You will build a solid foundation in the physical and life sciences, as well as a strong background in multidisciplinary engineering courses. Students spend approximately 40% of their time in the labs.
This will prepare you for advanced biomedical engineering core and elective courses. Our curriculum emphasizes medical devices and systems, provides excellent laboratory training and requires that you complete two semesters of cooperative experiential learning at hospitals, medical device companies and/or research centers.
Best Engineering College Ranking
Wentworth is ranked #6 nationally by Course Advisor.
Superior Credentials and Pre-Med Option
This program equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the complex challenges of today’s broad (and growing) spectrum of biomedical and healthcare careers. You will be qualified for many professional opportunities, and you’ll have the credentials to succeed in a competitive advanced degree program, including pre-med programs.
Co-op Experience with Top Employers
Through Wentworth’s strong network of employers, including many alumni, Biomedical Engineering students obtain professional experience during their two required cooperative work semesters. Partners hiring our co-op students include Brigham and Women's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, Mayo Clinic, Quanterix, The Broad Institute, Thermo Fisher Scientific and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs-VA Boston Healthcare System.
The Wentworth Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org.
For program objectives, outcomes and enrollment and degree data, please visit the Biomedical Engineering Accreditation Information page.
The Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering program is a four-year program, starting in the fall of the student’s first year and ending in the summer semester of the student’s fourth year. It focuses on designing, building, and supporting biomedical instrumentation, devices, and systems that provide solutions at the intersection of biology and medicine. The program leverages the proximity and strength of the nearby medical community to allow students to engage in valuable learning experiences and prepare them for rewarding careers in healthcare-related industries, hospitals, academic and government research laboratories, regulatory agencies, and service agencies. It will also prepare students who may want to pursue advanced studies in graduate education in Biomedical Engineering and professional programs such as medicine, dentistry, law, and business.
View the Course Catalog below for information about program requirements. For an overview of the year-by-year experience in the Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering program, see "What You'll Learn" below.
Total credits for degree: 128
This is a four-year program, starting in the fall of the student’s first year and ending in the summer semester of the student’s fourth year.
After taking the prerequisite courses in math, physics, chemistry, biology, anatomy and physiology, and basic organic and biochemistry, as well as in basic electrical and mechanical engineering, the students in the Biomedical Engineering major are required to take the core courses, namely, Biomedical Electronics and Instrumentation, Signals and Systems for Biomedical Engineering, Biomechanics, Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering, Biostatistics, Engineering in Biomedicine, and BME Senior Design I & II. Three Biomedical Engineering elective courses are required for this program. The Biomedical Engineering electives include courses such as: Medical Devices and Systems, Medical Imaging and Optics, Medical Informatics and Telemedicine, Artificial Intelligence & Analytics in Healthcare and Medical Robotics & Assistive Technologies. In addition, students may choose a suitable engineering elective course either within or outside of the Biomedical Engineering discipline for their Engineering Elective. It is recommended that students discuss with their faculty advisor prior to registering for courses.
Plan of Study Grid Freshman Year Fall Semester Credits ENGR1100 INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING EXPERIENCE 2 ENGR1202 ENGINEERING LABORATORY-BBME 2 MATH1776 CALCULUS 1A 2 MATH1777 CALCULUS 1B 2 BIOL1100 CELL & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY 4 English Sequence* 4 Credits 16 Spring Semester ENGR1300 FIRST-YEAR ENGINEERING DESIGN 2 ENGR1402 APPLIED ENGINEERING ANALYSIS-BBME 2 MATH1876 CALCULUS 2A 2 MATH1877 CALCULUS 2B 2 PHYS1250 ENGINEERING PHYSICS I 4 English Sequence* 4 Credits 16 Sophomore Year Fall Semester BIOL1700 ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I 4 CHEM1100 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I 4 ELEC2299 ELECTRICAL CIRCUIT ANALYSIS & DESIGN 4 PHYS1750 ENGINEERING PHYSICS II 4 Credits 16 Spring Semester BIOL1750 ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II 4 BMED2500 BIOMEDICAL ELECTRONICS & INSTRUMENTATION 4 ELEC2699 INTEGRATED ELECTRONICS 3 MATH2025 MULTIVARIABLE CALCULUS 4 Credits 15 Summer Semester COOP3000 PRE CO-OP WORK TERM (OPTIONAL) 0 Credits 0 Junior Year Fall Semester COMP1000 COMPUTER SCIENCE I 4 MATH2750 DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS & SYSTEMS MODELING 4 Biomedical Engineering Elective 4 HSS Elective* 4 Credits 16 Spring Semester COOP3500 COOP EDUCATION 1 0 Credits 0 Summer Semester CHEM2000 BASICS OF ORGANIC & BIOCHEMISTRY 4 MECH3599 ENGINEERING MECHANICS 4 Biomedical Engineering Elective 4 Engineering Elective 4 Credits 16 Senior Year Fall Semester COOP4500 COOP EDUCATION 2 0 Credits 0 Spring Semester BMED4200 BIOMATERIALS & TISSUE ENGINEERING 3 BMED4300 SIGNALS AND SYSTEMS FOR BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING 3 BMED4400 BIOMECHANICS 4 BMED5000 BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING SENIOR DESIGN I 3 Biomedical Engineering Elective 4 Credits 17 Summer Semester BMED4500 ENGINEERING IN BIOMEDICINE 1 BMED4600 BIOSTATISTICS 4 BMED5500 BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING SENIOR DESIGN II 3 HSS Elective* 4 HSS Elective* 4 Credits 16 Total Credits 128
Students are required to complete:
- At least one course in Humanities: CSAS, HSSI, HIST, HUMN, LITR and PHIL
- At least one course in the Social Sciences: CSAS, HSSI, COMM, ECON, ENVM, POLS, PSYC and SOCL
- The remaining course from either the Humanities or Social Sciences category.
Students with a three English course sequence may use the third English course to satisfy a Humanities requirement.
A minimum of 20 credits total, including English, humanities, and social science credit, is required to complete the humanities and social sciences graduation requirement.
Math Placement may alter the course schedule above.
What You'll Learn
You’ll establish a foundation for your Biomedical Engineering program by taking introductory courses in biology, physics, and calculus, along with Introduction to Engineering, which will instill core engineering concepts that you’ll use throughout the program. In the spring, you’ll dive into engineering courses that utilize essential tools.
Second-year biomedical engineering students expand their knowledge with courses like Anatomy & Physiology and establish a firm understanding of electrical engineering, math, and computer science concepts.
An optional pre co-op work term is available to students during the summer semester.
In the fall and summer semesters of your third year, you’ll be able to supplement your core program courses with electives in your desired area of study.
In the spring, you’ll begin the first of two required co-ops.
In the fall, you’ll go on your second required co-op to gain more hands-on industry experience.
The remainder of your program includes courses in Biomechanics and Engineering in Biomedicine, as well as your senior capstone project, which you’ll work on over your final two semesters.