Biomedical Engineering (B.S.)

Wayne State's undergraduate program in biomedical engineering is built upon a strong foundation of engineering that integrates biomedical sciences early in the curriculum and continuously throughout subsequent coursework. In order to prepare students for careers and/or further education, traditional lectures are combined with problem-based and project-based learning to allow students to immediately apply their foundational knowledge to biomedical engineering challenges. From the first week of the program, through an ongoing partnership with the Medical School and affiliated hospitals, students are introduced to real world biomedical engineering problems and tools so as to develop a thorough understanding of the challenges faced in clinical medicine. All students are also encouraged to become actively involved in one of the research groups of the Department for which opportunities are available as early as freshman year. Before the junior year all biomedical engineering students must select one of three concentrations: biomaterials, biomechanics, or bio-medical instrumentation.

The program's objectives are to prepare graduates who, within a few years of graduation, will be able to:

  1. Work with individuals of diverse backgrounds on multidisciplinary problems to translate biomedical science into applications across the health and life sciences.
  2. Advance tools to solve biomedical engineering problems and design biomedical engineering systems.
  3. Continue their education and self-directed learning in engineering and biomedicine.

The B.S.B.M.E. program is coordinated by the Undergraduate Program Chairperson with the assistance of the Departmental academic advisor. These individuals are available to support students in selecting courses, identifying research and internship opportunities, and discussing plans for after graduation. Students are encouraged to join and actively participate in the campus chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) for networking and professional development opportunities.

Admission Requirements

Students qualifying for admission to the College of Engineering must select the B.S.B.M.E. program in the online application. The applicant must provide supporting documentation as instructed. Due to the challenging nature of biomedical engineering, the undergraduate program is highly selective and admits students who have a demonstrated ability in math and science. In addition, the program is structured as a cohort-based program. Therefore, admission by transfer students requires completion of a minimum set of prerequisite courses. First year students are accepted for the fall semester only. Students wishing to join the program in the second year are accepted for the spring/summer semester in order to complete some required coursework before joining their cohort in the fall.

Freshman Admission: Students wishing to enter the program immediately following high school are expected to have a minimum math/science g.p.a. of 3.5 and a minimum Math ACT/SAT score of 29/670. Students who have completed college-level coursework through dual enrollment programs will still be considered as freshmen. For full consideration for fall admission, including all scholarship opportunities, students should apply to the University and the Biomedical Engineering Program by December 1. Following admission, students must confirm placement into at least Calculus I (MAT 2010) and General Chemistry + lab (CHM 1225+CHM 1230) through either testing (ACT/SAT, AP, Placement Exams) or transfer credit. Admitted students who do not meet these criteria will have their admission deferred.

Transfer Admission: Students may apply to transfer into the program after completing college-level coursework at Wayne State or at another post-secondary institution. Transfer students may apply to join the program as part of a first year or second year cohort depending on the coursework that they have previously completed.  Students wishing to join the program in the second year are required to complete BME 1925 in spring/summer semester, as well as the program first-year basic engineering coursework. The following classes should be completed, or in progress, for transfer students to be considered to join each cohort:

First Year Cohort
Placement into Calculus I, General Chemistry (with lab), and Basic Composition
Second Year Cohort
Mathematics: Calculus I and Calculus II
Science: General Chemistry (w/lab), Engineering Physics I, and Biology (w/lab - equivalent to BIO 1510)
English: Basic Composition
Applicants without all of the expected placement or coursework will be required to complete missing items during spring/summer term.  Transfer students are accepted on a space-available basis. Prospective students are expected to have earned a minimum math/science g.p.a. of 3.33 in their college coursework.

Candidates for the Bachelor of Science degree must complete 123 credits of coursework, including the University General Education requirements. A maximum of 35 credits of Competencies, Group Requirements, and Wayne Experience Requirements (WE) shall comprise the General Education Program.  Wayne Experience (WE), is a one credit course required of all first year students. Forty-eight credits of coursework must be in engineering sciences or engineering design. Most courses offered by other engineering departments count toward this forty-eight engineering credit requirement. Note: BME 2010, BME 2070, BME 4010, and BME 5070 count as life science courses and not engineering courses. All course work must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the University and the College of Engineering governing undergraduate scholarship and degrees. All prerequisite coursework must be completed; any waivers to listed prerequisite courses must be approved by the Undergraduate Program Chairperson. In compliance with the academic requirements of the College of Engineering, students must earn a grade of C- or higher in all courses applied to the B.S.B.M.E. degree requirements. The 8-semester curriculum for the program is provided below. Students interested in attending medical or dental school after graduation may add any remaining pre-professional requirements into their curriculum with minimal difficulty.

Biomedical Engineering Curriculum

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterCredits
BE 1500 Introduction to Programming and Computation for Engineers 3
BME 1910 Biomedical Engineering Design Lab I 1
CHM 1225 General Chemistry I for Engineers 3
CHM 1230 General Chemistry I Laboratory 1
ENG 1020 Introductory College Writing 3
MAT 2010 Calculus I 4
Wayne Experience 1
Second Semester
BE 1300 Basic Engineering II: Materials Science for Engineering Applications 3
BIO 1510 Basic Life Mechanisms 4
BME 1920 Biomedical Engineering Design Lab II 1
MAT 2020 Calculus II 4
PHY 2175 University Physics for Engineers I 4
Second Year
First Semester
BME 2070 Introduction to Anatomy for Engineers 2
BME 2910 Biomedical Engineering Design Lab III 1
MAT 2030 Calculus III 4
ME 2410 Statics 3
PHY 2185 University Physics for Engineers II 4
BE 2100 Basic Engineering III: Probability and Statistics in Engineering 3
Second Semester
BME 2010 Introduction to Physiology for Engineers 2
BME 2920 Biomedical Engineering Design Lab IV 1
ECE 3300 Introduction to Electrical Circuits 4
ENG 3050 Technical Communication I: Reports 3
MAT 2150 Differential Equations and Matrix Algebra 4
ME 2420 Elementary Mechanics of Materials 3
Third Year
First Semester
BME 3470 Biomedical Signals and Systems 3
BME 3910 Biomedical Engineering Design Lab V 1
Directed elective 4
ENG 3060 Technical Communication II: Presentations 3
General Education Course 3
Second Semester
BME 3920 Biomedical Engineering Design Lab VI 2
BME 4010 Engineering Physiology Laboratory 1
BME 4X10 3
BME Elective Course(4-6000 level) 4
General Education Course 3
CHE 3100 Transport Phenomena I 3
Fourth Year
First Semester
BME 4910 Biomedical Engineering Capstone Design I 3
BME Concentration Electives 8
General Education Course 3
Second Semester
BME 4920 Biomedical Engineering Capstone Design II 3
BME Concentration Elective 4
General Education Courses 6
 Total Credits123

Honors and Accelerated Master’s AGRADE Program

All students in the B.S.B.M.E. program are encouraged to pursue their degree with Engineering and/or University Honors. Students can complete their requirements for Honors within the 130 credits required for the program. The required Honors thesis will satisfy the requirement for one of the concentration electives.

Students who have earned at least a 3.5 g.p.a. through their junior year may apply to the AGRADE Program. Through this program, students may earn their M.S. in biomedical engineering with one additional year of coursework (18 credits).