Biomedical Engineering, B.S.

Program Code: BME_BS

Entrance to Major

This program currently has administrative enrollment controls. Administrative Enrollment Controls are initiated when limitations of space, faculty, or other resources in a major prevent accommodating all students who request them. Students must follow the administrative enrollment controls that are in effect for the semester that they enter the university.

First-Year Students Entering Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021

In order to be eligible for entrance to this major, students must satisfy the following requirements:

Students Who Entered Prior to Summer 2020

Students who entered the University from Summer 2018 through Spring 2020 should view the administrative enrollment controls in the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin archive. Students who entered the University prior to the summer 2018 semester should view the administrative enrollment controls for the semester that they entered the university on the Academic Advising Portal.

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering, a minimum of 130-131 credits are required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Requirements for the Major 111-113

27 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GS courses; 9 credits of GWS courses.

Students in residence at the Commonwealth campuses may satisfy the course requirements for semesters 1-3. They should then transfer to University Park to begin studies in their major beginning with semester 4.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits

Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)

  • Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement    

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

The college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Requirements for the Major

To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn a grade of C or better in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Common Requirements for the Major (All Options)

Prescribed Courses
BME 303Bio-continuum Mechanics3
BME 403Biomedical Instrumentation Laboratory1
BME 429Biomedical Mechanics and Techniques Laboratory2
BME 440Biomedical Engineering Professional Seminar1
BME 450WBiomedical Senior Design3
CHEM 111Experimental Chemistry I Keystone/General Education Course1
CHEM 112Chemical Principles II Keystone/General Education Course3
CHEM 113Experimental Chemistry II Keystone/General Education Course1
EMCH 210Statics and Strength of Materials5
MATH 230Calculus and Vector Analysis4
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
BME 201Fundamentals of Cells and Molecules3
BME 301Analysis of Physiological Systems4
BME 313Thermodynamics for Biomedical Engineering3
BME 401Numerical Simulations in Biomedical Engineering3
BME 402Biomedical Instrumentation and Measurements3
CHEM 110Chemical Principles I Keystone/General Education Course3
CMPSC 200Programming for Engineers with MATLAB Keystone/General Education Course3
EDSGN 100Cornerstone Engineering Design3
ENGL 202CEffective Writing: Technical Writing Keystone/General Education Course3
MATH 140Calculus With Analytic Geometry I Keystone/General Education Course4
MATH 141Calculus with Analytic Geometry II Keystone/General Education Course4
MATH 251Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations4
PHYS 211General Physics: Mechanics Keystone/General Education Course4
PHYS 212General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism Keystone/General Education Course4
Additional Courses
Select 1 credit of First-Year Seminar1
ECON 102Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course3
or ECON 104 Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
CAS 100AEffective Speech Keystone/General Education Course3
or CAS 100B Effective Speech Keystone/General Education Course
ENGL 15Rhetoric and Composition Keystone/General Education Course3
or ENGL 30H Honors Rhetoric and Composition Keystone/General Education Course
Select one of the following:4
Introduction to Human Physiology Keystone/General Education Course
and Physiology Laboratory
Introduction to Human Physiology Keystone/General Education Course
and Human Anatomy and Physiology I - Laboratory Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Human Physiology Keystone/General Education Course
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II - Laboratory Keystone/General Education Course
Biology: Function and Development of Organisms Keystone/General Education Course
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 3 credits of Science or Engineering Elective courses from departmental list3
Requirements for the Option
Select an option23-24

Requirements for the Option

Biochemical Option (24 credits)
Prescribed Courses
BME 409Biofluid Mechanics3
BME 413Mass Transport in Biological Systems3
BME 423Reaction Kinetics of Biological Systems3
Additional Courses
CHEM 202Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry I3
or CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry I
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 9 credits from Biochemical Option department list9
Select 3 credits from Related Electives department list3
Medical Imaging and Devices Option (23 credits)
Prescribed Courses
BME 406Medical Imaging3
EE 210Circuits and Devices4
Additional Courses
Select 4 credits from the following:4
Digital Design: Theory and Practice
Introduction to Digital Systems
and Digital Design Laboratory
Electronic Circuit Design I
Engineering Electromagnetics
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 6 credits from the Related Electives department list6
Select 6 credits from Medical Imaging and Device Option department list6
Biomaterials Option (24 credits)
Prescribed Courses
BME 443Biomedical Materials3
BME 446Polymers in Biomedical Engineering3
MATSE 201Introduction to Materials Science3
Additional Courses
BME 408Solid Mechanics of Biological Materials3
or BME 409 Biofluid Mechanics
or BME 413 Mass Transport in Biological Systems
CHEM 202Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry I3
or CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry I
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 3 credits from Related Electives department list3
Select 6 credits from Biomaterials Option department list6
Biomechanics Option (24 credits)
Prescribed Courses
BME 408Solid Mechanics of Biological Materials3
BME 409Biofluid Mechanics3
EMCH 212Dynamics3
EMCH 315Mechanical Response of Engineering Materials2
EMCH 316Experimental Determination of Mechanical Response of Materials1
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 9 credits from Biomechanics Option department list9
Select 3 credits from Related Electives department list3

Program Educational Objectives

Three to five years after graduation, we expect our graduates to be:

  • employed in industry and government positions which include, but are not limited to, research and development, regulation, manufacturing, quality assurance and sales and marketing, or,
  • enrolled in graduate school, continuing education, or other professional development programs related to biomedical sciences and engineering, or,
  • enrolled in medical school, dental school, or other health-related professional training programs.

Student Outcomes

Student outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation.  The Biomedical Engineering program is designed to enable students to:

  1. Identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. 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
  3. Communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. 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
  5. Function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. Acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

University Park

Angela Hall
Undergraduate Program Assistant
122H Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-6614
ajh48@psu.edu

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2020-21 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

Biochemical Option: Biomedical Engineering, B.S. at University Park Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

If you are starting at a campus other than the one this plan is ending at, please refer to: http://advising.engr.psu.edu/degree-requirements/academic-plans-by-major.aspx

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 110 (GN)*#†3CHEM 112 (GN)3
CHEM 111 (GN)1CHEM 113 (GN)1
EDSGN 100*#3MATH 141 or 141E (GQ)*‡#†4
MATH 140 or 140E (GQ)*‡#†4PHYS 211 (GN, PHYSICS 211L & PHYSICS 211R)*#†4
BME 100 (or First Year Seminar)1ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 15 (GWS)‡†3
ECON 102 or 104 (GS)3General Education Course3
 15 18
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIOL 141*3BME 201*3
BIOL 142, 162, or 164*1CHEM 202 or 2103
EMCH 2105CMPSC 2003
MATH 251*4MATH 2304
PHYS 212 (PHYSICS 212L & PHYSICS 212R)*4General Education Course3
 17 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BME 301*4BME 401*3
BME 303*3BME 402*3
BME 313*3BME 4031
Related Technical Elective3BME 4093
General Education Course3BME 4133
 ENGL 202C (GWS)‡†3
 16 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BME 4292BME 4233
BME 4401BME 450W3
Biochemical Elective3Biochemical Elective3
Science or Engineering Elective3Biochemical Elective3
CAS 100A or 100B (GWS)‡†3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course (GHW)1.5
General Education Course (GHW)1.5 
 16.5 16.5
Total Credits 131

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

College Notes:

  • Students who are interested in medical school should substitute BIOL 240W (4) for BIOL 141 (3) & BIOL 142 (1).
  • CHEM 210 is required for students who are interested in medical school or who plan to take advanced organic chemistry.
  • CMPSC 200 is required because 300- and 400-level BME courses use MATLAB programming.
  • The department website lists courses acceptable as Biochemical Electives, Medical Imaging and Device Electives, Biomaterials Electives, Biomechanics Electives, Related Electives, and Science or Engineering Electives.
  • Students who complete the ROTC Program may substitute 3 ROTC credits for the GHW requirement and 3 ROTC credits for a Science or Engineering Elective.
  • These courses offered at University Park in Fall semester ONLY:
  • These courses offered at University Park in Spring semester ONLY:
  • BME 201
  • BME 401
  • BME 402
  • BME 403
  • BME 409
  • BME 413
  • BME 423

Biomaterials Option:Biomedical Engineering, B.S. at University Park Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

If you are starting at a campus other than the one this plan is ending at, please refer to: http://advising.engr.psu.edu/degree-requirements/academic-plans-by-major.aspx

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 110 (GN)*#†3CHEM 112 (GN)3
CHEM 111 (GN)1CHEM 113 (GN)1
EDSGN 100*#3MATH 141 or 141E (GQ)*‡#†4
MATH 140 or 140E (GQ)*‡#†4PHYS 211 (GN, PHYSICS 211L & PHYSICS 211R)*#†4
BME 100 (or First Year Seminar)1ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 15 (GWS)‡†3
ECON 102 or 104 (GS)3General Education Course3
 15 18
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIOL 141*3BME 201*3
BIOL 142, 162, or 164*1CHEM 202 or 2103
EMCH 2105CMPSC 2003
MATH 251*4MATH 2304
PHYS 212 (PHYSICS 212L & PHYSICS 212R)*4General Education Course3
 17 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BME 301*4BME 401*3
BME 303*3BME 402*3
BME 313*3BME 4031
BME 4433BME 4093
MATSE 2013ENGL 202C (GWS)‡†3
 General Education Course3
 16 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BME 4292BME 450W3
BME 4401Biomaterials Elective3
BME 4463Related Technical Elective3
CAS 100A or 100B (GWS)‡†3Science or Engineering Elective3
Biomaterials Elective3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course (GHW)1.5
General Education Course (GHW)1.5 
 16.5 16.5
Total Credits 131

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

College Notes:

  • Students who are interested in medical school should substitute BIOL 240 (4) for BIOL 141 (3) & BIOL 142 (1).
  • CHEM 210 is required for students who are interested in medical school or who plan to take advanced organic chemistry.
  • CMPSC 200 is required because 300- and 400-level BME courses use MATLAB programming.
  • The department website lists courses acceptable as Biochemical Electives, Medical Imaging and Device Electives, Biomaterials Electives, Biomechanics Electives, Related Electives, and Science or Engineering Electives.
  • Students who complete the ROTC Program may substitute 3 ROTC credits for the GHW requirement and 3 ROTC credits for a Science or Engineering Elective.
  • These courses offered at University Park in fall semester only:
  • These courses offered at University Park in spring semester only:

Biomechanics Option: Biomedical Engineering, B.S. at University Park Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

If you are starting at a campus other than the one this plan is ending at, please refer to: http://advising.engr.psu.edu/degree-requirements/academic-plans-by-major.aspx

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BME 100 (or First Year Seminar)1CHEM 112 (GN)3
CHEM 110 (GN)*#†3CHEM 113 (GN)1
CHEM 111 (GN)1ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 15‡†3
ECON 102 or 104 (GS)3MATH 141 or 141E (GQ)*‡#†4
EDSGN 100*#3PHYS 211 (GN, PHYS 211L & PHYS 211R)*#†4
MATH 140 or 140E (GQ)*‡#†4General Education Course3
 15 18
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIOL 141*3BME 201*3
BIOL 142, 162, or 164*1CMPSC 2003
EMCH 2105EMCH 2123
MATH 251*4MATH 2304
PHYS 212 (PHYS 212L & PHYS 212R)*4General Education Course3
 17 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BME 301*4BME 401*3
BME 303*3BME 402*3
BME 313*3BME 4031
EMCH 3152BME 4093
EMCH 3161ENGL 202C (GWS)‡†3
General Education Course3Biomechanics Elective3
 16 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BME 4292BME 450W3
BME 4401Biomechanics Elective3
CAS 100A or 100B (GWS)‡†3Related Technical Elective3
Biomechanics Elective3Science or Engineering Elective3
Related Technical Elective3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course (GHW)1.5
General Education Course (GHW)1.5 
 16.5 16.5
Total Credits 131

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

College Notes

  • Students who are interested in medical school should substitute BIOL 240W (4) for BIOL 141 (3) & BIOL 142 (1).
  • CHEM 210 is required for students who are interested in medical school or who plan to take advanced organic chemistry.
  • CMPSC 200 is required because 300- and 400-level BME courses use MATLAB programming.
  • The department website lists courses acceptable as Biochemical Electives, Medical Imaging and Device Electives, Biomaterials Electives, Biomechanics Electives, Related Electives, and Science or Engineering Electives.
  • Students who complete the ROTC Program may substitute 3 ROTC credits for the GHW requirement and 3 ROTC credits for a Science or Engineering Elective.
  • These courses offered at University Park in fall semester only:
  • These courses offered at University Park in spring semester only:

Medical Imaging & Devices Option: Biomedical Engineering, B.S. at University Park Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

If you are starting at a campus other than the one this plan is ending at, please refer to: http://advising.engr.psu.edu/degree-requirements/academic-plans-by-major.aspx

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BME 100 (or First Year Seminar)1CHEM 112 (GN)3
CHEM 110 (GN)*#†3CHEM 113 (GN)1
CHEM 111 (GN)1ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 15‡†3
ECON 102 or 104 (GS)3MATH 141 or 141E (GQ)*‡#†4
EDSGN 100*#3PHYS 211 (GN, PHYS 211L and PHYS 211R)*#†4
MATH 140 or 140E (GQ)*‡#†4 
 15 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIOL 141*3BME 201*3
BIOL 142, 162, or 164*1CMPSC 2003
EMCH 2105EE 2104
MATH 251*4MATH 2304
PHYS 212 (PHYS 212L and PHYS 212R)*4General Education Course3
 17 17
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BME 301*4BME 401*3
BME 303*3BME 402*3
BME 313*3BME 4031
BME 4063ENGL 202C (GWS)‡†3
EE 310, 330, or CMPEN 2704Medical Imaging and Devices Elective3
 Related Technical Elective3
 17 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BME 4292BME 450W3
BME 4401Medical Imaging and Devices Elective3
CAS 100A or 100B (GWS)‡†3Related Technical Elective3
Science or Engineering Elective3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course (GHW)1.5
General Education Course (GHW)1.5 
 16.5 16.5
Total Credits 130

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

College Notes:

  • Students who are interested in medical school should substitute BIOL 240W (4) for BIOL 141 (3) & BIOL 142 (1).
  • CHEM 210 is required for students who are interested in medical school or who plan to take advanced organic chemistry.
  • CMPSC 200 is required because 300- and 400-level BME courses use MATLAB programming.
  • The department website lists courses acceptable as Biochemical Electives, Medical Imaging and Device Electives, Biomaterials Electives, Biomechanics Electives, Related Electives, and Science or Engineering Electives.
  • Students who complete the ROTC Program may substitute 3 ROTC credits for the GHW requirement and 3 ROTC credits for a Science or Engineering Elective.
  • These courses offered at University Park in Fall semester ONLY:
  • These courses offered at University Park in Spring semester ONLY:

Career Paths

Careers

Medical device development; diagnostic and therapeutic tool design; physiological system modeling for the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries; medical school.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS FOR GRADUATES OF THE BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING PROGRAM

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

The biomedical engineering graduate program is a part of the Penn State Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Bioengineering. The highly flexible, mentored curriculum includes fundamental coursework in bioengineering and a number of ancillary areas including physics, chemistry, biology, materials research, esthesiology, orthopedics and rehabilitation, and more. Our students enjoy state-of-the-art research facilities and an exclusive partnership with the Penn State Hershey Medical Center. The unique landscape of the bioengineering graduate program fosters learning and collaboration among students, engineers, clinicians, and professionals in the biomedical industry.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRADUATE STUDIES

Professional Resources

Accreditation

The baccalaureate program in Biomedical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org/.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ABET ACCREDITATION

Professional Licensure/Certification

Many U.S. states and territories require professional licensure/certification to be employed. If you plan to pursue employment in a licensed profession after completing this program, please visit the Professional Licensure/Certification Disclosures by State interactive map.

Contact

University Park

DEPARTMENT OF BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING
122H Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-6614
ajh48@psu.edu

https://www.bme.psu.edu/index.aspx