Biomedical engineering applies engineering principles to design challenges faced by the medical and life science communities. The College of Engineering offers a Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical engineering. Two different areas of emphasis are initially available that take advantage of the strengths of existing faculty and their research programs: biomedical sensors and devices and biomedical computation.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the job outlook for biomedical engineers is projected to grow nationally by over 20% from 2014 to 2024. Biomedical companies in the Midwest will represent a significant portion of that growth.
A number of current faculty have extensive biomedical engineering backgrounds, having taught biomedical courses and served as investigators on numerous biomedical research grants, which includes the following:
- Dr. Steve Warren, professor; lead faculty member of the biomedical group; director of the Medical Component Design Lab
- Dr. Punit Prakash, assistant professor; director of the Biomedical Computing and Devices Lab
- Dr. David Thompson, assistant professor; research includes brain-computer interfaces and medical devices
- Dr. Caterina Scoglio, professor; director of the Network Science and Engineering Group
- Affiliate faculty from ECE and other College of Engineering departments
Curriculum and Emphasis Areas
This 133 credit hour curriculum (pdf) consists of the following:
- 37 credits of biomedical engineering core courses
- 52 credits of math and science core courses
- 8 hours in a general engineering core
- 9 hours in a humanities and social sciences core
- 27 hours in technical electives
The following new BME courses will be offered as a supplement to other K-State courses that support the BME degree:
- BME 001 - New Student Assembly
- BME 200 - Introduction to Biomedical Engineering
- BME 430 - Biomaterials
- BME 451 - Biomechanical Engineering
- BME 490 - Undergraduate BME Design Experience I
- BME 491 - Undergraduate BME Design Experience II
- BME 575 - Clinical Systems Engineering
- BME 590 - Senior Design Experience I
- BME 591 - Senior Design Experience II
- BME 674 - Medical Imaging
As a current K-State student, can I transition into the BME program?
|Current K-State students who want to begin the transition process into the BME program should contact Garrett Peterson. Due to the schedule of the course offerings, students in the BME program will not be able to graduate until the spring 2022 semester.|
If I am coming to K-State in the fall of 2017, can I start out in the BME program?
Students entering the College of Engineering in the fall 2017 academic year are encouraged to consider this program. Although the curriculum will not officially be available until fall 2018, all but two courses (BME 001 and BME 200) are available during the 2017-2018 academic year. An alternative course will be available for BME 001 in fall 2017.
As a prospective student, when can I apply to the BME program?
Admission to the College of Engineering is selective. Information on admission criteria can be found on the college’s Admissions page. Students must be admitted to Kansas State University before being admitted to the College of Engineering. Information on admission requirements for Kansas State University can be found on the university’s Admissions page.
Is the BME program accredited?
The BME program will seek ABET accreditation after the first graduates of the program have completed their degrees, which is the standard ABET process used to seek accreditation of new programs.