Undergraduate Programs

Biomedical engineers work at the interface of biology, medicine and engineering to help solve problems in human and animal health. As the first bachelor’s program in the state of Colorado, CSU pioneered educational efforts in this growing career area. Graduates of the CSU biomedical engineering (BME) program are well-positioned to contribute in this transdisciplinary field because they receive two degrees: one B.S. in biomedical engineering and the other B.S. in one of three traditional engineering areas: chemical and biological engineering (CBE), electrical engineering (EE), or mechanical engineering (MECH).

At CSU, you will integrate the breadth of a biomedical engineering degree and depth of a traditional engineering degree in five years. You develop and use transdisciplinary skills in classroom, laboratory, internship, and senior design experiences. The two engineering B.S. degrees provide a flexible base to launch you into a variety of industries; medical, veterinary or graduate school; or a number of other professional career choices. Explore the three pathways below to discover which one is right for you.

Are you planning to major in math, biology, chemistry or some other science but would still like to earn a credential in biomedical engineering? Then please investigate a BME minor, which is open to all majors including any engineering discipline.

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The biomedical engineering (BME) degree combined with a chemical and biological engineering (CBE) degree, typically draws students interested in using biology and chemistry in engineering. Our BME-CBE program has an emphasis on process engineering and also prepares students in diagnosing and/or treating diseases (such as cancer or tuberculosis) using medical devices that incorporate biology or chemistry (e.g., blood oxygenators or biocompatible materials in advanced wound-healing techniques), or working with advanced BME technologies such as artificial organs.

Learn more about biomedical engineers and chemical engineers in the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook.

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Biomedical Engineering (BME) combined with an Electrical Engineering (EE) degree provides a strong background in applied physics and biomedical signal and image processing. Using biomedical devices and related areas, BME-EEs may work in a broad range of medical device and/or equipment applications such as imaging, patient monitoring, and therapeutic applications (e.g. neural interfaces for controlling prosthetics, robotics that operate surgical equipment, devices that open and cauterize wounds, x-rays).

Learn more about biomedical engineers and electrical engineers in in the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook.

BME-EE with Laser & Optics concentration
Biomedical Engineering (BME) combined with Electrical Engineering (EE) and a concentration in Lasers & Optics further refines electrical engineering principles with additional physics, optics and lasers courses, with specialization in areas such as optics, biosensors, or ultra-fast lasers that help image and/or treat biological systems (e.g. radiation therapy, electro-chemical microfluidics).

Learn more about biomedical engineers and electrical engineers in in the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook.

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With a biomedical engineering (BME) degree and a mechanical engineering (MECH) degree, students apply mechanical engineering principles to biological systems to analyze and design devices such as exercise equipment, prosthetic limbs, exoskeletons that work outside the body to enhance functionality of the body externally; or work with things like engineer orthopaedic implants or biocompatible materials that work inside the body to enhance or replace bone or soft tissues.

Learn more about biomedical engineers and mechanical engineers in the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook.

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This 21-credit program provides undergraduate students an introduction to biomedical engineering (BME). Core courses of BIOM 101 (Intro to BME) and BMS 300 (Human Physiology) are supplemented with engineering and science electives to provide a general background in BME principles. It can be a great option for students interested in applying to advanced studies in engineering or medicine, or who just want to gain a basic understanding of BME. We offer two tracks for the minor: one for engineering majors and a track for non-engineering majors, as well.

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