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Biomedical Engineering

The Sc.B. program in Biomedical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, It is jointly offered by the School of Engineering and the Division of Biology and Medicine as an interdisciplinary concentration designed for students interested in applying the methods and tools of engineering to the subject matter of biology and the life sciences. The education objectives of the Biomedical Engineering program are to prepare graduates: (1) to be employed in careers of useful service to society, including scientific and technical areas within medicine, industry, and health care delivery; (2) to demonstrate the ability to apply the basic principles of engineering and science, as well as problem solving skills and critical thinking, to a broad spectrum of biomedical engineering problems; (3) to demonstrate their ability to work in teams, and to effectively communicate and understand the broad social, ethical, economic and environmental consequences of their lifelong education. The student outcomes of this program are the ABET (1) - (7) Student Outcomes as defined by the "ABET Criteria for Accrediting Engineering Programs (available online at" The Biomedical Engineering concentration shares much of the core with the other engineering programs, but is structured to include more courses in biology and chemistry, and a somewhat different emphasis in mathematics.



The requirements regarding Mathematics, Advanced Placement, Transfer Credit, Substitutions for Required Courses, and Humanities and Social Science Courses are identical to those of the Sc.B. degree programs in Engineering. Please refer to the Engineering section of the University Bulletin for explicit guidelines.  

The Biomedical Engineering concentration shares much of the core with the other engineering programs, but is structured to include more courses in biology and chemistry, and a somewhat different emphasis in mathematics. 

 Standard program for the Sc.B. degree

1. Core Courses
ENGN 0030Introduction to Engineering1
or ENGN 0031 Honors Introduction to Engineering
ENGN 0040Dynamics and Vibrations1
ENGN 0510Electricity and Magnetism1
or ENGN 0520 Electrical Circuits and Signals
ENGN 0720Thermodynamics1
ENGN 0810Fluid Mechanics1
CHEM 0330Equilibrium, Rate, and Structure1
CHEM 0350Organic Chemistry1
MATH 0190Advanced Placement Calculus (Physics/Engineering)1
or MATH 0170 Advanced Placement Calculus
or MATH 0100 Introductory Calculus, Part II
MATH 0200Intermediate Calculus (Physics/Engineering)1
or MATH 0180 Intermediate Calculus
or MATH 0350 Honors Calculus
APMA 0330Methods of Applied Mathematics I, II1
or APMA 0350 Applied Ordinary Differential Equations
APMA 1650Statistical Inference I 11
or APMA 0650 Essential Statistics
or BIOL 0200 The Foundation of Living Systems
2. Upper Level Biomedical Engineering Curriculum
ENGN 1110Transport and Biotransport Processes1
ENGN 1210Biomechanics1
ENGN 1230Instrumentation Design1
ENGN 1490Biomaterials1
BIOL 0800Principles of Physiology1
3. Additional Biomedical Engineering Electives (Complete at least 3 courses from the following groups):3
Select one or two of the following:
Nanoengineering and Nanomedicine
Cardiovascular Engineering
Biomedical Optics
Cell-Material Interactions in Tissue Engineering
Tissue Engineering
Cancer Nanotechnology
Implantable Devices
Algorithmic Foundations of Computational Biology
Analytical Modeling for Biomechanical and Biomedical Systems
At least one or two more courses from:
Organic Chemistry
Cell and Molecular Biology
Introductory Microbiology
Principles of Immunology
Polymer Science for Biomaterials
Cell Physiology and Biophysics
Stem Cell Engineering
Methods in Informatics and Data Science for Health
Quantitative Models of Biological Systems
Computational Vision
Visualizing Vision
Principles of Neurobiology
Mechanisms and Meaning of Neural Dynamics
Biological Physics
Topics in Translational Research and Technologies
Quantitative Approaches to Biology
Drug and Gene Delivery
Principles of Biostatistics and Data Analysis
4. Capstone Design 2
ENGN 1930LBiomedical Engineering Design and Innovation 21
ENGN 1931LBiomedical Engineering Design and Innovation II 21
5. General Education Requirement: At least four approved courses must be taken in the humanities and social sciences.
Total Credits21