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Biomedical Engineering major

Robots for eye surgery, implantable defibrillators, artificial organs and tissues, prosthetics and bicycle helmets. Thanks to biomedical engineering majors, these and other devices and systems help us live better — and longer — lives. By applying engineering methods to solve medical and biological problems, biomedical engineering aims to improve our quality of life. Marquette has three biomedical engineering majors: biocomputing, bioelectronics and biomechanics.

Engineering problems solved.

With your senior-year capstone course, you and fellow classmates will be on a design team commissioned to solve real biomedical problems.

Take your degree further.

You can complete two degrees in five years through Marquette's unique combined bachelor's and master's degree program or join the 15 percent of our graduates who enter medical school after graduation.

Be an engineer before you graduate.

Seventy-five percent of our biomedical engineering majors co-op or intern while they're undergraduates — one of the highest percentages in the nation.

BME in D.C.

Learn about biomedical research and regulatory issues at the FDA through internships at Marquette's Les Aspin Center for Government in Washington, D.C.

Suggested curriculum

Major courses are bolded.


  • Introduction to Biomedical Engineering Methods I & II
  • Calculus I, II & III
  • General Biology I & II
  • Rhetoric and Composition I
  • General Physics with Calculus I & II


  • Introduction to Computer Programming

Bioelectronics & Biomechanics

  • Rhetoric and Composition II


  • Engineering Orientation
  • Diverse Cultures/Histories of Cultures & Societies Elective
  • Biomedical Statistics
  • Differential Equations
  • General Chemistry I & II
  • Principles of Biological Investigation
  • Introduction to Computing for Biomedical Engineers


  • Biomedical Circuits and Electronics
  • Introduction to Computer Hardware and Software
  • Software Methodologies
  • Rhetoric and Composition II


  • Individual and Social Behavior Elective
  • Circuits Lab I & II
  • Electric Circuits I & II
  • Electronic Devices and Applications


  • Individual and Social Behavior Elective
  • Dynamics
  • Materials Science
  • Statics


  • Control Systems for Biomedical Engineering
  • Computer Applications in Biomedical Engineering
  • Introduction to Theology
  • Literature/Performing Arts Elective


  • Biocomputing Elective
  • Computer Hardware
  • Data Structures for Engineers
  • Digital Electronics
  • Embedded Biomedical Instrumentation
  • Signals and Systems for Biomedical Engineering
  • Software Systems


  • Analog Electronics
  • Digital Electronics
  • Linear Systems Analysis
  • Statics and Dynamics
  • Systems Physiology
  • Biomedical Engineering Elective


  • Biomedical Circuits and Electronics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering Elective
  • Principles of Thermofluids
  • Signals and Systems for Biomedical Engineering
  • Systems Physiology
  • Biomedical Engineering Elective


  • Biomedical Instrumentation Design
  • Principles of Design
  • Senior Design Project
  • Two Biomedical Engineering Electives
  • Philosophy of Human Nature
  • Theology Elective
  • Theory of Ethics


  • Biocomputers Design Lab I & II
  • Systems Physiology
  • Individual and Social Behavior Elective


  • Bioelectronics Engineering Design Lab I & II
  • Digital Electronics Lab
  • Physiological Transport Phenomena


  • Biomechanical Engineering Design Lab I & II
  • Mechanical Engineering Elective
  • Physiological Transport Phenomena

Biomedical Engineering

You might like the Biomedical Engineering major if you

✓ Are strong in math and science

✓ Want to develop medical devices and health care technologies that help diagnose and treat medical and biological problems

✓ Like working in a multidisciplinary environment

What can you do with a major in Biomedical Engineering?

Biomedical Engineering labThe biomedical engineering major is excellent preparation for research and development engineering; implantable medical device design; diagnostic equipment development; regulatory positions in government and industry; and medical, dental, law and graduate school.

Learn more about what you can do with a major in biomedical engineering.

Visit the department that offers the biomedical engineering major.

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