Through the Biomedical Engineering program at UD, undergraduate students earn a Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering designed to be completed in four years.
Graduates of the undergraduate program in biomedical engineering will be equipped with a solid foundation in mathematics, the sciences, and the technical skills needed to analyze and design biomedical systems. Students will have the opportunity to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems based on fundamental biomedical concepts, to design and conduct laboratory experiments, and to critically analyze and interpret data. We will integrate problem-based experiences with an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility as students undertake design problems in biomedical engineering. Each student will possess strong written, oral, and graphical communication skills, and will be able to function on multi-disciplinary teams. Following graduation, these Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering recipients will have the necessary qualifications for employment in biomedical engineering and related professions, and for entry into advanced studies, including medical school, engineering graduate school, and other professional programs.
4 Year Curriculum
The curriculum begins with lower division courses in math, physics, chemistry and biology. The upper division courses cover basic engineering topics in electronics, mechanics, biochemistry, physiology, materials science, and ethics. The program also contains three technical electives whereby students can choose from a list of approved courses.
|Freshman - Fall||Freshman - Spring|
|MATH 241||Analytic Geom & Calculus A||4||MATH 242||Analytic Geometry & Calculus B||4|
|CHEM 103||General Chemistry I||4||CHEM 104||General Chemistry II||4|
|CISC 106||Computer Science for Engineers||3||BISC 207||Introductory Biology I||4|
|BMEG 101||Introduction to Engineering||2||ENGL 110||Critical Reading & Writing||3|
|Sophomore - Fall||Sophomore - Spring|
|MATH 243||Analytic Geom & Calculus C||4||MATH 305||Applied Mathematics for ChemE||3|
|CHEM 321||Organic Chemistry I||4||CHEM 322||Organic Chemistry II||4|
|BISC 208||Introductory Biology II||4||PHYS 208||Fundamentals of Physics II||4|
|PHYS 207||Fundamentals of Physics I||4||ELEG 305||Signals & Systems||3|
|Junior - Fall||Junior - Spring|
|MSEG 302||Materials Science for Engineers||3||BMEG 367||Biostatistics||3|
|CHEM 527||Introduction to Biochemistry||3||BMEG 330||Biomedical Instrumentation||3|
|BMEG 310||Bioengineering Mechanics I||4||BMEG 311||Bioengineering Mechanics II||3|
|BMEG 401||Systems Physiology I||3||BMEG 402||Systems Physiology II||3|
|---||Technical Elective 1||3||BMEG 320||Biological Transport Phenomena||3|
|Senior - Fall||Senior - Spring|
|BMEG 450||Biomedical Engineering Design||6||ELEG 479||Intro to Medical Imaging Systems||3|
|MSEG 460||Biomaterials & Tissue Engr||3||PHIL 444||Medical Ethics||3|
|---||Breadth 3||3||---||Technical Elective 2||3|
|---||Breadth 4||3||---||Technical Elective 3||3|
The degree requires 125 credit hours of study. The basic university requirements include: ENGL 110; BMEG 101; discovery learning experience in the form of a capstone senior design course (BMEG 450); and a multi-cultural course. In addition, the 21 additional College of Engineering breadth requirements must be satisfied. Moreover, three technical electives must be completed.
For students interested in studying a specific area in more depth, minors are available in Biochemical Engineering, Bioelectrical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Nanoscale Materials.
Requirements for most medical and dental schools are satisfied in this undergraduate program of study.
Required Courses & Descriptions
The required courses of this curriculum will give the student a solid foundation in life sciences, applied mathematics and the engineering fields related to biomedical engineering. It will also expose him/her to various areas of biomedical engineering. Short descriptions of these courses are included below the list, and further description can be found in the UD Course Catalog.
- BISC 207 – Introductory Biology I: Molecular basis of life. Structure and function of cells, including signal transduction pathways. Energy transformations. Classical Mendelian genetics and the flow of information from DNA to RNA to proteins. Laboratory focuses on the testing of hypotheses, data analysis and scientific writing.
- BISC 208 – Introductory Biology II: Mechanisms of evolution. Physiology of multicellular plants and animals. Principles of ecology with emphasis on the biology of populations. Laboratory focuses on testing of hypotheses, data analysis and scientific writing. Animal and plant anatomy also studied.
- BMEG 101 – Introduction to Engineering: Introduction to profession, including disciplines of chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, and mechanical engineering. Prepares students for success through integration of: technical problem solving and engineering design, ethical decision-making, teamwork, and communicating to diverse audiences.
- BMEG 310 – Bioengineering Mechanics I: Introduction to statics, dynamics and mechanics of solids with application to biomedical problems.
- BMEG 311 – Bioengineering Mechanics II: Introduction to statics, dynamics and mechanics of solids with application to biomedical problems. Topics include viscoelasticity, particle and 3D kinematics and kinetics, impulse, momentum and energy. Continued from BMEG310.
- BMEG 320 – Biological Transport Phenomena: Fundamental and biomedical applications of fluid mechanics. Introduction to diffusive and convective mass and heat transfer with biomedical applications.
- BMEG 330 – Biomedical Instrumentation: Introduction to the basics of assembling and using instrumentation for the purposes of recording electrophysiological signals. Mechanical, chemical, electrical and biological principles for biomedical measurements. Instrumentation for measuring bioelectrical signals, temperature, blood pressure, and body chemistry are covered.
- BMEG 367 – Biostatistics: Descriptive and inferential statistics plus fundamental principles of design of experiments. Topics include hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, linear regression, randomized and factorial designs with an emphasis on biomedical applications.
- BMEG 401 - Systems Physiology I: Human physiology from a quantitative viewpoint. Anatomy and pathology, where appropriate. Functional/structural aspects of mammalian nervous and musculoskeletal systems. Topics include cellular physiology, autonomous nervous system, neurophysiology and cardiovascular system.
- BMEG 402 - Systems Physiology II: Human physiology from a quantitative viewpoint. Anatomy and pathology, where appropriate. Functional/structural aspects of mammalian nervous and musculoskeletal systems. This is the second in the sequence of two courses covering respiratory, renal, digestive, endocrine and musculoskeletal systems in a quantitative and integrative manner.
- BMEG 450 – Biomedical Engineering Design: Open-ended team-based design projects in the medical devices or research arena. Systems approach requiring design strategy and concepts, including reliability, safety, ethics, economic analysis, marketing, FDA regulations, and patents. Open to BMEG seniors only.
- CHEM 103 – General Chemistry I: Matter, the changes that matter undergoes, and the laws governing these changes, with greater emphasis on atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, and energy relationships. Properties of gases, liquids, solids and solutions. Includes 42 hours of laboratory work. COREQ: MATH114 or higher.
- CHEM 104 – General Chemistry II: Continuation and application of CHEM103 with additional emphasis on chemical spontaneity, equilibrium, rates of reactions, electrochemistry and organic chemistry. Includes 42 hours of laboratory work.
- CHEM 321 – Organic Chemistry I: First half of two-semester survey of structure, synthesis, and reactions of organic compounds. Includes 42 hours of laboratory work that introduces basic laboratory techniques of organic chemistry.
- CHEM 322 – Organic Chemistry II: Second half of two-semester survey of structure, synthesis and reactions of organic compounds. Includes 42 hours of laboratory work that introduces basic laboratory techniques of organic chemistry.
- CHEM 527 – Introduction to Biochemistry: For undergraduate majors in biology and chemistry, graduate students in agriculture, biology, nutrition, marine sciences and engineering not using biochemistry professionally. BISC104 or BISC207 strongly recommended.
- CISC 106 – General Computer Science for Engineers: Principles of computer science illustrated and applied through programming in a general-purpose language. Programming projects illustrate computational problems, styles, and issues that arise in engineering. COREQ: MATH115, MATH117, or any higher-level math course or math placement level.
- ELEG 305 – Signals & Systems: Introduction to signals, systems and communications. Covers discrete and continuous time systems, sampling, and conversion between analog and digital signals. Example systems studied may include voice coding, telephony, television and digital audio.
- ELEG 479 – Introduction to Medical Imaging Systems: Physics, instrumentation, system design, and image reconstruction algorithms will be covered for the following modalities: radiography, x-ray computed tomography (CT), single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), positron emission tomography (PET), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and real-time ultrasound.
- MATH 241 – Analytical Geometry & Calculus A: Functions, limits, continuity, derivatives and definite integrals. Exponential and log functions; simple differential equations modeling exponential growth and decay (linear and separable ODEs).
- MATH 242 – Analytical Geometry & Calculus B: Functions, limits, continuity, derivatives and definite integrals. Exponential and log functions; simple differential equations modeling exponential growth and decay (linear and separable ODEs).
- MATH 243 – Analytical Geometry & Calculus C: Vectors, operations on vectors, velocity and acceleration, partial derivatives, directional derivatives, optimization of functions of two or more variables, integration over two and three dimensional regions, line integrals, Green's Theorem. Includes use of the computer package, Maple, to perform symbolic, numerical and graphical analysis.
- MATH 305 – Applied Mathematics for Chemical Engineering: A special applied mathematics course designed for chemical engineering majors. Emphasis is given on the interaction between mathematical theory and its engineering applications.
- MSEG 302 – Materials Science for Engineers: Crystal binding and structure; energetics and structure of lattice defects; elasticity, plasticity, and fracture; phase equilibria and transformations; relations of structure and treatment to properties; structures of inorganic and organic polymers; and electronic and magnetic properties.
- MSEG 460 – Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering: Explores the principles and methodologies of tissue engineering with polymeric biomaterials. Both biological and materials science concepts will be introduced. Specific topics include cell growth and differentiation, extracellular matrix composition and properties, polymerization methods, polymer characterization methods and mechanical properties, and drug delivery.
- PHIL 444 – Medical Ethics: Seminar focuses on such topics as experimentation with human subjects, genetic engineering and the moral problems of health care.
- PHYS 207 – Fundamentals of Physics I: First course in a sequence with PHYS208 that provides an introduction to physics for those in physical sciences and engineering. Emphasis on Newton's laws of motion and conservation principles. These are applied to motion in a gravitational field, and to rotation of a rigid body. Integrates conceptual understanding with extensive problem solving and laboratory experience. COREQ: MATH241.
- PHYS 208 – Fundamentals of Physics II: Second course in a sequence with PHYS207 that provides an introduction to physics for those in the physical sciences and engineering. Emphasis on electro- and magnetostatics in terms of forces, fields and potentials, with some elements of circuit theory. Furthermore, magnetic induction and Maxwell's equations in integral form are introduced. Integrates conceptual understanding with extensive problem solving and laboratory experience.
Technical electives in the Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering curriculum offer the students the opportunity to pursue particular areas of interest. Since biomedical engineers work in a broad range of technical areas, the approved list of technical electives includes upper level courses across departments. For descriptions, please see the UD Course Catalog.
Additional upper-level and graduate-level courses may also be approved by the academic advisor. An independent study project approved by the academic advisor (3 credits) can also count as a technical elective. To pursue an independent study project, please review the information posted by the registrar. Also, before the semester begins, please be sure to 1) contact Michele Schwander to enroll in BMEG 366/466; 2) complete a Special Project Description Form with your project advisor and obtain the necessary signatures; and 3) complete the Independent Study/DLE webform in UDSIS.
The Academic Enrichment Center offers individual and group tutors for popular classes in addition to study skills workshops and other student support efforts to enhance the University experience. The College of Engineering requires that all undergraduates meet with their academic advisor at least once per semester (see advising guidelines).
BMEG 450 (Biomedical Engineering Design) is the Capstone Course in the undergraduate curriculum in Biomedical Engineering. It is a one-semester, six credit course where teams of senior-level students work with industry sponsors, clinical liaisons and faculty advisors to develop real-world engineering solutions.
University Honors Program
For students seeking more rigorous coursework, comprehensive advising, private music study, smaller classes and the experience of living among some of the top students on campus, the University Honors Program offers many options.
Medical and Dental Careers
For students interested in applying to medical school or dental school, or in gaining an MD/PhD after they graduate, information can be found at the site for Medical and Dental Careers. More information on pursuing careers in the health professions can be found at the Center for Premedical & Health Profession Studies. If you are interested in these careers, there are many relevant student organizations that you can join.