Depth Electives

Depth electives:  Remember that you will need 12 hours of depth elective credits, and 15 hours of breadth elective credits to graduate.  More information is here, including the course descriptions for the BME depth elective course and descriptions of breadth elective categories:

Note that we usually only offer depth elective courses in the fall and spring semesters, with the exception of the Galway Summer Study Abroad program:  Note that each summer is unique in Galway, what is taught one summer is not necessarily what will be taught the next summer.

BME permanent depth electives for Fall 2020

Here are the current core BME depth courses for Fall 2020.  At present, there are no depth planned for summer, but this may change as the courses that were to be taught in Galway are assessed for Summer 2020 in Atlanta. 

Note:  Any course that has “7” as the second number, such as BMED 4751, means that the class is cross listed with another major.  We do not control all of these courses, which is why sometimes several of them are at the same time and day.  If a course is closed, and you decide to take the course with the other major, provided they allow you, you can use it for depth elective credit ONLY if the cross listed course is an engineering departmental course.  

BMED 4739. Medical Robotics. 3 Credit Hours.  Prerequites:  BMED 3400 (or 4833, 4853, 3410) and BMED 3110

An interdisciplinary course focusing on fundamental understanding of robot kinematics and dynamics as well as the design, development, and evaluation of a medical robotic system.

BMED 4740. Biologically Inspired Design. 3 Credit Hours.  Prerequites:  BMED 3100

We examine evolutionary adaptation as a source for engineering design inspiration, utilizing principles of scaling, adaptability, and robust multifunctionality that characterize biological systems.  Email for a permit.

BMED 4751. Introduction to Biomaterials. 3 Credit Hours.  Prerequites:  MSE 2001

Introduction to different classes of biomaterials (polymers, metals, ceramics) and physiological responses to biomaterial implantation. Topics include material properties, host response, and biomaterial characterization techniques. Crosslisted with MSE 4751.

BMED 4757. Biofluid Mechanics. 3 Credit Hours.  Prerequites:  BMED 3310

Introduction to the study of blood flow in the cardiovascular system. Emphasis on modeling and the potential of flow studies for clinical research application. Crosslisted with AE, CHE and ME 4757.

BMED 4758. Biosolid Mechanics. 3 Credit Hours.  Prerequites:  BMED 3400 (or 4833, 4853, 3410)

The mechanics of living tissue, e.g., arteries, skin, heart muscle, ligament, tendon, cartilage, and bone. Constitutive equations and some simple mechanical models. Mechanics of cells. Applications. Crosslisted with AE, CHE, and ME 4758.

BMED 4781. Biomedical Instrumentation. 3 Credit Hours. Prerequites:  ECE 3710

A study of medical instrumentation from a systems viewpoint. Pertinent physiological and electro-physiological concepts will be covered. Credit not allowed for both BMED 4781 and (CHE 4781 or ME 4781 or CHBE 4781 or ECE 4781).

BMED 4784. Engineering Electrophysiology. 3 Credit Hours.  Prerequites: BMED 3520

Basic concepts of electrophysiology from an engineering perspective. Functionality of relevant organs and systems; instrumentation tools which monitor electrophysiology function. Crosslisted with ECE 4784.

Summer and Fall 2020 Special Topics depth elective courses

Summer Abroad Students:  There is a group at GT working quickly to determine how many of the courses that were part of cancelled study abroad programs could still be offered this summer, either in Atlanta or in an online format.  The provost has heard the concerns of non-resident students regarding financial hardships associated with paying more in tuition for these courses.   No decisions have been made yet as to which courses may be offered or the tuition that would be charged.  We hope to have some clarity on that within the next couple of weeks.

Summer 2020 Depth Electives

BMED 4812, crn# 57097:  Design Ideation & Tabletop Prototyping.  Professor:  Lau.  Prerequisites:  BMED 2310

Fall 2020 Depth Electives

One credit courses for depth

BMED 3801 D, crn# 906110:  CNC Programming & Machining.  Professor:  Jacobson.  Prerequisites:  BMED 2310

BMED 4000, crn# 92007:  The Art of Telling Your Story.  Professor:  Le Doux.  Prerequisites:  None.


Three credit Special Topics courses that count as depth 

BMED 4803 HOL, crn# 88959: Image-based Tissue Modeling.  Professor:  Hollister.  Prerequisites:  BMED 3400 (or 4833 or 4853).

BMED 4813 A, crn#84131: Clinical Observational Design Experience (CODE) (the Grady class).  Professor: Ackerman.  Prerequisites:  BMED 2310 and 3100 (or 4853).  This course is for students who have not yet taken Capstone Design, and are not taking it in Spring 2020.  Eventually we will open it up to others if the course does not fill.  Email your advisor for a permit.  CODE_Orientation_Manual_Fall_2013.

**Note that BMED 4823 A, crn# 84309 is the TA section for the CODE class, and is NOT a depth elective, it counts as free elective credit.

BMED 4813 MIS, crn#89806Medical Imaging Systems.  Professor:  Robles.  Prerequisites: BMED 3110

BMED 4813 MIT, crn#88645: Systems Neuropathology & Translational Engineering.  Professor:  Mitchell.  Prerequisites: BMED 3100 (and 4853) and COE 2001

BMED 4823 OPT, crn#88950Intro to Biomedical Optics.  Professor:  Jia.  Prerequisites:  PHYS 2211

BMED 4863:  Healthreach.  Professor:  Hardy and Lam.  Prerequisites:  None.  You have to apply to get a permit into this class.  Email

BMED 4893 A & A01, crn#92907 and 92908Mechatronics.  Professor:  Hammond.  Prerequisites:  BMED 3400 (or 4833 or 4853),  BMED 2310 and CS 1371

BMED grad classes

Some BME grad classes may be used as depth elective credit as well.  To take a graduate class, follow the requirements and procedures from the Office of the Registrar’s website:, which means (1) get instructor permission (2) get a permit from your advisor (3) get a level permit from the Office of the Registrar.

Depth electives in other majors

You can use approved courses from other BME related majors, like CHBE, ME, MSE, or ECE, provided that the course you want to take has been approved for depth elective credit by the Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies, and that the other department allows you to take the class.  Here is the current list of approved depth electives from other majors:  Approved Depth electives from other majors 2019-2020

Note:  Starting in Spring 2020, BIOL and APPH courses will no longer be accepted as depth courses.  Courses like APPH 4400 and BIOL 4015 will be accepted through the Fall 2019 semester only.

Other high level courses might be able to be used, but they must have some engineering connection to BME.  If you see a course you would like to take that is not on the list, email the Director of Undergraduate Studies,  Dr. Essy Behravesh,, with the course number, description, and syllabus for his approval/disapproval.  Copy your advisor on the email.  NOTE:  Once again, just because we have approved the course as an elective, this does not mean that you are sure to be able to take it.  You would have to get a permit by that department, and have the proper prerequisites to take that class.