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Biomechanical Engineering (BME)

Completion of the undergraduate program in Biomechanical Engineering leads to the conferral of the Bachelor of Science in Engineering. The subplan "Biomechanical Engineering" appears on the transcript and on the diploma.

Mission of the Undergraduate Program in Biomechanical Engineering

The mission of the undergraduate program in Biomechanical Engineering is to help students address health science challenges by applying engineering mechanics and design to the fields of biology and medicine. The program is interdisciplinary in nature, integrating engineering course work with biology and clinical medicine. Research and teaching in this discipline focus primarily on neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and cell and tissue biomechanics. This major prepares students for graduate studies in bioengineering, biomechanics, medicine or related areas.


21 units minimum; CME sequence is recommended, but MATH sequence is acceptable; see Basic Requirement 1 1
Ordinary Differential Equations for Engineers
Ordinary Differential Equations with Linear Algebra
Select one of the following:
Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Engineers
Statistical Methods in Engineering and the Physical Sciences
Theory of Probability
Science (22 units Minimum) 1
CHEM 31XChemical Principles Accelerated (or CHEM 31A+B)5
PHYSICS 41Mechanics4
or PHYSICS 41E Mechanics, Concepts, Calculations, and Context
Biology or Human Biology A/B core courses 48-10
BIO 45Introduction to Laboratory Research in Cell and Molecular Biology (or BIO 44X if taken before 2016-17)4
or BIOE 44 Fundamentals for Engineering Biology Lab
Technology in Society
One course required; course must be on School of Engineering Approved Courses list in the UGHB the year taken3-5
Engineering Topics (Engineering Science and Design)
Engineering Fundamentals (minimum two courses; see Basic Requirement 3):
ENGR 14Intro to Solid Mechanics3
Pick one of the following:
ENGR 25BBiotechnology3
Introduction to Bioengineering (Engineering Living Matter)
Introduction to Materials Science, Biomaterials Emphasis
Engineering Depth
ENGR 15Dynamics3
ME 30Engineering Thermodynamics3
ME 70Introductory Fluids Engineering3
ME 80Mechanics of Materials3
ME 112Mechanical Systems Design 33
ME 389Biomechanical Research Symposium 21
Mechanical Engineering/ Biomechanical Engineering Depth
Students are encouraged to carefully select ME and BME depth courses that complement each other and form a cohesive plan of study.
Options to complete the ME depth sequence (3 courses, minimum 9 units) and WIM: 3,59
Feedback Control Design
Foundations of Product Realization
Heat Transfer
Fluid Mechanics: Compressible Flow and Turbomachinery
Intermediate Fluid Mechanics (offered SPR AY 18-19; more information to come)
Introduction to Computational Mechanics (offered WIN AY 18-19; more information to come)
Material Behaviors and Failure Prediction
Dynamic Systems, Vibrations and Control
Options to complete the BME depth sequence (3 courses, minimum 9 units) and WIM: 3,59
Tissue Engineering
Computational Modeling in the Cardiovascular System
Introduction to Neuromechanics
Biomechanics of Movement
Introduction to Biomechanics and Mechanobiology
Mechanics of Biological Tissues
Medical Robotics (with permission of instructor)
Mechanics of Growth
Total Units85-89

Honors Program

The School of Engineering offers a program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Engineering: Biomechanical Engineering with Honors. This program provides an opportunity for qualified BME majors to conduct independent study and research related to biomechanical engineering at an advanced level with a faculty mentor.

Honors Criteria:

  • GPA of 3.5 or higher in the major
  • Arrangement with an ME faculty member (or a faculty member from another department who is approved by the BME Undergraduate Program Director) who agrees to serve as the honors adviser, plus a second faculty member who reads and approves the thesis. The honors adviser must be a member of the Academic Council in the School of Engineering.
  • Submit an application to the ME student services office no later than the second week of the term two quarters before anticipated conferral (e.g., Autumn for Spring conferral, Spring for Autumn conferral).  An application consists of: 

    • A one page written statement describing the research topic, with signatures indicating approval of both the thesis adviser and thesis reader on a cover page 

    • An unofficial Stanford transcript; 

  • Applications are subject to the review and final approval by the BME Undergraduate Program Director. Applicants and thesis advisers receive written notification when a decision has been made. 
  • In order to graduate with honors:
    • Declare ENGR-BSH (honors) program in Axess
    • Maintain 3.5 GPA
    • Submit a completed thesis draft to the adviser by the 3rd week of the quarter the they intend to confer. Further revisions and final endorsement by the adviser and reader are to be finished by week 6, when two bound copies are to be submitted to the Mechanical Engineering student services office.  
    • Present the thesis at the Mechanical Engineering Poster Session held in mid-April. If the poster session is not not offered or the student does not confer in the Spring, an alternative presentation will be approved on a case by case basis with advisor and BME Program Director approval.  

Note: Students may not use work completed towards an honors degree to satisfy  BME course requirements

For additional information and sample programs see the Handbook for Undergraduate Engineering Programs (UGHB).