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COVID-19-Related Degree Requirement Changes

For information on how Biomechanical Engineering degree requirements have been affected by the pandemic, see the "COVID-19 Policies tab" in this section of this bulletin. For University-wide policy changes related to the pandemic, see the "COVID-19 and Academic Continuity" section of this bulletin.

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)
CHEM 31MChemical Principles: From Molecules to Solids ( or CHEM 31A & CHEM 31B)5
PHYSICS 41Mechanics4
or PHYSICS 41E Mechanics, Concepts, Calculations, and Context
Biology or Human Biology A/B core courses 28-10
BIO 45Introduction to Laboratory Research in Cell and Molecular Biology4
or BIOE 44 Fundamentals for Engineering Biology Lab
Technology in Society
One course required; BIOE 131 satisfies both TiS and WIM requirements. TiS 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:
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 104Mechanical Systems Design4
ME 389Biomechanical Research Symposium 41
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): 59
Feedback Control Design
Foundations of Product Realization
Heat Transfer
Intermediate Fluid Mechanics
Introduction to Computational Mechanics
Material Behaviors and Failure Prediction
Dynamic Systems, Vibrations and Control
Options to complete the BME depth sequence (3 courses, minimum 9 units); (alternative courses may be allowed but only if petitioned for use in advance of being taken) 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 Units83-87

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 third week of the quarter in which they intend to confer. Further revisions and final endorsement by the adviser and reader are to be finished by week six, when two bound copies are to be submitted to the Mechanical Engineering student services office.  A pdf of the thesis, including the signature page signed by both readers, should also be submitted to the student services officer. Students are sent email instructions on how to archive a permanent electronic copy in Terman Engineering library.
    • 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).

COVID-19 Policy Changes to Degree Requirements

On this page: Winter QuarterSpring QuarterDoctoral Programs (if applicable)

For a complete overview of academic policy changes related to the COVID-19 pandemic, see the "COVID-19 and Academic Continuity" section of this bulletin.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Stanford University made a number of emergency changes to policies and procedures that impacted Winter and Spring quarters 2019-20. Those changes, as they relate to degree programs, are compiled on this page. These changes reflect the disruption that students and instructors experienced when the University transitioned to online learning on March 9, 2020, in addition to the disruption to the Stanford community caused by the pandemic itself.

Winter Quarter 2019-20

The Committee on Undergraduate Standards and Policy (C-USP) and the Committee on Graduate Studies (C-GS) approved an exception for Winter Quarter 2019-20 to permit students to request late class withdrawals and/or changes to class grading basis to CR/NC (for those classes that had CR/NC as an option).

Undergraduate Degree Requirements

Grading Requirements

The School of Engineering did not make any changes to Biomechanical Engineering undergraduate degree grade requirements for classes taken in Winter Quarter 2019-20.

Other Requirements

If a student has difficulty completing an undergraduate degree requirement due to the COVID-19 pandemic, (e.g., a study abroad requirement, a laboratory research requirement), the student should consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies to identify academic options to fulfill degree requirements.

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Spring Quarter 2019-20

The Faculty Senate approved a policy requiring that all undergraduate and graduate classes in Spring Quarter 2019-20 be offered only on the 'S/NC' (Satisfactory/No Credit) grading basis.

The School of Engineering lifted its grading basis requirements for Spring Quarter 2019-20 and allows individual departments to determine whether courses with an ‘S’ grade may count towards its degrees.

Undergraduate Degree Requirements

Grading Requirements

The School of Engineering counts any Spring Quarter 2019-20 class in which the student received a final grade of ‘S’ towards Biomechanical Engineering undergraduate degree requirements that otherwise require a letter grade. 

Students graduating in Spring 2020 may reduce their required units by 4 in either Math/Science or in Depth. However the reduction in units must come form elective classes in one or the other of these sections.

Other Requirements

If a student has difficulty completing an undergraduate degree requirement due to the COVID-19 pandemic, (e.g., a study abroad requirement, a laboratory research requirement), the student should consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies to identify academic options to fulfill degree requirements.

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