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.

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 of the following course options:

Option 1 (2 courses):
CHEM 5 General Chemistry and CHEM 6 General Chemistry


Option 2 (1 course):

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 prior experience in calculus (as demonstrated through AP or IB exams, A-level credit, or placement exam) may place out of MATH 3 and/or Math 8, and may be required instead to take the MATH 8 and 13 sequence, or MATH 11.
** Students with no prior experience in chemistry will be placed in CHEM 5. Students with prior experience with chemistry (as demonstrated through AP or IB exams, A-level credit, or placement exam) automatically receive credit for CHEM 5 and will be placed in CHEM 11, a required course for the biomedical engineering major.

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

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. Please note: The culminating experience should be consistent with the student’s career objectives and courses taken.

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

Design Project2 courses

ENGS 89: Engineering Design Methodology and Project Initiation
ENGS 90: Engineering Design Methodology and Project Completion


  • Taken as a two-course design sequence.
  • May count toward both AB and BE degrees.
  • Prior to enrollment in ENGS 89, at least 6 engineering sciences courses must be completed: ENGS 21 plus 5 additional courses numbered 22 to 76 (excluding 75), and 91 and above.

Advanced Course

1 course

One advanced engineering sciences course with a significant design or research project. Students should consult the approved list of courses under the Engineering Sciences major or with the Chair of the Department of Engineering Sciences.

Biomedical Engineering Early Assurance Program

The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth offers opportunities for highly qualified biomedical engineering and 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.

Benefits

Because admission typically occurs in a student's final year before graduation, the BME EAP 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 the BME EAP do not need to take the MCATs to apply.

Eligibility

The BME EAP is open to highly qualified biomedical engineering and engineering sciences majors pursuing the BE one year prior to graduation (current juniors planning to complete the BE in four years, or current seniors planning to pursue the BE in a fifth year).

The BME EAP is a separate program from the Geisel Early Assurance program for Dartmouth juniors. 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.

How to Apply

  1. By August 1: Send an email expressing interest in the program to Professor Katie Hixon at katherine.r.hixon@dartmouth.edu. Students may also request an appointment with Professor Hixon to discuss the program.
  2. The following week: Look for an email from Thayer notifying you if you are eligible for an interview.
  3. By August 15: Interviewees must submit two documents to Professor Hixon:
    1. CV (three pages maximum) describing research, project, leadership, community, and extracurricular activities;
    2. Essay (one page maximum, one-inch margins, 12-point font, single-spaced) describing your motivations for engineering and medicine, ideally discussing specific example(s) of your own experiences and their relevance to medicine, based upon the educational pathway that you have taken.
  4. By the end of August: Schedule a 30-minute interview with the BME EAP committee. Interviews will begin with the interviewee making a brief opening statement (no more than a few minutes) describing their interest in pursuing engineering, medicine, and the BME EAP, followed by approximately 20 minutes of question and answer, and conclude with an opportunity for the applicant to ask any final questions.
  5. The first week of September: Interviewees are notified if they have been nominated for application through the BME EAP.
  6. By the first week in October: Interviewees must complete Geisel School Admissions materials. MCAT exam not required.
  7. By the beginning of January: Look for an invitation from Geisel to schedule a medical school entrance interview.
  8. By the beginning of March: Thayer EAP Candidates will be notified whether or not they have been selected for admission.

Admissions & Matriculation

The BME EAP committee reviews the academic records (overall transcript, as well as major and non‐major courses) of all those submitting this email expression of interest, and identifies finalists.

Nomination by Thayer is not a guarantee of admission to Geisel and all applications are reviewed by the Geisel School Admissions Committee. Nominees admitted to Geisel who wish to apply to other medical schools must first withdraw from the BME EAP. Students not selected as finalists or nominees may apply to Geisel through the regular admissions process.

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.

Additional questions regarding official submission by the Thayer EAP Candidate(s) may be directed to Aileen Panitz at aileen.k.panitz@dartmouth.edu.

Course Planning

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

Guide to Programs and Courses

Questions? For course planning questions within the specific discipline, please contact Professor Ryan Halter or Douglas Van Citters, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education & Chair of the Department of Engineering Sciences.

For general requirement or advising questions, please contact undergraduate.engineering.advising@dartmouth.edu.