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:

A short description of all BMED courses can be found here:

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.

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.

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.

Cross listed courses

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.  

Spring 2020 depth elective courses, and a few other courses

One credit courses, all count as depth elective credit

BMED 3811 C, crn#41179:  Microcontroller Basics.  Professor:  Butera.  Prerequisites:  Any basic CS course.  Microcontroller Basics

BMED 3811 D, crn# 41180:  SolidWorks CSWA Certification.  Professor:  Jacobson.  Prerequisites:  BMED 2310.  SolidWorks CSWA Certification Prep & Test


Permanent three credit courses (counts as depth)

A description of all BMED depth courses can be found here:

BMED 4603 A, crn# 38648:  Advanced Design.  Professor:  Stubbs.  Prerequisite:  BMED 4602 or GT 4823 BME.

BMED 4751 A, crn# 38639: Intro to Biomaterials, cross listed with MSE.  Professor:  Botchwey.  Prerequisites:  MSE 2001

BMED 4757 A, crn# 34523: Bio-Fluid Mechanics, cross listed with AE, CHBE, and ME. Professor:  Ethier. Prerequisites:  BMED 3310

BMED 4758 A, crn# 36569: Bio-Solid Mechanics, cross listed with ME. Professor:  Ethier. Prerequisites:  BMED 3400 or an equivalent Special Topics course

BMED 4765 A, crn# 31589: Drug Design Development and Delivery, cross listed with CHBE.  Professor:  Prausnitz. Prerequisites:  CHEM 3511

BMED 4782 A, crn# 35176: Biosystems Analysis, cross listed with ECE.  Professor:  Inan. Prerequisites:  BMED 3520

BMED 4783 A, crn# 41165: Intro to Medical Image Processing, cross listed with ECE.  Professor:  Wang. Prerequisites:  ECE 2026 and BMED 2400 (or ISyE/CEE 3770)

Special Topics three credit courses that count as depth:  Descriptions attached.  Note, some syllabi are older, the descriptions may have different course numbers or prerequisites, ignore that.

BMED 4803 HOL, crn# 37409: Reg. Issues in Med Device Dev. Professor:  Hollister. Prerequisites:  BMED 3400.  BMED 4803 HOL Syllabus Design Control Regulatory Issues Medical Device Development

BMED 4803 NEU, crn# 37433:  Intro to Neuroengineering.  Professor:  Singer. Prerequisites:  CS 1371 and BMED 2400 (or ISyE/CEE 3770).  BMED-4803-Intro-Neuroengineering-Syllabus-2017x

BMED 4803 NNB, crn# 41267:  Neural Systems, Networks, and Behaviors:  Professor:  Cope. Prerequisites: BMED 3100, MATH 1552 or 1553, CS 1301 or 1371.  NEUR 4803 Flyer v.5

BMED 4813 A, crn#35104: Clinical Observational Design Experience (CODE) (the Grady class).  Professor: Ackerman.  Prerequisites:  BMED 2310 and 3100.  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 is the TA section for the CODE class, and is NOT a depth elective, it counts as free elective credit.

BMED 4813 BHI, crn#38656Biomedical & Health Informatics.  Professor:  Wang.  Prerequisites: None.  2016-10-21_BMED8813_BHI_Spring2017_Syllabus_ver04

BMED 4843:  Healthreach.  Professor:  Hardy and Lam.  Prerequisites:  None.  You have to apply to get a permit into this class.  Email