Biomechanical Engineering Major Program

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The Biomechanical Engineering major integrates biology and clinical medicine with engineering mechanics and design. Research and teaching in Biomechanical Engineering are primarily focused on neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular biomechanics, and cell and tissue mechanics. Research in other areas such as hearing, vision, ocean and plant biomechanics, biomaterials, biosensors, and imaging informatics are also conducted in collaboration with associated faculty in medicine, biology, and engineering.

This degree introduces fundamental biological and biophysical principles while developing strengths in traditional engineering areas, specifically mechanical engineering. Primarily geared toward the students’ interests, this major offers a plethora of courses for students interested in specific fields of biology and mechanical engineering such as design, biomechanics, and medicine.

The Biomechanical Engineering major provides a fundamental understanding of mechanics in the fields of biology and medicine. However, it is not normally recommended as a terminal degree. This major is well suited for those interested in future graduate studies in bioengineering, medicine, and related areas. The course of study allows students to satisfy many premedical, pre-dental, or pre-paramedical requirements.


Math: 21 units minimum

Science: 22 units minimum; must include both Chemistry and Physics with a depth (3 quarters) in at least one area. 

CHEM 31 X (or CHEM 31A+B). Depth in chemistry can be fulfilled with CHEM 31A/B and CHEM 33, or with CHEM 31X, 33, and 35

BIO or HUMBIO Core: Two quarters of BIO or both A/B sides of two quarters of HUMBIO

PHYSICS 41 or 41/43/45 for depth

Technology in Society: One course required; see Approved Courses page for options

Fundamentals: Three courses required
ENGR 14. Introduction to Solid Mechnics, 4 units

ENGR 25B Biotechnology, 3 units or ENGR 80. Introduction to Bioengineering, 4 units

Engineering Fundamentals Elective; see Approved Courses page for options; may not use alternative ENGR 25 course

Engineering Depth:

ME Core Requirements: ENGR 15, ENGR 30, ME 70, ME 80, ME 389

ME Depth Options: Choose three courses from ENGR 105, ME 101, 112, 113, 131A, 131B, 140, 161, 203, 210, or 220

BME Depth Sequence: Choose three courses from BIOE 260, 282, ME 239, 266, 280, 281, 283, 284A, 284B, 287, or 294. Check prerequisites for these courses; also check schedule since some may not be available in a given year

Additional math, science or engineering courses as needed to bring unit total to 99.

To access BME 4-Year Plans and Program Sheets, go to Navigation panel at left; you may use a plan and PS from any year you are enrolled as an undergraduate at Stanford.

Instructions for Declaring a Major in Biomechanical Engineering

1. Print a copy of your transcript from Axess.
2. Download the BSE:BME program sheet from the Program Sheet page. Please make sure to include courses you plan to take as well as those you have already taken. Complete the sheet and attach a ½ page Statement of Purpose.
3. Set up a short appointment with the BME undergraduate coordinator: to discuss proposed courses, advisors, etc.
4. Pick up a BME major declaration form from the Student Services Office (Building 530, room 125)
5. Identify an undergraduate program advisor from the list on the back of the major declaration form. If you prefer, the Student Services Office will assign one to you.
6. Discuss the program with your BME advisor and have him/her approve and sign your program sheet and declaration form.
7. Return completed documents (including any transfer credit forms) to the Student Services Office.
8. Login to Axess and formally declare your major. NOTE: Select “Engineering” as your major (NOT Mechanical Engineering), with a subplan in “Biomechanical Engineering”.
9. Email Brittney Voelker ( and ask her to approve your declaration

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