Undergraduate Majors and Minors

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biomedical Engineering

The bachelor of science degree program in biomedical engineering offers four specialized degree options. Each option provides a tailored academic plan, allowing students to focus on key areas, including biochemical engineering, biomaterials, medical imaging and devices, and biomechanics.

Biochemical Option

  • Possible Career Directions: Pharmaceutics, manufacturing, vaccine development, medicine, quality control
  • Courses: Organic Chemistry; Bio-transport Phenomena; Bio-Fluid Mechanics; Reaction Kinetics of Biological Systems
  • Academic Plan: View the Biochemical Option Academic Plan »

Biomaterials Option

  • Possible Career Directions: Medical device design, development, manufacturing, quality control
  • Courses: Organic Chemistry; Intro to Material Sciences; Biomedical Materials; Biomedical Polymeres
  • Academic Plan: View the Biomaterials Option Academic Plan »

Medical Imaging and Devices Option

  • Possible Career Directions: Medical device design, development, manufacturing, quality control
  • Courses: Circuits and Devices; Electrical Circuit Design or Engineering; Electromagnetics or Digital Signal Processing; Medical Imaging
  • Academic Plan: View the Medical Imaging and Devices Option Academic Plan »

Biomechanics Option

  • Possible Career Directions: Design, develop, and test medical devices (e.g., prosthetic limbs, surgical tools, cardiovascular implants)
  • Courses: Dynamics; Mechanical Response to Engineering Materials; Bio-fluid Mechanics
  • Academic Plan: View the Biomechanics Option Academic Plan »

Minor in Biomedical Engineering


The Penn State Department of Biomedical Engineering offers an undergraduate minor in biomedical engineering. The minor is open to students in any undergraduate program, but it is particularly suitable for engineering students seeking careers in health-related professions.

The biomedical engineering minor allows students to develop interests in medical engineering applications while pursuing an undergraduate degree in another engineering major, physics, or other applied science.

View the biomedical engineering minor information in the Penn State Bulletin »

Admission Requirements

All students who wish to apply to the biomedical engineering minor should be in their fifth semester at Penn State, admitted to a major, and have completed the required courses:

Applicants should fill out the Biomedical Engineering Minor Admissions Form and return it to 206 Hallowell for department approval.

Due to the entrance-to-minor requirements, you may not register for this minor using eLion. It is the student’s responsibility to get his or her minor adviser’s approval for any subsequent changes to the application.

Minor Requirements

Students must complete 18-20 credits with a grade of C or better to successfully complete the minor. Nine credit hours must be completed in biomedical engineering coursework.

Choose 3-4 credits of physiology:

Choose 3-4 credits of molecular/cell biology:

Choose 9-12 credits of supporting courses:

  • Any BME 400-level or BIOE 500-level course

Choose 0-3 credits of electives:

Questions and requests specific to the BME minor should be emailed to bmeminor@engr.psu.edu.

Contact Information

  • Undergraduate Office
    206 Hallowell Building

BME Major:

BME Minor:



The Department of Biomedical Engineering administers the undergraduate major in biomedical engineering, and is a part of the university-wide Intercollege Graduate Degree Program, offering both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Bioengineering. Our work combines traditional engineering principles with medicine and technology for the betterment of human health and society. 

Department of Biomedical Engineering

205 Hallowell Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-863-6614