Undergraduate Study
Biomedical Engineering (BS)

The biomedical engineering program provides training that is quantitative, emphasizes problem-solving and design, and treats phenomena from the molecular to the systems level. Required courses in mathematics, engineering, and science establish a strong foundation for biomedical engineering major courses.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 48 courses, including the following. Only Social sciences/humanities and unrestricted courses may be taken P/N.

Core courses (26 courses)


A. Thermodynamics - 1 course from those listed below
BMD_ENG 250 Thermodynamics
MECH ENG 222 Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics I

B. Fluids and Solids - 2 courses as specified below
BMD_ENG 271 Introduction to Biomechanics and
BMD_ENG 270 Fluid Mechanics or
MECH ENG 241 Fluid Mechanics I

C. Material Science - 1 course
MAT SCI 201 Principles of the Properties of Materials

D. Probability, Statistics, and Quality Control - 1 course from those listed below
BMD_ENG 220 Introduction to Biostatistics
IEMS 303 Statistics I
MECH ENG 359 Reliability Engineering

Biomedical Engineering CORE (11 Courses + 1 Zero credit Seminar)

  • BMD_ENG 101: Introduction to Biomedical Engineering (Zero Credit)
  • CHEM 210-1: Organic Chemistry
  • BIOL SCI 215: Genetics and Molecular Biology or BIOL SCI 219 (Formerly called 216): Cell Biology
  • BMD ENG 301: Systems Physiology
  • BMD ENG 302: Systems Physiology
  • BMD ENG 303: Systems Physiology
  • BMD ENG 305: Intro to Biomedical Signals and Electrical Circuits
  • BMD ENG 306: Biomedical Systems Analysis
  • BMD ENG 307: Quantitative Experimentation and Design
  • BMD ENG 378: Transport Fundamentals (formerly BME 350)
  • BMD ENG 390-1: Capstone Senior Design
  • BMD ENG 390-2 or BMD_ENG 391-SA: Capstone Senior Design (This counts for McCormick under the communications requirement)

Biomedical engineering electives (4 courses)

Four courses must be completed. Two must be from category A below. Two must be from category B, which includes many courses. Please see the PDF version of the curriculum for category B options.
Students may choose to focus all these courses in a particular area of biomedical engineering, but this is optional.

Category A courses are:

Technical Electives (2 UNITS)

Students are urged to choose technical electives that emphasize engineering design. Technical electives may include:

  • BIOL SCI: 215 or 219 (the one not used in the BME core), 218
  • CHEM: 101, 210-2, 210-3
  • DSGN: 240, 245, 246 (0.5 unit each)
  • EECS: 211, 230
  • ME 240
  • Three, 0.34 unit basic science and biology labs may be combined and counted as a technical elective
  • Any course in engineering, science, or mathematics at the 300 level or higher, provided that it is graded. (BME 399 independent study is not graded.) Approval may be required for some offerings of BMD_ENG 395: Special Topics.
  • BMD_ENG 388-SA and 389-SA may be technical electives but may not be used in Category B.