Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Program

The undergraduate program in Biomedical Engineering is a 128/129 credit hour ABET accredited Bachelor of Science degree program that is based upon engineering fundamentals, mathematics, physics, anatomy and physiology, chemistry, organic and biochemistry, biology, biomechanics and biomaterials. Students in the biomedical engineering program acquire the capability to make measurements on and interpret data from living systems, addressing problems associated with the interaction between living and non-living materials and systems.

The mission of Wichita State University's Biomedical Engineering program is to provide students a comprehensive education, including integration of life sciences and engineering principles, to prepare students to address health needs at the local, national and global levels.

Program Educational Objectives
The educational objectives of the Biomedical Engineering program are driven by Wichita State University's mission to be an essential educational, cultural, and economic driver for Kansas and the greater public good, as well as the Biomedical Engineering program mission to prepare students to address health needs. Specifically, Biomedical Engineering program alumni, within a few years of receiving their baccalaureate degree, will be successful professionals as evidenced by having:

  1. Secured employment in engineering, biomedical, life-science, and/or health-related professions
  2. Pursued professional development, including further study in graduate or professional schools
  3. Served in leadership roles in addressing societal needs at the local, national, and global levels.

Student Outcomes

Graduates of the Biomedical Engineering program will have:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.


The Biomedical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Enrollment and Graduation Data

BME Undergraduate student enrollment:
Fall 2020: 190 students
Fall 2019: 233 students
Fall 2018: 237 students
Fall 2017: 238 students
Fall 2016: 206 students
Fall 2015: 178 students
Fall 2014: 168 students
Fall 2013: 135 students
Fall 2012: 99 students
Fall 2011: 60 students

Graduation - BS BME degrees awarded for the following calendar years:
2020 (total of Spring, Summer, Fall semesters): 51 students
2019 (total Spring, Summer, Fall semesters): 37 students
2018 (total Spring, Summer, Fall semesters): 45 students
2017 (total Spring, Summer, Fall semesters): 21 students
2016 (total Spring, Summer, Fall semesters): 26 students
2015 (total Spring, Summer, Fall semesters): 20 students
2014 (total Spring, Summer, Fall semesters): 17 students
2013 (total Spring, Summer, Fall semesters): 10 students

Sequence of Courses (Effective Fall 2018)  
Freshman Year
BME 115 (Biomedical Engineering Seminar)
ENGL 101 and 102 (College English I and II)
CHEM 211 and 212 (General Chemistry I and II)
MATH 242 and 243 (Calculus I and II)
Physics 313 (Physics for Scientists I)
Humanities, Fine Arts or Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective*

Sophomore Year
COMM 111 (Public Speaking)
BIOL 223 (Human Anatomy and Physiology)
BIOL 210 (General Biology I)
Physics 314 (Physics for Scientists II)
AE 223 (Statics)
MATH 555 (Differential Equations)
BME 335 (Biomedical Computer Applications)
CHEM 533 (Elementary Organic Chemistry)
BME 477 (Introduction to Biomaterials)
IME 254 (Engineering Probability & Statistics I)



Junior Year
EE 282 (Engineering Circuits I)
ME 398 (Thermodynamics)
PHIL 385 (Engineering Ethics)
CHEM 661 (Intro to Biochemistry) or BIOL 420 (Molecular Cell Biology)
BME 452 (Biomechanics)
BME 480 (Bioinstrumentation)
BME 462 (Intro to Biofluids)
Humanities, Fine Arts or Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective*
Engineering Technical Elective**

3 or 4

Senior Year
IME 255 (Engineering Economy)
Engineering Technical Electives**
BME 482 (Design of Biodevices)
BME 585 (Capstone Design I)
BME 595 (Capstone Design II)
Humanities, Fine Arts or Social and Behavioral Sciences Electives*
Open Elective***

*Refer to graduation requirements of the university undergraduate catalog for details.
**12 hours of Engineering Technical Electives are required. Click here to see the list of eligible Engineering Technical Elective courses.
***3 hours of Open Electives are required. Click here to see the list of eligible Open Elective courses.