduates participate in a number of academic programs across campus, including the Medical Scholars Program and the University Honors Program. Biomedical engineering majors can also complete certificates, minors or second majors in a variety of disciplines ranging from the liberal arts or science to business or technology. The Department also offers a minor for students interested in developing a focused study within the field of biomedical engineering.
The flexibility available within the biomedical engineering major offers students increased opportunity to experience research. Over 25% of our undergraduate student population take part in an organized research experience within the department. By design, the students participate in:
- literature searches
- proposal writing
- experimental design
- data analysis.
In order to satisfy University, College, and Departmental requirements, BME students are required to take courses in the following areas:
|Basic Science and Math||Credits|
|Probability and Statistics||3|
|Thermodynamics and Statistical Methods||3|
|BME Junior Lab*||1|
|Options approved by department||18|
|Options approved by department||9|
|Minimum B.S. Credits*||128|
* required for students beginning fall of 2011 and beyond; minimum number of credits is 127 for students entering before fall 2011.
Forms to aid in tracking completion of the requirements are available by graduation year for the classes of 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. Students should use these forms to keep track of their progress. Please bring the up-to-date form with you to your advising session.
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