Undergraduate Biomedical Engineering Major

Biomedical engineering students must complete all requirements for the B.S.E. degree including the general education and basic skills requirements, the foundations of engineering courses, cooperative education, the engineering design capstone, and the following required courses.

Required Courses

All Biomedical Engineering students must take the following required courses:

  • BMS 202 - Anatomy and Physiology (Credits: 4)
  • CHM 230 - Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry (Credits: 4)
  • EGR 403 - Medical Device Design (Credits: 3)
  • EGR 435 - Mathematical Modeling of Physiological Systems (Credits: 3)
New in Fall 2019
New in Fall 2019

Emphasis Requirement

Students must also complete an emphasis in electrical, mechanical, or product design and manufacturing. See below for requirements specific to each emphasis.


Electrical Emphasis

Students choosing the electrical emphasis should complete the foundations course for the Electrical Engineering major.

BME Electrical Emphasis

Venn Diagram explaining the differences and similarities between the GVSU Biomedical Engineering major with an Electrical emphasis and the GVSU Electrical Engineering major.

Content covered only in the Biomedical Engineering major with Electrical emphasis: bioelectric potentials.

Content covered by both the Biomedical Engineering major with Electrical emphasis and the Electrical Engineering major: circuits, embedded, analog, signals and systems.

Content covered only by the Electrical Engineering major: power systems and applied E/M.

Required Courses in Electrical Emphasis

  • EGR 314 - Circuit Analysis II (Credits: 4)
  • EGR 315 - Electronic Circuits I (Credits: 4)
  • EGR 323 - Signals and Systems Analysis (Credits: 3)
  • EGR 326 - Embedded System Design (Credits: 4)
  • EGR 434 - Bioelectric Potentials (Credits: 3)

Elective Courses in Electrical Emphasis

Select 3 courses from the following:

  • EGR 432 - Biomedical Imaging and Image Processing (Credits: 3)
  • EGR 433 - Electronic Instrumentation for Biomedical Applications (Credits: 3)
  • EGR 343 - Applied Electromagnetics (Credits: 4)
  • EGR 418 - Radio Frequency Systems (Credits: 4)
  • EGR 436 - Embedded Systems Interface (Credits: 4)
  • EGR 455 - Automatic Control (Credits: 4)
  • EGR 457 - Fundamentals of Nanotechnology (Credits: 4)

Mechanical Emphasis

Students choosing the mechanical emphasis should complete the foundations course for the Mechanical Engineering major.

BME Mechanical Emphasis

Venn Diagram explaining the differences and similarities between the GVSU Biomedical Engineering major with a Mechanical emphasis and the GVSU Mechanical Engineering major.

Content covered only in the Biomedical Engineering major with Mechanical emphasis: biomaterials, mechanics of human motion.

Content covered by both the Biomedical Engineering major with Mechanical emphasis and the Mechanical Engineering major: dynamics, thermofluids, controls, materials.

Content covered only by the Mechanical Engineering major: machine design 2, heat transfer.

Required Courses in Mechanical Emphasis

  • EGR 250 - Materials Science and Engineering (Credits: 4)
  • EGR 346 - Mechatronic Systems Dynamics and Control (Credits: 4)
  • EGR 362 - Thermal and Fluid Systems (Credits: 3)
  • EGR 447 - Mechanics of Human Motion (Credits: 3)
  • EGR 453 - Biomedical Materials (Credits: 3)

Elective Courses in Mechanical Emphasis

Select 2 courses from the following:

  • EGR 465 - Computational Fluid Dynamics (Credits: 4)
  • EGR 445 - Robotics Systems Engineering (Credits: 4)
  • EGR 468 - Heat Transfer (Credits: 4)
  • EGR 329 - Introduction to Finite Element Analysis (Credits: 3)
  • EGR 409 - Machine Design II (Credits: 4)

Product Design and Manufacturing (PDM) Emphasis

Students choosing the product design and manufacturing emphasis should complete the foundations course for the Product Design and Manufacturing Engineering major.

BME PDM Emphasis

Venn Diagram explaining the differences and similarities between the GVSU Biomedical Engineering major with a Product Design and Manufacturing emphasis and the GVSU Product Design and Manufacturing Engineering major.

Content covered only in the Biomedical Engineering major with Product Design and Manufacturing emphasis: biomaterials.

Content covered by both the Biomedical Engineering major with Product Design and Manufacturing emphasis and the Product Design and Manufacturing Engineering major: dynamic systems, manufacturing processes, thermofluids.

Content covered only by the Product Design and Manufacturing Engineering major: production models, manufacturing controls.

Required Courses in PDM Emphasis

  • EGR 301 - Analytical Tools for Product Design (Credits: 4)
  • EGR 345 - Dynamic System Modeling and Control (Credits: 4)
  • EGR 362 - Thermal and Fluid Systems (Credits: 4)
  • EGR 367 - Manufacturing Processes (Credits: 4)
  • EGR 453 - Biomedical Materials (Credits: 3)

Elective Courses in PDM Emphasis

Select 2 courses from the following:

  • EGR 465 - Computational Fluid Dynamics (Credits: 4)
  • EGR 445 - Robotics Systems Engineering (Credits: 4)
  • EGR 450 - Manufacturing Control Systems (Credits: 4)
  • EGR 440 - Introduction to Production (Credits: 3)

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