Biomedical Engineering

Degree Offered

  • Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering (B.S.Bm.E.)

Nature of Program

The biomedical engineering discipline is among the fastest growing engineering disciplines due to the rapid advancement of medical technologies and treatment and diagnosis strategies; in fact, many are claiming this century as the one that will revolutionize the biological sciences. These advancements will provide immense benefits for society globally. The biomedical engineering curriculum is designed to give graduates a broad background in the areas of biomedical engineering, including biomaterials, biomechanics and biomedical imaging. Students have the ability to design a set of technical electives based on interest and career aspirations.  The goal for these electives is to enhance a student’s knowledge in one or more of the focus areas so they can be prepared for graduate school, any professional school, or a job in a specific industry.

The B.S.Bm.E. program is under enrollment management.  Admission to the program is described in the Fundamentals of Engineering section of this catalog.

Program Educational Objectives

  • Graduates will be successful in their professional careers and/or post graduate training as demonstrated by their abilities to solve important biomedical engineering problems, and to develop and implement new and valuable ideas with potential applications to healthcare.
  • Graduates will be able to work competitively in diverse professional environments, as demonstrated by their abilities to work on teams, to work independently, to provide leadership, to mentor junior co-workers, and to communicate effectively.
  • Graduates will behave professionally and ethically, pursue lifelong learning opportunities, be committed to responsible safety practices, and articulate the societal impact of their work.

Admissions

Student will only be admitted to the Biomedical Engineering program after they have completed their Freshman year. Admissions will be limited to 40 per year, and these students will be chosen based on their overall GPA.  To be considered for the program, students must complete the following courses.  

MATH 155Calculus 14
CHEM 115Fundamentals of Chemistry4
ENGR 101Engineering Problem Solving 12
ENGR 199Orientation to Engineering1
ENGR 102Engineering Problem-Solving 23
ENGL 101Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric3

Curriculum in Biomedical Engineering

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Curriculum Requirements

To receive a degree of bachelor of science in biomedical engineering, a student must meet the University’s undergraduate degree requirements, take all the courses indicated below, and attain a grade point average of 2.0 or better in all biomedical engineering courses. If a biomedical engineering course is repeated, only the last grade received is used to compute the major grade point average, and the course credit hours are counted only once. This requirement assures that the student has demonstrated overall competence in the major.

Freshman Engineering Requirements
ENGR 101Engineering Problem Solving 12
Engineering Problem Solving:3
Introduction to Chemical Engineering
Engineering Problem-Solving 2
Introduction to Nanotechnology Design
Introduction to Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Design
ENGR 199Orientation to Engineering1
Math and Science Requirements
BIOL 115Principles of Biology (GEF 8)4
BIOL 235Human Physiology3
BIOL 236Human Physiology: Quantitative Laboratory1
Choose one of the following (GEF 2B):8
Fundamentals of Chemistry
and Fundamentals of Chemistry
Principles of Chemistry
and Principles of Chemistry
CHEM 233Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 235Organic Chemistry Laboratory1
Calculus I (GEF 3):4
Calculus 1a with Precalculus
and Calculus 1b with Precalculus (Minimum grade of C- is required)
Calculus 1 (Minimum grade of C- is required)
MATH 156Calculus 2 (GEF 8 - Minimum grade of C- is required)4
MATH 251Multivariable Calculus (Minimum grade of C- is required)4
MATH 261Elementary Differential Equations4
PHYS 111General Physics (GEF 8)4
PHYS 112General Physics4
STAT 215Introduction to Probability and Statistics3
Biomedical Engineering Core Requirements
A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in all courses
BMEG 201Introduction to Biomedical Engineering3
BMEG 310Biomedical Imaging3
BMEG 311Biomaterials3
BMEG 315Transport Phenomena in Biological Systems4
Choose one of the following:3
Bioengineering
BMEG 340
Biomechanics
BMEG 350Biomedical Engineering Laboratory2
BMEG 420Biomedical Instrumentation3
BMEG 421 Biomedical Engineering Seminar and Journal Club 11
BMEG 422Biomedical Engineering Seminar and Journal Club 21
BMEG 455Biomedical Engineering Senior Design 1 Fulfills Writing and Communication Skills Requirement3
BMEG 456Biomedical Engineering Senior Design 23
CHE 320Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics3
CHE 366Materials Science3
EE 221Introduction to Electrical Engineering3
EE 222Introduction to Electrical Engineering Laboratory1
Technical Electives21
Science Electives: Choose at least two from the following:
Introductory Biochemistry
Introductory Biochemistry Laboratory
Introduction to Biochemistry Wet Laboratory
Environmental Microbiology
Applied Water Microbiology
Food Microbiology
Food Microbiology Lab
Introduction to Biochemistry
Safety Education Principles and Content
Environmental Microbiology
Hazardous Waste Training
Engineering Electives: Choose at least three from the following:
Cellular Machinery (Cellular Machinery)
Applied Bio-Molecular Modeling (Applied Bio-Molecular Modeling)
Introduction to Tissue Engineering (Tissue Engineering)
Introduction to Environmental Engineering
Introduction to Microfabrication
Biomedial Microdevices
Polymer Science and Engineering
Polymer Processing
Biochemical Engineering
Biochemical Separations
Chemical Process Safety
Pollution Prevention
GEF Electives 1, 4, 5, 6, 7 18
Total Hours131

Suggested Plan of Study

It is important for students to take courses in the order specified in the Plan of Study as much as possible; all prerequisites and concurrent requirements must be observed.  A typical B.S.Bm.E degree program that completes degree requirements in four years is as follows. 

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
BIOL 115 (GEF 8)4CHEM 1164
CHEM 115 (GEF 2B)4ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3
ENGR 1012ENGR 1023
ENGR 1991MATH 156 (GEF 8)4
MATH 155 (GEF 3)4PHYS 111 (GEF 8)4
 15 18
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
BMEG 2013BIOL 2353
EE 2213BIOL 2361
EE 2221CHE 3663
ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3CHEM 2333
PHYS 1124CHEM 2351
MATH 2514MATH 2614
 GEF Course 43
 18 18
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
BMEG 3103BMEG 3154
BMEG 3113BMEG 3403
CHE 3203STAT 2153
GEF Course 53Science Technical Elective3
BMEG 3502GEF Course 63
 14 16
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
BMEG 4203BMEG 4221
BMEG 4211BMEG 4563
BMEG 4553Science Technical Elective 3
Technical Elective 3Technical Elective 3
Engineering Technical Elective3Two Engineering Technical Electives6
GEF Course 73 
 16 16
Total credit hours: 131

Major Learning Goals

biomedical engineering

Upon graduation, all Bachelors of Science students in Biomedical Engineering will have:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • an ability to communicate effectively
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

These outcomes are achieved via rigorous individual courses in all basic areas of biomedical engineering, the natural and life sciences, mathematics, humanities, and social sciences.  A flexible electives program allows specialization in areas such as biochemistry, biomechanics, biomaterials, and bioelectronics.

The chemical engineering department uses an outcomes-assessment plan for continuous program improvement, which is used in the biomedical engineering program.  Course work and design projects, in conjunction with yearly interviews provide the measures of learning outcomes.  These outcomes-assessment results provide feedback to the faculty to improve teaching and learning processes.

Courses

BMEG 201. Introduction to Biomedical Engineering. 3 Hours.

PR: MATH 156 and CHEM 116 and BIOL 115. An introduction to biomedical engineering principles using foundational resources from molecular and cellular biology and physiology, and relating them to various sub-specialties of biomedical engineering. Concrete examples of applying engineering knowledge to solve problems related to human medicine as well as concrete examples of recent technological breakthroughs.

BMEG 203. Biomedical Engineering Seminar. 1 Hour.

PR: BMEG 201. Discussion of current aspects related to biomedical engineering including on-going research directions, technical, logistical and ethical issues.

BMEG 310. Biomedical Imaging. 3 Hours.

PR: EE 221 and EE 222. Biomedical imaging is a rapidly growing discipline within the healthcare sector. This course is an introduction to the current biomedical imagining technology, methods and applications. The course will cover human and radiation biology, image processing and vision, computer vision and pattern recognition, and imaging applications for ionizing and non-ionizing radiation.

BMEG 311. Biomaterials. 3 Hours.

PR: BMEG 201 and (BIOL 235 or (BIOL 117 and PHYS 111)). Principles of materials science and cell biology underlying the design of medical implants and artificial organs. Properties of living tissue, biocompatibility of polymers, metals, and ceramics; implants for hard and soft tissue.

BMEG 315. Transport Phenomena in Biological Systems. 4 Hours.

PR: (BIOL 235 or BIOL 117) and MATH 261. Develop fundamental relationships for momentum and mass transfer from microscopic and macroscopic balance equations and the application to biological systems that include biochemical reactions, inter-phase transport, and transient phenomena.

BMEG 340. Biomechanics. 3 Hours.

PR: (BMEG 201 or MAE 243) and PHYS 111. Introduction to the basic approach of biomechanics and application in musculoskeletal, bone and human motion mechanics problems. Includes kinematics to analyze human motion, biomechanics of bone and skeletal system and biomechanical behavior of fibers.

BMEG 350. Biomedical Engineering Laboratory. 2 Hours.

PR: BMEG 201 and (BIOL 235 or BIOL 117). Measurement and interpretation of data from tissue and materials in the areas of biomaterials, biomechanics, bionanotechnology, and biomedical imaging.

BMEG 393A-B. Biomechanics. 1-6 Hours.

BMEG 421. Biomedical Engineering Seminar and Journal Club. 1 Hour.

PR: BMEG 203. Introduction to current research and topics pertinent to biomedical engineering through literature review and guest lectures by external and internal speakers.

BMEG 455. Biomedical Senior Design 1. 4 Hours.

PR: BMEG 310 and BMEG 311 and BMEG 315 and BMEG 340. Planning, designing, and reporting solutions to challenging biomedical engineering problems that have clinical implication. Also covers professional topics, including ethics, liability, safety, socio-legal issues.

BMEG 480. Cellular Machinery. 3 Hours.

PR: BIOL 115 or Consent. Fundamental understanding of how a cell operates like a chemical factory; understanding how self-sustaining capacity of the cell's complex chemical reaction networks and cellular components can be manipulated in a synthetic environment.

BMEG 481. Applied Bio-Molecular Modeling. 3 Hours.

PR: BMEG 201 and MATH 261 and (CHEM 231 or CHEM 233). This course provides an introduction to modern molecular- level computational methods for calculating properties of reaction systems and thermodynamic, transport, and structural properties of materials with a particular focus on biological applications.

BMEG 482. Introduction to Tissue Engineering. 3 Hours.

PR: BMEG 201 and BMEG 311. This course introduces biological principles and engineering fundamentals pertaining to cell behavior and substrate properties. The design and characterization of artificial tissues will be discussed using properties and function of native tissues as a guide.

BMEG 493A-C. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

BMEG 495. Independent Study. 1-6 Hours.

BMEG 496. Senior Thesis. 1-6 Hours.

BMEG 497. Research. 1-6 Hours.

BMEG 498. Honors Research. 1-6 Hours.