Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering Department

Biomedical Engineering

The Biomedical Engineering (BME) degree is an interdisciplinary major that blends engineering with the life sciences. Students learn biomechanics, biomaterials, structural properties and dynamics of cells and tissues, biological systems, biomedical instrumentation, electronics, sensors, and signal processing. The BME degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

BME Requirements

Broad description of  BME curriculum

  • Core Courses: A sequence of required courses in math, science, and engineering with weekly hands-on laboratories.
  • Technical Electives: Upper-level courses in specialized topics such as polymeric biomaterials, orthopedic biomechanics, mechanobiology, biometrics, medical imaging, and neural networks.
  • Capstone Design Project: During their senior year, students work on projects in small teams with a faculty adviser.
  • Liberal Arts: A set of courses in literature, writing, arts and humanities, languages and cultures, and social sciences.

Summary of BME Major Requirements

  • Class of 2020 and beyond

    A total of 40 courses including the following:

    • Math and Science:
      1. Calculus through MTH-117
      2. PHY-120 and 121
        •  NOTE: IMP120+121 is equivalent to MTH115+117 and PHY120+121.
      3. MTH-130 or 234
      4. CHM101 (or higher)
    • General Engineering:
      1. ESC-100
      2. CSC-10x
    • BME Foundation:
      1. BME-101
      2. BIO-104, 205
      3. BME-201, 202
      4. BME-225, 240
    • BME Core:
      1. BME 311, 331
      2. BME 241, 386
      3. BIO 206, 3xx
    • BME Electives: Four courses from BME, ECE, or other engineering (subject to approval) (at least three must be > 300-level)
    • Capstone Design: BME-495, 496
    • GenEd: (HUL, HUM, LCC, SOCS, WAC, … )
    • Free Electives: (Up to 4 courses from any department)
  • Class of 2018+2019

    A total of 40 courses including the following:

    • Math and Science:
      1. Calculus through MTH-117
      2. PHY-120 and 121
        •  NOTE: IMP120+121 is equivalent to MTH115+117 and PHY120+121.
      3. MTH-130 or 234
      4. CHM101 (or higher)
    • General Engineering:
      1. ESC-100
      2. CSC-10x
    • BME Foundation:
      1. BME-101
      2. BIO-112 (101), 225
      3. BME-201, 202
      4. BME-225, 240
    • BME Core:
      1. BME 331, 311
      2. BME 241, 386
      3. BIO 3xx (with lab), 3xx
    • BME Electives: Four courses from BME, ECE, or other engineering (subject to approval)
    • Capstone Design: BME-495, 496
    • GenEd: (HUL, HUM, LCC, SOCS, WAC, … )
    • Free Electives: (Up to 4 courses from any department)

Full Description of BME Requirements (Academic Catalog)

BME Advising Forms

Students work closely with their faculty adviser to formulate and implement a successful plan of study.

Teaching Excellence

  • Our focus solely on undergraduate education, small classes, and close faculty-student interaction are all hallmarks of the BME curriculum at Union.
  • All courses and laboratories are taught by Union College faculty members, and many classes have fewer than 20 students.

Successful Careers

  • The rigor and depth of a BME education combined with a broad study of the liberal arts provide an excellent background for careers in engineering as well as professions such as medicine, law, and business administration. Through our study abroad programs, undergraduate research opportunities, and personal attention given to each student, we educate well-rounded members of society who are prepared to excel in an increasingly multicultural and technological world.
  • Examples of some recent BME alumni are shown below:
    • Sam Choi ’17: BME PhD program (University of Michigan)
    • Erin Lyons ’17: Stanley Black & Decker (New Britain, CT)
    • Theo di Pauli ’16: Fulbright Fellowship (Ulm University, Germany)
    • Jess Farland ’16: Boston Scientific (Marlborough, MA)
    • Meggie Ferrari ’16: BME PhD program (University of Denver)
    • Sophia Powell ’16: Johnson & Johnson (Skillman, NJ)
    • Megan Mancuso ’15: BME PhD program (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)
    • Nell Pinkston ’15: Medical School (UMass at Amherst)
    • Tim Sheehan ’15: NIH PostBac Program, Neuroscience PhD program (UC San Diego)
    • Ben Wilkinson ’15: Harvey Tool (Rowley, MA)
  • A more detailed list of  what recent BME majors have done after graduating from Union can be found here!

ABET Accreditation

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The BME degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org