Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

BME combined with Chemical & Biological Engineering (CBE)


Colorado State University Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical engineering (BME) combined with a chemical and biological engineering (CBE) degree, typically draws students interested in using biology and chemistry in engineering.

Our BME+CBE pathway has an emphasis on process engineering and also prepares students in diagnosing and/or treating diseases (e.g. 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 including skin.


For Honor students starting the BME+CBE Bachelor’s degree program
FALL 2018 and AFTER

BME+CBE Honors Track 1
BME+CBE Honors Track 2

For Honor students starting the BME+CBE Bachelor’s degree program

BME+CBE Honors Track 1
BME+CBE Honors Track 2

SBME Scholarships

SBME Scholarship for Leadership and Innovation

This scholarship supports graduate and undergraduate students pursuing careers in biomedical engineering who show a commitment to leadership and excel as creative problem-solvers.

Biomedical Engineering Alumni Scholarship

The Biomedical Engineering Alumni Scholarship supports undergraduate BME students.

Joan King Endowed Memorial Scholarship

The Joan King Endowed Memorial Scholarship supports students with an interest in biomedical sciences or engineering and with an eye toward sharing their talents with the world in the context of work/life balance. Applicants are encouraged to address their unique greatness and how they use it to make a difference in the world.

Samson Design Biotechnology Innovation Scholarship

The Samson Design Biotechnology Innovation Scholarship is a $2,500 annual scholarship created to support a new SBME graduate student who demonstrates an interest and talent in biotechnology innovation and shows promise in innovative thinking.

All Engineering Scholarship Opportunities

1st Year student or prospective transfer student with one year or less of transfer work
Robyn Jeep Ernst,

Prospective transfer student with more than one year of collegiate experience
Brett Eppich Beal,

BME student in your 2nd – 5th Year
Students with last names A-H: Deb Misuraca,
Students with last names I-Z: Brett Eppich Beal,

What is biomedical engineering?

Biomedical engineering is the application of engineering and biology principles to improve human health. Here at Colorado State University, the School of Biomedical Engineering combines strengths in veterinary medicine, engineering, and the sciences to provide an interdisciplinary focus on improving health, fighting disease, and aiding persons with disabilities. Our research areas and interests focus on three areas: medical devices and therapeutics, imaging and diagnostics, and regenerative and rehabilitative medicine.

What is the difference between a major and the minor in biomedical engineering?

The Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering will provide much more depth and breadth than majoring in one area and getting the minor in biomedical engineering. If you would rather have a major course of study in one area (this could be engineering or a non-engineering major) and have a taste of biomedical engineering, the minor route may be the best way for you to go. Your advisor can help guide you properly.

What is the difference between the BME degree program and getting a bachelor’s degree in a traditional engineering major and a master’s degree in biomedical engineering?

The Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering is designed to be very transdisciplinary and to integrate the traditional engineering major with biomedical engineering. There are many hands-on applications in the classes and labs. Your senior design project will bring all this together in a team-project environment that will give you more hands-on and integrated experiences with the BME bachelor’s degree. At the master’s level, students traditionally pursue research based on the adviser’s projects, which also provides depth. This option leaves it up to you to integrate your courses of study. Either way you go, you would be well-prepared to apply for a PhD program.

What is the difference between biomedical engineering and biomedical sciences?

The short answer is that biomedical engineers take and use more math. There is, however, more to it than that. The two fields are very similar in that they are both transdisciplinary and apply scientific principles to healthcare.

Petition for Substitution Classes

Petition for Substitution of BME Classes
Be sure to submit a clear, concise, and compelling reason for your request.

Petition for Substitution of Mechanical Engineering Classes

Practicum / Independent Study Packet

Practicum/Independent Study Packet (PDF)

Practicum/Independent Study Packet (DOC)
Must be approved prior to semester for which you want credit. Allow 2 months for review.

The BME+CBE pathway at CSU provides students with two bachelor's degrees within 5 years.