Undergraduate Program

Admissions Information

The Biomedical Engineering Program at the University of Delaware offers an undergraduate program that provides a broad background in chemical, mechanical, materials science and electrical engineering. It prepares students for careers in biomedical research with a quantitative engineering emphasis. It is also designed to provide students with sufficient coursework for advanced training at graduate, medical or physical therapy schools or in other allied health professions.

The University of Delaware Admissions Office provides demographics about the current freshman class, admission requirements, application process, and information about campus visits and financial aid. At this time, no special student fees are requested for the program in biomedical engineering.

“Our mission is to use engineering principles to help people in the community.”

Vinu Rajendran

Senior BME Student, 2016, University of Delaware

Overview

Through the Biomedical Engineering program at UD, undergraduate students earn a Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering designed to be completed in four years.

Graduates of the undergraduate program in biomedical engineering will be equipped with a solid foundation in mathematics, the sciences, and the technical skills needed to analyze and design biomedical systems. Students will have the opportunity to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems based on fundamental biomedical concepts, to design and conduct laboratory experiments, and to critically analyze and interpret data. We will integrate problem-based experiences with an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility as students undertake design problems in biomedical engineering. Each student will possess strong written, oral, and graphical communication skills, and will be able to function on multi-disciplinary teams. Following graduation, these Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering recipients will have the necessary qualifications for employment in biomedical engineering and related professions, and for entry into advanced studies, including medical school, engineering graduate school, and other professional programs.

Small Class Size

Limited to 55 students per year

Well-rounded program

Enrollment is 40% women

Hands-on learning

Our students learn from top-notch faculty in advanced research laboratories

processDesign & Experiential Learning

Choose a biomedical engineering challenge and propose a solution

  • Team work
  • Presentation
  • Creativity

Students undertake design problems in biomedical engineering, design biomedical systems, design and conduct laboratory experiments, and to critically analyze and interpret data.

  • Intro to BME (Freshman Design)
  • Cell & Tissue Lab (Sophomores)
  • Biomechanics Lab (Juniors)
  • Instrumentation Lab (Juniors)
  • Junior Design
  • Senior Design (Capstone class)
    • Interdisciplinary: Biomedical, Mechanical, Civil & Environmental, Electrical & Computer
    • Fall semester, 6 credits
    • Team-based design
    • Sponsored projects
    • Real-world applications
    • Integration of concepts
4-year Curriculum

The curriculum begins with lower division courses in math, physics, chemistry and biology. The upper division courses cover basic engineering topics in electronics, mechanics, biochemistry, physiology, materials science, and ethics. The program also contains three technical electives whereby students can choose from a list of approved courses.

To learn more about the curriculum go to our UD Course Catalog.

Sample Curriculum for students enrolled starting in or after Fall 2015
Sample Curriculum for students enrolled starting before Fall 2015

The degree requires 126 credit hours of study. The basic university requirements include: ENGL 110; BMEG 101; discovery learning experience in the form of a capstone senior design course (BMEG 450); and a multi-cultural course. In addition, the 21 additional College of Engineering breadth requirements must be satisfied. Moreover, six technical electives must be completed see the technical electives section below for details.

For students interested in studying a specific area in more depth, minors are available in Biochemical Engineering, Bioelectrical Engineering, Biomechanical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Nanoscale Materials.

Required Courses & Descriptions

The required courses of this curriculum will give the student a solid foundation in life sciences, applied mathematics and the engineering fields related to biomedical engineering. It will also expose him/her to various areas of biomedical engineering. Short descriptions of these courses are included below, and prerequisites and further descriptions can be found in the UD Course Catalog.

Technical Electives

Technical electives in the Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering curriculum offer the students the opportunity to pursue particular areas of interest. Since biomedical engineers work in a broad range of technical areas, the approved list of technical electives and the course descriptions can be found in the UD Course Catalog.

Additional upper-level and graduate-level courses may also be approved by the academic advisor. An independent study project approved by the academic advisor (3 credits) can also count as a technical elective.

Independent Study

If you would like to pursue an independent study project, you must complete the following steps.

Before the semester begins

1) enroll in BMEG 366 or BMEG 466 (each credit of independent study is equivalent to ~4 hr/wk of work.)

2) complete the IndependentStudy/DLE webform in UDSIS before the drop/add date for the semester

The form will route to your research advisor and a faculty review in BME for approval. After you are approved for Independent Study you will be added to the course Canvas page and asked for a

Description of experimental problem solving, designing and executing experiments and data analysis, also the potential use/identification of engineering standards (ASTM, ASME, ISO, OSA, etc) that will be used during your independent study.

At the end of the semester you will need to submit a summary report or conference abstract report to your faculty advisor and on the Canvas site (see outline). You will not get a grade for the course until the summary report or conference abstract is submitted.

 

Academic Advisement

The Academic Enrichment Center offers individual and group tutors for popular classes in addition to study skills workshops and other student support efforts to enhance the University experience. The College of Engineering requires that all undergraduates meet with their academic advisor at least once per semester (see advising guidelines).

Senior Design

BMEG 450 (Biomedical Engineering Design) is the Capstone Course in the undergraduate curriculum in Biomedical Engineering. It is a one-semester, six credit course where teams of senior-level students work with industry sponsors, clinical liaisons and faculty advisors to develop real-world engineering solutions.

University Honors Program

For students seeking more rigorous coursework, comprehensive advising, private music study, smaller classes and the experience of living among some of the top students on campus, the University Honors Program offers many options.

Medical and Dental Careers

For students interested in applying to medical school or dental school, or in gaining an MD/PhD after they graduate, information can be found at the site for Medical and Dental Careers. More information on pursuing careers in the health professions can be found at the Center for Premedical & Health Profession Studies. If you are interested in these careers, there are many relevant student organizations that you can join.