Biomedical Engineering Program
Biomedical engineering applies engineering principles to design challenges faced by the medical and life science communities. K-State’s biomedical engineering program can anticipate graduates designing medical devices and computer software for health care applications.
The 128 credit hour curriculum (pdf) consists of the following:
- 36 credits of biomedical engineering core courses
- 52 credits of math and science core courses
- 8 hours in a general engineering core
- 6 hours in a humanities and social sciences core
- 26 hours in technical electives
The following new BME courses will be offered as a supplement to other K-State courses that support the BME degree:
- BME 001 - New Student Assembly
- BME 200 - Introduction to Biomedical Engineering
- BME 430 - Biomaterials
- BME 451 - Biomechanical Engineering
- BME 490 - Undergraduate BME Design Experience I
- BME 491 - Undergraduate BME Design Experience II
- BME 575 - Clinical Systems Engineering
- BME 590 - Senior Design Experience I
- BME 591 - Senior Design Experience II
- BME 674 - Medical Imaging
To learn more about each course, view the course catalog.
Two different areas of emphasis are initially available that take advantage of the strengths of existing faculty and their research programs:
Sensors and devices
The area of sensors and devices focuses on designing equipment and devices often found in clinics and hospitals, as well as the growing consumer market of wearable fitness devices.
Computation involves programming and software architecture to more effectively process, evaluate and act upon the growing volume of physiological and biometric data that originates from medical devices in use throughout our society.
Additional areas of emphasis being considered include tissue engineering and biomechanics.
A number of current faculty have extensive biomedical engineering backgrounds, having taught biomedical courses and served as investigators on numerous biomedical research grants, which includes the following:
- Steve Warren, professor; biomedical engineering program coordinator; director of the Medical Component Design Lab
- Charles Carlson, teaching assistant professor
- Punit Prakash, associate professor; director of the Biomedical Computing and Devices Lab
- Caterina Scoglio, professor; director of the Network Science and Engineering Group
- David Thompson, assistant professor; research includes brain-computer interfaces and medical devices
- Affiliate faculty from ECE and other K-State engineering departments
The biomedical engineering program will seek ABET accreditation after the first graduates of the program have completed their degrees, which is the standard ABET process used to seek accreditation of new programs. Due to the schedule of the course offerings, the earliest biomedical engineering degrees will be awarded in spring 2022.