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2020-2021 University Catalog 
2020-2021 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biomedical Engineering, BSBME

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.

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

Biomedical Engineering Major Change (CODO) Requirements  

Degree Requirements

130 Credits Required

Biomedical Engineering Major Requirements (41 credits)

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (86 Credits)

Click here for First-Year Engineering   Requirements

  • (If pursuing Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering, CHM 11600 - General Chemistry is required to graduate, but not required to complete the First Year Engineering program.)

Biomedical Engineering Supplemental Information

Biomedical Engineering Supplemental Information  

Electives (3 Credits)

  • Electives - Credit Hours: 3.00

University Core Requirements

For a complete listing of University Core Course Selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.
  • Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Science (BSS)
  • Human Cultures: Humanities (HUM)
  • Information Literacy (IL)
  • Oral Communication (OC)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
  • Science #1 (SCI)
  • Science #2 (SCI)
  • Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
  • Written Communication (WC)

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.


First Year Engineering Program Requirements

Fall 1st Year

13-14 Credits

Spring 1st Year

16 Credits

Biomedical Engineering Program Requirements

Suggested plan of study:

18 Credits

17 Credits

15 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

16 Credits

Fall 4th Year

16 Credits

Spring 4th Year

  • Technical Engineering Selective (Quantitative Breadth/Data Science) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Technical Engineering Selective - 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. 

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical.

In alignment with the Degree Map Guidance for Indiana’s Public Colleges and Universities, published by the Commission for Higher Education (pursuant to HEA 1348-2013), a Critical Course is identified as “one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.  Students who want to be nurses, for example, should know that they are expected to be proficient in courses like biology in order to be successful.  These would be identified by the institutions for each degree program”. 


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