School of Biomedical Engineering

Scott Bioengineering Building, Suite 225
engr.colostate.edu/sbme
(970) 491-7157

Professor Stuart Tobet, Director
Professor Kevin Lear, Associate Director; and Director, Undergraduate Programs

The School of Biomedical Engineering (SBME) is supported by four CSU colleges and more than 40 faculty members in over 10 departments, providing students with broad expertise, active researchers, and excellent instructors. At the graduate level, SBME offers a Master of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy in Bioengineering, and a Master of Engineering (online and on campus) with a specialization in Biomedical Engineering. See the Graduate and Professional Bulletin for graduate program listings. The College of Engineering offers undergraduate programs leading to a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical & Biological Engineering, a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, and a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, as well as an undergraduate minor. See University-Wide Instructional Programs for the interdisciplinary minor.

Biomedical engineering lies at the interface of engineering, biology, and medicine. The SBME provides extensive opportunities for research, ranging from investigating new therapies and imaging modalities for fighting cancer or cardiovascular illness, to examining organ development or function, creating devices to diagnose devastating diseases, to developing the next generation of gene therapies and engineered tissues. CSU is positioned to offer unique bioengineering degree programs due to our faculty expertise, the interdisciplinary nature of the SBME, and the highly-ranked College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, providing a rich environment for interdisciplinary research and day-to-day collaborations. Our biomedical engineering programs integrate biological, chemical, physical, and mathematical sciences with engineering principles and clinical studies and our graduates are well prepared for careers in research, education, veterinary or human medicine, and industry.

Biomedical engineers are involved in a wide variety of activities on a daily basis. Practical applications of biomedical engineering include doing development, design, production, research, or teaching in areas such as:

  • Designing biomedical materials and/or medical devices and equipment (e.g., pacemakers, bio-compatible wheelchairs, exercise equipment for astronauts, or creating/improving materials to help joint replacements last longer)
  • Developing or improving therapies for fighting cancer, tuberculosis, or other illnesses and diseases (e.g., nanoscaffolding for localized chemotherapy delivery, telemetric sensors to determine healing rates in bone fractures or to detect key chemicals in live tissue with high temporal and spatial resolution)
  • Finding better ways to image and/or diagnose illnesses (e.g., using lasers to detect viruses, developing ways to increase electrical signals to detect threats to food safety and security, designing a biosensor to diagnose cancer cells, or developing software to determine toxicity levels in people exposed to pesticides)

Potential Occupations

Biomedical engineering applies engineering principles to medicine and improving quality of life for humans and animals. Biomedical engineers work in a variety of settings. Some biomedical engineers spend their days in the lab, researching new devices and systems that solve medical and health care-related problems. Others might work in clinical settings, run biomedical-focused enterprises, design new therapies or diagnostics, assist medical facilities with engineering systems, or engage in regulatory affairs or patent law. Our graduates are well prepared for careers in research, education, or industry.

Undergraduate Bachelor of Science Programs in Biomedical Engineering

The Bachelor of Science program in Biomedical Engineering has four pathways, corresponding to four rigorous traditional coursework plans that provide depth and support the breadth of biomedical knowledge and applications. The coursework in these four pathways is designed not only to support biomedical engineering but also to satisfy the curricular requirements of one of four traditional engineering degrees as administered by partner engineering departments.

The four curricular pathways for the BME B.S. degree are: 

  • B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering combined with  a B.S. degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering 
  • B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering combined with a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering, Electrical Engineering Concentration
  • B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering combined with a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering, Laser and Optical Concentration
  • B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering combined with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering   

The BME program requires 157 or 158 credit hours of coursework, depending on the selected pathway, nominally distributed over five years.

In the first year, students take BIOM 101 as well as foundational math and science courses. Through the second and third years, they gain a foundation in the traditional engineering major as well as life and physical sciences courses needed for biomedical engineering. The following years allow students to build a more thorough understanding of biomedical engineering, and their studies will culminate in a Senior Design project in the fifth year that will provide hands-on experience with an interdisciplinary team of peers. This combination of practical application and traditional academic rigor complement the breadth and depth of this fairly unique program, and provides excellent preparation and market value for graduates’ next steps in industry, academia, or research.

With the first BME graduates in Spring 2015, the BME program became eligible to apply for ABET accreditation, a process that spans two years. SBME has been visited by evaluators and submitted all documentation and is awaiting a decision in late summer 2016. If accreditation is granted, it will be retroactive for earlier graduates of the program. Please visit www.engr.colostate.edu/sbme/accreditation.html to learn the current status of accreditation for the BME program. The educational objectives of the biomedical engineering program are to prepare our students to:

  • Demonstrate high professional, social, and ethical standards while examining and addressing the global impact of technology to improve quality of life in our society and environment
  • Apply broad and deep knowledge, practical experiences, and creativity to solving problems at the interface of engineering and the life sciences as individuals and team members
  • Use their multidisciplinary background to foster communication and collaboration across professional and disciplinary boundaries
  • Recognize and expand the scope of their knowledge, continue self-directed learning, and identify and create professional opportunities for themselves and others.

Graduates in Biomedical Engineering will have an ability to :

  • Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.

  • Design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.

  • Design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.

  • Function on multidisciplinary teams.

  • Identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.

  • Understand professional and ethical responsibility.

  • Communicate effectively.

  • Understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.

  • Recognize the need for, and ability to, engage in life-long learning.

  • Gain knowledge of contemporary issues.

  • Use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

  • Apply principles of engineering, biology, human physiology, chemistry, calculus-based physics, mathematics (through differential equations), and statistics.

  • Solve biomedical engineering problems, including those associated with the interaction between living and non-living systems.

  • Analyze, model, design and realize biomedical engineering devices, systems, components, or processes.

  • Make measurements on and interpret data from on living systems.

BME Bachelor of Science Programs

Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering

Students interested in graduate work should refer to the Graduate and Professional Bulletin or the School of Biomedical Engineering.

Master Program

Master of Engineering, Plan C, Biomedical Engineering Specialization

Biomedical Engineering (BIOM)

BIOM 101  Introduction to Biomedical Engineering  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Basic principles, fundamentals in biomedical engineering including molecular, cellular and physiological principles, major areas such as biomechanics.
Prerequisite: None.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

BIOM 300  Problem-Based Learning Biomedical Engr Lab  Credits: 4 (1-4-1)

Course Description: Group problem-based learning approach to problems spanning all core areas of biomedical engineering.
Prerequisite: (BIOM 101) and (MATH 340 or MATH 345).
Registration Information: Must register for lecture, lab, and recitation.
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: Yes.

BIOM 306  Bioprocess Engineering  Credits: 4 (3-2-0)

Also Offered As: BTEC 306.
Course Description: Material, energy balances; fluid flow, heat exchange, mass transfer; application to operations in food, fermentation, other bioprocess industries.
Prerequisite: (CHEM 107 or CHEM 111) and (PH 121 or PH 141).
Registration Information: Must register for lecture and laboratory. Credit not allowed for both BIOM 306 and BTEC 306.
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

BIOM 421  Transport Phenomena in Biomedical Engineering  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Engineering models of active and passive mechanisms of momentum. Heat and mass transport in mammalian cells, tissues, and organ systems.
Prerequisite: (BMS 300) and (CBE 332 or MECH 344).
Registration Information: Credit not allowed for both BIOM 330 and BIOM 421.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

BIOM 422  Kinetics of Biomolecular and Cellular Systems  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: In-depth analysis of the systems approach to biology and biological engineering at the molecular and the cellular scales.
Prerequisite: BIOM 330 or CBE 320.
Registration Information: Credit not allowed for both BIOM 422 and BIOM 400.
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

BIOM 431  Biomedical Signal and Image Processing  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Also Offered As: ECE 431.
Course Description: Principles, features and mathematical processing of biomedical signals and images including interference and noise filtering and feature enhancement.
Prerequisite: (ECE 303 with a minimum grade of C and ECE 311 with a minimum grade of C) and (PH 142 with a minimum grade of C).
Registration Information: Credit not allowed for both BIOM 431 and ECE 431.
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

BIOM 441  Biomechanics and Biomaterials  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Principles of biomechanics, biofluids, and biomaterials.
Prerequisite: BMS 300, may be taken concurrently and CIVE 360 and MECH 324, may be taken concurrently and MECH 331, may be taken concurrently and MECH 342.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

BIOM 470  Biomedical Engineering  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Also Offered As: MECH 470.
Course Description: Engineering application in human/animal physiology, diagnosis of disease, treatment, rehabilitation, human genome manipulation.
Prerequisite: (PH 141) and (MATH 155 or MATH 160).
Registration Information: Credit not allowed for both BIOM 470 and MECH 470.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

BIOM 476A  Biomedical Clinical Practicum I  Credits: 2 (0-0-2)

Course Description: Biomedical lab work or exposure to the hospital/clinical environment.
Prerequisite: (BMS 300) and (BIOM 470 or MECH 470).
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: S/U Sat/Unsat Only.
Special Course Fee: No.

BIOM 476B  Biomedical Clinical Practicum II  Credits: 4 (0-0-4)

Course Description: Biomedical lab work or exposure to the hospital/clinical environment.
Prerequisite: (BMS 300) and (BIOM 470 or MECH 470).
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: S/U Sat/Unsat Only.
Special Course Fee: No.

BIOM 486A  Biomedical Design Practicum: Capstone Design I  Credits: 4 (0-0-10)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: (BIOM 300) and (BIOM 330 or BIOM 441 or ECE 441).
Registration Information: Enrollment in biomedical engineering major.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

BIOM 486B  Biomedical Design Practicum: Capstone Design II  Credits: 4 (0-0-10)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: BIOM 486A.
Registration Information: Enrollment in biomedical engineering major.
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

BIOM 495  Independent Study  Credits: Var[1-6] (0-0-0)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: None.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: Instructor Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

BIOM 504  Fundamentals of Biochemical Engineering  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Also Offered As: CBE 504.
Course Description: Application of chemical engineering principles to enzyme kinetics, fermentation and cell culture, product purification, and bioprocess design.
Prerequisite: (MIP 300) and (MATH 255 or MATH 340) and (BIOM 306, may be taken concurrently or BTEC 306, may be taken concurrently or CBE 320, may be taken concurrently).
Registration Information: Credit not allowed for both BIOM 504 and CBE 504.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

BIOM 522  Bioseparation Processes  Credits: 3 (2-2-0)

Also Offered As: CBE 522.
Course Description: Analysis of processes to recover and purify fermentation products.
Prerequisite: CBE 331.
Registration Information: Must register for lecture and laboratory. Credit not allowed for both BIOM 522 and CBE 522.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

BIOM 525  Cell and Tissue Engineering  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Also Offered As: MECH 525.
Course Description: Cell and tissue engineering concepts and techniques with emphasis on cellular response, cell adhesion kinetics, and tissue engineering design.
Prerequisite: BC 351 or BMS 300 or BMS 500 or BZ 310 or NB 501.
Registration Information: Credit allowed for only one of the following: BIOM 525, CBE 525, MECH 525. Sections may be offered: Online.
Term Offered: Spring. (even years).
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: Yes.

BIOM 526  Biological Physics  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Also Offered As: ECE 526.
Course Description: Mathematical and physical modeling of biological systems. Mass transport in cellular environments. Electrical/mechanical properties of biomolecules.
Prerequisite: (MATH 340 or MATH 345) and (PH 122 or PH 142).
Registration Information: Credit not allowed for both BIOM 526 and ECE 526. Sections may be offered: Online.
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

BIOM 531  Materials Engineering  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Also Offered As: MECH 531.
Course Description: Selection of structural engineering materials by properties, processing, and economics; materials for biomedical and biotechnology applications.
Prerequisite: MECH 331 or MECH 431.
Registration Information: Credit not allowed for both BIOM 531 and MECH 531. Sections may be offered: Online.
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

BIOM 532  Material Issues in Mechanical Design  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Also Offered As: MECH 532.
Course Description: Failure mechanisms from materials viewpoint with emphasis on use in design. Fracture, creep, fatigue and corrosion.
Prerequisite: MECH 331.
Registration Information: Credit not allowed for both BIOM 532 and MECH 532. Sections may be offered: Online.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

BIOM 533  Biomolecular Tools for Engineers  Credits: 3 (2-3-0)

Also Offered As: CIVE 533.
Course Description: Theoretical and practical aspects of biomolecular laboratory tools--PCR, cloning, sequencing, single-molecule optical techniques and live-cell imaging.
Prerequisite: BMS 300 or MIP 300.
Registration Information: Must register for lecture and laboratory. Credit not allowed for BIOM 533, CIVE 533 and ECE 533.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: Yes.

BIOM 537  Biomedical Signal Processing  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Also Offered As: ECE 537.
Course Description: Measuring, manipulating, and interpreting biomedical signals.
Prerequisite: MATH 340 or ECE 311 or STAT 303.
Registration Information: Credit not allowed for both BIOM 537 and ECE 537.
Term Offered: Spring (even years).
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

BIOM 543  Membranes for Biotechnology and Biomedicine  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Also Offered As: CBE 543.
Course Description: Polymeric membrane formation, modification, module design and applications to bioseparation and biomedical separations and tissue engineering.
Prerequisite: CHEM 343 and CBE 310.
Registration Information: Credit not allowed for both BIOM 543 and CBE 543. Sections may be offered: Online.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

BIOM 570  Bioengineering  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Also Offered As: MECH 570.
Course Description: Physiological and medical systems analysis using engineering methods including mechanics, fluid dynamics, control electronics, and signal processing.
Prerequisite: MECH 307 and MECH 324.
Registration Information: Credit not allowed for both BIOM 570 and MECH 570. Sections may be offered: Online.
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

BIOM 573  Structure and Function of Biomaterials  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Also Offered As: MECH 573.
Course Description: Structure-function relationships of natural biomaterials; application to analysis of biomimetic materials and biomaterials used in medical devices.
Prerequisite: MECH 331.
Registration Information: Credit not allowed for both BIOM 573 and MECH 573. Sections may be offered: Online.
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

BIOM 574  Bio-Inspired Surfaces  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Also Offered As: MECH 574.
Course Description: Analysis of surface functionalities of various biological species; identification of design principles.
Prerequisite: MECH 342 and CHEM 111.
Registration Information: Sections may be offered: Online. Credit not allowed for both BIOM 574 and MECH 574.
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

BIOM 576  Quantitative Systems Physiology  Credits: 4 (4-0-0)

Also Offered As: MECH 576.
Course Description: Quantitative, model-oriented approach to cellular and systems physiology with design examples from biomedical engineering.
Prerequisite: BMS 300 and CHEM 113 and MATH 340 and PH 142.
Registration Information: Credit not allowed for both BIOM 576 and MECH 576. Sections may be offered: Online.
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

BIOM 586A  Biomedical Clinical Practicum  Credits: 2 (1-3-0)

Course Description: Graduate-level activity, such as biomedical research or design of a new medical device, for exposure to the hospital/clinical environment.
Prerequisite: (BMS 300 or BMS 500) and (BIOM 570 or MECH 570).
Registration Information: Must register for lecture and laboratory.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: S/U Sat/Unsat Only.
Special Course Fee: No.

BIOM 586B  Biomedical Clinical Practicum  Credits: 4 (1-6-0)

Course Description: Graduate-level activity, such as biomedical research or design of a new medical device, for exposure to the hospital/clinical environment.
Prerequisite: (BMS 300 or BMS 500) and (BIOM 570 or MECH 570).
Registration Information: Must register for lecture and laboratory.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: S/U Sat/Unsat Only.
Special Course Fee: No.

BIOM 592  Seminar  Credits: Var[1-3] (0-0-0)

Course Description: Student and research faculty presentations, guest and invited extramural speakers.
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: Sections may be offered: Online.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: Instructor Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

BIOM 671  Orthopedic Tissue Biomechanics  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Linear elastic, finite deformation, and viscoelastic theories applied to the mechanical behavior of orthopedic tissues (bone, tendon, cartilage).
Prerequisite: CIVE 560.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Registration Information: Credit not allowed for both BIOM 671 and MECH 671 or for BIOM 671/MECH 671 and BIOM 571/MECH 571.
Term Offered: Fall (odd years).
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

BIOM 684  Supervised College Teaching  Credits: Var[1-18] (0-0-0)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Registration Information: Maximum of 6 credits allowed in course; may not be used to satisfy degree requirements requiring bioengineering courses.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: Instructor Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

BIOM 695  Independent Study  Credits: Var[1-18] (0-0-0)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: Instructor Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

BIOM 699  Thesis  Credits: Var[1-18] (0-0-0)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: Instructor Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

BIOM 750  Grant Proposal Writing and Reviewing  Credit: 1 (1-0-0)

Course Description: Preparation and review of applications for fellowships and grants.
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: Written consent of instructor.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

BIOM 784  Supervised College Teaching  Credits: Var[1-6] (0-0-0)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: None.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: Instructor Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

BIOM 786  Practicum-Laboratory Rotations  Credits: Var[1-18] (0-0-0)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: Instructor Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

BIOM 795  Independent Study  Credits: Var[1-6] (0-0-0)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Terms Offered: Fall. Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: Instructor Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

BIOM 798  Research-Laboratory Rotations  Credits: Var[1-6] (0-0-0)

Course Description: Doctoral laboratory rotation.
Prerequisite: None.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: Instructor Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

BIOM 799  Dissertation  Credits: Var[1-18] (0-0-0)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: Instructor Option.
Special Course Fee: No.