Biomedical Engineering- Bachelor of Science in Engineering

For information, contact the Department of Chemical, Paper and Biomedical Engineering, 64 Engineering Building, 513-529-0760.

This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Biomedical engineering is the integration of life sciences with engineering to develop solutions for healthcare related problems. The program uses a multi-disciplinary approach, deriving its strength from biology, chemistry, mathematics and various engineering disciplines as well as computational sciences. Together, these enable the graduate to analyze, design, synthesize, and test products and processes in a variety of areas, such as medical equipment and instrumentation, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, prosthetics and biomaterials. Graduates may also choose to pursue advanced study in graduate or professional degree programs.

The biomedical engineering program provides the student with a broad biomedical engineering education enhanced by liberal arts courses in life sciences, economics, humanities, social sciences, and global perspectives.

Within the biomedical engineering curriculum, students can specialize in bioinformatics and computational biology, bioelectrical signals, or in preparation for medical school. A partial list of organizations that employ biomedical engineers includes medical device, equipment, sensor, and instrument manufacturers, hospitals, clinical laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, and biotechnology industries.

Program Educational Objectives

The undergraduate Biomedical Engineering program at Miami University focuses on the integration of interdisciplinary engineering sciences, biological sciences, engineering design and a global liberal education. It has premedical, bioinformatics, biomedical engineering, and bioprocessing engineering concentrations. Based on the needs of our constituents, we expect our graduates to attain the following within a few years of graduation:

  • the demonstrated technical knowledge, skills and expertise of bioengineering required to provide practical and economically viable solutions in their chosen profession.
  • the organizational, leadership, and general communication skills to successfully lead interdisciplinary teams.
  • higher-level cognitive skills and critical thinking to analyze complex problems and develop robust solutions.
  • professional development through lifelong learning, and successful adaptation to the ever changing societal environment and evolving technologies within their chosen profession.
  • sound ethical judgement in decision making, leadership roles, and matters of health, safety and serving the needs of society.

Student Outcomes

These student outcomes prepare our graduates to attain the program educational objectives listed above, and should be attained by students by the time they graduate.

  1. Ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. Ability to 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. Ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. Ability to 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. Ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.

  6. Ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. Ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Credit/No-credit Policy

All courses in chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, statistics and those in the College of Engineering and Computing (CPB, CSE, ECE, EGM, MME, CEC) that are used to fulfill requirements of the major, must be taken for a grade.

Divisional Policy

DOUBLE MAJORS: Students with two majors in the College of Engineering and Computing must take a minimum of 15 different/additional credit hours in their second major beyond the requirements of their first major.

Grade Requirements

You must earn a grade of C or better in MTH 151,  CHM 142PHY 191 and CPB 204.

Program requirements

The Bioengineerig major requires the following courses; additional hours to meet the Global Miami Plan for Liberal Education are also required.
Core Requirements (minimum 46 hours)
BIO/MBI 116Biological Concepts: Structure, Function, Cellular, and Molecular Biology4
BIO 203Introduction to Cell Biology3
BIO 305Human Physiology4
CHM 141
CHM 144
College Chemistry
and College Chemistry Laboratory
CHM 142
CHM 145
College Chemistry
and College Chemistry Laboratory
ENG 313Technical Writing3
MTH 151Calculus I5
MTH 245Differential Equations for Engineers3-4
or MTH 246 Linear Algebra and Differential Equations for Engineers
MTH 251Calculus II4-5
or MTH 249 Calculus II
PHY 191General Physics with Laboratory I5
PHY 192General Physics with Laboratory II5
Bioengineering and Engineering Science (43 hours)
CEC 101Computing, Engineering & Society1
CPB 102Introduction to Chemical and Bioengineering (or equivalent)3
CPB 219Statics and Mechanics of Materials3
or MME 312 Mechanics of Materials
(MME 312 is recommended for the Mechanical Engineering minor)
CPB 204Mass and Energy Balances I2
CPB/MME 314Engineering Thermodynamics3
CPB 318Transport Phenomena I4
Select one of the following:3-4
Chemical and Bio- Engineering Computation and Statistics
Modeling and Design in Engineering
and Numerical Methods in Engineering
(MME 201 & MME 202 are recommended for the Mechanical Engineering minor)
Object-Oriented Programming
(CSE 271 is recommended for the Bioinformatics minor)
Select all of the following:
CPB/MME 341Engineering Economics3
CPB 417Biomedical Engineering3
CPB 419Biomaterials3
CPB 421Bioethics1
CPB 423Biomechanics3
CPB 471
CPB 472
Engineering Design I
and Engineering Design II
CPB 482Process Control3
ECE 205Electric Circuit Analysis I4
Related Courses
STA 301Applied Statistics3-4
or STA 261 Statistics
or ECE 345 Applied Probability and Statistics for Engineers
(ECE 345 is recommended for Electrical Engineering minor)
Select one of the following:3-4
Outlines of Biochemistry
and Outlines of Biochemistry Lab
Fundamentals of Biochemistry
Bioinformatic Principles
Molecular and Cellular Biophysics
Physics for Medicine and Biology
(CHM 432 is recommended for Pre-med students)
(CSE 456 is recommended for bioinformatics minor)
Select one of the following;
CHM 241
CHM 244
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
or CHM 231 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry
(CHM 241 & CHM 244 recommended for Pre-med students)
Select one of the following 3 options9 (minimum)
Option 1. Complete all requirements for a minor in Bioinformatics
(When taking a cross-listed course, you must register for the CSE version)
Option 2. Take the following three courses, recommended for Electrical Engineering minor
Computer-Aided Experimentation
Elements of Robotics
Signals and Systems
Biomedical Signal Analysis
Option 3. Select 3 of the following
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Biophysical Chemistry I
(CHM 242 & CHM 245 are recommended for Pre-med students)
Fundamentals of Medical Device Design
Chemical Kinetics and Reactor Design
Biochemical Engineering
Fundamentals of Tissue Engineering