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Department of Biomedical Engineering

Undergraduate Program

Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering (BSBME)

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

Second Major in Biomedical Engineering (BED)

The second major in biomedical engineering is offered to engineering students. Students must enroll in conjunction with another engineering undergraduate departmental major. For the second major in biomedical engineering, students are required to complete ten courses. No more than five of these courses may be used to fulfill the concentration requirement of the first major. All ten courses must be taken for a letter grade.

The ten courses required for the second major in biomedical engineering as follows:

  1. Biology 13 (5 SHUs) or Engineering Science 11 (3 SHUs)
  2. Physics 12 (5 SHUs) or Chemistry 2 (5 SHUs)
  3. Probability and Statistics Elective (see links to checklist below)
  4. Engineering Science 3 (5 SHUs) or Engineering Science 5 (3 SHUs)
  5. Engineering Elective (see links to checklist below)
  6. Biomedical Engineering 50 (3 SHUs)
  7. Biomedical Engineering 62 or Biomedical Engineering 100 (3 SHUs)
  8. Biomedical Engineering 164 or Biomedical Engineering 131 (3 SHUs)
  9. Biomedical Engineering elective (see links to checklist below)
  10. Biomedical Engineering elective (see links to checklist below)

The degree checklist for the BED program can be found at the links below:

Second Major in Biomedical Sciences (BES)

The second major in biomedical engineering sciences is offered to liberal arts students. Students must enroll in conjunction with another undergraduate departmental major. For the second major in biomedical engineering sciences, students are required to complete ten courses. No more than five of these courses may be used to fulfill the concentration requirement of the first major. All ten courses must be taken for a letter grade. The ten credits are required for the second major in biomedical engineering are as follows:

1. Biomedical Engineering 50
2. Biomedical Engineering 62
3-5. Three Biomedical Engineering elective courses
6-10. Five elective courses related to biomedical sciences, including independent studies, research, and design projects.*

* A partial list of acceptable elective courses is the following:

  • Any course with BME designation
  • BIO 115 - General Physiology I
  • BIO 116 - General Physiology II
  • BIO 132 - Biostatistics
  • Chem 135 - Biophysical Chemistry
  • Chem 157 - Medicinal Chemistry
  • Chem 171/172 - Biochemistry I/II
  • COMP 171 - Human Computer Interaction
  • ENP120 – Project Study in Human Systems
  • ENP 161 - Human Factors in Product Design
  • ENP 162 - Man-Machine System Design
  • ENP 166 – Computer Interface Design
  • MATH 150 - Math. Models in Biology
  • ME 121 - Biomaterials
  • ME 152 - Biomechanics
  • OTS 105 - Assistive Technology
  • PHIL 124 – Bioethics
  • PHY 25 - Biophysics
  • PHY 31 – Optics and Wave Motion
  • PSY 31 - Statistics for Behavioral Sciences

The degree checklist for the BES program can be found at the link below:

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