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Biomedical Engineering Option

The Biomedical Engineering (BIM) option, available to both electrical and computer engineering majors, focuses on the application of biophysical and engineering concepts to the improvement and protection of human health. Successful completion of this option is noted on a student's transcript and meets most medical school admission requirements.

Coursework in the Electrical and Computer Engineering curricula is coupled with specialized courses linking electrical engineering to biomedical applications such as neural signals and systems, bioeffects of electromagnetic fields, therapeutic and diagnostic uses of bioelectric phenomena and medical image processing. Undergraduates may also elect independent study courses in these areas.

Students interested in the option may receive elective credit for two semesters of biology if they also complete two bioengineering courses from the ECEE offerings. One of these ECEE courses also may be used to satisfy distribution requirements. The basic BME option includes two semesters of biology and two junior or senior bioengineering courses in the ECEE Department taken in lieu of other electives. Several of these BME electives are also applicable to the Boulder campus Neurosciences Program. ECEE biomedical engineering courses regularly offered include:

For more information on the content of the BIM-ECEE courses and pre-medical studies in ECEE, contact the Biomedical Advisor, Prof. Howard Wachtel, OT 433. For specific advice on fitting the BME option into an existing ECEE program, contact the Undergraduate Program Advisor, Valerie Matthews.