Bachelors of Science Degree requirements
The Johns Hopkins Department of Biomedical Engineering is recognized as a world leader in preparing students for careers in industry and business and for graduate education in engineering, medicine, and science.
The BME undergraduate program contains a set of “core knowledge,” defined and taught by the faculty, that future biomedical engineers should possess. The core includes courses in molecular and cellular biology, linear systems, biological control systems, modeling and simulation, thermodynamic principles in biology, and engineering analysis of systems level biology and physiology. Building on these core subjects, each student then takes a cohesive sequence of advanced engineering courses appropriate to one of six focus areas: Biomedical Data Science; Biomedical Imaging & Instrumentation; Computational Medicine; Genomics & Systems Biology; Neuroengineering; and Regenerative & Immune Engineering.
The BS degree in biomedical engineering requires 129 credits. For an in-depth look at our requirements, please refer to the Undergraduate Advising Manual.
Basic Sciences (22 credits)
Mathematics (24 credits)
Humanities and Social Sciences (18 credits)
These courses should form a coherent program, relevant to the student’s goals, with at least one course at the 300-level or higher.
Biomedical Core Knowledge (35 credits)
What do biomedical engineers do?
Molecular and cellular biology
Creating, analyzing, and simulating a linear or nonlinear system model from knowledge of the real biological system
Fundamental thermodynamic principles in biology
Engineering analysis of systems-level biology and physiology
Focus Area (21 credits)
Building on the foundation of this core curriculum, each student is required to take a cohesive sequence of advanced engineering encompassing one of six biomedical engineering focus areas. A student’s choice of focus area is made before the start of the junior year and is based on their experience with the biomedical engineering core courses.
Our curriculum in Biomedical Data Science trains students to extract knowledge from biomedical datasets of all sizes in order to understand and solve health-related problems. Students collaborate with faculty throughout the schools of Medicine and Engineering to develop novel cloud-based technologies and data analysis methods that will improve our ability to diagnose and treat diseases.
Our curriculum in Biomedical Imaging & Instrumentation spans fundamental development of imaging technologies, incorporation of these technologies into instruments, and translation into the clinic. In addition to collecting anatomical data, students learn to use data analysis and computer simulations to generate functional images that allow physicians to understand organs and tissues from the smallest scale to the systems level.
Our curriculum in Computational Medicine bridges biology with mathematics, engineering, and computational science. Students develop new solutions in personalized medicine by building computational models of the molecular biology, physiology, and anatomy of human health and disease.
Our curriculum spans the fields of engineering, computer science, biology, and biostatistics. Students develop tools to understand the genetic, molecular, and cellular behaviors that cause disease.
Our curriculum in Neuroengineering trains students to develop and apply new technologies to understand and treat neurological disorders. Students build tools to define, control, enhance, or inhibit neural networks in precise spatial and temporal domains.
Our curriculum spans a variety of novel methods that harness the power of stem cells, new biomaterials, and the body’s immune system to promote tissue repair, improve drug delivery, and treat disease. Students develop new techniques and biomaterials to guide cell behavior and reconstruct damaged tissues and organs.
Design (6 credits)
Among the technical elective courses offered, at least 6 credits must come from an approved list of design options. There are many combinations of courses, programs and independent study opportunities to satisfy this requirement.
Computer Programming (3 credits)
Students will choose from programming languages such as MATLAB, Python and Java that are offered in the department and throughout the engineering school.
General Electives (6 credits)
Students may choose at least two courses from any area. Many students will place prerequisite courses under this heading or use this area appropriate to his/her interests (i.e., premedical courses, double majors, minors, music, language, research and business). For example, a student interested in neuroscience might take Development Biology and/or Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience.
The curriculum challenges students to analyze problems from both an engineering and a biological perspective. Students work side by side with faculty in research labs on both the Homewood and E. Baltimore campuses and can also be found working in multidisciplinary teams to develop innovative design solutions to clinical problems.