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Biomedical Engineering + Mechanical Engineering Double Major

Become well prepared for a career in biomaterials or biomechanics

Students pursuing BME + ME:

  • Collaborate with researchers and faculty in Duke’s nationally recognized biomaterials and materials science community
  • Complete research projects that may involve biological and electronic materials and interfaces, therapeutic ultrasound and nanostructures.
  • Gain valuable preparation for a career in the industrial or research sectors. 

The double major in biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering and materials science draws on the collaborative relationship between the two departments to support students interested in work involving biomechanics, materials science, biomaterials and  mechanobiology.

Sample Curriculum

Students pursuing the BME + ME 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
  • ECE 110L
  • MATH 212 Multivariable Calculus1
  • PHYSICS 152L Intro Electr Magn Opt or PHYSICS 262
  • Social Science or Humanities Elective
  • EGR 201L Mechanics of Solids
  • CHEM 210DL Mod Apps Chem Principles or Chem 201DL Organic Chem
  • Social Science or Humanities Elective
  • ME 221L or BME 221L
  • Math 216 Linear Algebra and Differential Eqn3

Junior Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

  • BME 260L Modeling Cellular and Molecular Systems
  • BME 271 Signals & Systems
  • ME 321L
  • MATH 353 Ordinary and Partial Diff Equations1
  • Social Science or Humanities Elective
  • BME 354L Intro to Medical Instrumentation
  • BME Area Core Class I3
  • ME 331L
  • ME 336L
  • Social Science or Humanities Elective

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

  • BME Design 4
  • BME Advanced Elective 
  • BME 302L
  • Life Science Elective
  • BME/ME Design Course
  • BME General Elective6
  • ME Elective
  • ME 421
  • Social Science or Humanities Elective