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Undergraduate Curriculum

Biomedical Engineering
Undergraduate Curriculum 

The SBHSE program at ASU has pioneered a biomedical engineering curriculum to make our graduates the most well rounded, experienced and prepared to take advantage of this growing need for skilled biomedical engineers. From the moment you arrive on campus we will begin to teach you what it takes to become a successful biomedical engineer. Our faculty has a wide range of expertise and is leading the country in many areas such as synthetic biology, neurorehabilitation, biosensors and biomaterials and our graduates are among the most sought after in the country.  While enrolled, you will learn how to apply advanced knowledge of systems physiology, neuroscience, molecular biology and computer science to engineer solutions to many of the worldʼs health problems. 

Program Educational Objectives

Biomedical engineering applies principles of engineering, math and science to study and solve problems in engineering, biology and medicine. Our goal is to produce high-quality graduates with broad-based education in biomedical engineering who are well prepared for careers in industry and further study in graduate, medical or other health professional schools. Our graduates are trained to apply their technical skills in an ethical and sustainable manner to make contributions that address societal and individual needs.

Specifically, three to five years after graduation we expect our graduates to:

  • Be productively employed, progressing in graduate study, or progressing in a health-professions program (including medical school), especially in human and animal medicine, biotechnology and related biology-based or medical device engineering fields.
  • Continue to develop technical knowledge, awareness and leadership abilities to address domestic or global issues in human health and biomedical engineering.
  • Ethically and responsibly contribute to society, drawing from an integrated, multidisciplinary biomedical engineering education, with particular emphasis on health-care outcomes and sustainability. 

Student Outcomes

  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  • An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global,        cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  • An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  • An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  • An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies. 

Core Curriculum 

The Biomedical Engineering core curriculum features a strong foundation in math, physics, and chemistry in addition to courses centered on engineering design fundamentals. The program boasts an innovative three-semester sequence of design courses that students are able to begin immediately in their first year. This not only provides the opportunity for freshman to get hands-on experience in device design to address global health needs, but also provides a backbone to the foundational engineering courses that allows students to translate engineering principles into practical applications. This leads directly into the culminating capstone design experience taken in the senior year. These courses feature a year long, team-based biomedical engineering design project under the mentorship of experienced faculty and in collaboration with community partners where students will leverage their engineering knowledge and skills to research and develop new technology that has meaningful real world impact.

To learn more about the sequence of classes required to complete the Biomedical Engineering degree program, please visit the Major Map. 

 Related Elective List

In addition to a rigorous core curriculum, each student is required to complete a certain number of upper division related electives. 

Each BME undergraduate student is responsible for selecting courses from the list of Approved Related Electives that will meet their degree requirements.

  • Some courses have pre/co-requisites. Check the current catalog for pre/co-requisite information.
  • Omnibus (394, 494) or special topics course numbers (e.g. EDP 310) must match the course title exactly as shown on the approved list to be used towards the related elective requirement.
  • If the course you are interested in taking is not listed, submit this form for the course to be evaluated. Timeline for evaluations is 1-2 weeks. Students will be notified via email regarding the status of their submission.

List of Approved Related Electives 

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ABET Accreditation

The School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering B.S.E. in BME program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,  http://www.abet.orgLearn why that is important for you.