Biomedical Engineering majors typically take the following courses in the fall semester of their first year:

First-Year Experience Learning Community Courses

We will register you in these courses.

  1. Philosophy (PHIL 201)
  2. English Composition (ENG 101) OR Theology (TRS 201)

Why am I taking these classes?   Honors students take equivalent honors courses.

Major Courses

You will need to choose and register for these courses.

  1. Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (MATH 121) or other calculus-sequence course, depending on calculus placement. If you do not place into MATH 121, you might be interested in taking an online precalculus review course. More information on that can be found here.
  2. General Biology I (BIOL 105), unless you are pre-med, in which case take General Chemistry lecture & lab (CHEM 103 &113) instead
  3. Introduction to Engineering Design and Professionalism (ENGR 102)
  4. Biomedical Engineering Seminar (BE 491)

1 st Semester Courses

At CUA, engineers take courses in the liberal arts. Studying theology, philosophy, and the humanities will help you develop problem solving skills in new domains and become a more flexible thinker. And they will help you appreciate the ethical and spiritual dimensions of the problems human beings face and the goods we seek by solving them.

Register for both “Introduction to Engineering Design” (ENGR 102), a general introduction to the design process for all the engineering disciplines, and "Seminar: Biomedical Engineering" (BE 491), a zero-credit class focused on professional aspects of biomedical engineering.

In addition, take the calculus placement exam and register for the course into which you place. To help you place as high as possible, before taking the exam you should review:

  • algebra: expanding and collecting terms; simplifying expressions; solving for a variable; solving simultaneous linear equations
  • functions and graphs of functions
  • elementary plane geometry
  • analytic geometry including equational descriptions of lines, conic sections, circles, and spheres
  • trigonometric functions (defined as circular functions in terms of radians; also as they relate to right triangles); exponential and logarithmic functions
  • recognizing algebraic relationships expressed in ordinary prose and translating those relationships into their symbolic equivalents

And it probably comes as no surprise that a biomedical engineer would need to know some biology. Register for "Mechanisms of Life I," (BIOL 105), unless you are pre-med, in which case register for "General Chemistry" lecture and lab (CHEM 103 and 113) instead.

Know which courses you want? Get registered.