Biomedical engineering is a branch of engineering in which knowledge and skills are developed and applied to define and solve problems in biology and medicine. Biomedical engineering is attractive to some students because they want to help others. Some are drawn to it for the excitement of working with living systems and applying technical solutions to the complex problems. The biomedical engineer is a health care professional, a group which includes physicians, nurses, and technicians. Biomedical engineers may be called upon to design medical devices like pacemakers, coronary stents, or prosthetics hips & knees. The biomedical engineer may also bring together knowledge from many sources to develop new manufacturing or medical procedures. Some biomedical engineers will carry out research to acquire new knowledge. According to the Whitaker Foundation website, (, and based on a forecast by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (, biomedical engineering jobs will climb almost twice as fast as the overall average for a 26.1 percent gain by 2012. Overall job growth is projected to be 14.8 percent. This is an exciting time for biomedical engineering at Rose-Hulman. The biomedical engineering program will produce engineers with the medical and biological knowledge needed to solve many of the health care problems that face our society. The program will prepare graduates for careers in the biotechnology and health-related industries, as well as in government and industrial research laboratories. Those wishing to continue their studies in graduate school or health professions programs will be exceptionally well qualified to do so.

Biomedical Engineering Program Educational Objectives

Objectives are defined as "expected accomplishments of graduates during
the first several years following graduation from the program."

  • Graduates will apply the theories and concepts of biology, mathematics,
    physical science and engineering science essential to being a successful
    biomedical engineer.
  • Graduates will apply practical and technical skills required for biomedical
    engineering practice.
  • Graduates will work and communicate effectively with all of the people around
  • Graduates will exercise their professional responsibilities towards society.
  • Graduates will apply design principles to open-ended problems subject to technical, practical and societal constraints.

Biomedical Engineering Student Outcomes

By the time students graduate with a Biomedical Engineering Degree from Rose-Hulman, they will:

  • have a strong background in and be able to apply knowledge of biology, mathematics, and the physical and engineering sciences.
  • be able to describe challenges associated with the interactions of living tissues with engineered systems and propose safe and effective strategies
    for meeting these challenges.
  • have an advanced and current body of knowledge within biomaterials, biomechanics, or biomedical instrumentation.
  • be able to work safely, independently, and confidently in a laboratory environment.
  • be able to design and conduct experiments, making measurements from both living and non-living systems.
  • be able to analyze and present results of experiments, using graphical techniques and statistical analyses.
  • be able to assimilate knowledge from diverse areas to solve problems of importance to the biomedical and engineering sciences.
  • be able to communicate effectively with colleagues and with non-technical audiences, in oral, graphical and written formats.
  • be able to function in multidisciplinary teams in different roles.
  • be aware of how the rapid developments of biomedical engineering necessitate continual updating of skills.
  • have the skills required for self-learning.
  • be able to evaluate the ethical dimensions of issues relevant to biomedical engineering.
  • be aware of the impacts, both positive and negative, that advancements in biomedical engineering have on local and global society.
  • be able to assess client needs, identify relevant constraints (e.g. regulatory, manufacturing, economic, environmental, societal, etc.), and formulate the design problem.
  • be able to generate multiple, creative solutions for a problem and develop criteria by which to rank the merit of feasible solutions.
  • be able to critically review the performance of a solution in achieving the identified needs and suggest relevant improvements or necessary revisions.

The biomedical engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,


Freshman Year    
Fall Term   Credit
AB 110 Cell Structure and Function 4
PH 111 Physics I 4
MA 111 Calculus I 5
CLSK 100 College & Life Skills 1
EM 104 Graphical Communication 2
  Total 16
Winter Term   Credit
AB 120 Comparative Anatomy &
PH 112 Physics II 4
MA 112 Calculus II 5
BE 100 Problem Solving in the
Biological Sciences and
  Total 17
Spring Term   Credit
PH 113 Physics III 4
RH 131 Rhetoric & Composition 4
MA 113 Calculus III 5
EM 121 Statics and 
Mechanics of Materials I
  Total 17
Sophomore Year    
Fall Term   Credit
ES 201 Conservation &
Accounting Principles
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I 4
MA 211 Differential Equations 4
ES 203 Electrical Systems 4
  Total 16
Winter Term   Credit
ES 202 Fluid and Thermal
ES 204 Mechanical Systems 3
MA 212 Matrix Algebra and 
Systems of 
Differential Equations
CHEM 113 General Chemistry II 4
HSS Elective 4
  Total 18
Spring Term   Credit
BE 201 Biomedical Measurements 4
AB 130 Evolution and Diversity 4
ES 205 Analysis & Design of 
Engineering Systems
MA 223 Engineering Statistics 4
  Total 16
Junior Year    
Fall Term   Credit
HSS Elective 4
AB 205 Cellular Physiology 4
RH 330

Technical and
EM 204 Statics and 
Mechanics of Materials II
  Total 16
Winter Term   Credit
BE 310 Physiological Systems I 4
BE 331 Biomechanics 3
BE 351 Biomedical Engineering Lab 2
BE 361 Biomaterials 3

RH 330
Technical and
  Total 16
Spring Term   Credit
SV 304 Bioethics 4
BE 320 Physiological Systems II 4
BE 390 Principles of Biomedical 
Engineering Design
BE Area 4
  Total 14
Senior Year    
Fall Term   Credit
BE 410 Biomedical Engineering 
Design I
HSS Elective 4
  Free Elective 4
BE Area Elective 4
  Total 16
Winter Term   Credit
BE 420 Biomedical Engineering 
Design II
HSS Elective 4
  Free Elective 4
BE Area Elective 4
  Total 16
Spring Term   Credit
BE 430 Biomedical Engineering 
Design III
HSS Elective 4
  Free Elective 4
BE Area Elective 4
  Total 14
  Total credits required: 192

Biomedical Engineering Areas of Concentration

To receive the B.S. Degree Program in Biomedical Engineering, each student must satisfy the requirements of one of three Biomedical Engineering Areas of Concentration: Biomaterials, Biomechanics or Biomedical Instrumentation. The course options for each of these Areas are given below. A total of 16 credits (including required courses) from one of the lists must be taken.

It is not permissible to "mix and match" courses from different area lists without written permission from the ABBE department head.

Biomedical courses that are offered as special topics courses (e.g. BE491 or BE597) may only be used with the written permission of the department head. Students should work out their schedule in advance to ensure that all graduation requirements are met.


Course Title
BE 417 Advanced Materials
BE 516 Introduction to MEMS
BE 539 Multiscale Biomechanincs
BE 560 Tissue-Biomaterial Interactions
BE 570 Introduction to Tissue Engineering
CHE 315* Materials Science and Engineering
CHE 441 Polymer Engineering
ME 317** Design for Manufacturing
BE 317** Design for Biomedical Manufacturing
ME 328* Materials Engineering

*CHE 315 OR ME 328 may be used, but not both
**ME 317(3 cr) to be taken concurrently with BE317(1 cr)


Course Title
BE 340 Biomedical Instrumentation and Signal Processing
BE 350 Biocontrols
BE 516 Introduction to MEMS
BE 435/535 Biomedical Optics
BE 555 Electrophysiology
ECE 230 Microcontrollers and Computer Architecture
ECE 480 Introduction to Image Processing
ME 430 Mechatronic Systems
BE 541 Medical Imaging
BE 543 Neuroprosthetics


Course Title
ME 317** Design for Manufacturing
BE 317** Design for Biomedical Manufacturing
BE 525 Biomedical Fluid Mechanics
BE 531 Biomechanics II
BE 534 Soft Tissue Mechanics
BE 539 Multiscale Biomechanics
BE 545 Orthopaedic Biomechanics
BE 550 Research Methods in Biomechanics
EM 403 Advanced Mechanics of Materials
ME 422 Finite Elements for Engineering Applications
ME 520 Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing
ME 522 Advanced Finite Element Analysis

Biomedical Engineering Thesis Option:

The biomedical engineering thesis option is intended for students who complete a substantive research project in this field. In order to complete this thesis option a student must:

  1. Pass a minimum of 8 credit hours of BE 492.
  2. Perform research in BE492 that involves the same research project and is completed under the direction of a departmental faculty mentor. None of these credits may be used to fulfill the biomedical engineering area elective requirement.
  3. Complete the course, BE 499 Thesis Research, in which the thesis is written and submitted to the department, and an oral research presentation is given to a minimum of three departmental faculty members, including the student’s advisor. Successful completion of the biomedical engineering thesis will be noted on the student’s transcript.

Biomedical Engineering Area Minor

The biomedical engineering area minor is intended to provide a strong biomedical engineering background to undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing careers in the biomedical industry and the health care related fields.

In order to complete the requirements in the biomedical engineering area minor, a student must complete AB110 "Cell Structure and Function" and 16 credits from list shown below. At least three of the courses must have a BE prefix.

Biomedical Engineering Minor Electives

PH 302 4 Biophysics
AB 411 4> Genetic Engineering
BE 310 4 Analysis of Physiological Systems I
BE 320 4 Analysis of Physiological Systems II
BE 331 Biomechanics
BE 340 4 Biomedical Instrumentation
BE 350 4 Biocontrol Systems
BE 351 2 Biomedical Engineering Lab *
BE 352 1 Biomechanics Lab *
BE 353 1 Biomaterials Lab *
BE 361 3 Biomaterials
BE 435/535 4 Biomedical Optics
BE 482 4 Bioengineering Statistics
BE 510 4 Biomedical Signal and Image Processing
BE 525 4 Biomedical Fluid Mechanics
BE 531 4 Biomechanics II
BE 534 4 Soft Tissue Mechanics
BE 539 4 Multiscale Biomechanics
BE 541 4 Medical Imaging
BE 543 4 Neuroprosthetics
BE 545 4 Orthopaedic Biomechanics
BE 550 4 Research Methods in Biomechanics
BE 555 4 Electrophysiology
BE 560 4 Tissue-Biomaterial Interactions
BE 570 4 Introduction to Tissue Engineering

*Students getting credit for BE351 cannot get credit for BE352 or BE353.

In addition to courses on the above list, students are required to have completed at least 12 credits of basic engineering courses. These courses may be chosen from the list below:

Basic Engineering Courses

EM 121 Statics and Mechanics of Materials I
EM 204 Statics and Mechanics of Materials II
EM 301 Fluid Mechanics
ECE 130 Introduction to Logic Design
ECE 200 Circuits & Systems
ES 201 Conservation & Accounting Principles
ES 202 Fluid & Thermal Systems
ES 203 Electrical Systems
ES 204 Mechanical Systems
CHE 201 Conservation Principles and Balances
CHE 202 Basic Chemical Process Calculations
CHE 301 Fluid Mechanics

Successful completion of an area minor is indicated on the student's transcript. A student interested in pursuing an area minor in biomedical engineering should consult with the Head of the Department of Applied Biology and Biomedical Engineering.