MEng in BME Curriculum

The Master of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering is a 30 credit degree distributed as follows:

  • Core Industry Preparation Courses (6 credits)
  • Departmental/Disciplinary or Cross Disciplinary Requirements (15 credits)
  • Technical Electives in a Concentration Area (9 credits)
  • Internship, Project or Equivalent (0 credits)

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BME Curriculum Notes

  1. One advanced mathematics and one life science elective course are mandatory for all students (3 credits each):

    The Life Sciences Requirement
    integrates biology into the engineering experience. Students work with advisors to select the course most relevant to their career goals. Courses are typically selected from anatomy and physiology, cell and molecular biology, or biophysical chemistry. View courses.

    The Advanced Mathematics Requirement teaches the techniques of advanced mathematics for analysis and manipulation of data and the development and solution of mathematical models. Students work with advisors to determine class selection based on a student’s background and BME sub-discipline. Some students take statistical methods, numerical methods, or advanced analytical methods courses. View courses.

  2. Students matriculating in Fall 2013 or after are required to take 1 semester of the EGRMGMT 501 Engineering Management Seminar (Fall Only):

    Weekly Seminars offer students the opportunity to interact with top industry leaders, experienced business managers, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and small-business owners. Designed to introduce students to different aspects of business and industry, the series also includes information on career opportunity and development. A weekly post-seminar reception allows students to talk one-on-one with speakers and network with their peers.

  3. The required course load (30 cr) allows certificate requirements to be fulfilled and flexibility in tailoring curriculum to individual students.
  4. No more than two 300 and 400 level undergraduate courses can be applied to the MEng degree and a minimum of a B must be earned for them to count. Undergraduate courses at the 200 level and lower may be taken, but cannot be used to fulfill MEng degree requirements. The only exceptions to this rule are for courses listed under approved life science electives and approved advanced math courses.
  5. Students may take 3 units of independent study (BME 899(399)/BME 790(365) or other) for a project.
  6. Technical elective courses must be selected from Engineering, Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Mathematics or Computer Science.
  7. Graduation requirements include approval of all courses by an advisor.
  8. Internship requirements will follow the MEng Internship guidelines with the exception that the internship or project must occur after the student matriculates at Duke University.


Core Industry Preparation Course Requirements (6 credits)

  • MENG 540: Management of High Tech Industries
  • MENG 570: Business Fundamentals for Engineers

Departmental/Disciplinary or Cross Disciplinary Requirements (15 credits)

Required coursework includes:

  • an advanced mathematics course (3 credits)
  • a life science elective (3 credits)
  • BME technical courses (9 credits;choose 3 courses from the list below or other current offerings in consultation with your advisor)

In addition, each student must take 1 semester of the MEM seminar.

Advanced mathematics requirement

(3 credits required)View courses

Life science elective

(3 credits required)View courses

BME technical courses

(9 credits; choose 3 courses from the list below or other current offerings in consultation with your advisor)

  • BME 303: Modern Diagnostic Imaging Systems
  • BME 542: Principles of Ultrasound Imaging
  • BME 842: Medical Ultrasound Transducers
  • BME 844: Advanced Ultrasonic Imaging
  • BME 846: Biomedical Imaging
  • BME 848L: Radiology in Practice
  • BME 850: Advances in Photonics: An Overview of State-of-the-Art Techniques and Applications
  • NEUROBIO 881: Functional Magnetic Resonance
Cardiac and Neuroengineering
  • BME 301L: Electrophysiology
  • BME 515: Neural Prosthetic Systems
  • BME 502: Neural Signal Acquisition
  • BME 503: Computational Neuroengineering
  • BME 504: Fundamentals Electrical Stimulation Nervous System
  • BME 506: Measurement and Control of Cardiac Electrical Events
  • BME 511: Theoretical Electrophysiology
  • BME 512L: Theoretical Electrocardiology
  • BME 513: Nonlinear Dynamics in Electrophysiology
  • ECE 581: Random Signals and Noise
  • BME 436L: Biophotonic Instrumentation
  • BME 461L: Electronic Designs for the Developing World
  • BME 464L: Medical Instrument Design
  • BME 567: Biosensors
  • ECE 539: CMOS VLSI Design Methodologies
  • ECE 546: Optoelectronic Devices
  • BME 526: Elasticity
  • BME 529: Theoretical and Applied Polymer Science
  • BME 834: Viscoelasticity
  • BME 307: Transport phenomenon: Biological Systems
  • BME 427L: Design in Biotechnology
  • BME 525: Biomedical Materials and Artificial Organs
  • BME 530: Tissue Biomechanics
  • BME 561L: Genome Science and Technology Lab
  • BME 565L: Environmental Molecular Biotechnology
  • BME 566: Transport Phenomena in Cells and Organs
  • BME 568: Laboratory in Cellular and Biosurface Engineering
  • BME 570L: Introduction to Biomolecular Engineering
  • BME 574: Modeling and Engineering Gene Circuits
  • BME 577: Drug Delivery
  • BME 578: Tissue Engineering
  • BME 836: Mechanics of Multiphase Biological Tissues
  • BME 302L: Fundamentals of Biomaterials and Biomechanics
  • BME 460L: Devices for People with Disabilities
  • BME 462L: Design Developing World
  • BME 527: Cell Mechanics and Mechanotransduction
  • BME 528: Biofluid Mechanics
  • BME 530: Tissue Biomechanics
  • BME 531: Intermediate Biomechanics
  • BME 560: Molecular Basis of Membrane Transport
  • BME 830: Continuum Biomechanics
  • BME 836: Mechanics of Multiphase Biological Tissues
  • CE 520: Continuum Mechanics
  • ME 541: Intermediate Dynamics

Technical Electives in a Concentration Area (3 courses, 9 credits)

Select three courses from any of the disciplines listed above. Other current course offerings may be substituted with consent of advisor. Generally at least 2 of the 3 should be within the same discipline.

Internship, Project or Equivalent Requirements (0 credits)

  • MENG 550: Internship
  • MENG 551: Internship Assessment