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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 (a) - (k) 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
ENGN 0040Dynamics and Vibrations1
ENGN 0510Electricity and Magnetism1
ENGN 0720Thermodynamics1
ENGN 0810Fluid Mechanics1
BIOL 0200The Foundation of Living Systems 11
or NEUR 0010 The Brain: An Introduction to Neuroscience
BIOL 0800Principles of Physiology1
CHEM 0330Equilibrium, Rate, and Structure1
CHEM 0350Organic Chemistry1
MATH 0190Advanced Placement Calculus (Physics/Engineering) 21
or MATH 0170 Advanced Placement Calculus
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 0650Essential Statistics1
or APMA 1650 Statistical Inference I
2. Upper Level Biomedical Engineering Curriculum
ENGN 1110Transport and Biotransport Processes1
ENGN 1210Biomechanics1
ENGN 1230Instrumentation Design1
ENGN 1490Biomaterials1
Three Additional upper Level Biomedical Engeinnering Courses3
Select at least one of the following: 3
Tissue Engineering
Analytical Methods in Biomaterials
Biomedical Optics
Molecular and Cell Biology for Engineers
Cancer Nanotechnology
Select at most two of the following: 4
Stem Cell Engineering
Synthetic Biological Systems
Animal Locomotion
Drug and Gene Delivery
Techniques in Molecular and Cell Science
3. Capstone Design 5
ENGN 1930LBiomedical Engineering Design, Research and Modeling1
* In addition to program requirements above, students must take four courses in the humanities and social sciences.
Total Credits21

Students with advanced Biology backgrounds may replaced with BIOL 0470, BIOL 0530, or other Biology courses.


Students with advanced math backgrounds may replace with CHEM 0360.


 Or other advanced bioengineering courses (e.g., ENGN 1510 and ENGN 1520), subject to concentration advisor approval.


Or other advanced bioengineering courses, subject to concentration advisor approval.


Biomedical engineering students are also encouraged to pursue independent research with faculty members in the School of Engineering or the Division of Biology & Medicine.