Biomechanical Engineering Major Program

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2014-15 Program Requirements

  • UG Director: Prof Marc Levenston, 233 Durand,
  • Student Services: Kelly Guerriero, Bldg 530-125, or Indrani Gardella

The Biomechanical Engineering major integrates biology and clinical medicine with engineering mechanics and design. Research and teaching in Biomechanical Engineering focuses on biomechanics and mechanobiology at cellular to body length scales, with applications relevant to neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and cancer physiology and pathology. 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.


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

Writing in the Major (WIM)

There are two options to fulfill the BME WIM requirement: A) Complete ME112 or ME131A or ME140. B) Perform engineering research over the summer or during the academic year and enroll in 3 units of ENGR199W “Writing of Original Research for Engineers”, preferably during the time you are performing research, or the following quarter, to write a technical report. This second option requires an agreement with your faculty research supervisor.

Engineering Depth:

ME Core Requirements: 

  • ENGR 15 Dynamics 4 units
  • ENGR 30 Engineering Thermodynamics 3 units
  • ME 70 Introductory Fluids Engineering 4 units
  • ME 80 Mechanics of Materials 4 units
  • ME 389* Biomechanical Research Symposium 1 unit (if ME 389 is not offered, other options include BIOE 393 or ME 571)

ME Depth Options: Choose three courses (9 units min) from

  • ENGR 105 Feedback Control Design
  • ME 101 Visual Thinking
  • ME 112 Mechanical Systems Design 3
  • ME 113 Mechanical Engineering Design
  • ME 131A Heat Transfer 3
  • ME 131B Fluid Mechanics: Compressible Flow and Turbomachinery
  • ME 140 Advanced Thermal Systems 3
  • ME 161 Dynamic Systems, Vibrations and Control
  • ME 203 Design and Manufacturing (BME students are encouraged to take Winter or Spring quarter)
  • ME 210 Introduction to Mechatronics
  • ME 220 Introduction to Sensors

BME Depth Sequence: Choose three courses (9 units min) from

  • BIOE 260 Tissue Engineering 3
  • ME 239 Mechanics of the Cell 3
  • ME 266 Introduction to Physiology and Biomechanics of Hearing 3
  • ME 280 Skeletal Development and Evolution 3
  • ME 281 Biomechanics of Movement 3
  • ME 283 Introduction to Biomechanics 3
  • ME 287 Mechanics of Biological Tissues 3
  • ME 294L* Medical Device Design Lab 3 (In years when ME294/294L are offered as an integrated course, this course may be used for the depth.)
  • ME 328** Medical Robotics 3
  • ME 3XX -- Graduate level biomechanics courses may be used towards the BME depth with permission of instructor and approval by the major advisor.

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.

- **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 Kelly Guerriero ( and ask her to approve your declaration

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