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, (www.whitaker.org), and based on a forecast by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (http://www.bls.gov), 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 RoseHulman. 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 healthrelated 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
them.
 Graduates will exercise their professional responsibilities towards society.
 Graduates will apply design principles to openended problems subject to technical, practical and societal constraints.
Biomedical Engineering Student Outcomes
By the time students graduate with a Biomedical Engineering Degree from RoseHulman, 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 nonliving 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 nontechnical 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 selflearning.
 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,www.abet.org
Biomedical Engineering Plan of Study
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 & Physiology 
4 
PH 112 
Physics II 
4 
MA 112 
Calculus II 
5 
BE 100 
Problem Solving in the Biological Sciences and Engineering 
4 

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 
4 

Total 
17 
Sophomore Year 


Fall Term 

Credit 
ES 201 
Conservation & Accounting Principles 
4 
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 Systems 
3 
ES 204 
Mechanical Systems 
3 
MA 212 
Matrix Algebra and Systems of Differential Equations 
4 
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 
4 
MA 223 
Engineering Statistics 
4 

Total 
16 
Junior Year 


Fall Term 

Credit 
HSS 
Elective 
4 
AB 205 
Cellular Physiology 
4 
RH 330
HSS 
Technical and Professional Communication or Elective 
4 
EM 204 
Statics and Mechanics of Materials II 
4 

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 
HSS
RH 330 
Elective or Technical and Professional Communication 
4 

Total 
16 
Spring Term 

Credit 
SV 304 
Bioethics 
4 
BE 320 
Physiological Systems II 
4 
BE 390 
Principles of Biomedical Engineering Design 
2 
BE 
Area 
4 

Total 
14 
Senior Year 


Fall Term 

Credit 
BE 410 
Biomedical Engineering Design I 
4 
HSS 
Elective 
4 

Free Elective 
4 
BE 
Area Elective 
4 

Total 
16 
Winter Term 

Credit 
BE 420 
Biomedical Engineering Design II 
4 
HSS 
Elective 
4 

Free Elective 
4 
BE 
Area Elective 
4 

Total 
16 
Spring Term 

Credit 
BE 430 
Biomedical Engineering Design III 
2 
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.
Biomaterials Concentration
Course 

Title 
BE 417 

Advanced Materials 
BE 516 

Introduction to MEMS 
BE 539 

Multiscale Biomechanincs 
BE 560 

TissueBiomaterial Interactions 
BE 570 

Introduction to Tissue Engineering 
CHE 315* 

Materials Science and Engineering 
CHE 441 

Polymer Engineering 
ME 317** 

Design for Manufacturing 
and 


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)
Biomedical Instrumentation Concentration
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 
Biomechanics Concentration
Course 

Title 
ME 317** 

Design for Manufacturing 
and 


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 

ComputerAided 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:
 Pass a minimum of 8 credit hours of BE 492.
 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.
 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 
TissueBiomaterial 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.