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BS Biomedical Engineering - MAS Chemical Engineering

This co-terminal degree program offers a combined B.S. in biomedical engineering (cell & tissue engineering track) and Professional Master's (MAS) degree in chemical engineering in five years to students interested in advanced studies in chemical engineering.

The mission of the biomedical engineering undergraduate program at IIT is to educate students in the fundamentals of biomedical engineering. This foundation consists of a broad exposure to the chemical, mathematical, physical, and biological sciences, coupled with the appropriate technical and engineering skills to be able to fill diverse professional roles in industry, graduate school, and the medical professions. Biomedical engineering is an interdisciplinary major in which the principles and tools of traditional engineering fields, such as mechanical, materials, electrical, and chemical engineering, are integrated with the chemical, physical and biological sciences. Together, they are applied towards a better understanding of physiological processes in humans or towards the solution of medical problems.

Engineering will continue to play an increasingly important role in advancing medical treatment, developing biotechnology, and improving health-care delivery. By its very nature, biomedical engineering is expansive and requires a broad and integrated foundation in the physical, chemical, mathematical, and biological sciences. The biomedical program has three areas of specialization (or tracks): cell and tissue engineering, medical imaging, and neural engineering. While distinct in their concept, these areas share core exposure to the physical, chemical, biological, and engineering sciences. Thus, there is potential for considerable crossover among the areas at the upper division level. This is indicated by the track course options.

The cell and tissue engineering involves the more recent attempts to understand and attack biomedical problems at the microscopic level and to use such knowledge to begin to engineer" replacement tissues and organs from individual cells. Knowledge of anatomy, biochemistry, and the mechanics of cellular and sub-cellular structures is necessary in order to understand disease processes and to be able to intervene at very specific sites. With such knowledge a number of approaches have been or are being developed. These range from the development of miniature devices to deliver compounds that can stimulate or inhibit cellular processes at precise target locations in order to promote healing or inhibit disease formation and progression to the newer techniques that have produced replacement skin and one day will produce heart valves, coronary vessels, and even whole hearts.

This area also includes the development of artificial materials used for implantation. Understanding the properties and behavior of living material is vital in the design of implant materials. Placing materials in the human body for healing or repair has been practiced for over 100 years, but it remains one of the most difficult tasks faced by the biomedical engineer. Certain metal alloys, ceramics, polymers, and composites have been used as implantable materials. Biomaterials must not only function normally over the lifespan of the recipient but also be nontoxic, non-carcinogenic, chemically inert, stable, and sufficiently strong to withstand the repeated forces of a lifetime. Few materials meet all such specifications. Newer biomaterials are being developed which incorporate proteins or living cells in order to provide a truer biological and mechanical match for living tissue.

The below curriculum is effective beginning Fall 2017. To view the curriculum prior to Fall 2017, click hereThese sample curricula and program requirements also appear in the Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletins. 

Curriculum for B.S. BME (Cell & Tissue Engineering Track)

Cell and Tissue Track


Semester 1

Lec Hrs Lab Hrs Cr Hrs  

Semester 2

Lec Hrs Lab Hrs Cr Hrs
BME 100 Intro to the Profession 2 0 2   CHEM 125 Principles of Chemistry (with lab) 3 3 4
CHEM 124 Principles of Chemistry (with lab) 3 3 4   Humanities or Social Science Elective 3 0 3
CS 104 Intro to Programming for Eng 2 1 2   MATH 152 Calculus II 4 1 5
Humanities or Social Science Elective 3 0 3   PHYS 123 General Physics I: Mechanics 3 3 4
MATH 151 Calculus I 4 1 5  
Totals 14 5 16   Totals 13 7 16

Semester 3

Lec Hrs Lab Hrs Cr Hrs  

Semester 4

Lec Hrs Lab Hrs Cr Hrs
CHE 202 Material and Energy Balances 2 2 3   BIOL 115 Human Biology 3 0 3
ECE 211 Circuit Analysis I 3 0 3   BIOL 117 Experiment Biology 0 3 1
MATH 252 Differential Equations 4 0 4 BME 315 Instrumentation Lab 1 3 2
MMAE 200 Intro. to Mechanics 3 0 3   MATH 251 Multivariate and Vector Calculus 4 0 4
Humanities or Social Science Elective 3 0 3   Humanities or Social Science Elective 3 0 3
  PHYS 221 General Physics II: Electromagnetics and Optics 3 3 4
Totals 15 2 16   Totals 14 9 17

Semester 5

Lec Hrs Lab Hrs Cr Hrs  

Semester 6

Lec Hrs Lab Hrs Cr Hrs
BME 330 Analysis of Biosignals and Systems 3 0 3   BIOL 403 Biochemistry 4 0 4
BME 405 Physiology Laboratory 1 3 2   BME 301 BioFluid Mechanics 3 0 3
BME 422 Math Methods in BME 3 0 3  

BME 310 Biomaterials

3 0 3
BME 453 Quantitative Physiology 3 0 3  

BME 320 Biofluids Laboratory

0 3 1
CHEM 235/ CHEM 237 Organic Chemistry I 3 0/3 3/4   BME 335 Thermo of Living Systems 3 0 3
Humanities or Social Science Elective 3 0 3  

  IPRO I Interprofessional Project I

1 6 3
Totals 16 3/6 17/18   Totals 14 9 17

Semester 7

Lec Hrs Lab Hrs Cr Hrs  

Semester 8

Lec Hrs Lab Hrs Cr Hrs
BME 418 Reaction Kinetics 3 0 3   BME 420 Design Concepts in BME 3 0 3
BME 419 Intro to Design 2 0 2   BME 424 Quantitative Aspects of Cell and Tissue Engineering 3 0 3
BME 433 BME Applications of Statistics 3 0 3   Senior Seminar 0 0 0
BME 482 Mass Transport for BME 3 0 3   BME Elective** 3 0 3
CHE 302 Heat and Mass Transfer Operations 3 0 3   Humanities or Social Science Elective 3 0 3
Humanities of Social Science Elective 3 0 3   IPRO2 Interprofessional Project II 1 6 3
Totals 17 0 17   Totals 13 6 15

**BME elective must be an engineering course in BME, ECE, CHE or MMAE from a specified list of appropriate courses. Approved BME Electives can be found here.

Curriculum for MAS CHE - 30

Required courses


CHE 406 Transport Phenomena* 3
CHE 435 Process Control 3
CHE 503 Thermodynamics* 3
CHE 506 Intellectual Property Management and Entrepreneurship 3
CHE 525 Chemical Reaction Engineering* 3
CHE 535 Applications of Mathematics to Engineering 3
Electives: 500 Level Engineering Elective OR Special Projects 3
Shared courses: BME 418, BME 482, and BME 500 level elective 9
Total credit hours 30

*A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required in CHE core courses