Biomedical Engineering (BMEG)

Mission Statement

The biomedical engineering department is dedicated to providing the best possible undergraduate biomedical curricula to meet the full range of needs of a highly selective, undergraduate, student body. The program is designed to ensure that our students are qualified to enter and succeed in the biomedical engineering profession through direct entry to the industrial workplace or further professional study. The department strives to achieve a process of continuous improvement of the curricula, provide a faculty which is professionally current in their field and to maintain state-of-the-art facilities.

To do this, the department offers the following:

  • A Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering degree for students seeking a comprehensive education in biomedical engineering.
  • A minor in biomedical engineering for students in other engineering disciplines seeking a basic competency in the discipline and enhanced background in the life sciences.
  • Elective courses to support the needs of students outside of the major and minor programs.

Program Educational Objectives

The following Program Educational Objectives of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Bucknell University are broad statements that describe the career and professional accomplishments that the program is preparing graduates to achieve. As graduates will pursue diverse career paths, these objectives are intended to apply to those who pursue technical and professional careers.

  • Alumni will experience success in a variety of biomedical engineering-related postgraduate environments or other diverse areas that require technical and/or professional skills.
  • Alumni will contribute to their fields or professions.
  • Alumni will pursue professional development, including continuing or advanced education, relevant to their career path.

Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering

The Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering requirements are:

First Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
ENGR 1001BMEG 2101
MATH 2011BMEG 226.5
PHYS 2111MATH 2021
Elective1PHYS 2121
 Elective1
 4 4.5
Sophomore
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
BMEG 2501BMEG 2051
CHEM 2111BMEG 220.5
MATH 2111CHEM 2121
Elective1ENGR 2401
 MATH 2121
 4 4.5
Junior
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
BIOL 2051BMEG 3001
CHEM 2211BMEG 408.5
BMEG 3501CHEM 2311
BMEG 409.5BIOL 2211
Elective1Elective1
 4.5 4.5
Senior
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
BMEG 4001BMEG 4021
BMEG 4011Three electives3
CHEM 3431 
Elective1 
 4 4
Total Credits: 34

 The nine electives courses are distributed as follows:

  • Five social science and humanities courses selected from the list of approved courses provided in Information for Engineering Students Handbook (published by the College of Engineering) to fulfill the General Education Component required of all engineering students. These courses must be distributed as follows: 1) a minimum of two courses in humanities; 2) a minimum of two courses in social sciences. Two of these five electives must be taken in one department OR at least one elective must be taken at the 200+ level in any department. One of the five courses must satisfy the global and societal perspectives requirement.
  • One approved 200+ level engineering, math, or science course from the list published by the department.
  • One approved 300+ level engineering course from the list published by the department.
  • One BMEG engineering elective course from the list published by the department.
  • One course in any department or program of the University provided that the prerequisites are satisfied.

Three courses in each student’s program must fulfill the University writing requirement, which includes a W1 course taken in the first year and two subsequent W2 courses. BMEG 401 Biomedical Engineering Capstone I and BMEG 402 Biomedical Engineering Capstone II are approved W2 courses.

Minor in Biomedical Engineering

Engineering students not pursuing the Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering may choose to pursue a minor in biomedical engineering. This minor is attained through a judicious use of electives that combine the study of the basic biological sciences with their area of technological interest. To complete the biomedical engineering minor, engineering students must successfully complete at least five credits from approved courses as follows. Additional courses may be approved by the Biomedical Engineering Department on a case-by-case basis.

At least two credits from the following list with at least one having a 1 designation:

BMEG 421Light-activated Therapy 11
BMEG 431Biomimetic Materials 11
BMEG 441/ELEC 411Neural Signals and Systems 11
BMEG 451Biomechanics and Injury Prevention 11
BMEG 452Human Factors 11
BMEG 461Brain, Mind and Culture 11
BMEG 465Biomedical Modeling 11
BMEG 471/472Advanced Topics in Biomedical Engineering 11
BMEG 480/481Biomedical Engineering Project.5
BMEG 490/491Biomedical Engineering Research1
CHEG 452Bioprocess Engineering1
CHEG 460Biomaterials: Materials in Medicine1
MECH 476Biomechanics1
Select remaining credits from the above list or the following:
BIOL 205Introduction to Molecules and Cells1
BIOL 206Organismal Biology1
BIOL 207Genetics1
BIOL 221Human Physiology1
BIOL 312Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy1
BIOL 318Principles of Physiology1
BIOL 324Neurophysiology1
BIOL 326Cytogenetics1
BIOL 327Molecular Biology1
BIOL 328Endocrinology1
BIOL 340/CHEM 358Biochemical Methods1
BIOL 348Immunology1
BIOL 352Cell Biology1
BIOL 365Introduction to Microscopy1
CHEM 340Biological Physical Chemistry1
CHEM 351Biochemistry I1
CHEM 352Biochemistry II1
CHEM 358/BIOL 340Biochemical Methods1

Courses

BMEG 205. Bioinstrumentation I. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3,Other:1
Introduction to analog and digital circuits with applications to medicine and biology. Corequisite: MATH 212. Prerequisite: MATH 202. Open to biomedical engineering majors only.

BMEG 210. Fundamentals of Biomedical Engineering. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3,Other:2
Introduction to the application of fluid mechanics, mass transfer, instrumentation, mechanics, and societal issues to biomedical problems. Hands-on laboratory experiences integrated with lecture. Prerequisites: MATH 201 and PHYS 211 or PHYS 211E. Open to biomedical engineering majors only.

BMEG 220. Introduction to Engineering Computing. .5 Credits.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:2,Other:1
Introduction to numerical methods and programming fundamentals. Problems drawn from mathematics, engineering, and biomedical engineering. Corequisite: MATH 212. Not open to students who have taken ENGR 211, ENGR 212, ENGR 214. Open to biomedical engineering majors only.

BMEG 226. Statistical Methods in Biomedical Engineering. .5 Credits.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:2,Other:1
Introduction to concepts in experimental design and data analysis with application to biomedical engineering, medicine, and biology. Prerequisite: MATH 201. Not open to students who have taken ENGR 215, MATH 216 or MATH 226. Open to biomedical engineering majors only.

BMEG 250. Fundamentals of Biomechanics. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3,Other:2
Introduction to the application of static and dynamic analyses to solve biomechanical problems. The course will introduce basic concepts of mechanics and kinetic analyses while tying these concepts to physiological loads and motion experienced by the body. Prerequisites: PHYS 211 and MATH 201. Not open to students who have taken ENGR 221, ENGR 229 or MECH 220. Open to biomedical engineering majors only.

BMEG 300. Biotransport I. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3,Other:2
First biotransport course focusing on the application of fluid mechanics principles to biological systems and medical devices. Properties of biological fluids, energy and momentum balances, frictional losses, pumps, porous media flows, computational modeling. Prerequisite: MATH 212. Not open to students who have taken CHEG 300, ENGR 222, or ENGR 233. Open to biomedical engineering majors only.

BMEG 350. Fundamental of Biomedical Signals and Systems. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3,Other:2
Time and frequency analysis, filter design and feedback control as applied to biomedical signals and systems. Prerequisites: BMEG 205 and MATH 212. Open to biomedical engineering majors only.

BMEG 400. Biotransport II. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3,Other:2
Second biotransport course focusing on the advanced application of fundamental heat and mass transport concepts to biological systems and medical devices. Conduction, convection, thermal properties of materials, mass diffusion, compartmental modeling. Prerequisite: BMEG 300. Open to biomedical engineering majors only. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

BMEG 401. Biomedical Engineering Capstone I. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3,Other:2
Senior design course emphasizing the biomedical engineering design process including problem identification and medical motivation, background research, medical regulations and ethics, design and project proposal presentation. Prerequisite: BMEG 408. Open to biomedical engineering majors only. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

BMEG 402. Biomedical Engineering Capstone II. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3,Other:2
Second semester of the biomedical engineering design sequence emphasizing fabrication, instrumentation, testing and evaluation, and final presentation of projects. Prerequisites: BMEG 401 and permission of the instructor. Open to biomedical engineering majors only.

BMEG 408. Medical Device Assessment and Development. .5 Credits.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:2
An examination of policies and procedures relating to medical device design and approval including medical device benchmarking, technical literature searching and reviewing, intellectual property, regulatory and professional issues, project planning and management, and individual and group work. Topics will be applied through the study of a currently marketed medical device. Prerequisites: BMEG 205 and permission of the instructor. Open to biomedical engineering majors only.

BMEG 409. Fabrication amd Experimental Design. .5 Credits.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:2,Other:1
A hands-on course focusing on skills relevant to biomedical engineers, such as computer-aided design and documentation, fabrication, materials, selection and biocompatibility. Cell culture and experimental design. Class will be a mixture of lectures and hands-on activities. Prerequisite: BMEG 226. Open to biomedical engineering majors only.

BMEG 421. Light-activated Therapy. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:4,Other:1
Introduction of biophotonics or the use of light to treat both oncologic and non-oncologic diseases. Analysis of critical transport phenomena related to drug distribution, laser-tissue interactions, and oxygen supply. Investigation of mechanisms of photodynamic action. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

BMEG 431. Biomimetic Materials. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:4,Other:1
Introduction to topics in biomimetics, studying nature as an inspiration for engineering design. Topics include relation- ships between microstructure and physical properties of natural materials and tissue engineering approaches to biomaterials design. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

BMEG 441. Neural Signals and Systems. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:4,Other:1
Introduction to neural systems and signaling. Topics include neural physiology, models of action potential generation and synapse dynamics, neural networks and techniques of neural waveform analysis. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Crosslisted as ELEC 411.

BMEG 451. Biomechanics and Injury Prevention. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:4,Other:1
Survey course for field of biomechanics and research for injury prevention (lowering risk and/or severity). Mixture of lectures, labs, and projects. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

BMEG 452. Human Factors. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3,Other:1
Introduction to human factors and occupational biomechanics. Topics include: work-related musculoskeletal disorders, hand tool design, anthropometry, low back biomechanics. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

BMEG 461. Brain, Mind and Culture. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3,Other:1
The goal of this course is to use the tools of biomedical technologies, network and game theory to address enduring cultural questions. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

BMEG 465. Biomedical Modeling. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3,Other:1
Application of computational models to understanding normal and pathological biological function and to the design of diagnostic tools and therapeutic interventions. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

BMEG 471. Advanced Topics in Biomedical Engineering. 1 Credit.

Offered Both Fall and Spring; Lecture hours:4; Repeatable
Advanced, in-depth course developed from areas of biomedical engineering. Topics will vary. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

BMEG 472. Advanced Topics in Biomedical Engineering. 1 Credit.

Offered Both Fall and Spring; Lecture hours:3,Other:1; Repeatable
Advanced, in-depth course developed from areas of biomedical engineering. Topics will vary. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

BMEG 480. Biomedical Engineering Project. .5 Credits.

Offered Both Fall and Spring; Lecture hours:1,Other:5; Repeatable
Individual work with a faculty adviser on development, design, or research project beginning with a written plan and culminating with a written or oral presentation. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

BMEG 481. Biomedical Engineering Project. .5 Credits.

Offered Both Fall and Spring; Lecture hours:1,Other:5; Repeatable
Individual work with a faculty adviser on development, design, or research project beginning with a written plan and culminating with a written or oral presentation. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

BMEG 490. Biomedical Engineering Research. 1 Credit.

Offered Both Fall and Spring; Lecture hours:1,Other:10; Repeatable
Independent study with a faculty adviser on a research or design project. Submit a proposal for group review, conduct the work, and culminate with a written report and an oral presentation before a faculty group. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

BMEG 491. Biomedical Engineering Research. 1 Credit.

Offered Both Fall and Spring; Lecture hours:1,Other:10; Repeatable
Independent study with a faculty adviser on a research or design project. Submit a project proposal for group review, conduct the work, and culminate with a written report and an oral presentation before a faculty group. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

Faculty

Professors: James W. Baish, William E. King

Associate Professors: Daniel P. Cavanagh (Chair), Joseph V. Tranquillo

Assistant Professors: Kathleen Bieryla, Donna M. Ebenstein, Eric Kennedy

Affiliated Faculty: Mitchell I. Chernin, Margot Vigeant

Adjunct: Jove Graham