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BS in Biomedical Engineering

The biomedical engineering (BME) curriculum integrates selected engineering sciences and design methods with life science coursework. The program prepares students for careers in a variety of health care related professions including work for medical device manufacturers and regulatory governmental agencies. The course content of the biomedical engineering curriculum complements the departmental strengths in mechanical engineering and includes a comprehensive coverage of engineering materials and biomechanics applications. Elective courses are available to allow students to specialize their curriculum to areas of particular current interest in the marketplace such as cellular and tissue engineering applications. The biomedical engineering program also allows students to meet medical school admission requirements with an appropriate selection of technical electives.


Below is the list of courses for each of the four years of the mechanical engineering program. Hours shown in parentheses; total = 128 credit hours.

Term 1 Hours Milestone Notes
CHEM 120* or CHEM 128* 4 MATH 130 or higher or one Arts and Humanities*, Cultures and Civilizations*, or Social Sciences* Elective
EF 105 1
EF 151* or EF 157* 4
1ENGL 101* or ENGL 118* 3
MATH 141* or MATH 147* 4
Term 2
CHEM 130* or CHEM 138* 4 MATH 130 or higher
EF 152* or EF 158* 4
ENGL 102* 3
MATH 142* or MATH 148* 4
ME 202 2
Term 3
BCMB 230 5 EF 151* or PHYS 135*
MATH 200, MATH 231 4
ME 231 3
STAT 251 3
Term 4
BME 271 3 EF 152* or PHYS 136*
MATH 241 or MATH 247 4
ME 321 3
MSE 201 3
PHYS 231* 3
Term 5
AE 341 or AE 347 3 CBE 201 or COSC 102* or ME 202 or MSE 201
2Arts and Humanities Elective* 3
BME 363 or BME 367; BME 474 6
ECE 301 3
Term 6
2Arts and Humanities Elective* 3 No milestones
BME 315, BME 345, BME 409 9
PHYS 232* 4
Term 7
BME 410*, BME 430*, BME 455, BME 473 or BME 477 11 No milestones
ECON 201* or ECON 207* 4
2Social Sciences Elective* 3
Term 8
4Biomedical Engineering Elective 3 No milestones
BME 469 3
2Cultures and Civilizations Electives* 6
3Technical Elective 3

* Meets University General Education Requirement.
1 Students receiving a grade of A or B in ENGL 118* will complete their first year composition requirement by choosing ENGL 102*, a sophomore literature course in the English Department, or ENGL 355*.
2 Choose any course from the University General Education list.
3 Technical Elective: Restricted to any 300-500 biomedical engineering course not required for the degree or CHEM 350 or CHEM 358, CHEM 360 or CHEM 368.
4 Biomedical Engineering Elective: Restricted to any 300-500 biomedical engineering course not required for the degree.


The College of Engineering offers a minor in biomedical engineering to those undergraduate students whose academic history provides the prerequisites for the courses required by the minor. The minor requires the completion of a minimum of 32 credits. Some of the courses used in the minor may also satisfy requirements for the student’s major.

Students may enroll in the minor program by completing a form at the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering, 316A Dougherty Engineering Building. A copy of the completed enrollment form and information on the minor requirements will be forwarded to the student’s home department advisor.


AE 341 – Fluid Mechanics I
BCMB 230 – Human Physiology
BME 315 – Signals and Systems Analysis
BME 345 – Biomedical Engineering Instrumentation and Measurement
BME 363 – System Dynamics
BME 430 – Biomedical Engineering Laboratory
BME 473 – Applied Biomechanics
ECE 301 – Circuits and Electro Mechanical Components
ME 321 – Mechanics of Materials
MSE 201 – Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering

Honors Biomedical Engineering Concentration

In addition to satisfying the requirements for the biomedical engineering major, candidates for the honors concentration must also complete the following requirements.

  • First-year courses for honors concentrations in the engineering majors. (Note: Most of the honors requirements are course substitutions for the biomedical engineering major.)
  • Two upper-division honors courses in biomedical engineering (BME 367, BME 477).
  • A minimum of 3-credit hours of an honors senior design course. This requirement is normally satisfied as part of the senior capstone design course (BME 469).

Five-Year BS/MS Biomedical Engineering Program

The department offers a 5 year BS-MS program for qualified students. The primary component of the program is that qualified students may take up to 9 hours of approved graduate courses for their senior undergraduate electives and have them count toward both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Tennessee. This program is designed for students attending the University of Tennessee for their Master of Science degree because other universities may not accept these courses for graduate credit since they were used to satisfy requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree. Significant components of the program are:

  • Students must have an overall GPA of at least 3.4 to be admitted to the program. Conditional admission may be granted after completing 64 hours of required course work while full admission is granted after completing 96 hours of required course work with a minimum overall GPA of 3.4 in required course work.
  • Students must at least have conditional admission before taking graduate courses for both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees. All courses taken for graduate credit must be approved by the departmental chair of the program. Students admitted to the program must request permission from the Graduate School to take approved courses for graduate credit. Students admitted to the program must also follow the normal procedure for admission to the Graduate School.
  • Admission of students into this program must be approved by the department and the Graduate School.
  • Students will not be eligible for graduate assistantships until they are enrolled as graduate-level students in the Graduate School.

Click here for more information on the Five-Year BS/MS Program.