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Engineering for Human Health

The B.S. in Biomedical Engineering (BME) trains engineers to work at the interface between engineering and the biomedical sciences. The curriculum is structures into two phases: Foundational and Specialization.

The Foundational Phase establishes a core of math and science, builds a solid foundation in quantitative engineering methods and biomedical sciences, and exposes students to opportunities in biomedical engineering. In the Specialization Phase, students focus their studies in one of three areas:

  • Biosensing & Instrumentation
  • Cell, Tissue and Organ Biomechanics
  • Systems and Network Biology

Specializations involve technical electives that focus on the application of engineering methods to track-related biomedical problems.

The BME degree leverages strong ties between UVM's College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences and Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine. This BME collaboration will provide students unique biomedical opportunities in a professional setting.

Specializations

Below is an approximate 4 year plan for each specialization of the Biomedical Engineering degree. There are a number of elective courses available, which can be found listed below. In order to proceed to the 4th semester of the BME curriculum, students must complete all courses that comprise the pre-engineering technical (PET) core with a C- or better in each. Students must attempt all classes in their first year. Students must take two courses (6 Credits) from the University's Approved Diversity courses (category 1 - D1, and Category 2 - D2) and one approved sustainability (SU) course (3 Credits). Two courses (6 Credits) in addition are required from the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences' list of approved General Education courses.

Biosensing & Instrumentation

Year 1

Semester 1CreditsSemester 2Credits
ENGR 050 - First-Year Engineering Seminar1BME 001 - Intro to Biomedical Engineering Design2
ENGR 002 - Graphical Communications2CHEM 032 - General Chemistry II4
CHEM 031 - General Chemistry I4BHSC 034 - Human Cell Biology4
ENGS 001 - Written Expression3MATH 022 - Calculus II4
MATH 021 - Calculus I4PHYS 031 - Physics for Engineers I4
CS 020 - Programming for Engineers3  

Year 2

Semester 1CreditsSemester 2Credits
EE 100 - Electrical Engineering Concept4EE 004 - Linear Circuits II3
CE 001 - Statics3EE 082 - Circuits Lab II2
ANPS 019 - Human Anatomy & Physiology4EE 101 - Digital Control w/ Embedded Systems4
MATH 121 - Calculus III4ANPS 020 - Human Anatomy & Physiology4
PHYS 125 - Physics for Engineers II3MATH 271 - Applied Mathematics for Engineers3
  BME 081 - Laboratory Experience I2

Year 3

Semester 1CreditsSemester 2Credits
EE 171 - Signals and Systems4BME-BI Electives12
EE 120 - Electronics3BME 152 - Spring Workshop1
STAT 151 - Applied Probability3Gen Ed Elective3
MATH 122 - Applied Linear Algebra3  
BME 151 - Fall Workshop1  
Gen Ed Elective3  

Year 4

Semester 1CreditsSemester 2Credits
BME Technical Electives6BME Technical Electives6
BME 181 - Laboratory Experience II2Gen Ed Electives6
Gen Ed Elective3BME 188 Capstone Design II3
BME 187 Capstone Design I3  

Technical Electives for Biosensing & Instrumentation

CourseTitle
BIOC 212Biochemistry of Human Diseases
BIOL/CS/CSYS 352Evolutionary Computation
BHSC 140Radiation Science
BHSC 175Cross Sectional Imaging
CE/CSYS 359Applied Artificial Neural Networks
CS/CSYS 256Neural Computation
CSYS/EE/ME 295Systems and Synthetic Biology
EE/ME 207Bioengineering
EE/ME 210Control Systems
EE 227Biomedical Instrumentation & Systems
EE 228Sensors
EE 275Digital Signal Processing
EE 278Image Processing and Coding
EXMS 240Motor Skill & Control
HLTH 135Adv. Medical Equiptment Systems
ME 208Biomechanics: Tissue Engineering
ME 209Biomechanics: Transport Processes
ME 285Biomedical Engineering Seminar
ME 207Bioengineering
ME 312/295Advanced Bioengineering Systems
MPBP 323Biophysical Techniques
RMS 213Biomechanics of Human Movement
RMS 250Exercise Physiology
STAT 200Biostatistics
STAT 211Statistical Methods

Cell, Tissue & Organ Biomechanics

Year 1

Semester 1CreditsSemester 2Credits
ENGR 050 - First-Year Engineering Seminar1BME 001 - Intro to Biomedical Engineering Design2
ENGR 002 - Graphical Communications2CHEM 032 - General Chemistry II4
CHEM 031 - General Chemistry I4BHSC 034 - Human Cell Biology4
ENGS 001 - Written Expression3MATH 022 - Calculus II4
MATH 021 - Calculus I4PHYS 031 - Physics for Engineers I4
CS 020 - Programming for Engineers3  

Year 2

Semester 1CreditsSemester 2Credits
EE 100 - Electrical Engineering Concept4ME 040 - Thermodynamics3
CE 001 - Statics3ME 012 - Dynamics3
ANPS 019 - Human Anatomy & Physiology4ME 014 - Mechanics of Solids3
MATH 121 - Calculus III4ANPS 020 - Human Anatomy & Physiology4
PHYS 125 - Physics for Engineers II3MATH 271 - Applied Mathematics for Engineers3
  BME 081 - Laboratory Experience I2

Year 3

Semester 1CreditsSemester 2Credits
ME 143 - Fluid Mechanics3BME-CTO Electives12
ME 101 - Materials Engineering3BME 152 - Spring Workshop1
STAT 143 - Statistics for Engineers3Gen Ed Elective3
MATH 122 - Applied Linear Algebra3  
BME 151 - Fall Workshop1  
Gen Ed Elective3  

Year 4

Semester 1CreditsSemester 2Credits
BME Technical Electives6BME Technical Electives6
BME 181 - Laboratory Experience II2Gen Ed Electives6
Gen Ed Elective3BME 188 - Capstone Design II3
BME 187 - Capstone Design I3  

Technical Electives for Cell, Tissue & Organ Biomechanics

CourseTitle
BHSC 140 Radiation Science
BHSC 175 Cross Sectional Imaging
BHSC 242Immunology
CS/CSYS 256Neural Computation
EE/ME 207Bioengineering
EXMS 240Motor Skill & Control
HLTH 135Adv. Medical Equiptment Systems
ME 208Biomechanics: Tissue Engineering
ME 209Biomechanics: Transport Processes
ME 285Biomedical Engineering Seminar
ME 207Bioengineering
ME 295Biomaterials
ME 312/295Advanced Bioengineering Systems
MMG 223Immunology
MMG 231Programming for Bioinformatics
MMG 232Methods in Bioinformatics
MMG 233Genetics & Genomics
MPBP 323Biophysical Techniques
PHRM 201Introduction to Pharmacology
PHRM 272Toxicology
PHRM 240Molecules and Medicine
RMS 213Biomechanics of Human Movement
RMS 250Exercise Physiology
STAT 200Biostatistics
STAT 211Statistical Methods

Systems & Network Biology

Year 1

Semester 1CreditsSemester 2Credits
ENGR 050 - First-Year Engineering Seminar1BME 001 - Intro to Biomedical Engineering Design2
ENGR 002 - Graphical Communications2CHEM 032 - General Chemistry II4
CHEM 031 - General Chemistry I4BHSC 034 - Human Cell Biology4
ENGS 001 - Written Expression3MATH 022 - Calculus II4
MATH 021 - Calculus I4PHYS 031 - Physics for Engineers I4
CS 020 - Programming for Engineers3  

Year 2

Semester 1CreditsSemester 2Credits
EE 100 - Electrical Engineering Concept4CS 064 - Discrete Structures3
CE 001 - Statics3CS 110 - Intermediate Programming4
ANPS 019 - Human Anatomy & Physiology4ANPS 020 - Human Anatomy & Physiology4
MATH 121 - Calculus III4MATH 271 - Applied Mathematics for Engineers3
PHYS 125 - Physics for Engineers II3BME 081 - Laboratory Experience I2

Year 3

Semester 1CreditsSemester 2Credits
EE 171 - Signals and Systems3BME-SNB Electives12
CS 124 - Data Structures and Algorithms3BME 152 - Spring Workshop1
STAT 143 - Statistics for Engineers3Gen Ed Elective3
MATH 122 - Applied Linear Algebra3  
BME 151 - Fall Workshop1  
Gen Ed Elective3  

Year 4

Semester 1CreditsSemester 2Credits
BME Technical Electives6BME Technical Electives6
BME 181 - Laboratory Experience II2Gen Ed Electives6
Gen Ed Elective3BME 188 - Capstone Design II3
BME 187 - Capstone Design I3  

Technical Electives for Systems & Network Biology

CourseTitle
BIOC 212Biochemistry of Human Diseases
BIOL/CS/CSYS 352Evolutionary Computation
BHSC 242Immunology
CE/CSYS 359Applied Artificial Neural Networks
CS/CSYS 256Neural Computation
CSYS/EE/ME 295Systems and Synthetic Biology
CS/CSYS 302Modeling Complex Systems
EE/ME 207Bioengineering
EE/ME 210Control Systems
MATH 266Chaos, Fractals & Dynamical Systems
MATH 268Mathematical Biology & Ecology
MATH/CSYS 300Principles of Complex Systems
MATH/CSYS 303Complex Networks
ME 208Biomechanics: Tissue Engineering
ME 209Biomechanics: Transport Processes
ME 285Biomedical Engineering Seminar
ME 207Bioengineering
ME 295Biomaterials
ME 312/295Advanced Bioengineering Systems
MMG 223Immunology
MMG 231Programming for Bioinformatics
MMG 232Methods in Bioinformatics
MMG 233Genetics & Genomics
MPBP 323Biophysical Techniques
PHRM 201Introduction to Pharmacology
PHRM 272Toxicology
PHRM 240Molecules and Medicine
STAT 200Biostatistics
STAT 211Statistical Methods

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College of Engineering and Mathematics
Department of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering
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Median salary

$86,000

Careers

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