MEng: Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineering is the broad area of study in which engineers use an interdisciplinary approach to solve problems in the medical field, often associated with the interaction between living and non-living systems. The program is intended for engineers who want to add depth to their knowledge or acquire new specialized knowledge in biomedical engineering to design, build, test, and/or analyze biological systems, diagnostics, devices, and treatment modalities. The breadth of solution methodologies requires biomedical engineers to take a quantitative approach to system analysis in “traditional” engineering fields, while simultaneously employing a fundamental understanding of the relevant life sciences.

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Course Requirements

The program consists of nine courses, of which five should be from the list of core courses. The remaining four electives can consist of any graduate-level engineering or science courses at Dartmouth.

Please note: The information below reflects degree requirements, effective as of Winter 2024.


Core Courses

5 courses

Choose 5 courses, from the following:

ENGS 111: Digital Image Processing
ENGG 113: Image Visualization and Analysis
ENGS 117: Computational Imaging
ENGS 129: Biomedical Circuits and Systems
ENGS 156: Heat, Mass and Momentum Transfer
ENGS 159: Molecular Sensors & Nanodevices in Biomedical Engineering
ENGS 162: Basic Biological Circuit Engineering
ENGS 164: Tissue Engineering
ENGS 165: Biomaterials
ENGG 166: Quantitative Human Physiology
ENGS 167: Medical Imaging
ENGG 168: Biomedical Radiation Transport
ENGS 169: Intermediate Biomedical Engineering
ENGM 189.01: Medical Device Commercialization
ENGM 189.02: Medical Device Development
ENGG 199.07: Introduction to Bioelectronics*
ENGS 262: Advanced Biological Circuit Engineering
ENGG 325: Introduction to Surgical Innovation

* Multiple courses are offered under ENGG 199, and course topics and schedules vary by term. Please check Course Descriptions and Schedules for the most up-to-date information. Consult your advisor on how best to include an ENGG 199 course in your program plan.


4 courses

Choose 4 courses, from the following:

Any graduate-level engineering sciences courses, including:

ENGS 91: Numerical Methods in Computation
ENGS 92: Fourier Transforms and Complex Variables
ENGS 93: Statistical Methods in Engineering
ENGS 105: Computational Methods for Partial Differential Equations I
ENGS 108: Applied Machine Learning
ENGS 110: Signal Processing

Design Project
Students enrolled in the design project elective before Fall 2024 may take the following three-course sequence to partially fulfill the four-course elective requirement.
ENGM 191: Product Design and Development
ENGG 199.1: MEng Design Project Initiation
ENGG 199.11 MEng Design Project Completion

Students enrolled in the design project elective starting in Fall 2024 may take one of the following options to partially fulfill the four-course elective requirement. The appropriate option will depend on each student’s prior experience and coursework since the two tracks require different prerequisites.
Option 1 (1 course)

  • ENGM 191: Product Design and Development

Option 2 (2 courses)

  • ENGS 190: Engineering Design and Methodology Project Initiation
  • ENGS 290: Engineering Design Methodology and Project Completion

Any graduate-level science course.

** Students may choose electives from any graduate-level engineering or science courses offered at Dartmouth. The courses listed here are for recommended students who seek additional further depth of study in their chosen track.