Biomedical Engineering Sciences Major

The biomedical engineering sciences major is aimed at students interested in pursuing medical school following their undergraduate studies. Faculty from Thayer and Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth jointly advise research, and highly achieving biomedical engineering majors may qualify for admission to Geisel through the Biomedical Engineering Early Assurance Program.

For additional information about majors, courses, and degree requirements:

Guide to Programs & Courses


For advice about the major, contact Professor Ryan J. Halter or Douglas W. Van Citters, Chair of the Department of Engineering Sciences and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education.

Prerequisites

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. Any course being used to satisfy major or minor requirements beyond the prerequisites, may not be taken under the non-recording option.

SUBJECT NUMBER OF REQUIRED COURSES COURSES

Mathematics

3 courses

MATH 3: Calculus
MATH 8: Calculus of Functions of One and Several Variables & Supplies
MATH 11: Accelerated Multivariable Calculus or MATH 13 Calculus of Vector-Valued Functions

Physics

2 courses

PHYS 13: Introductory Physics I
PHYS 14: Introductory Physics II

Chemistry*

1 or 2 courses

Students will be placed in one or more of the following courses:

CHEM 5: General Chemistry and CHEM 6: General Chemistry
CHEM 10: First-Year Honors Chemistry
CHEM 11: General Chemistry

Computer Science

1 or 2 courses

Choose one option:

Option 1 (1 course):

ENGS 20: Introduction to Scientific Computing (May not be taken under the non-recording option.)

Option 2 (2 courses):

COSC 1: Introduction to Programming and Computation
COSC 10: Problem Solving via Object-Oriented Programming

* Students with no prior experience with chemistry will be placed in CHEM 5. CHEM 10 is not scheduled to be offered during the 2022–2023 academic year. Starting in the Fall of 2022, students with prior experience with chemistry (as demonstrated through AP or IB exams, A-level credit, or placement exam) will be placed in CHEM 11. Students who complete CHEM 11 will also automatically receive credit for CHEM 5 toward the BE degree requirements.

Required Courses

COURSE TYPE REQUIRED NUMBER OF COURSES COURSES

Common Core

2 courses

ENGS 21: Introduction to Engineering (Should be taken sophomore year.)
ENGS 22: Systems

Distributive Core

1 courses

Choose one course, from the following:

ENGS 23: Distributed Systems and Fields
ENGS 24: Science of Materials
ENGS 25: Introduction to Thermodynamics
ENGS 26: Control Theory
ENGS 27: Discrete and Probabilistic Systems
ENGS 28: Embedded Systems

Gateway

1 courses

Choose one course, from the following:

Electrical

ENGS 31: Digital Electronics
ENGS 32: Electronics: Introduction to Linear and Digital Circuits

Mechanical

ENGS 33: Solid Mechanics
ENGS 34: Fluid Mechanics

Chemical/Biochemical

ENGS 30: Biological Physics
ENGS 35: Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering
ENGS 36: Chemical Engineering

Engineering Course

1 course

Choose one option:

Option 1
ENGS 56: Introduction to Biomedical Engineering

Option 2 (Choose one course, from the following)
ENGS 23: Distributed Systems and Fields
ENGS 24: Science of Materials
ENGS 25: Introduction to Thermodynamics
ENGS 26: Control Theory

Biology Courses

2 courses

Choose two courses, from the following:

BIOL 12: Cell Structure and Function
BIOL 13: Gene Expression and Inheritance
BIOL 14: Physiology

Chemistry Courses

2 courses

Choose one option:

Option 1
CHEM 51: Organic Chemistry
CHEM 52: Organic Chemistry

Option 2
CHEM 57: Organic Chemistry
CHEM 58: Organic Chemistry

Biology Courses

2 courses

Choose two courses, from the following:

BIOL 12: Cell Structure and Function
BIOL 13: Gene Expression and Inheritance
BIOL 14: Physiology

Elective*

1 course

Choose one option:

Option 1
Any ENGS course numbered above 23

Option 2
BIOL 40: Biochemistry

Option 3
CHEM 41: Biological Chemistry

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

Culminating Experience

In addition to coursework, all biomedical engineering sciences majors are required to complete a culminating experience, which may include a thesis or an advanced engineering sciences course, chosen from an approved list.

CULMINATING EXPERIENCE (CHOOSE ONE OPTION) NUMBER OF REQUIRED COURSES COURSES

Thesis

1 course

Choose one course, from the following:

ENGS 86: Independent Project
ENGS 88: Honors Thesis

Advanced Course

1 course

Choose one course from approved list below or consult with Chair of the Department of Engineering Sciences:

ENGS 160: Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering
ENGS 161: Metabolic Engineering
ENGS 162: Methods in Biotechnology
ENGS 163: Advanced Protein Engineering
ENGS 165: Biomaterials
ENGS 167: Medical Imaging
ENGS 169: Intermediate Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering Early Assurance Program

The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth offers opportunities for highly qualified engineering sciences majors to apply for admission to Geisel through the Biomedical Engineering Early Assurance Program (BME EAP). A small number (generally two or three) of highly qualified Dartmouth biomedical engineering and engineering sciences students in their junior year (for AB candidates) or senior year (for BE candidates) who plan to attend medical school will be considered for admission to Geisel.

Please be advised that BME EAP is a separate program from the Geisel Early Assurance program for Dartmouth juniors. Dartmouth students may only apply to ONE early assurance program. Students majoring in biomedical engineering or engineering sciences are strongly advised to apply through Thayer via the BME EAP.

Benefits of BME EAP

Because admission typically occurs in a student's junior year, the program provides admitted students additional time for academic and research activities in their final year prior to matriculation at Geisel. In addition, students nominated for application through BME EAP do not need to take the MCATs to apply.

Admissions Process

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

Students who are invited to interview at Geisel will be notified by the end of May whether or not they have been selected for admission through the BME EAP. Admitted students may choose to decide to apply to other medical schools, but must withdraw from the BME EAP if they do. Students not selected may apply to Geisel through the regular process. Students who are selected for the EAP must submit their AMCAS applications on a timetable consistent with beginning their studies at Geisel 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 Geisel are selected.