Biomedical Mechanical Engineering [Mechanical engineering]

Biomedical Mechanical Engineering

Biomechanical Engineering FAQ

In short, biomechanical engineering is the combined use of mechanical engineering principals and biological knowledge to better understand how these areas intersect and how they can be used together to potentially improve peoples’ quality of life.

How is biomechanical engineering different than biomedical engineering and is Stanford a good place to study BME?

At other colleges, biomechanical engineering is sometimes considered a subset of biomedical engineering. Stanford does not have a biomedical engineering major for undergraduates. Rather, each subset of biomedical engineering is considered its own major. The biomechanical engineering major combines mechanical engineering and biology while the biomedical computation major combines computer science and biology. Alternatively, Stanford offers individually designed majors (IDMs) where you can determine your own engineering curriculum in a way that will allow you to study your specific interests. All in all, Stanford is a great place to study biomechanical engineering. Stanford has earned its great reputation as an engineering school. The professors are experts in their fields, the classes are taught at a high level, and the student community is highly motivated and supportive.

What type of classes do biomechanical engineering students take?

Biomechanical engineering undergraduates at Stanford take classes from a variety of disciplines. Like all engineers, they must fulfill math requirements and science requirements. This means that they must obtain a set number of units in math and must also take either a year of chemistry and a quarter of physics or vice versa. Students in BME need a good background in biology and therefore must complete two quarters of the Biology or Human Biology core and a biology lab class. They also have a solid background in mechanical engineering by completing many core ME classes. Finally, BME students can choose between several ME and BME depth classes to focus in on areas that they are especially interested in. Please refer to the BME Program Sheet in the Stanford Engineering Handbook to see a comprehensive list of classes required for BME students.



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