Technical Electives

During the senior year, Biomedical Engineering students are required to complete three upper-level technical electives, allowing you to gain advanced skills in areas of Biomedical Engineering that are directly related to your career or educational goals.

Technical Electives in Biomedical Engineering

Our department offers a number of Technical Elective options. At least two of your three technical electives must be Biomedical Engineering (BE). Listed below are Biomedical Engineering offered courses, descriptions can be found in the undergraduate catalog. Not all courses are offered every year or every semester, and new courses are always being added. Be sure to utilize the class search in HUB to determine what courses are being offered.

Note: Undergraduate students who take BE 400-level courses cannot retake the same course as a Graduate student at the 500-level.

  • BE 400 Biomed Engineering Special Topics (topics vary)                   
  • BE 420 Biomaterials in Regenerative Medicine           
  • BE 430 Bio Micro Sensors and Devices         
  • BE 432 Machine Learning for Biomedical Data
  • BE 442 Introduction to Biomedical Optics and Ultrasound    
  • BE 450 Orthopaedics Science and Engineering          
  • BE 451 Electrochemical Aspects of Metallic Biomaterials
  • BE 453 Rehabilitation Engineering                   
  • BE 455 Biomechanics & Mechanobiology
  • BE 459 Introduction to Neural Engineering                   
  • BE 460 Intro to MRI
  • BE 461 Intro to Biomedical Image Analysis                   
  • BE 462 Engineering Principles of Computed Tomography
  • BE 463 Introduction to Data and Image Processing Using LabVIEW
  • BE 472 BME Microtechnology and Nanotechnology
  • BE 480 BioMEMS Fabrication Lab
  • BE 496 Internship*
  • BE 498 Undergraduate Research*
  • BE 499 Independent Study*

*BE 496, BE 498, and BE 499 can be taken multiple times, however their use for technical electives is limited. Only one informal course (496, 498, or 499) offered by the Biomedical Engineering Department or other department may count as a technical elective. Please see the Undergraduate Catalog for details and explanation. Registration into either BE 496, BE 498, or BE 499 requires the appropriate request form on our website to be submitted to the BME department.


Technical Electives in Other Departments

Our department will also consider upper-level (300-400) courses from other Engineering or Science departments for use as a technical elective. To register in any of these courses you must meet the prerequisites and other requirements from the offering department. We are not able to force you in to any of these classes, nor does our allowing it to fulfill a requirement guaranteee that the offering department will allow you to take the course. Not all courses are offered every year or every semester, you should utilize the class search in HUB to determine if the course is being offered.

The following courses are automatically approved and are coded in to HUB to fulfill the requirement:

  • BIO 319 Genetics
  • BIO 417 Neurobiology
  • BIO 418 Integrative Neuroscience
  • BPH 404 Physics of Med Imaging 1
  • BPH 405 Bphysicl Basics: Processes
  • BCH 410 Biomedical Genetics
  • CE 410 Molecular Modeling
  • CE 448 Cellular & Molec Bioeng
  • CSE 435 Information Retrieval
  • CSE 473 Comp Vision & Image Proc
  • *CSE 536 Computational Biology
  • EE 428 Biomems & Lab-On-a-Chip
  • EE 480 Biomedical Electronics
  • IE 409 Six Sigma Quality
  • MAE 381 Engineering Materials
  • MAE 417 Applied Ortho Biomech
  • MAE 478 Cardiovascular Biomechans
  • MFC 448 Reg Aspects Med Devices
  • 300 and 400 level MTH courses with some exceptions**
  • PGY 300 Human Physiology
  • PGY 405 Cell & Memb Physiology
Additionally, you may request to take courses other than those listed. You must make the request to the Undergraduate Director for approval by emailing the Academic Coordinator for review. 

*Graduate Level coursework is subject to the policy listed in the Undergraduate Catalog.

** The following MTH courses are not accepted: 306, 399, 411, 458, 459, 495, 496, 497, 499