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Declaring BME | Case Engineering Core Curriculum | BME Core Curriculum | BME Tracks



Are you thinking about declaring biomedical engineering as your major?

Here are few steps that you should take before making your declaration:

  • Unless your SAGES First Seminar advisor is an engineering professor, it is better to declare BME now and then switch to a different major in a semester or two. The engineering curriculum is the most constrained of all CWRU majors. The faculty in CSE will probably give you better advice on how to utilize open slots from AP or transfer credits, how to navigate a pre-med curriculum within a CSE major, and how to structure your extracurricular activities to meet your career goals.
  • Review the four different specialization tracks that are available. A list can be found in the general bulletin. It is important to pick a track so that you receive an advisor for that specific track. Also, there are unique classes for each track in the sophomore year that serve as pre-requisites for later courses in each sequence. You may change your sequence at any point if you decide that you wish to do something else but there will likely be a bit of course juggling necessary to accommodate the needed pre-requisites.
  • You may begin declaring your major middle of the fall semester of your first year at Case.
  • To declare BME as a major, you can pick up a declaration form from the UG Programs Coordinator in the BME Department, Wickenden Building, Room 335 or from the Office of Undergraduate Studies, Sears Building, fourth floor.
  • Return the form to the department after it has been signed by Debra F. McGivney. To set up an appointment with Dr. McGivney, email her at

​If you still have questions, please send an email to the Academic Undergraduate Coordinator at



All Case Western Reserve University students pursuing an engineering major are required to take a set of core courses in math, chemistry, physics and engineering. You can review these core requirements in the General Bulletin

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All Biomedical Engineering undergraduate students must complete a BME Core curriculum. The General Bulletin lists all courses required for graduation, as well as a suggested program of study for recommendations on which year and semester to take each course. Courses may be taken in different semesters depending on technical electives chosen and other variations in individual schedules. Please consult your track requirements and your adviser for your specific schedule.

If you still have questions, please send an email to the Academic Undergraduate Coordinator at ​​​​​​




View the bulletin for track specific requirements

All students entering BME as rising sophomores will select one of four tracks to provide depth in a specific area of biomedical engineering. The core of each track focuses on the basic skill set that provides the student with a depth in a particular engineering discipline. Combined with the BME core, the curriculum trains each student to be a competent engineer with knowledge and practice of applying that core engineering to biomedical sciences and human health.

Biomedical Devices and Instrumentation
Faculty leader: Kenneth Gustafson

Faculty leader: Matt Williams

Biomaterials Engineering
Faculty leader: Anirban Sen Gupta

Biomedical Computing and Analysis
Faculty leader: Dave Wilson


If you still have questions, please send an email to the Academic Undergraduate Coordinator at