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.


Student will only be admitted to the Biomedical Engineering program after they have completed their Freshman year. Admission slots are limited each year, and students will be selected 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 102Engineering Problem-Solving 23
ENGR 191First-Year Seminar1-3
ENGL 101Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric3

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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

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.

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 2.25 or better in all biomedical engineering courses, in all WVU courses, and overall. 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 191First-Year Seminar1
Math and Science Requirements
Choose one of the following:4
Principles of Biology (GEF 8)
General Biology
and General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
and General Biology Laboratory
BIOL 235
BMEG 236
Human Physiology
and Quantitative Analysis in Human Physiology *
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 203Biomedical Engineering Seminar1
BMEG 310Biomedical Imaging3
BMEG 230Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering3
BMEG 311Biomaterials3
BMEG 315Transport Phenomena in Biological Systems4
BMEG 340Biomechanics3
BMEG 321Thermodynamics and Kinetics for Biomedical Engineering3
BMEG 350Biomedical Engineering Laboratory2
BMEG 420Biomedical Instrumentation3
Seminar and Journal Club2
Biomedical Engineering Seminar and Journal Club
BMEG 455Biomedical Senior Design 1 (Fulfills Writing and Communication Skills Requirement)4
BMEG 456Biomedical Senior Design 23
EE 221Introduction to Electrical Engineering3
EE 222Introduction to Electrical Engineering Laboratory1
Technical Electives18
Science Electives: Choose at least two from the following:
Introductory Biochemistry
Introductory Biochemistry Laboratory
Introduction to Biochemistry Wet Laboratory
Gross Anatomy Lab
Gross Anatomy
Introduction to Biochemistry
Biotechnology and Society
The Living Cell
Molecular Genetics
Molecular Genetics Laboratory
Neuroscience 1
Neuroscience 2
Applied Biostatistics 1
Applied Biostatistics Lab
Introductory Analytical Chemistry
Organic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Instrumental Analysis
Methods of Structure Determination
Polymer Chemistry
Physical Chemistry: Brief Course
Biochemistry 2
Biochemistry 2 Laboratory
Safety Education Principles and Content
Clinical Research Methods and Practice
Introduction to Microscopy
Computational Forensics
Applied Mathematical Analysis
Health Care Ethics
Introduction to Mathematical Physics
Medical Imaging Physics
Introductory Electronics
Introductory Modern Physics
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)
Polymer Science and Engineering
Polymer Processing
Mathematical Methods in Chemical Engineering
Introduction to Digital Logic Design
Introduction to Data Structures
Electrical Circuits
Digital Electronics
Signals and Systems 1
Signals and Systems Laboratory
Signals and Systems 2
Introduction to Microfabrication
Introduction to Digital Image Processing
Biomedial Microdevices
Engineering Statistics
Human Factors Engineering
Mechanics of Materials
Intermediate Mechanics of Materials
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
BIOL 115 (GEF 8)4CHEM 1164
CHEM 115 (GEF 2B)4ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3
ENGR 1012ENGR 1023
ENGR 1911MATH 156 (GEF 8)4
MATH 155 (GEF 3)4PHYS 111 (GEF 8)4
 15 18
Second Year
BMEG 2013BIOL 2353
EE 2213BMEG 2031
EE 2221BMEG 2303
ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3BMEG 2362
PHYS 1124CHEM 2333
MATH 2514CHEM 2351
 MATH 2614
 18 17
Third Year
BMEG 3103BMEG 3154
BMEG 3113BMEG 3403
BMEG 3213STAT 2153
BMEG 3502GEF Course 53
GEF Course 43GEF Course 63
 14 16
Fourth Year
BMEG 4203BMEG 4211
BMEG 4211BMEG 4563
BMEG 4554Science Technical Elective 3
Technical Elective 3Technical Elective 3
Engineering Technical Elective3Two Engineering Technical Electives6
GEF Course 73 
 17 16
Total credit hours: 131

Major Learning Outcomes

biomedical engineering

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

a.  an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering

b.  an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data

c.  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

d.  an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams

e.  an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

f.  an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

g.  an ability to communicate effectively

h.  the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context

i.  a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning

j.  a knowledge of contemporary issues

k.  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 and Biomedical Engineering Department uses an outcomes-assessment plan for continuous program improvement.  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.

Academic Policies

1.  Students completing the four 200-level courses (BMEG 201, BMEG 203, BMEG 230, BMEG 236) must attain a 2.0 grade-point average in order to enroll in the 300-level core CHE courses. Students with a grade-point average greater than or equal to 1.67 can submit a formal appeal of this restriction to the department chair for evaluation by the chair, CBE curriculum committee, and CBE academic standards committee.  No appeals will be considered for students below a 1.67 grade-point average in the four 200-level courses.

2.  Students completing the 300-level core BMEG courses must attain a 2.0 grade-point average in core BMEG courses (BMEG 201, BMEG 203, BMEG 230, BMEG 236, BMEG 310, BMEG 311, BMEG 315, BMEG 321, BMEG 340, and BMEG 350) in order to enroll in 400-level core BMEG courses.  No appeals will be considered for students moving from the junior to senior level courses.

3.  In order to receive a degree, students must attain a 2.0 grade-point average in all biomedical engineering courses, including biomedical engineering elective and special topics courses.  In addition, students may only have a grade of D in three (3) biomedical engineering courses.  If a biomedical engineering course is repeated, the last grade received will be used to determine grade-point average and number of D grades on the transcript.

4.  A grade of F in any prerequisite course for a core BMEG course disqualifies the student from taking that core course until the F has been removed. 

5.  Requests to transfer credit for core biomedical engineering courses must be submitted to the CBE Undergraduate Curriculum Committee or faculty advisors for review.  The course syllabus has to submitted with the transfer request.  Please see college guidelines for additional restrictions to transfer credit.

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 230. Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering. 3 Hours.

PR: BMEG 201 and PR or CONC: MATH 251 with a minimum grade of C-. Introduce the integrative set of computational problem solving tools important to biomedical engineers. Through the use of comprehensive homework exercises, relevant examples and extensive case studies, this course will integrate principles and techniques of numerical analysis into biomedical engineering concepts from cellular and molecular systems, to physiological and biomechanical phenomena and tissue systems.

BMEG 236. Quantitative Analysis in Human Physiology. 2 Hours.

PR: MATH 156 and CHEM 116 and (BIOL 115 or (BIOL 101 and BIOL 102 and BIOL 103 and BIOL 104)) with a minimum grade of C- in each. Integrate engineering tools and approaches for quantitative measurements related to human physiology, including neural, cardiovascular, respiratory, and muscular systems.

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 321. Thermodynamics and Kinetics for Biomedical Engineering. 3 Hours.

PR: BMEG 201 and CHEM 116 and MATH 251. Development of thermodynamic principles and their application to biological and biophysical systems. Topics will include first and second law; phase and reaction equilibria, kinetic rate laws and macromolecular thermodynamics.

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 420. Biomedical Instrumentation. 3 Hours.

PR: PHYS 112. Fundamentals of biomedical instrumentation and devices. Clinical applications of medical instrumentation, sensors, and devices.

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 456. Biomedical Senior Design 2. 3 Hours.

PR: BMEG 455. Continuation of BMEG 455.

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 494. Seminar. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Presentation and discussion of topics of mutual concern to students and faculty.

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.