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

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

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 ABET-accredited 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

Contact

Electrical and Computer Engineering
33 Academic Way
Kingsbury Hall Room W201
University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH  03824

Phone (603) 862-1357
Email: ece.dept@unh.edu

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.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
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
 Credits16
Spring
PHYS 407 General Physics I 4
MATH 426 Calculus II 4
BMS 508 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
Discovery Program Category 4
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
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
 Credits16
Spring
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
4
 Credits16
Third Year
Fall
ECE 602 Engineering Analysis 3
ECE 633 Signals and Systems I 3
ECE 652 Electronic Design II 6
Math/Science Elective 2 4
 Credits16
Spring
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
 Credits19
Fourth Year
Fall
ECE 791 Senior Project I 3
Two Professional Electives 3 8
Discovery Program Category 4
 Credits15
Spring
ECE 792 Senior Project II 3
ECE 784 Biomedical Instrumentation 4
One Professional Elective 3 4
Discovery Program Category 4
 Credits15
 Total Credits129
1

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.

2

Math/Science Elective approved courses: CHEM 405 Chemical Principles for Engineers, MATH 644 Statistics for Engineers and Scientists, MATH 647 Complex Analysis for Applications, PHYS 605 Experimental Physics IPHYS 615 Classical Mechanics and Mathematical Physics IMS 762 Electronic Materials Science

3

Three professional electives must be selected as follows:

  • Choose any two ECE 7XX courses
  • Students are allowed to take only one ECE 795 Electrical and Computer Engineering Projects or ECE 796 Special Topics 
  • Select one course from: BENG 762 Biomedical EngineeringBENG 766 BiomaterialsCHE 714 Chemical Sensors
  • Honors students who complete ECE 791H Senior Honors Project I and ECE 792H Senior Honors Project II will satisfy one professional elective requirement as well as the requirements for ECE 791 Senior Project I and ECE 792 Senior Project II.

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."

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 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

CS 410CIntroduction to Scientific Programming/C4
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
Capstone
ECE 791Senior Project I3
ECE 792Senior Project II3
Mathematics or Science Elective
Select one from the following:4
CHEM 405
Chemical Principles for Engineers
MATH 644
Statistics for Engineers and Scientists
MATH 647
Complex Analysis for Applications
MS 762
Electronic Materials Science
PHYS 605
Experimental Physics I
PHYS 615
Classical Mechanics and Mathematical Physics I
Professional Electives
Choose two professional elective courses 18
Biomedical Engineering Option Required Courses
BMS 508Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
ECE 784Biomedical Instrumentation4
BENG 762Biomedical Engineering 14
or BENG 766 Biomaterials
or CHE 714 Chemical Sensors
Other Courses
Discovery requirements not already covered by required courses 220
Total Credits129
1

Three professional electives must be selected as follows:

  • Select one course from: BENG 762 Biomedical EngineeringBENG 766 BiomaterialsCHE 714 Chemical Sensors
  • Choose any two ECE 700-level courses
  • Students are allowed to take only one ECE 795 Electrical and Computer Engineering Projects or ECE 796 Special Topics 
  • Honors students who complete ECE 791H Senior Honors Project I and ECE 792H Senior Honors Project II will satisfy one professional elective requirement as well as the requirements for ECE 791 Senior Project I and ECE 792 Senior Project II.

2

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 Program Educational Objectives for the Electrical Engineering Program are as follows:

  •  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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