Biomedical Engineering Major

The bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering is designed with three tracks, to accommodate the different career paths of graduates.

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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. 

The success of this method of training can be noted by the some of the awards our students have received: Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research and BMES Undergraduate Research Awards.

In order to satisfy University, College, and Departmental requirements, BME students are required to take courses in the following areas:

Basic Science and MathCredits
Chemistry8
Biology11
Physics8
Calculus12
Differential Equations3
Probability and Statistics3
Thermodynamics and Statistical Methods3
Basic EngineeringCredits
Engineering Shop1
Mechanics3
Circuits4
Liberal ArtsCredits
Composition3
Theology3
Ethics3
Humanities3
Social/Behavioral Science3
Cultural Diversity3
Non-Technical3
BME CoreCredits
BME Orientation1
BME Introduction1
BME Computing3
Materials Science3
Signals3
BME Junior Lab*1
Biomedical Instrumentation3
Transport Fundamentals3

Senior Project

6
Advanced BMECredits
Options approved by department18
BME-Related ElectivesCredits
Options approved by department9
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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