Electrical Engineering: Biomedical Engineering Option (B.S.)

Electrical Engineering: Biomedical Engineering Option (B.S.)
Electrical Engineering Biomedical major student working in the electrical engineering lab

The Electrical Engineering: Biomedical Engineering option at UNH delves into power systems, circuits, and electronics with a focus on innovation at the technology-healthcare nexus. Here, you’ll explore medical device design, imaging systems, and bioinformatics with hands-on labs. You’ll apply electrical engineering to find healthcare solutions, from prosthetics to diagnostics and prepare to advance biomedical engineering alongside engaged faculty designing instrumentation for artificial organs, replacement body parts and medical diagnostic tools. All this is to prepare you for exciting careers in rehabilitation engineering, clinical engineering and other growing industries aimed at improving the human experience.

What is the biomedical engineering option in electrical engineering?

The biomedical engineering (BME) option is intended to provide the core of knowledge expected of a computer and/or electrical engineer to provide engineering services in the biomedical field. Electrical and/or computer engineers with this option in biomedical engineering combine engineering principles with medical and biological sciences to design and create equipment, devices, computer systems and software used in healthcare.The BME option is embedded in both the electrical engineering (EE) program and the computer engineering (CE) program.

Why study electrical engineering at UNH?

You will work in a hands-on laboratory environment that reinforces traditional classroom learning while providing the real-world skills valued by employers. Seniors choose from a suite of professional technical electives and carry out a capstone design project tailored to their career objectives. You can complete an accelerated master’s program, participate on competitive teams at national competitions and gain hands-on experience at the UNH InterOperability Lab, where you will work alongside top tech companies to test their networking equipment before it hits the market. This program has a high placement rate because of its great reputation among industry employers.

Potential careers

  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Aerospace and defense
  • Automotive and Manufacturing industries
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Embedded computer systems
  • Integrated circuits and systems design industries
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Medical IoT
  • Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
  • Telecommunications Industries
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Curriculum & Requirements

The Biomedical Engineering (BME) Option is intended to provide the core of knowledge expected of a computer and/or electrical engineer to provide engineering services in the biomedical field. Electrical and/or computer engineers with this option in biomedical engineering combine engineering principles with medical and biological sciences to design and create equipment, devices, computer systems, and software used in healthcare.  The BME option is embedded in both the Electrical Engineering (EE) program and the Computer Engineering (CE) program.

The Electrical Engineering (B Sci in Electrical Engineering) program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org, under the General Criteria and the Program Criteria for Electrical, Computer, Communications, Telecommunication(s) and Similarly Named Engineering Programs.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
ECE 401 Perspectives in Electrical and Computer Engineering 4
CS 410C Introduction to Scientific Programming/C 4
MATH 425 Calculus I 4
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing 4
PHYS 407 General Physics I 4
MATH 426 Calculus II 4
BMS 508 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
CS 419 Computer Science for Engineers and Scientists 4
Second Year
ECE 541 Electric Circuits 4
ECE 543 Introduction to Digital Systems 4
MATH 527 Differential Equations with Linear Algebra 4
PHYS 408 General Physics II 4
ECE 548 Electronic Design I 4
ECE 562 Computer Organization 4
MATH 645 Linear Algebra for Applications 4
ECON 402
or EREC 411
Principles of Economics (Micro) 1
or Environmental and Resource Economics Perspectives
Third Year
ECE 602 Engineering Analysis 3
ECE 633 Signals and Systems I 3
ECE 652 Electronic Design II 6
Discovery Program Category 4
ECE 603 Electromagnetic Fields and Waves I 3
ECE 634 Signals and Systems II 3
ECE 647 Random Processes and Signals in Engineering 3
ECE 653 Electronic Design III 6
Discovery Program Category 4
Fourth Year
ECE 791 Senior Project I 3
CHBE 762
or CHBE 766
Biomedical Engineering
or Biomaterials
Professional Elective 2 4
Discovery Program Category 4
ECE 792 Senior Project II 3
ECE 784 Biomedical Instrumentation 4
ECE 717 Introduction to Digital Image Processing 4
Discovery Program Category 4
 Total Credits129

Students are required to take either ECON 402 Principles of Economics (Micro) or EREC 411 Environmental and Resource Economics Perspectives to fulfill the Social Science Category of the Discovery Program.


One professional elective must be selected as follows:

  • Choose any one ECE 7XX courses.

ECE 791 Senior Project I and ECE 792 Senior Project II  fulfill Discovery Program Capstone Experience.

Fulfilling the EE Program Biomedical Option curriculum taking ECE 401 Perspectives in Electrical and Computer Engineering, ECE 791 Senior Project I, and ECE 792 Senior Project II will automatically meet Discovery Category, "Environment, Technology and Society."

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credit Requirement: 129 credits
Minimum Residency Requirement: 32 credits must be taken at UNH
Minimum GPA: 2.0 required for conferral*
Core Curriculum Required: Discovery & Writing Program Requirements
Foreign Language Requirement: No

All Major, Option and Elective Requirements as indicated.
*Major GPA requirements as indicated.

Major Requirements

In addition to Discovery Program requirements, the department has a number of grade-point average and course requirements.

  1. Any electrical engineering major whose cumulative grade-point average in ECE courses is less than 2.0 during any three semesters will not be allowed to continue as an electrical engineering major.
  2. Electrical engineering majors must achieve a 2.0 grade-point average in all ECE and CS courses as a requirement for graduation.

To make an exception to any of these departmental requirements based on extenuating circumstances, students must petition the department's undergraduate committee. Mindful of these rules, students, with their adviser's assistance, should plan their programs based on the distribution of courses found in the Degree Plan tab.

Required Courses

BMS 508Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
CS 410CIntroduction to Scientific Programming/C4
CS 419Computer Science for Engineers and Scientists4
ECE 401Perspectives in Electrical and Computer Engineering4
ECE 541Electric Circuits4
ECE 543Introduction to Digital Systems4
ECE 548Electronic Design I4
ECE 562Computer Organization4
ECE 602Engineering Analysis3
ECE 603Electromagnetic Fields and Waves I3
ECE 633Signals and Systems I3
ECE 634Signals and Systems II3
ECE 647Random Processes and Signals in Engineering3
ECE 652Electronic Design II6
ECE 653Electronic Design III6
ECON 402Principles of Economics (Micro)4
or EREC 411 Environmental and Resource Economics Perspectives
MATH 425Calculus I4
MATH 426Calculus II4
MATH 527Differential Equations with Linear Algebra4
MATH 645Linear Algebra for Applications4
PHYS 407General Physics I4
PHYS 408General Physics II4
ECE 791Senior Project I3
ECE 792Senior Project II3
Professional Electives
Choose one professional elective course 14
Biomedical Engineering Option Required Courses
ECE 717Introduction to Digital Image Processing4
ECE 784Biomedical Instrumentation4
CHBE 762Biomedical Engineering4
or CHBE 766 Biomaterials
Other Courses
Discovery requirements not already covered by required courses 220
Total Credits129

Professional electives must be selected as follows:

  • Choose one ECE 700-level courses
  • Students are allowed to take only one ECE 795 Electrical and Computer Engineering Projects or ECE 796 Special Topics​ 

Fulfilling the EE Program curriculum taking ECE 401 Perspectives in Electrical and Computer Engineering, ECE 791 Senior Project I, and ECE 792 Senior Project II curriculum will automatically meet Discovery Category, "Environment, Technology and Society."

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has adopted a set of student outcomes that consists of statements describing what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation, the achievement of which indicates that the student is equipped to achieve the program objectives. The current student outcomes are:

  •  An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  • An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental and economic factors.
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  • An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  • An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  • An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.


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Explore Program Details

Those interested in the Electrical Engineering Biomedical Option major may also be interested in the following advanced degrees. Students in the program also have the opportunity to participate in the UNH accelerated master’s program.

Electrical & Computer Engineering M.Eng.

Electrical & Computer Engineering M.S.

Electrical & Computer Engineering Ph.D.

Electrical & Computer Engineering: Biomedical Engineering M.S.