Duke engineering students work with CEE faculty in a lab

Biomedical Engineering + Civil and Environmental Engineering Double Major

Become well prepared for a career in software development and health care

The double major is designed for students interested in exploring how the environment can affect human health.

Students pursuing BME + CEE:

  • Collaborate across disciplines to solve global challenges posed by growing human needs and activities
  • Explore the connections between human and environmental health to understand risks and build resilience in both living populations and global ecosystems
  • Work with teams around the globe to help create a healthier, safer and more sustainable world.

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Lee Pearson

I loved the experience overall, felt like I got a lot out of it, learned a lot, saw engineering classes from very different disciplines, formed a lot of friends in CEE and BME, and really explored. If the goal of a Pratt bachelors is to get you to think creatively about solving different engineering problems, then I think it was a fantastic dual-major, and it serves me well today as I evaluate very different startups in the clean tech space.”

Lee Pearson, ’08
SE Ventures

Sample Curriculum

Students pursuing the BME + ECE double major must complete 37 credits from both programs:

First Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

  • CHEM 101DL Core Concepts in Chemistry or CHEM 110DL or CHEM 21 or Academic Writing 101
  • EGR 103L Computational Methods in Engineering
  • MATH 111L Laboratory Calculus I or MATH 21
  • EGR 101L Engineering Design and Communication
  • BIO 201L Gateway to Biology: Molecular Biology
  • MATH 112L Laboratory Calculus II or MATH 122L or MATH 22
  • PHYSICS 151L Intro Mechanics or PHYSICS 25
  • CHEM 101L or Academic Writing

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

  • BME 244L Quant Physiology with Biostat Appl
  • BIOLOGY 201L
  • MATH 212 Multivariable Calculus1
  • PHYSICS 152L Intro Electr Magn Opt or PHYSICS 262
  • Life Science Elective
  • EGR 201L Mechanics of Solids
  • CHEM 210DL Mod Apps Chem Principles or Chem 201DL Organic Chem
  • Social Science or Humanities Elective
  • STA 130
  • MATH 216 Linear Algebra and Differential Eqn3

Junior Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

  • BME 260L Modeling Cellular and Molecular Systems
  • CEE 201L
  • CEE 301L
  • MATH 353 Ordinary and Partial Diff Equations1
  • Social Science or Humanities Elective
  • BME 354L Intro to Medical Instrumentation
  • BME Area Core Class I3
  • ECE 110L
  • CEE 461L
  • Social Science or Humanities Elective

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

  • BME/CEE Design 4
  • BME Advanced Elective 
  • BME 302L or BME 307
  • Life Science Elective
  • BME Advanced Elective5
  • BME General Elective6
  • CEE 462L
  • CEE 463L
  • Social Science or Humanities Elective