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Biomedical Engineering Sciences Major

The biomedical engineering sciences major is offered to students interested in medical school. Faculty from Thayer School and The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth jointly advise the research projects.

The Geisel School of Medicine offers an opportunity for accomplished engineering sciences majors to apply for admission to The Geisel School through the Biomedical Engineering Early Assurance Program (BME EAP).

For advice, contact professor Brian Pogue, Soloman Diamond, or Douglas Van Citters.


Majors are expected to have a basic understanding of calculus, physics, chemistry, and computer science. First-year students interested in the major should take the placement test in mathematics.

Unless otherwise prohibited, prerequisites may be taken under the Non-Recording Option.

Mathematics (3 courses)

Chemistry (1-2 courses)

Physics (2 courses)

Computer Science (choose 1 option, 1-2 courses)

Required Courses

Common Core Courses (2 courses)

Common and Distributive Core Courses (choose 1 course)

Gateway Course (choose 1 course)

Engineering Course (choose 1 course)

Biology Courses (choose 2 courses)

Chemistry Courses (2 courses)

Elective (choose 1 course)

Students wishing to pursue the B.E. degree are advised to choose an Engineering Sciences course as their elective.

Culminating Experience

Biomedical Engineering Sciences majors complete a culminating experience, which is part of a course (either as one of the two electives or as an additional course). Normally taken during the senior year, the course is chosen from the following options:

Transfer Credit

No more than two transfer courses may be used for credit in the major.

Academic Standing

Satisfactory completion of the major requires a grade point average of 2.0 in the courses suitable for satisfying the major.

The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth Biomedical Engineering Early Assurance Program (BME EAP)

Starting in 2010, a small number (up to two or three) of highly qualified Dartmouth BME or engineering sciences students in their junior year (for AB candidates) or senior year (for BE candidates) who are planning to attend medical school will be considered for admission to The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth through the Geisel Biomedical Engineering Early Assurance Program (BME EAP). The program provides selected students added time for academic and research activities in their final year prior to matriculation at The Geisel School of Medicine.

The Geisel Biomedical Engineering Early Assurance Program is a separate program from the Geisel Early Assurance program for Dartmouth juniors, which became available in 2012. BME and engineering sciences majors may only apply to one Geisel early assurance program, and are strongly advised to apply through Thayer via the BME EAP.

Students interested in this program are encouraged to contact Professor Brian Pogue for information on how to apply (PDF). Applicants whose academic records, leadership, and research experience are judged by Thayer School to be suitable for the BME EAP will be informed after an interview process by a Thayer School panel and no later than end of January. Nominated Thayer School applicants must then complete application materials, available from The Geisel School Admissions Office, by February 15 of the calendar year before they plan to matriculate for review by The Geisel School Admissions Committee. Nomination is not a guarantee of admission to the Geisel School. Taking the MCAT exam will not be required for applicants nominated through the BME EAP.

Students who are invited to interview at The Geisel School will be notified by the end of May whether or not they have been selected for admission through the BME EAP. Students selected are free to decide to apply to other medical schools, but must withdraw from the BME EAP if they do. Students not selected may apply to The Geisel School through the regular mechanism. Students who are selected for the EAP must submit their AMCAS applications on a timetable consistent with beginning their studies at The Geisel School in August of the year following their selection. Matriculation is contingent upon successful completion of engineering studies.and continuing during their final undergraduate (senior or fifth) year to meet the criteria with respect to academic record, leadership, and research excellence by which all successful applicants to The Geisel School are selected.