biomedical engineering curriculum

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Biomedical Engineering Curriculum

The demand for the life-enhancing and innovative medical technologies and services that biomedical engineers create is expected to increase dramatically, particularly as the 77 million baby boomers enter their 60s and beyond. The aging of this generation is also likely to spark developments in the care of the elderly that will require the expertise of biomedical engineers.

Biomedical engineers work alongside doctors, nurses, and other medical caregivers to develop and improve such technologies as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computer-aided tomography (CAT), ultrasound, artificial knees and hips, and tissue engineering, as well as cardiac pacemakers and artificial hearts, electro-surgical and laser-surgery instruments, electrocardiogram machines, defibrillators, and dialysis equip­ment, among many others.

Biomedical engineers combine a sound foundation in engineer­ing with a working knowledge of the life sciences. These two areas together enable biomedical engineers to design procedures and devices that assist in the diagno­sis and treatment of disease and injury, make medical testing less intrusive, enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities, and otherwise improve the practice of medicine.


Why Biomedical Enigineering at Lawrence Tech?

As a biomedical engineering student at Lawrence Tech, you are exposed to the University's signature "theory and practice" approach to learning. Extensive laboratory work and opportunities for co-op positions and internships in hospitals, health care institutions, and the medical equipement industry provide valuable hands-on experiences, and dedicated faculty bring current industry knowledge and cutting-edge research to the classroom. You will gain additional insight from presentations given by researchers, industry and health care professionals, and consultants who study the "best practices" in the industry, such as responsibe conduct in research, protection of human subjects, and professional behavior. Building on the entrepreneurial mindset, you will also complete a two-semester design project sequence that can further prepare you to enter a competitive workforce or to pursue advanced engineering or medical degrees. At Lawrence Tech, you will benefit from engaging classes in a high-tech learning environment. Laptop computers, provided to all undergraduates, allow you access to valuable industry-standard software - a unique benefit valued up to $15,000. You are also exposed to the University’s Leadership Program, integrated into all undergraduate curricula, preparing you with the marketable skills that employers seek.

Lawrence Tech’s program can position you for a career in biomedical engineering, as well as in the traditional areas of engineering. It can also offer excellent preparation for working professionals who require expertise in biomedical engineering.

The BS in Biomedical Engineering requires 132 credit hours, focused on the areas of biomechanics, bioelectronics, biomaterials, and biofluids. The curriculum also includes advanced courses from the biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and natural sciences programs. In addition, the coordination of programs at Lawrence Tech makes it easy to earn a dual degree in either biomedical and electrical engineering or biomedical and mechanical engineering. Designed to accommodate your busy schedule, classes are offered both during the day and in the evening.

The biomedical engineering flowchart illustrates course sequence completed by every BME student prior to graduation.




Humanities (with emphasis on leadership) 


Communication and Math




General Engineering13


Biomedical Engineering (with emphasis on bioelectronics, biomechanics, biomaterials, and biofluids)


Electives (engineering or life sciences)