Biomedical Engineering - B.S.

The Biomedical Engineering degree program is an interdisciplinary degree program that combines the knowledge core of engineering disciplines with scientific inquiry to solve problems encountered in living systems. Through course work in engineering, mathematics and the sciences, students focus on finding solutions to engineering problems. By applying the principles, analytical tools, and problem solving techniques of engineering, integrated with knowledge of the life sciences, students utilize their skills to design innovative instruments, devices and/or software for a biomedical application. This program is for students who are interested in designing instruments, devices, new procedures and/or software to create diagnostic and therapeutic tools as well as students interested in working in research.

Students who are interested in designing instruments, devices, new procedures and/or software to create diagnostic and therapeutic tools, as well as students interested in working in research, find a wide range of career opportunities when they graduate. Graduates are uniquely prepared to influence and improve human health in a variety of ways finding opportunities in manufacturing settings, health science companies, hospitals and research entities working in medical equipment design, bioinstrumentation, biomaterials, biomechanics, scientific research, medical imaging and rehabilitation engineering.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected to:

  • Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering and technology as required by the field of biomedical engineering.
  • Use math, science, and engineering processes to analyze problems, formulate solutions, conduct experiments and interpret data.
  • Communicate engineering and scientific information using oral and written arguments and visual presentation.
  • Recognize and evaluate ethical, global, and social impacts of biomedical innovation.
  • Integrate scientific knowledge, problem-solving skills, and engineering tools to design a model for a biomedical engineering application.

Biomedical Engineering

A four-year program leading to the bachelor of science degree

Engineering Foundations
ENGN1015Introduction to Engineering3
ENGN2001Digital Logic Design4
ENGN2009C Programming for Engineering4
Major Courses
General Biology - Cellular
and General Biology Laboratory - Cellular
BME4010Medical Imaging Modalities3
BME4020Interventional Physiology - Medical Device Innovation3
BME4030Biomedical Engineering Design3
ENGN2025Applied Mechanics I: Statics3
ENGN2101Linear Circuit Theory3
ENGN2102Linear Circuit Theory Lab1
ENGN3005Operational Amplifiers and Linear Circuits3
ENGN3025Applied Mechanics II: Dynamics3
ENGN3075Applied Fluid Mechanics3
MATH3040Calculus III3
SCI2031Anatomy and Physiology3
Applied/Experiential Learning
Choose 6 credits from the following:6
Directed Experiential Education D
College of Engineering & Design Internship Ic
Technical Solutions Design Project
Related Professional Studies
CAR0010Career Management1
IDES3100Parametric Engineering Design3
Choose one of the following:4
General Physics I
and General Physics I Laboratory
Physics I
and Physics I Laboratory
Choose one of the following:4
General Physics II
and General Physics II Laboratory
Physics II
and Physics II Laboratory
A&S Core Experience
Communications Foundation Courses9
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition II
Communication Skills
Integrative Learning 6
Two ILS courses, one at the 2000 level, and one at the 4000 level
Arts & Humanities 6
Ethics: A Global Perspective
One course from ART, HIST, HUM, LIT, or REL
Calculus I (or higher, based on student's placement) *
Introduction to Biostatistics
Foundations in Chemistry
and Foundations in Chemistry Laboratory
Social Sciences 6
Two courses from different disciplines: ANTH, ECON, LEAD, PSCI, PSYC or SOC
A&S Electives6
Calculus II
Ordinary Differential Equations
Free Electives #
6 credits selected from 1000-4999 numbered offerings within the university.6
Total Credits122.0

D Directed Experiential Education (DEE) opportunities are based on project availability with community partners and student eligibility. For more information, visit Experiential Education & Career Services (EE&CS). 

IcTypically, internships require a minimum of six credits. Students interested in a 9 or 12-credit internship can apply additional experiential learning and free elective credits, if available. Students are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty adviser before scheduling internship and free elective credits.

#  In addition to classes, free elective credits may be applied to a number of options such as internship, study abroad, Directed Experiential Education courses and courses in a specialization or minor as relevant. For Accelerated Master's program students, up to three graduate-level courses may apply. Students are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty adviser before scheduling free elective credits.

NOTE: Students must pass MATH0010 Basic Mathematics or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in required math course(s).

Students who graduate with a bachelor's degree must leave Johnson & Wales University with effective writing skills to fulfill the graduation writing requirement. These writing skills are assessed in ENG1021 Rhetoric & Composition II. Students who have met the requirement of ENG1021 Rhetoric & Composition II or ENG1027 Honors Advanced Composition and Communications: Civic Discourse outside of Johnson & Wales University must fulfill the graduation writing requirement through successful completion of ENG0001 Writing Workshop.

In collaboration with academic colleges across all JWU campuses, JWU Global Study Abroad programs offer a variety of international options for major, minor, arts and sciences, and elective credit at many affordable price points for students during the academic year, break periods, and summer. Faculty-led, exchange, affiliate, and direct-enroll programs range in duration from one week to a full semester or full year. Financial aid may be applied and scholarships are available. Visit the study abroad website for information, program descriptions and online applications. Where will you go?