Curriculum

Overview- All Tracks

The objectives of the BSBME program are to develop graduates who, within a few years of graduation, will:

  • Work with individuals of diverse backgrounds on multidisciplinary problems to translate biomedical science into application across the health and life sciences
  • Advance tools to solve biomedical engineering problems and design biomedical engineering systems
  • Continue their education and self-directed learning in engineering and biomedicine 

A four-year curriculum has been developed that meets established program outcomes. BME courses are offered only once per year, which requires that the majority of the curriculum is completed as a cohort. There are some areas of flexibility to allow for courses to be taken during the spring/summer semester and for pre-med students to satisfy their remaining requirements. Four versions of the class schedule are provided below -- by either course number or course name. Slight modifications to any of these schedules can be made upon consultation with the BME academic advisor. Courses listed in itallics must be completed during the listed semesters. All prerequisite requirements must also be met -- so all courses must be successfully completed before any subsequent course for which they are a prereq. 


Four Year Path

The eight-Semester Schedule involves only fall and winter coursework.

Recommended Path

The Recommended Schedule uses a few courses during the summer to reduce the number of credit hours during the academic year, providing a more manageable workload for students who wish to do research, work, or participate in extra-curricular activities. It also includes the Emerging Scholars Program for MAT 2010 and MAT 2020. The Emerging Scholars Program has demonstrated significant academic improvement in both mathematics and in science/engineering subjects for students who participate in the program. ESP does require an additional four credits of coursework in the form of Calculus Workshops (MAT 2110 and MAT 2120).

Pre-Med Path

The Pre-Medical Schedule includes the additional courses needed to satisfy standard medical school admissions requirements. The additional courses required to satisfy the typical pre-med requirements are:

  • Two semesters of Physics Lab (PHY 2171 and PHY 2181)
  • Organic Chemistry Lab + two additional semesters of Chemistry with Lab
    • CHM 1250, CHM 2220/2230, CHM 2280/2290

Honors Path

Students pursuing university Honors must take HON 1000 and PS 1010 in their first year. Other Honors requirements can also be accommodated within the general program requirements. More detailed information on completing the B.S. in BME with University and/or Engineering Honors can be found in our Honors Program handout.


Concentration electives are selected from lists of courses developed for each of the three available concentrations: biomaterials, biomechanics, and biomedical instrumentation. Students are asked to develop a curriculum plan during their junior year identifying and explaining their choice of concentraiton electives in the context of their professional goals.

General education courses may be taken in any order. The university general education requirements not already specified in the schedules are:

  • Open electives (select any designated course) - Three credits each
    • AI - America and Its Institutions
    • FC - Foreign Culture
    • HS - Historical Studies
    • PL - Philosophy & Letters
    • SS - Social Sciences
    • VP - Visual and Performing Arts
  • Students are encouraged to discuss their choice of these courses with an advisor, especially in the area of PL and SS, to take best advantage of opportunities for Honors requirements and preparing for the MCAT (if applicable)

Students who are accepted as transfer students (either internal or from other institutions) will have a modified schedule during their first year in order to transition into the program. NOTE: The schedule listed below reflects minor changes in the curriculum that take effect for the Class of 2017. Earlier cohorts should refer to the BME Undergraduate Handbook or speak with an advisor if they have any questions.