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2018-2019 University Catalog 
2018-2019 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biomedical Engineering, BSBME

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About the Program

The Biomedical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Students in Biomedical Engineering learn to apply tools from engineering and life sciences to design solutions for challenges in human biology, medicine, and healthcare delivery.

Biomedical Engineering students complete coursework in math, physics, chemistry and the life science in combination with engineering principles and design courses to understand the physical and chemical properties of human tissues, computational modeling and analyses, molecular transport, biomechanics, human physiology, and biomedical systems and instrumentation.  Essential experiential and practical training includes small group problem-based learning, study abroad programs, internships with a broad range of medically related companies, research in faculty labs, and engineering design projects to solve real medical needs. 

The home for the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering is a state-of-the-art building specifically designed to enhance both teaching and research. The $25-million, 91,000-square-foot facility accommodates the continued growth of biomedical engineering in the 21st century.

Programs of focus and faculty expertise include imaging, instrumentation, engineered biomaterials and biomechanics, and quantitative cellular and systems engineering.

Degree Requirements

130 Credits Required

Biomedical Engineering Major Requirements (38 credits)

For more information, please refer to the Purdue BME website.

Technical Engineering Electives and Life Science Selectives (21 credits)

Other Program Class Requirements (68 credits)

Electives (3 credits)

University Core Requirements

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning

For a complete listing of course selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.


Program Requirements

Suggested plan of study:

13-14 Credits

17 Credits

18 Credits

17 Credits

15 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

16 Credits

Fall 4th Year

16 Credits

Spring 4th Year

  • Technical Engineering Elective (Quantitative Breadth/Data Science) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Technical Engineering Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Life Science Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • General Education Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • General Education Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Unrestricted Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

18 Credits


All required First Year Engineering (FYE) courses must be completed with a C- or above for entry into BME. 

A minimum Graduation Index and BME Major GPA of at least 2.0 is required to qualify for graduation with a BSBME. 

Courses used to calculate BME Major GPA include: BME 20100, BME 20400, BME 20500, BME 20600, BME 25600, BME 29000, BME 30100, BME 30400, BME 30500, BME 30600, BME 39000, BME 48901, BME 49000, ABE 20200, ME 27000, ECE 30100, and  STAT 35000 (or equivalent).

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