Carnegie Mellon University

Biomedical Devices (BMDV) Track


The BMDV track addresses issues at the interface of medicine and engineering. The topics include biomedical sensors, actuators, diagnostic devices, therapeutic devices, instruments, systems, and fundamental topics of device material, device fabrication, and device interaction with biological cells, tissues and organs. The Biomedical Device track will prepare students for leaders in the biomedical device industry and for further education in graduate/medical schools.


The BMDV track will prepare students for leaders in the biomedical device industry and for further education in graduate/medical schools. It is ideal for students interested in combining the education of Biomedical Engineering with Electrical and Computer Engineering, or with Mechanical Engineering, or with Materials Science & Engineering.

Track Requirements

In addition to the Biomedical Engineering core requirements, students in the MDEV Track must take must take the following combination of three courses:

  • One (1) Required BMDV Elective
  • Two (2) BMDV Electives (either Required or Additional)
Required Electives (must take at least one of the following)
42-660 Bioinstrumentation and Measurement (12)
42-678 Medical Device Innovation and Realization (12)
42-693 Special Topics in Integrated Systems Technology: Micro/Nano Biomedical Devices (12)
42-694 Principles of Medical Device Engineering (9)

Additional Electives

42-444 Medical Devices (9)
42-611/27-709 Biomaterials (12)
42-616 Bio-nanotechnology: Principles and Applications (9)
42-630 Introduction to Neural Engineering (12)
42-641 Rehabilitation Engineering (9)
42-648 Cardiovascular Mechanics (12)
42-650 Introduction to Biomedical Imaging (9)
42-652/18-416 Nano-Bio-Photonics (12)
42-675 Fundamentals of Computational Biomedical Engineering (12)
42-696 Special Topics: Wearable Health Technologies (12)
16-467 Human Robot Interaction (12)
16-879 Medical Robotics (12)
18-412 Neural Technology: Sensing and Stimulation (12)
42-X00 BME Research* or  39-500 CIT Honors Thesis* or 42-6XX Clinical Course (Surgery for Engineers/ Precision Medicine/ICU Medicine) (9-12)

* The 42-x00 research project (42-200/300/400 Sophomore/Junior/Senior Biomedical Engineering Research Project OR 39-500 CIT 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 track electives. Students should consult with their BME advisors and petition the BME Undergraduate Affairs Committee for permission to include such courses as track electives. The course petition form can be found here.

Revised (10/31/2023)