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Undergraduate Program

Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering (BSBME)


The Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering is a degree program that combines training in design, research, and practical methods, with a solid math, science, and engineering curriculum to provide education with breadth and depth in the field. A key aspect of biomedical engineering is its interdisciplinary nature; introductory courses in mathematics, statistics, biology, chemistry, and physics, together with foundation/concentration engineering courses build the basis for creating the synergy among these disciplines that is required in the practice of biomedical engineering. The mission of the Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical engineering is to provide students with undergraduate educational experiences that provide a sound basis for professional practice in biomedical engineering, life-long learning, and leadership roles in the biomedical engineering field.

The curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical engineering is intended to prepare students to continue with graduate study either in biomedical engineering or medicine, or to enter professional practice as a bioengineer or designer of biomedical systems. The curriculum includes intensive instruction in math, sciences and engineering disciplines, design and research projects, and biomedical engineering specific courses, culminating in a year-long senior capstone project. The main course concentration in BME is open to all students that apply and includes a design specific course. As an alternative option to this traditional concentration elective courses, the program also offers a set of research and design concentration elective courses. Enrollment in this set of elective courses (BME 3-6) is limited to a maximum of 16 students. If more than 16 students register for BME 3, the first course in the series, only the 16 students with the highest cumulative GPA in their freshman year at Tufts will be enrolled, while the remaining students would take the main course concentration option. The program leading to the BSBME degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

The student outcomes of the Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering specify that, by the time of graduation, all graduates will be able to:

  • Apply fundamental knowledge of mathematics, statistics, physical sciences, biology, physiology, and engineering for the solution of problems at the interface of engineering and biology;
  • Make measurements on and interpret data from living systems, addressing the problems associated with the interaction between living and non-living materials and systems;
  • Communicate effectively, work as part of a multidisciplinary team, and have an awareness of professional and ethical responsibilities to have a positive impact on society;
  • Recognize the importance of life-long learning in order to expand one's knowledge base;
  • Actively participate in creative and integrative design projects and independent research projects.

The program educational objectives of the Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering specify that graduates of the program will:

  • Be successful in tackling open-ended biomedical engineering problems in a quantitative and systematic fashion;
  • Be motivated to continuously expand their knowledge, be creative and innovative in their contributions to the field of biomedical engineering;
  • Perform, manage, or lead original engineering design and research projects in an ethical and professional manner; carry this out at the highest levels in private industry, research laboratories, medical school, graduate and professional schools.

The degree checklist, guidelines for course selection, and summary of course requirements and timeline for the BSBME program can be found at the links below: