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The BSE Curriculum, Biomedical Specialization
The goals of the biomedical specialization curriculum are to produce graduates who can effectively accomplish biomedical engineering design and analysis, who can effectively communicate orally and in writing, and who can successfully compete with other engineers for jobs or acceptance into graduate/professional programs. In addition, the BME curriculum should exceed minimum recognized standards for engineering education.
Owing to the technical complexities of, and team-oriented approach to, solving medical problems, biomedical specialization students study the basic sciences, mathematics, and engineering common among traditional engineering fields. Beyond this, they study the life sciences and how traditional engineering can be used to understand, analyze, and design physiological and medical systems. Specific components of the curriculum are outlined in the following section.
Biomedical engineering students have two curricular paths to choose from within the specialization. They may choose the traditional path, which emphasizes slightly more mathematics and engineering content or they may choose the pre-medical/science path. This path emphasizes slightly more the sciences and will meet the pre-requisite course requirements for medical schools. The two curricula are shown in detail below.
The BME specialization has four core areas that include Biomechanics, Biofluids, Bioinstrumentation, and Tissue/Cell Engineering. Each student on either the traditional path or the pre-medical/science path is required to take the introductory class in each area and is required to take an advanced class in two of the four areas. Students may use their technical electives to enhance the other BME areas if they wish or pursue their interests in other STEM fields.
Qualified students are strongly encouraged to pursue post baccalaureate education whether in a medical or other professional school, or in graduate school, all of which are available at Mercer.
Mercer’s five-year Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) in Biomedical Engineering degree is available to the top academic students and also offers the opportunity of minoring in another engineering discipline. The emphasis of this degree is on the practice of engineering. Students accepted into the MSE program begin combined BSE and MSE studies during their senior year. Students are encouraged to complete their undergraduate degree by the end of the senior year. The MSE degree may be used as a preparation for advanced graduate education at other institutions.
Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) Degree Requirements: Biomedical Specialization—Traditional Path
 
BSE General Education
32 hours
(includes PHY 162)
 
 
 
Engineering Core
45 hours
 
 
Additional Mathematics
3 hours
MAT 293 Multivariable Calculus
 
 
 
Additional Science
16 hours
BIO 205. Introduction to Biology for Biomedical Engineers
 
BIO 325. Comparative Animal Physiology
 
CHM 112. General Chemistry II
 
CHM 221. Organic Chemistry I
 
 
 
Required Biomedical Engineering (BME) courses
24 hours
BME 288. Introduction to Biomedical Engineering
 
BME 302. Biomedical Instrumentation
 
BME 312. Biomechanics
 
BME 320. Tissue and Cell Engineering
 
BME 340. Basic Transport Phenomena
 
BME 445L. Senior Biomedical Engineering Lab
 
BME 480. Introduction to Senior Design
 
BME 487. Engineering Design Exhibit I
 
BME 488. Engineering Design Exhibit II
 
 
 
Take two of the following:
 
BME 420. Advanced Tissues and Cell Engineering
 
BME 440. Dynamics of Biological Fluids
 
BME 460. Biomedical Materials
 
BME 470. Biomedical Applications/Microcontrollers
 
 
 
Technical Electives
9 hours
Technical electives are advanced engineering, science, and math courses chosen by the student with the approval of the student’s faculty advisor for the purpose of providing additional depth in areas of special interest to the student. Students pursuing the MSE degree must select technical electives consistent with minor requirements in another engineering discipline. Students are strongly encouraged to pursue post baccalaureate education.
 
 
Total Semester Hours Required (Traditional Path)
129 hours
 
Degree Requirements: Biomedical Specialization—Pre-Medical/Science Path
 
BSE General Education
32 hours
(includes PHY 162)
 
 
Engineering Core
45 hours
 
 
Additional Science
26 hours
BIO 211. Introduction to Biology I
 
BIO 212. Introduction to Biology II
 
BIO 325. Comparative Animal Physiology
 
CHM 112. General Chemistry II
 
CHM 221. Organic Chemistry I
 
CHM 222 Organic Chemistry II
 
 
 
Required Biomedical Engineering (BME) courses
24 hours
BME 288. Introduction to Biomedical Engineering
 
BME 302. Biomedical Instrumentation
 
BME 312. Biomechanics
 
BME 320. Tissue and Cell Engineering
 
BME 340. Basic Transport Phenomena
 
BME 445L. Senior Biomedical Engineering Lab
 
BME 480. Introduction to Senior Design
 
BME 487. Engineering Design Exhibit I
 
BME 488. Engineering Design Exhibit II
 
 
 
Take two of the following:
 
BME 420. Advanced Tissue and Cell Engineering
 
BME 440. Dynamics of Biological Fluids
 
BME 460. Biomedical Materials
 
BME 470. Biomedical Applications/Microcontrollers
 
 
 
Technical Electives
6 hours
Technical electives are advanced engineering, science, and math courses chosen by the student with the approval of the student’s faculty advisor for the purpose of providing additional depth in areas of special interest to the student. Students pursuing the MSE degree must select technical electives consistent with minor requirements in another engineering discipline. Students are strongly encouraged to pursue post baccalaureate education.
 
 
 
Total Semester Hours Required (Pre-Medical/Science Path)
133 hours
 
Biomedical Specialization-Traditional Path
 
Freshman Year
Fall Semester
Spring Semester
TCO 141
Intro to Prof. Comm
 
TCO 141
Intro to Prof. Comm
 
Or
 
3 0 3
Or
 
3 0 3
EGR 126
Programming for Engr
 
EGR 126
Programming for Engr
 
MAT 191
Calculus I
4 0 4
MAT 192
Calculus II
4 0 4
CHM 111
General Chem I
3 3 4
CHM 112
Gen Chem II
3 3 4
UNV 101
Freshman Experience
1 0 1
PHY 161
Gen Physics I
3 3 4
EGR 107
Intro to Engr Desgn
3 0 3
XXX
Gen Ed Grp 2/3/4
3 0 3
 
 
__ __ __
 
 
__ __ __
 
 
14 3 15
 
 
16 6 18
 
 
Sophomore Year
Fall Semester
Spring Semester
BME 288
Intro Biomed Engr
0 3 1
EGR 236
Dynamics
3 0 3
EGR 232
Statics/Solid Mech
3 0 3
EGR 245
Intro Elec & Power
3 0 3
EGR 244
Electric Circuit Ana.
3 0 3
EGR 246L
Electr. Circuits Lab
0 3 1
EGR 251
Intro to Prf Ethics
1 0 1
TCO 341
Tech Comm
3 0 3
MAT 330
Intro to Diff Eq
3 0 3
EGR 235
Thermodynamics
3 0 3
PHY 162
Gen Physics II
3 3 4
MAT 293
Multivar Calculus
3 0 3
EGR 252
Prob & Stat Engr
3 0 3
 
 
 
 
 
__ __ __
 
 
__ __ __
 
 
16 6 18
 
 
15 3 16
 
 
Junior Year
Fall Semester
Spring Semester
BIO 205
Biology for BME
3 3 4
BME 320
Tissue & Cell Engr
3 0 3
CHM 221
Organic Chem I
3 3 4
BME 340
Trans Phenom
2.5 1.5 3
EGR 386
Feedback Cont
3 0 3
BME 480
Intr to Sen Design
0 1 0
BME 312
Biomechanics
3 0 3
EGR 312
Engr Econ
3 0 3
BME 302
Bioinstrument
2.5 1.5 3
XXX
Tech Elec
3 0 3
 
 
 
XXX
Gen Ed Grp 2/3/4
3 0 3
 
 
__ __ __
 
 
__ __ __
 
 
14.5 7.5 17
 
 
14.5 2.5 15
 
 
Senior Year
Fall Semester
Spring Semester
BME 487
Engr Des Exhib I
0 6 2
BME 488
Engr Des Exhib II
0 6 2
BME xxx
BME Track Elec
3 0 3
BME 445L
Senior BME Lab
0 3 1
XXX
Tech Elective
3 0 3
BME xxx
BME Track Elec
3 0 3
XXX
Hum/SS/Com Elec
3 0 3
BIO 325
Comp Anim Phys
3 3 4
XXX
Gen Ed Grp 2/3/4
3 0 3
XXX
Hum/SS/Com Elec
3 0 3
 
 
 
XXX
Tech Elective
3 0 3
 
 
__ __ __
 
 
__ __ __
 
 
12 6 14
 
 
12 12 16
 
Biomedical Specialization-Pre-Med Path/Science Path
 
Freshman Year
Fall Semester
Spring Semester
TCO 141
Intro to Prof. Comm
 
TCO 141
Intro to Prof. Comm
 
Or
 
3 0 3
Or
 
3 0 3
EGR 126
Programming for Engr
 
EGR 126
Programming for Engr
 
MAT 191
Calculus I
4 0 4
MAT 192
Calculus II
4 0 4
CHM 111
Gen Chemistry I
3 3 4
CHM 112
Gen Chem II
3 3 4
UNV 101
Freshman Experience
1 0 1
PHY 161
Gen Physics I
3 3 4
EGR 107
Intro to Engr Dsign
3 0 3
XXX
Gen Ed Grp 2/3/4
3 0 3
 
 
__ __ __
 
 
__ __ __
 
 
14 3 15
 
 
16 6 18
 
 
Sophomore Year
Fall Semester
Spring Semester
BME 288
Intro Biomed Engr
0 3 1
EGR 236
Dynamics
3 0 3
EGR 232
Statics/Solid Mech
3 0 3
EGR 245
Intro Elec & Power
3 0 3
EGR 244
Electric Circuits Ana.
4 0 4
EGR 246L
Electr. Circuits Lab
0 3 1
EGR 251
Intro to Prf Ethics
1 0 1
BIO 211
Intro to Biology I
4 3 5
MAT 330
Intro to Diff Eq
3 0 3
EGR 235
Thermodynamics
3 0 3
PHY 162
Gen Phys II
3 3 4
TCO 341
Tech Comm
3 0 3
EGR 252
Prob & Stat Engr
3 0 3
 
 
 
 
 
__ __ __
 
 
__ __ __
 
 
16 3 18
 
 
16 6 18
 
 
Junior Year
Fall Semester
Spring Semester
BIO 212
Biology II
4 3 5
BME 320
Tissue & Cell Engr
3 0 3
CHM 221
Organic Chem I
3 3 4
CHM 222
Organic Chem II
3 3 4
EGR 386
Feedback Cont
3 0 3
BME 480
Intr to Sen Design
0 1 0
BME 312
Biomechanics
3 0 3
BME 340
Trans Phenom
2.5 1.5 3
BME 302
Bioinstrument
2.5 1.5 3
EGR 312
Engr Econ
3 0 3
 
 
 
XXX
Gen Ed Grp 2/3/4
3 0 3
 
 
__ __ __
 
 
__ __ __
 
 
15.5 7.5 18
 
 
14.5 7.5 16
 
 
Senior Year
Fall Semester
Spring Semester
BME 487
Engr Des Exhibit I
0 6 2
BME 488
Engr Des Exhibit II
0 6 2
BME 4xx
BME Track Elec
3 0 3
BME 445L
Senior BME Lab
0 3 1
XXX
Tech Elective
3 0 3
BME 4xx
BME Track Elective
3 0 3
XXX
Hum/SS/Com Elec
3 0 3
BIO 325
Comp Anim Phys
3 3 4
XXX
Gen Ed Grp 2/3/4
3 0 3
XXX
Hum/SS/Com Elec
3 0 3
 
 
 
XXX
Tech Elective
3 0 3
 
 
__ __ __
 
 
__ __ __
 
 
12 6 14
 
 
12 12 16