Curriculum

At this time, there are two educational emphasis area (or “tracks”) in BME: 1) Molecular and Cellular Systems, and 2) Biomaterials and Biomechanics. Additional areas are currently in development.

The emphasis areas share a common BME core (Methods of Analysis, BME Research Practices, and the Bioengineering Seminar). Each emphasis area also has its own track core courses, and suggested electives. Remaining coursework towards the MS and PhD degrees may be selected from other courses offered in the BME program (as electives), research seminars, and courses in the Schools of Engineering, Medicine and Arts & Sciences.

For more information on about BME programs at UNM, including coursework consult the BME Graduate Program Handbook, the online UNM catalog, and the Office of Graduate Studies.

  • For the Plan I (thesis-based) MS: the BME core, emphasis area core, and electives must add up to 24 hours of courses, plus six additional hours of thesis credits.
  • For the Plan II (non-thesis-based) MS: the BME core, emphasis area core, and electives must add up to 32 hours of courses. A maximum of 12 hours of “Problems” courses can be applied toward the electives.
  • For the PhD: the BME core, emphasis area core, and electives must add up to 48 hours of courses, plus 18 hours of dissertation credits. 

BME Core Courses: Required for all BME Students

BME 547. Biomedical Engineering Research Practices (3 cr)
BME 567. Biomedical Engineering Seminar (1 cr/semester) Note: Students are expected to sign up for this seminar each semester. Therefore, up to 4 credits of this seminar may be applied to the MS, and up to 8 credits of this seminar may be applied to the PhD.
BME 558. Methods of Analysis in Bioengineering (3 cr)

Core Courses for BME Emphasis Areas (“Tracks”)

Molecular and Cellular Systems
BME 544. Thermodynamics of Biological Systems (3cr)
BME 556. Protein and Nucleic Acid Engineering (3 cr)
BME 517. Applied Biology for Biomedical Engineers (3 cr)
Biomaterials, Biomechanics, and Tissue Engineering
BME 572. Biomaterials Engineering (3 cr)
BME 579. Tissue Engineering (3 cr)
BME 598. Biomechanics (3 cr)

Elective Courses

Elective courses may be chosen from within the BME curriculum, as well as from graduate-level courses offered in related programs within the Schools of Engineering, Medicine, and College of Arts & Sciences. A list of courses currently approved as electives can be found here. [please link to a separate list of electives] In addition, up to 3 credits (or one course) of department/program/group meeting seminars may be counted toward the MS or PhD program. Up to 3 credits of “Problems” courses may be applied toward the MS; up to 6 credits of “Problems” courses may be applied toward the PhD.  For these courses, a memo outlining course expectations and deliverables must be submitted.