BS/MS Program in Biomedical Engineering



This program serves students who are:

  • Interested in completing a master′s degree in biomedical engineering (BME)
  • Pursuing a bachelor′s degree at Rhodes in physics or chemistry
  • Seeking a way to work in a research laboratory while they study

Benefits to Students

Students who participate in this program will be able to complete both degrees in five years. Students with advanced placement credits may require less time. Students will receive a paying job in a laboratory once accepted into the program. All students, once they reach senior status (within two semesters of graduation with their bachelor′s degree) will become eligible for graduate assistantships (GA). The typical GA includes a full tuition-and-fees scholarship and a monthly salary. Students remain in GA status throughout their senior year and their graduate year.

Learning by doing is central to this program. Students will join research teams organized through Rhodes College and the Joint Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering, which is shared by The University of Memphis and The University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center. Such teams include internationally recognized laboratories at several sites, including St. Jude Children′s Research Hospital, LeBonheur Children′s Hospital, and the Memphis VA Medical Center.

Application and Continuation Procedures

Students can apply once they have reached sophomore standing and have completed one semester of course work. Applications consist of an application form, one letter of reference and a copy of the student′s transcript. Each applicant will be required to complete an interview with a pre-graduate advisor. In order to remain in the program past the junior year, students must maintain a GPA of at least 3.25.

Course Requirements

  1. Satisfy all general distribution requirements outlined in the Rhodes College catalogue.
  2. Take the following core courses:
    Mathematics 121, 122, 223, 251
    Computer Science 141
    Chemistry 111, 122, 111L, 122L
    Physics 111, 112, 111L, 112L
  3. Complete the following additional requirements depending on the specific major chosen at Rhodes College:

    Chemistry Major
    Chemistry 211-212, 211L, 212L, 311-312, 311L, 312L, 385-386
    Physics 304*, 305*

    Physics Major
    Physics 211, 211L
    At least 2 approved courses at the 300-level or higher*
  4. Complete the following additional undergraduate requirements at The University of Memphis:
    Mech 3322, Mechanics of Materials
    Mech 3331, Mechanics of Fluids
    *If Physics 304 has not been taken then add EECE 2201, Circuit Anal I
    *If Physics 305 has not been taken, then add Mech 2332, Dynamics
    These courses will be transferred to Rhodes. Additional undergraduate credit hours in mathematics, science, or engineering may be transferred to meet requirement 5 below.
  5. Complete a minimum of 112 credit hours (from the first three years at Rhodes plus undergraduate courses transferred from UM). Successful completion of requirements 1-5 is necessary to fulfill the requirements for the B.S. degree.
  6. Complete the following graduate courses at The University of Memphis and/or The University of Tennessee:

    BIOM 7209 (Measurements and Instrumentation)
    BIOM 7101 (BME Analysis I)
    BIOM 7004 (Life Science I)
    BIOM 7005 (Life Science II)
    BIOM 7996, minimum 6 credits (MS Thesis)

Also, one additional graduate math elective course and three additional graduate engineering elective courses. The math and engineering elective courses are selected in consultation with the graduate advisor. Enrollment in the BME seminar/professional development course(s) is also required. Students are expected to complete an oral thesis defense.

The course descriptions and details for each course be found at:

The coordinator for this program at Rhodes College is Professor Ann Viano. She may be reached at 901-843-3912 or by email: