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 range 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, mechanical engineering, medicine, and related areas. The course of study allows students to satisfy many premedical, pre-dental, or pre-paramedical requirements.


43 Units Mathematics and Science

Math: 21 units minimum; CME 102 or MATH 53 and a statistics course listed in SoE-approved courses list (not STATS 60) required

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 (or CHEM 31X or ENGR 31)and CHEM 33
  • BIO or HUMBIO Core: Two quarters of BIO core or both A+B sides of two quarters of HUMBIO core
  • PHYSICS 41, or PHYSICS 41/43/45 to fulfill physics 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 (9 units min) from ENGR 105; ME 101, 112, 113, 131A, 131B, 140, 161, 203*, 210, or 220
  • BME Depth Sequence: Choose three courses (9 units min) from BIOE 260, 282; ME 239, 266, 280, 281, 283, 287, or 294L**, 328***. 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
  • BME students are encouraged to take ME 203 in Wtr qtr. If taken in conjunction with ENGR 102M, ME 203 will satisfy the WIM requirement.
    • Must be taken in conjunction with ME 294 (1 unit). Prerequisite is ME 203
      • Prerequisites of ME 161/261 and MATLAB programming

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 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 ME 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 ME 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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