The BS in Biomedical Engineering requires completion of the courses in the core curriculum, five upper level engineering electives (two from tier 1, three from tier 2), five humanity/social science electives, and three general electives (see sample curriculum at right).
Students must also meet all School of Engineering & Applied Science and WashU requirements (including the English Composition requirement) and, to satisfy ABET requirements for a professional degree, must accrue 47 engineering topics credits over their coursework.
BME Curriculum Total Credits = 120 (49 topics credits)
Students majoring in Biomedical Engineering may choose to double major within SEAS, leading to a second professional Bachelor of Science degree in one of the other engineering disciplines in four years. A degree in Biomedical Engineering combined with a professional degree in one of the traditional engineering disciplines can be expected to enhance employment options in industry. Depending upon the second major chosen, total unit requirements may range from 140 to 148 (or fewer if the student enters with AP credits). Hence, some summer work may be necessary in order to complete a double major within four academic years. To determine the specific requirements to be satisfied for both degrees, students are urged to consult with an adviser in the second department and their four-year adviser as early as possible.
A majority of undergraduate engineering students pursue a minor in engineering or other disciplines, such as business. For Biomedical Engineering majors, there are four engineering minors that are easily obtainable within the typical four year BME curriculum. These recommended minors require 4 or less additional classes – most of which count towards the electives within the BME major.
Recommended Engineering Minors for Biomedical Engineering Majors
- Bioinformatics - Bioinformatics is a joint program of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, School of Engineering, and the Department of Biology, College of Arts & Sciences. Mindful of the emerging opportunities at the interface of biology and computer science, the Departments of Biology and of Computer Science and Engineering are sponsoring a Bioinformatics Minor that will serve students from both departments, as well as other students from the natural sciences and engineering with an interest in this field.
- Computer Science - As computing drives innovation in nearly all industries, the Department of Computer Science and Engineering offers a minor in computer science to provide a basic foundation in software and computer science.
- Electrical Engineering - This program covers classes in several fields of science and engineering, encompassing electronics, solid-state devices, applied electromagnetics, RF and microwave technology, fiber-optic communication, applied optics, nano-photonics, sensors, and medical and biological imaging technology.
- Mechanical Engineering - The Minor in Mechanical Engineering complements studies in a field related to mechanical engineering, such as biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, physics, chemistry, or architecture. The Minor is intended to provide students with a credential that could enhance their opportunities for employment or graduate study.
The engineering school offers additional minors; however, they typically require 15 units or more of coursework outside the standard BME curriculum. Students who enter with significant transfer credit and/or advanced placement may be able to complete these minors in the standard 4 years. Otherwise, students will typically require a summer semester or two to complete these minors.
Engineering Minors requiring Advanced Placement or Summer Effort for BME Majors
- Aerospace Engineering
- Energy Engineering
- Environmental Engineering Science
- Nanoscale Science & Engineering
- Systems Science & Engineering
Sophomores who identify interest toward integrating biomedical engineering with upper-level coursework in one of the other four SEAS departments should take the corresponding sophomore-level course listed below as one of their electives. This course does not fulfill a core or upper level requirement, but will substantively improve preparation for integrative courses taken within BME and across SEAS.
- CSE 247 Data Structures and Algorithms
- EECE 201 Engineering Analysis of Chemical Systems
- ESE 232 Introduction to Electronic Circuits
- MEMS 255 Engineering Mechanics II
The abbreviations below will help students choose upper level Tier electives according to their interests. For example, BME 450/550 includes elements of Computer Science.
- CH = Energy, Environment & Chemical Engineering (EECE)
- CS = Computer Science & Engineering (CSE)
- ES = Electrical & Systems Engineering (ESE)
- MM = Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science (MEMS)
- A = All