Biomedical Engineering - BS

Department Head: M. McShane

Director of Undergraduate Programs: M. McDougall

Committed to solving the world's greatest health problems through the exploration of new ideas, integrated research and innovation, the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University is producing the next generation of biomedical engineers in industry and at tier-one research institutions, developing new technologies and new jobs, and achieving revolutionary advancements for the future of health care.

The undergraduate curriculum in biomedical engineering involves the development and application of engineering science and technology for living and medical systems. Based around a basic core of courses, the bachelor's degree is designed to prepare students for team involvement with other engineers and with physicians and life scientists to solve a wide array of biological and medical problems. Elective courses are included to accommodate individual student specialty interests within the fields of biomechanics, biomaterials, bioinstrumentation, and biomolecular and cellular engineering. Students interested in specialized professional school programs such as medical school can meet admission prerequisites through slight modifications and additions to the curriculum.

The department offers a Bachelor of Science degree and a minor.  For more information, including degree requirements and application deadlines, visit

The freshman year is identical for degrees in aerospace engineering, architectural engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, electronic systems engineering technology, environmental engineering, industrial distribution, industrial engineering, interdisciplinary engineering, manufacturing and mechanical engineering technology, mechanical engineering, multidisciplinary engineering technology, nuclear engineering, ocean engineering, and petroleum engineering (Note: not all programs listed are offered in Qatar). The freshman year is slightly different for chemical engineering, biomedical engineering and materials science and engineering degrees in that students take CHEM 119 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 and CHEM 120.  Students pursuing degrees in biological and agricultural engineering should refer to the specific curriculum for this major. It is recognized that many students will change the sequence and number of courses taken in any semester. Deviations from the prescribed course sequence, however, should be made with care to ensure that prerequisites for all courses are met.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
CHEM 107 General Chemistry for Engineering Students 1,4 3
CHEM 117 General Chemistry for Engineering Students Laboratory 1,4 1
ENGL 103
Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition 1
or Composition and Rhetoric
ENGR 102 Engineering Lab I - Computation 1 2
MATH 151 Engineering Mathematics I 1,2 4
University Core Curriculum 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
ENGR 216/PHYS 216 Experimental Physics and Engineering Lab II - Mechanics 1 2
MATH 152 Engineering Mathematics II 1 4
PHYS 206 Newtonian Mechanics for Engineering and Science 1 3
University Core Curriculum 3 3
Select one of the following: 3-4
Fundamentals of Chemistry II 4  
 Semester Credit Hours15-16
 Total Semester Credit Hours31-32
Plan of Study Grid
Second Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
BMEN 101 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering 1,6 1
BMEN 207 Computing for Biomedical Engineering 1 3
ENGR 217/PHYS 217 Experimental Physics and Engineering Lab III - Electricity and Magnetism 2
MATH 251
Engineering Mathematics III
or Engineering Mathematics III
PHYS 207 Electricity and Magnetism for Engineering and Science 3
VTPP 434 Physiology for Bioengineers I 4
 Semester Credit Hours16
BMEN 211 Biomedical Applications of Signals and Systems 1 3
BMEN 253 Medical Device Design I 1 1
CHEM 227 Organic Chemistry I 3
MATH 308 Differential Equations 3
VTPP 435 Physiology for Bioengineers II 4
Select one of the following: 3
Public Speaking  
Communication for Technical Professions  
Writing about Literature  
Technical and Business Writing  
 Semester Credit Hours17
Third Year
BMEN 305 Bioinstrumentation 1 1
BMEN 321 Biomedical Electronics 1 3
BMEN 341 Biofluid Mechanics 1 3
BMEN 343 Introduction to Biomaterials 1 3
BMEN 350 Statistics for Biomedical Engineering 1 3
University Core Curriculum 1,3 3
High Impact Experience 7 0
Engineering Professional Development  
 Semester Credit Hours16
BMEN 344 Biological Responses to Medical Devices 1 3
BMEN 345 Biomaterials Lab 1 1
BMEN 353 Medical Device Design II 1 1
BMEN 361 Biosolid Mechanics 1 3
BMEN 420 Medical Imaging 1 3
University Core Curriculum 3 6
 Semester Credit Hours17
Fourth Year
BMEN 452 Mass and Energy Transfer in Biosystems 1 3
BMEN 453 Analysis and Design Project I 1 2
BMEN 465 Biomechanics Experiential Learning Lab 1 1
University Core Curriculum 3 3
Technical electives 8 6
 Semester Credit Hours15
BMEN 450 Case Studies 1,6 1
BMEN 454 Analysis and Design Project II 1 2
University Core Curriculum 3 3
Technical electives 8 9
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours96

Total Program Hours 128

Required courses9
Biosignal Analysis
Principles and Analysis of Biological Control Systems
Embedded Systems for Medical Applications
Select from the following:3-6
   or Research 
Biomedical Optics Laboratory
Magnetic Resonance Engineering
   or Magnetic Resonance Engineering 
Healthcare Technology in the Developing World
Introduction to Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
Ultrasound Imaging
Digital Image Processing
Select from the following:6-15
Biomedical Engineering of Tissues
Polymeric Biomaterials
Polymeric Biomaterial Synthesis
Biomedical Nanotechnology
Drug Delivery
Select from the following:0-9
   or Research 
Polymer Chemistry
Introduction to Polymer Engineering
Processing and Characterization of Polymers
Materials Processing
Polymer Science
Select from the following:12-15
   or Research 
Molecular and Cellular Biomechanics
Orthopedic Biomechanics
Motion Biomechanics
Cardiac Mechanics
Soft Tissue Mechanics and Finite Element Methods
Advanced Biomechanics
Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
Dynamics and Vibrations
Solid Mechanics in Mechanical Design
Bio-inspired Engineering Design
Design of Mechanical Components and Systems
Computer Aided Engineering
Finite Element Analysis in Mechanical Engineering
Biomolecular and Cellular Engineering
Required courses6
Biomolecular Engineering
Biomolecular and Cellular Engineering Laboratory
Select from the following:6-9
   or Research 
Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
   or Computational Genomics 
Molecular and Cellular Biomechanics
Select up to one course from the following:
Biomedical Engineering of Tissues
Biomedical Nanotechnology
Drug Delivery
Select from the following to apply to any of the tracks above:0-3
Accounting Concepts and Procedures I
History of Human and Veterinary Medicine in Europe
FDA Good Laboratory and Clinical Practices
Entrepreneurial Pathways in Medical Devices
Organic Chemistry II
Cell Mechanisms of Disease