Bachelor of science degree

Biomedical Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineering (BME) is one of the fastest-growing disciplines in engineering. This field has developed from the knowledge that engineering principles can be applied to better understand how the human body functions as well as the effect that outside forces have on it, whether they be diagnostic or traumatic. A biomedical engineer brings together traditional engineering principles with the life sciences in a completely integrated fashion. The result is an engineer who views the human body as a complex system, its diseases and injuries as breakdowns in that system, and medical interventions as design alternatives for the repair of the system. As the population ages and medical costs increase, biomedical engineers are required both to understand the mechanistic causes of injury and disease and to design and implement interventions to prevent and mitigate the suffering of individuals and to reduce the cost of medical care to society.

AIU's program in biomedical engineering is built upon a strong foundation of engineering that integrates biomedical sciences early in the curriculum and continuously throughout subsequent coursework. In order to prepare students for careers and/or further education, traditional lectures are combined with problem-based and project-based learning to allow students to immediately apply their foundational knowledge to biomedical engineering challenges. From the first week of the program, students are introduced to real-world biomedical engineering problems and tools so as to develop a thorough understanding of the challenges faced in clinical medicine. Before the junior year, all biomedical engineering students must select one of three concentrations: biomaterials, biomechanics, or bio-medical instrumentation.


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Career Opportunities

  • Biomechanical Engineer
  • Rehabilitation Engineer
  • Clinical Engineer
  • Bioengineering Researcher

Degree Requirements

The School of Engineering and Computing offers seven majors: Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer, Industrial, and Mechanical Engineering.

School of Engineering and Computing Requirments

Students in the Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering must complete a minimum of 131 credits including satisfaction of all degree requirements of AIU. All course work must be completed in accordance with the academic rules of AIU and those of the department.

Engineering and Computing Requirements

Minimum General Education Requirements 36 credits
School Core Requirements 34 credits
Major Requirements 59 credits
Total Credits Required for Degree 131 credits

General Education Requirements

American International University has established seven competencies that form the foundation of the learning outcomes in our courses. Upon successful completion of the General Education program, students will be able to demonstrate:

  • Critical thinking
  • Effective communication
  • Ethical reasoning
  • Global self-awareness
  • Information literacy
  • Mathematical and scientific reasoning
  • Quantitative and IT Literacy

With the understanding that our students will specialize in a variety of academic majors, the General Education Program requirements are designed to ensure that all students will acquire experiential and activity-based learning and the application of knowledge in concrete situations as part of their AIU experience. 

Required Biomedical Engineering Courses

All biomedical engineering students must complete the following courses. Students are responsible for observing all course prerequisites and limitations

  • Basic Life Mechanisms 
  • Basic Life Mechanisms Laboratory 
  • Electrical Circuits I
  • Electrical Circuits I Laboratory 
  • Statics
  • Elementary Mechanics of Materials 
  • Anatomy for Engineers
  • Physiology for Engineers
  • Digital Logic Design
  • Digital Logic Design Laboratory
  • Medical Imaging I
  • Biomedical Signals & Systems
  • Biomedical Signals & Systems Laboratory
  • Biomedical Instrumentation I
  • Biomechanics I
  • Electronics I
  • Biomaterials and Biocompatibility
  • Engineering Physiology Laboratory
  • Electronics II
  • Electronics II Laboratory
  • Biomedical Engineering Seminar
  • Technical Electives (300/400 level)
  • Technical Elective (400 level)
  • Engineering Technical Elective

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