The department provides undergraduate students with a contemporary education in a multidisciplinary field of engineering. Its objective is to produce graduates who:

  • contribute to the biomedical field through the responsible design of devices, systems, processes, and policies that improve human health;
  • pursue a wide range of career options, including those in industry, academia, and medicine; and
  • advance to leadership positions in their chosen field.

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering requires a minimum of 128 s.h. The major in biomedical engineering builds on the foundation provided by the B.S.E. core requirements, preparing students for the challenges and opportunities associated with careers in the profession.

The program has been designed carefully to enable students to satisfy the entrance requirements of the Graduate College. Students whose choice of electives includes a three-course sequence in organic chemistry, an additional biology course, and a biochemistry course may satisfy entrance requirements of the Carver College of Medicine, the College of Dentistry, or the allied health sciences.

All engineering students complete the B.S.E. core requirements, which include RHET:1030 Rhetoric; ENGR:1100 Engineering Problem Solving I and ENGR:1300 Engineering Problem Solving II; and courses in chemistry, engineering mathematics and fundamentals, and physics. They must earn a grade of C-minus or higher in the core requirements MATH:1550 Engineering Mathematics I: Single Variable Calculus and MATH:1560 Engineering Mathematics II: Multivariable Calculus.

Students also complete the curriculum designed for their major program, which covers four stems: mathematics and basic sciences, engineering topics, an elective focus area, and the general education component (15 s.h. of humanities and social science courses). For information about the curriculum stems, see Bachelor of Science in Engineering in the Catalog.

Biomedical engineering students must choose a track, which constitutes the elective focus area for the biomedical engineering major. They may choose one of four preapproved tracks—bioinformatics and computational biology, bioimaging, biomechanics and biomaterials, and cellular engineering. Each track may be designated pre-medicine by taking the necessary track electives. Each approved track has a group of four required courses and a list of suggested electives. For details about tracks and their requirements, visit BME Tracks on the department's website.

Joint B.S.E./M.S.

The College of Engineering offers a joint (fast-track) Bachelor of Science in Engineering/Master of Science for biomedical engineering undergraduate students who intend to earn an M.S. in biomedical engineering. This program allows students to count 12 s.h. toward the undergraduate and graduate degree and begin work on a master's thesis or research project while they are still undergraduates. Once students complete the requirements for the bachelor's degree, they are granted the B.S.E., and they normally complete the M.S. in their fifth year of study.

To be admitted to the joint degree program, students must have completed at least 80 s.h., must have a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 3.50, and must submit a letter of application to the chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering stating the intended area of specialization and a letter of support from the proposed M.S. advisor.

Joint B.S.E./M.S. in Occupational and Environmental Health

B.S.E. students majoring in biomedical engineering (musculoskeletal biomechanics track) who are interested in earning a Master of Science in occupational and environmental health (industrial hygiene subprogram) may apply to the joint B.S.E./M.S. program offered by the College of Engineering and the College of Public Health. The joint program permits students to count a limited amount of credit toward the requirements of both degrees, enabling them to begin the study of public health before they complete the bachelor's degree. For information about the M.S. program, see Occupational and Environmental Health (College of Public Health) in the Catalog.

The following study plan includes the B.S.E. core requirements and the curriculum for the biomedical engineering major. Some courses in this plan are prerequisites for others. Students must complete a course's prerequisites before they may register for the course. Those who take courses in the order below satisfy the prerequisite requirements automatically. 

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
CHEM:1110 Principles of Chemistry I 4
ENGR:1000 Engineering Success for First-Year Students (credit does not count toward B.S.E. degree) 1
ENGR:1100 Engineering Problem Solving I 3
MATH:1550 Engineering Mathematics I: Single Variable Calculus 4
RHET:1030 Rhetoric 4
BME:1010 First-Year Forum 1
CHEM:1120 Principles of Chemistry II 4
ENGR:1300 Engineering Problem Solving II 3
MATH:1560 Engineering Mathematics II: Multivariable Calculus 4
MATH:2550 Engineering Mathematics III: Matrix Algebra 2
PHYS:1611 Introductory Physics I 4
Second Year
BME:2010 Professional Seminar: Biomedical Engineering 1
BIOL:1411 Foundations of Biology 4
ENGR:2110 Engineering Fundamentals I: Statics 2
ENGR:2120 Engineering Fundamentals II: Electrical Circuits 3
ENGR:2130 Engineering Fundamentals III: Thermodynamics 3
MATH:2560 Engineering Mathematics IV: Differential Equations 3
BME:2010 Professional Seminar: Biomedical Engineering 1
BME:2200 Systems, Instrumentation, and Data Acquisition 4
BME:2210 Bioimaging and Bioinformatics 4
BME:2500 Biomaterials and Biomechanics 4
Introduction to Biostatistics
or Biostatistics
HHP:3500 Human Physiology 3
Third Year
BME:2110 Cell Biology for Engineers 3
BME:3010 Leadership and Resourcefulness 1
PHYS:1612 Introductory Physics II (with laboratory) 3-4
General education component courses 6
Required track course 3
BME:4010 Biomedical Engineering Design Seminar 1
General education courses 6
Required track course 3
Track electives 6
Fourth Year
BME:4910 Biomedical Engineering Senior Design I 4
Required track courses 6
Track electives 6
BME:4920 Biomedical Engineering Senior Design II 4
General education component course 3
Track electives 9
 Total Hours133-134

B.S.E. graduates with a major in biomedical engineering may pursue career opportunities in biomedical industries, such as design and development of biomedical instrumentation, diagnostic aids, life-support systems, prosthetic and orthotic devices, and man-machine systems; or they may pursue traditional career opportunities in industry, such as those rooted in mechanical or electrical engineering disciplines. Other career options are available in government (Food and Drug Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, National Institutes of Health, Veterans Affairs). Some biomedical engineering graduates elect to continue formal education in engineering, medicine, or law. On average, 93-98 percent of graduates are employed in their field of study or pursuing advanced education within seven months of graduation.

Engineering Professional Development (EPD) develops and promotes experiential education and professional opportunities for students in the College of Engineering. Professional staff coordinate the college's co-op and internship program, engage in employer outreach, and provide opportunities for students to network with employers, including an engineering career fair each semester and other programming related to career development.

EPD also offers individual advising and class presentations on résumé and cover letter preparation, job and internship search strategies, interviewing skills, and job offer evaluation.