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2023-2024 University Catalog 
2023-2024 University 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 (60-64 credits)

All major required courses below are included in the calculation of the BME major GPA requirement: 2.0

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (68-78 credits)

First Year Engineering Requirements (29-39 credits)

Click here for First-Year Engineering  Requirements

  • Requirement #1 - Intro to Engineering I (2-4 credits)
  • Requirement #2 - Intro to Engineering II (2-4 credits)
  • Requirement #3 - Calculus I (4-5 credits) (satisfies Quantitative Reasoning for core) 
  • Requirement #4 - Calculus II (4-5 credits) (satisfies Quantitative Reasoning for core) 
  • Requirement #5 - Chemistry I (4-6 credits) (satisfies Science #1 for core)
  • Requirement #6 - Physics (4 credits) (satisfies Science #2 for core)
  • Requirement #7 - First-Year Engineering Selective (3-4 credits)
  • Requirement #8 - Written and Oral Communication (6-7 credits) (could satisfy Written Communication, Information Literacy or Oral Communication for core)

Other Departmental Requirements (21 credits)

Life Science Selectives - Credit Hours: 6.00

  • Life Science Selective I - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Life Science Selective II - Credit Hours: 3.00

Technical Engineering Selectives - Credit Hours: 15.00

  • Technical Engineering Selective I - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Technical Engineering Selective II - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Technical Engineering Selective III (Quantitative Breadth) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Technical Engineering Selective IV (Data Science focused Quantitative Breadth) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Technical Engineering Selective V (BME 40000-49999) - Credit Hours: 3.00 (except BME 49800)

See Supplemental Information for requirements.

General Education Electives (18 credits)

  • General Education I - Credit Hours: 3.00 
  • General Education II - Credit Hours: 3.00 
  • General Education III - Credit Hours: 3.00 
  • General Education IV - Ethics and Policy Healthcare Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00 (C- or better)
  • General Education V - Credit Hours: 3.00 (30000+ level/Upper level)
  • General Education VI - Credit Hours: 3.00 (30000+ level/Upper level)

(General Education for Written & Oral Communication may be met in First-Year Engineering - Credit Hours: 6.00-7.00)

UCC requirements may be met in this area.

Electives (5 credits)

  • Electives - Credit Hours: 5.00

Grade Requirements

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

GPA Requirements

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

Course Requirements and Notes

  • See the No Count List in BME Supplemental Information for courses that cannot be used to satisfy any BME major requirements, and the General Education No Count List for additional courses that cannot be used to satisfy any General Education Selective

Pass/No Pass Policy

BME does not allow students to use courses with Pass/No Pass grades.

Transfer Credit Policy

Transfer credit including pass/no pass and undistributed credit can be use for the appropriate category at departmental discretion.

University Requirements

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) 

Civics Literacy Proficiency Requirement

The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities are designed to develop civic knowledge of Purdue students in an effort to graduate a more informed citizenry. For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.

Students will complete the Proficiency by passing a test of civic knowledge, and completing one of three paths:

  • Attending six approved civics-related events and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Completing 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement that use C-SPAN material and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Earning a passing grade for one of these approved courses (or transferring in approved AP or departmental credit in lieu of taking a course).

Upper Level Requirement

  • Resident study at Purdue University for at least two semesters and the enrollment in and completion of at least 32 semester hours of coursework required and approved for the completion of the degree. These courses are expected to be at least junior-level (30000+) courses.
  • Students should be able to fulfill most, if not all, of these credits within their major requirements; there should be a clear pathway for students to complete any credits not completed within their major.

Sample First Year Engineering Plan of Study

Fall 1st Year

13-14 Credits

Spring 1st Year

16 Credits

Sample Biomedical Engineering Plan of Study

18-21 Credits

17-19 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

16 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

16 Credits

Fall 4th Year

16 Credits

Spring 4th Year

  • Technical Engineering Selective IV (Data Science Focused Quantitative Breadth) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Technical Engineering Selective V (BME 40000-49999) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Life Science Selective II - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • General Education Selective VI - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 5.00

17 Credits

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”. 


The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

Consultation with an advisor may result in an altered plan customized for an individual student.

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