ME/BME Double Major

Mechanical Engineering/Biomedical Engineering Dual Degree

The dual bachelor of science degree program in mechanical/biomedical engineering enables students with interests in biomechanics, biomaterials and mechanical engineering-related bioscience applications to focus on topics related to public health. This curriculum prepares students for careers related to medical devices, public health, biopharma and biomanufacturing industrial sectors by emphasizing the integration of engineering, biology and environmental sciences. The degree program is also a good foundation for graduate work in materials science, mechanical engineering or biomedical engineering.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
CHEM 101DL(31L) Core Concepts in Chemistry BIO 201L(101L) Gateway to Biology: Molecular Biology
(alt: CHEM 310DL(32L) or Chem 201DL(151L)
EGR 110L(53L) Computational Methods in Engineering MATH 122L(32L) Introductory Calculus II
MATH 111L(31L) Introductory Calculus I PHYS 151L(61L) Introductory Mechanics1
Writing 101(20) Academic Writing EGR 101L(20) Engineering Innovation
Social Science or Humanities Elective  

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
BME 244L(144L) Quantitative Physiology (alt: Bio 101L) BME 253L(153L) Biomedical Electronic Measurements I
EGR 201L(75L) Mechanics of Solids ME 221L(83L) Structure and Properties of Solids
Chemistry 310DL(32L) App Chem Principle or 201DL(151L) Organ Chem
(alt: Social Science or Humanities Elective)
MATH 216(107) Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
MATH 212(103) Multivariable Calculus EGR 244L(123L) Dynamics
PHYS 151L(62L) Introductory Technical Physics II1 Social Science or Humanities Elective (alt: BME 244L(144L))

Junior Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
BME 260L(100L) Modeling Cellular and Molecular Systems BME 354L(154L) Biomedical Electronic Measurements II
BME 271(171) Signals & Systems or ECE 54L Intro Sig & Sys BME 302L(202L) Fundamentals Biomaterials/Biomechanics
MATH 353(108) Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations ME 336L(126L) Fluid Mechanics
ME 331L(101L) Thermodynamics Life Science Elective2
ME 101L(131L) Mechanical Engineering Analysis for Design  

Senior Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
ME 334L(125L) Control of Dynamic Systems ME 424L(160L) Mechanical Design3
ME 421L(141L) Mechanical Design Biomat/Biomech Area Elective4
ME 431L(150L) Heat and Mass Transfer ME Elective 2
ME Elective 1 Social Science or Humanities Elective
Social Science or Humanities Elective Social Science or Humanities Elective

Students with AP credits should pay particular attention to prerequisites when rearranging the schedule.

1. The following physics courses are approved:

The choices are as follows:

  • PHYSICS 151L(61L) & 152L(62L):
  • Physics 161L(41L) + Physics 162(42L): for students transferring from the Trinity College.

AP credits are accepted in place of the physics requirements (Physics C Exams on mechanics for Physics 151L(61L) and electricity and magnetism for Physics 152L(62L), respectively). If students use AP credits for both courses, they must take Physics 153L(63L) or Physics 264(143). Students may not take Physics 141(61) at Duke and use AP credit for Physics 142(62).

Physics AP options:

  • If no AP credit or AP<4: Physics PHYSICS 151L(61L) & 152L(62L)
  • If you have Physics 141(61) (AP 4,5): Physics 152L(62L)
  • If you have Physics 141(61) and 142(62)( (AP 4,5): Physics 153L(63L) or Physics 264(143)

For premed students who take the Physics 151L(61L) & 152L(62L): It is highly recommended that you also take Physics 153L(63) because Physics 141(61) and 142(62) do not cover all the materials in the MCAT.

2. Selected from approved list of Life Science Electives:

Biochemistry

  • BIOCHEM 301(227) Introductory Biochemistry I: Intermediary Metabolism
  • BIOCHEM 302(228) Introductory Biochemistry II

Biology

  • BIO 202L(102L) Gateway to Biology: Genetics and Evolution
  • BIO 212L(103L) General Microbiology
  • BIO 215(105) Introduction to Mathematical Modeling in Biology
  • BIO 330L(108L) Comparative and Functional Anatomy of the Vertebrates
  • BIO 333(111L) Principles of Animal Morphology
  • BIO 221(117) Cell and Organismal Physiology
  • BIO 220(119) Cellular and Developmental Biology
  • BIO 213(120) Cell Signaling and Diseases
  • BIO 250(122) Population Genetics
  • BIO 251(124) Molecular Evolution
  • BIO 251L(124L) Molecular Evolution
  • BIO 365(146) From Influenza to Varicella Zoster: The Physiology, Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases
  • BIO 311(147) Systems Biology: An Introduction for the Quantitative Sciences
  • BIO 232S(149S) Comparative Biomechanics
  • BIO 278LA(150L) Physiology of Marine Animals
  • BIO 329L(151L) Principles of Animal Physiology
  • BIO 224(154) Fundamentals Neuroscience
  • BIO 372LA(155L) Biochemistry of Marine Animals
  • BIO 377LA(176L) Marine Invertebrate Zoology
  • BIO 214L(184L) Experimental Cell and Molecular Biology
  • BIO 350(187) Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics
  • BIO 418(214) Biophysics in Cellular and Developmental Biology
  • BIO 515(244) Principles of Immunology (C-L: Immunology 244)
  • BIO 783(283) Molecular Genetics of Organelles
  • BIO 650(284) Molecular Population Genetics

Chemistry

  • CHEM 363(176) Biophysical Chemistry

Computer Sciences

  • COMPSCI 260(160) Introduction to Computational Genomics

Evolutionary Anthropology

  • Evanth 221S(133L) The Human Body
  • Evanth 530(135) Human Functional Anatomy
  • Evanth 231L(151) Anatomy of the Lower Extremities
  • Evanth 330(155) Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Evanth 235L(172L) Primate Anatomy

Medical Physics

  • MP 505(205) Anatomy and Physiology for Medical Physicists

Neuroscience

  • Neurosci 212(112) Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience

Pharmacology

  • Pharm 350(150) Pharmacology: Drug Actions and Reactions
  • Pharm 533(233) Essentials of Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Pharm 554(254) Mammalian Toxicology

3. ME160L with BME project.

4. Selected from the following approved biomechanics elective courses:

  • BME 530(230) Tissue Biomechanics
  • BME 531(231) Intermediate Biomechanics
  • BME 569(239) Cell Transport Mechanisms
  • BME 590(265) Cell Biomechanics (Note: the course number is temporary. It will be replaced by a permanent number.)
  • BME 590(265) BME Aspects of Blasts & Ballistics (Note: the course number is temporary. It will be replaced by a permanent number.)
  • BME 528(275) Biofluid Mechanics
  • CEE 520(201) Continuum Mechanics
  • CEE 535(251) Engineering Analysis and Computational Mechanics