Dual Degree Program - Biomedical Engineering

Majoring in Biomedical Engineering allows the student to be a strong engineer while understanding living systems. The field of Biomedical Engineering uses engineering applications to solve problems in biomedical research, diagnosis, healthcare, therapy, treatment, and prevention of diseases. The undergraduate BME program prepares students for employment in research, hospitals, government, industry, and universities. Some students choose the undergraduate BME program as a basis for continued education or a career in medicine.

Dual Degree students seeking a major in Biomedical Engineering must choose a specialty sequence in one of the following fields:

View the Academic Curriculum* for course requirements in the BME Dual Degree Program

*Please note that this curriculum is under review and currently serves as only a guide

For questions regarding this major and curriculum, contact:

Steven Eppell - Department of Biomedical Engineering


Specialty Sequences:


Bioelectrical Engineering focuses on the electrical, magnetic, and electromagnetic fields that cells, tissues, and organisms produce. Cells use bioelectricity in metabolic fuel storage, cell-to-cell signaling, and in triggering internal changes.

Orthopedic Biomaterials

This track sequence is intended for the student who is interested in biomedical problems that utilize a skill set and knowledge base in applied materials science. The curriculum is designed to provide a foundation for work in areas of orthotic and prosthetic devices (internal and external) sports equipment, vehicle safety equipment and rehabilitation devices. The required courses give students a solid foundation in the chemistry of materials, the strength of materials from perspectives of continuum mechanics as well as nano and micro scale mechanisms of elasticity and deformation, and the interplay between material structure and mechanical function. By taking the technical electives, students obtain the informational equivalent of a minor in Materials Science & Engineering. Students in this sequence are immersed in the materials science & engineering and biomaterials cultures.

Polymer Biomaterials

This sequence has as its vertical education component, courses that emphasize molecular level understanding of the structure/property relations of biologic and synthetic macromolecules and biomaterials. This provides a route to understanding blood and tissue interactions with implanted materials, from which new biomaterials may be designed and engineered for biomedical applications in artificial organs, drug delivery and tissue engineering. Graduating students progress to one of three areas: medical school, graduate school or positions in industry.

Tissue Engineering

Tissue engineering is a rapidly expanding field that applies engineering and biological principles to develop functional substitutes to restore, maintain or improve the functions of diseased tissues. This sequence provides an interdisciplinary education that emphasizes fundamental engineering education and life sciences. The specialty courses cover a broad topic of polymer science, molecular transport and developmental biology. Students from this sequence are expected to be able to apply these fundamental knowledge and tool-set in the design and engineering of biological tissues.