Carnegie Mellon University

Biomedical Signal & Image Processing (BSIP) Track


The BSIP track addresses bio/medical phenomena based on the information embedded in sensor-detected signals, including digital images and nerve electrical pulses. Students in this track will gain an understanding of the technologies involved in acquiring signals and images, the mathematical principles underlying the processing and analysis of signals, and the applications of signal/image processing methods in basic research and medicine.


This track aligns most naturally with a combined education of Biomedical Engineering and Electrical & Computer Engineering, which lays a solid foundation in signal processing principles. This track prepares students for careers in medical imaging or smart prosthetics. It also interacts with many clinical practices including radiology, neurology/neurosurgery, and pathology.

Track Requirements

In addition to the Biomedical Engineering core requirements, students must fulfill the following requirements:

  • One (1) Required BSIP Elective
  • Two BSIP Elective (either Required or Additional)

Required Electives (must take at least one of the following)

42-431/18-496 Introduction to Biomedical Imaging and Image Analysis 
42-630/18-690 Introduction to Neuroscience for Engineers
42-631 Neural Data Analysis 
42-632 Neural Signal Processing 

Additional Electives

03-534 Biological Imaging and Fluorescent Spectroscopy
15-386 Neural Computation
18-491 Digital Signal Processing – Fall or (but not both) 18-792 Advanced Digital Signal Processing
42-426 Biosensors and BioMEMS
42-437 Biomedical Optical Imaging
42-447 Rehabilitation Engineering
42-640/24-658 Image-Based Computational Modeling & Analysis
42-682 Bioinstrumentation and Measurement
16-725/18-791 Medical Image Analysis
42-X00 BME Research* or 39-500 CIT Honors Thesis* or 42-6XX Clinical Course (Surgery for Engineers/ Precision Medicine/ICU Medicine)

*The 42-X00 research project (42-200/300/400 Sophomore/Junior/Senior Biomedical Engineering Research Project  39-500 Honors Research Project) must be on a BME topic that is aligned to the track, supervised or co-supervised by a BME faculty member, and conducted for 9 or more units of credit.

Some Special Topics and newly offered or intermittently offered courses may be acceptable as BSIP track electives. Students should consult with their Biomedical Engineering advisors and petition the Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Affairs Committee for permission to include such courses as BSIP track electives.

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Revised (8/19/2019)