biomedical engineering

Biomedical Engineering at HPU

Biomedical engineering is the application of the principles and problem-solving techniques of engineering to biology and biomedicine, which, in their broad utilization, can also contribute to technologically enhancing contemporary biomedical sciences. It also includes the development of associated skills in designing, operating and maintaining complex biomedical systems. 

HPU’s biomedical engineering program will equip graduates with skills ranging from technological support and maintenance of hospital and clinical equipment to developing ground-breaking innovations in biomedical technologies through intellectual property development.  

Program Details

Chair of the Department of Engineering: Martin P. Mintchev Ph.D., P.E., FAIMBE

Collaborating Departments: Department of Biological Sciences, Department of Physical Sciences, Department of Kinesiology


The Biomedical Engineering degree program offers students a series of multidisciplinary courses which emphasize both understanding and integrating applications of scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical (STEM) concepts in biology, medicine, dentistry, or pharmacy/pharmacology. The program is designed to prepare students either for immediate entry into the workforce as hospital support engineers, or for the possible pursuit of Master’s, Ph.D., medical or pharmacy degrees. The curriculum provides a broad foundation for such disciplines along with an education which embraces a Christian worldview.

In addition to taking core courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and computer information systems, students will study the foundational engineering principles of statics, dynamics, mechanics of materials, electrical circuit analysis, biology and physiology, incorporating sound research and development standards and ethical responsibility. Throughout the course of their studies, all students will select a focus biomedical area of study and complete a design project that integrates the principles of research process, and analysis as applied to biomedical engineering. Some of the projects will result in developing new patent applications, publishing conference and/or journal papers and initiating start-ups.

Since it is necessary for potential Biomedical Engineering students to have adequate high school preparation for this program, it is highly recommended that they take high school physics, chemistry, biology, and four years of mathematics in preparation for pursuit of this degree. Mathematical proficiency is essential to engineering and placement tests are given to all incoming freshmen. Those who do not qualify to begin Calculus I will be required to take additional leveling mathematics courses.

Mission Statement for Biomedical Engineering

The Howard Payne University Biomedical Engineering Program prepares students to serve God and humanity in a Christ-centered manner by producing graduates with the knowledge and skills; personal and professional integrity, and intellectual inquisitiveness to affect the world through their biomedical engineering profession.

Program Goal

Biomedical Engineering graduates will be equipped for success in the career path of their choosing and be capable of pursuing an advanced degree and/ or a career where they may attain job satisfaction and professional growth while serving God and humanity.

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)    

  1. Professionalism. Graduates will become practicing professionals or pursue a graduate degree in Biomedical Engineering or a related field.
  2. Continuous Learning.  Graduates will demonstrate the importance of maintaining and enhancing their professional skills through life-long learning.
  3. Engagement in Society.  Graduates, in service to God and community, will act with economic, ethical and societal awareness expected of practicing engineering professionals.


The Biomedical Engineering Program

For the Biomedical Engineering program, the desired student competencies are as follows:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve biomedical engineering problems by applying principles of science (including biomedical sciences) technology, engineering, and mathematics in medicine, dentistry or pharmacy/pharmacology.
  2. An ability to apply both analysis and synthesis in the biomedical engineering design process, resulting in designs that meet desired needs.
  3. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  4. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  5. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in biomedical engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of biomedical engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  6. An ability to recognize the ongoing need for additional knowledge and locate, evaluate, integrate, and apply this knowledge appropriately.
  7. An ability to function effectively in teams that establish goals, plan tasks, meet deadlines, and analyze risk and uncertainty.
GENERAL EDUCATION (Bachelor of Science): 43 hours

MAT 2451 Calculus I or above should be chosen for the mathematics requirement 

CHE 1430 should be chosen for the lab science requirement 

HIS 1310 or HIS 1320 should be chosen for the History requirement 

ADDITIONAL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS (Bachelor of Science): 14 hours

Specific courses required are noted below under “Additional Degree Requirements” 

MAJOR – Biomedical Engineering: 74 hours
OPTIONAL MINOR: 18-21 hours
ELECTIVES (with optional minor): 0 hours
ELECTIVES (without optional minor): 3 hours

Total Hours in Degree Program (without optional minor): 134 hours

Total Hours in Degree Program (with optional minor): 154-155 hours


Additional  Degree Requirements (14 hours)

MAT 2461 Calculus II (4 hours)

MAT 3361 Calculus III – Fall (3 hours) 

PHY 2439 University Physics I – Fall (4 hours)

MAT 3302 Linear Algebra – Fall (3 hours)

Technology Component (3 hours)

CIS 1339 Introduction to Information Technology (3 hours)


Core STEM Requirements (15 hours)

PHY 2449 University Physics II – Spring (4 hours)

MAT 3451 Differential Equations – Spring (4 hours)

MAT 4441 Applied Probability and Statistics – Spring (4 hours)

MAT 2347 Discrete Mathematics – Fall (3 hours)

Additional Miscellaneous Requirements (4 hours)

BIO 1359 Biology I (3 hour)

    + BIO 1119 Lab (1 hour)

Core Biomedical Engineering Course Requirements (41 hours)

ENS 1101 Introduction to Engineering – Fall (1 hour)

ENS 1305 Engineering CAD Systems – Fall (3 hours)

CIS 1359 Programming Logic  Fall, Spring (3 hours)

ENS 1379 Engineering Principles and Practice – Spring (3 hours)

ENS 2301 Statics – Spring (3 hours)

ENS 2302 Dynamics – Spring (3 hours)

ENS 3339 Mechanics of Materials – Fall, even years (3 hours)

BIO 1369 Biology II (3 hour)

    + BIO 1129, Lab (1 hours) 

BIO 2489 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 hours)

BIO 2499 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4 hours)

ENS 3351 Engineering Ethics – Fall, even years (3 hours)

ENS 4109 Engineering Design Project Lab Proposal – Spring (1 hour) 

ENS 4309 Electrical Circuit Theory – Fall (3 hours)

ENS 4369 Engineering Design Project Lab I – Fall (3 hours)

Directed Elective Requirements (14 hours)

Fourteen hours chosen from the following (At Least Four Hours must be ENS, At Least Four Hours must be BIO/SCI/CHE/KIN):

CHE 1479 General Chemistry I (4 hours) 

CHE 1489 General Chemistry II – Spring, Summer (4 hours) 

SCI 1200 Medical Terminology (2 hours)

BIO 3399 Pathophysiology (3 hour)

ENS 2104 STEM Internship – Fall, Spring, Summer (1 hour)

ENS 2204 STEM Internship – Fall, Spring, Summer (2 hours)

ENS 2304 STEM Internship – Fall, Spring, Summer (3 hours)

ENS 3104 Special Topics in Engineering Applications (1 hour)

ENS 4379 Engineering Design Project Lab II (3 hours)

MAT 4371 Numerical Analysis – Spring, even years (3 hours)

KIN 3303 Kinesiology (3 hours)

KIN 3325 Lifespan Motor Development (3 hours) 

ENS 2104, 2204, or 2304 may be repeated but only four hours of engineering internship may apply toward the engineering degree requirements. 

Total Hours in Degree Program: 134 hours  

The Biomedical Engineering degree contains 30 hours of engineering science courses and 18 hours of Biology/Chemistry courses, which includes 22 hours of advanced engineering science courses described above. The degree also includes a minimum of 33 hours of science and mathematics, which includes a minimum of 10 hours of advanced mathematics. 

All prerequisites must carry a grade of “C” or better, and Engineering Science majors must carry a grade of “C” or better in all ENS courses. 

Engineering Minors

Engineering Science Minor (20 hours)

PHY 2439 University Physics I (4 hours)

PHY 2449 University Physics II (4 hours)

ENS 1379 Engineering Principles and Practices (3 hours)

ENS 2301 Statics (3 hours)

ENS 3339 Mechanics of Materials (3 hours)

ENS 3311 Thermodynamics (3 hours)

Biomedical Engineering Minor (22 hours)

PHY 2439 University Physics I (4 hours)

PHY 2449 University Physics II (4 hours)

ENS 1379 Engineering Principles and Practices (3 hours)

ENS 2301 Statics (3 hours)

BIO1359 Biology I (3 hours)

    + BIO 1119, Lab (1 hour) 

BIO 2489 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 hours)

Students cannot use the same courses for two different minors. Calculus I, II and III (MAT 2451, 2461 and 3361) are prerequisites and students must make a “C” or better in these prerequisites. 

All prerequisites must carry a grade of “C” or better, and Engineering Science majors must carry a grade of “C” or better in all ENS courses. 

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