Biomedical Engineering BSBE / Health Administration MHA

Major: Biomedical Engineering (BSBE) and Health Administration (MHA)
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering (BSBE) and Master of Science in Health Administration (MHA)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Minimum Required Credits: 228.5
Co-op Options: One Co-op (Five years)
BS Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 14.0501
BSStandard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 17-2031
MHAD Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code:
MHAD Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 11-9111

About the Program

This is an accelerated 4+1 program that allows students to complete a BS in Biomedical Engineering and a Master of Health Administration in five years. The two degrees complement each other, with the BS providing technical and analytical skills for solving human health problems and the MHA providing training in the business and policy of the healthcare industry. Eligible students will begin taking MHA courses in Year 3 and complete the MHA in the Summer of Year 5.

Additional Information

More information about the School’s undergraduate program can be found at the School of Biomedical Engineering, Sciences and Health Systems' Academic Program webpage.

Admission Requirements

BS students meet the eligibility requirements for the MHA program prior to submitting their application. The MHA requires a cumulative 3.0 GPA.

Degree Requirements

BMES 310Biomedical Statistics4.0
Introduction to Calculus - Complete one of the following options based on placement exam results: *4.0-10.0
Calculus I
Calculus and Functions I
and Calculus and Functions II
Algebra, Functions, and Trigonometry
and Calculus I
MATH 122Calculus II4.0
MATH 200Multivariate Calculus4.0
MATH 201Linear Algebra4.0
MATH 210Differential Equations4.0
BIO 122Cells and Genetics4.5
BIO 201Human Physiology I4.0
BIO 218Principles of Molecular Biology4.0
Bioscience Elective: Choose 200-level or higher BIO course3.0
Bioscience Restricted Elective: Choose 13.0
Human Physiology II
Principles of Cell Biology
Form, Function & Evolution of Vertebrates
Genetics I
General Studies
BMES 124Biomedical Engineering Freshman Seminar I2.0
BMES 338Biomedical Ethics and Law3.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development **1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
UNIV R101The Drexel Experience1.0
General Studies Electives (Choose 3; HSAD 505 and HSAD 501 will count as 2 additional courses for 7 credits) ***8.0
Biomedical Engineering - Principles
BMES 101Introduction to BMES Design I: Defining Medical Problems2.0
BMES 102Introduction to BMES Design II: Evaluating Design Solutions2.0
BMES 241Modeling in Biomedical Design I2.0
BMES 315Experimental Design in Biomedical Research4.0
BMES 341Modeling in Biomedical Design II2.0
BMES 381Junior Design I2.0
BMES 382Junior Design II2.0
BMES 491 [WI] Senior Design Project I3.0
BMES 492Senior Design Project II2.0
BMES 493Senior Design Project III3.0
BMES 201Programming and Modeling for Biomedical Engineers I3.0
BMES 202Programming and Modeling for Biomedical Engineers ll3.0
BMES 337Introduction to Physiological Control Systems3.0
BMES 375Computational Bioengineering4.0
BMES 451Transport Phenomena in Living Systems4.0
CHEM 101General Chemistry I 3.5-7.5
or CHEM 111
CHEM 101
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I
CHEM 102General Chemistry II4.5
CHEM 253Thermodynamics and Kinetics4.0
ENGR 220Fundamentals of Materials4.0
BMES 345Mechanics of Biological Systems3.0
BMES 444Biofluid Mechanics3.0
MEM 202Statics3.0
MEM 238Dynamics4.0
PHYS 101Fundamentals of Physics I *4.0-8.0
or PHYS 100
PHYS 101
Preparation for Engineering Studies
and Fundamentals of Physics I
BMES 302 [WI] Laboratory II: Biomeasurements2.0
BMES 303Laboratory III: Biomedical Electronics2.0
BMES 432Biomedical Systems and Signals3.0
ECE 201Foundations of Electric Circuits I4.0
PHYS 102Fundamentals of Physics II4.0
Biomedical Engineering - Electives
Laboratories (Choose 2)4.0
Human Physiology Laboratory
Techniques in Cell Biology
Techniques in Molecular Biology
Biochemistry Laboratory
Laboratory I: Experimental Biomechanics
Laboratory IV: Ultrasound Images
Laboratory V: Musculoskeletal Anatomy for Biomedical Engineers
Brain Computer Interface Laboratory
Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
Concentration Requirements and STEM Electives21.0
Concentration Requirements (3 required courses/concentration. See list below.)
STEM Electives (See list below for possible courses that, combined with concentration courses, total 21.0 credits.) ††
Graduate Core Courses
Required Courses
HSAD 500Historical Influences on the US Healthcare System4.0
HSAD 501Managerial Epidemiology3.0
HSAD 505Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare Management and Policy4.0
HSAD 515Practice issues in Healthcare Management4.0
HSAD 522Applied Management Project4.0
HSAD 525National Health Expenditures4.0
HSAD 530Politics and Policy of Healthcare Resources4.0
HSAD 540Resources, Recruitment and Retention in Healthcare4.0
HSAD 550Strategic Planning for Healthcare Administration4.0
IPS 564The Business of Healthcare3.0
Elective Courses (Choose 2)7.0-8.0
Intro to Long Term Care & Post Acute Care Admin
Aging & Disability Policy in the US
Advanced Healthcare Marketing
Risk Management
Group Dynamics & Leadership in Health Care Management
Global Health and Management Issues
Evaluation and Assessment of Healthcare Systems
Comparative Health Systems
Total Credits226.5-241.5

MATH and PHYS sequences are determined by the student's Calculus Placement Exam score and the completion of any summer online preparatory courses available based on that score.


Co-op cycles may vary. Students are assigned a co-op cycle (fall/winter, spring/summer, summer-only) based on their co-op program (4-year, 5-year) and major.

COOP 101 registration is determined by the co-op cycle assigned and may be scheduled in a different term. Select students may be eligible to take COOP 001 in place of COOP 101.


General studies electives include all liberal arts electives plus additional subjects, such as business, which do not fall under the subject areas of science, math or engineering. See the Biomedical Engineering General Studies List for a detailed list of approved courses. An abbreviated list is shown here: DANC, MUSC, TVPR, VSST, GER, FREN, GST, PHIL, PPE, PSCI, BLAW, HRMT, INTB, MGMT, OPM, ORGB; CULA, ENTP, CRTV, EDLT, EHRD.

CHEM sequence is determined by the student's Chemistry Placement Exam score and the completion of a summer online preparatory course available based on that score.


STEM electives include courses offered by the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, as well as select science, technology, and math courses from other academic units. An abbreviated list of 200-level and higher courses is shown here: ENVS, PHYS, INFO (including INFO 101, INFO 110), CS (including CS 171, CS 172, CS 175, CS 176), HSCI (excluding HSCI 205). Please see the Biomedical Engineering STEM Elective List for a detailed list of approved courses.

Undergraduate Concentration Course Requirements

Students must select one concentration as part of the BS in Biomedical Engineering and complete the listed required courses. The student also needs to take additional STEM electives, as described above. The credit total of the concentration required courses and the STEM electives must be at least 21.0 credits.

Biomaterials Concentration
CHEM 241Organic Chemistry I *4.0
BMES 460Biomaterials I4.0
BMES 461Biomaterials II4.0
Total Credits12.0

CHEM 241 is a pre-requisite for BMES 460

Biomechanics Concentration
BMES 441Biomechanics I: Introduction to Biomechanics4.0
BMES 442Biomechanics II: Musculoskeletal Modeling and Human Performance4.0
MEM 201Foundations of Computer Aided Design3.0
Total Credits11.0
Biomedical Imaging Concentration
BMES 421Biomedical Imaging Systems I: Images4.0
BMES 422Biomedical Imaging Systems II: Ultrasound4.0
PHYS 201Fundamentals of Physics III *4.0
Total Credits12.0

PHYS 201 is a pre-requisite for BMES 421.

Biomedical Informatics Concentration
BIO 219 [WI] Techniques in Molecular Biology3.0
BMES 483Quantitative Systems Biology4.0
BMES 484Genome Information Engineering4.0
Total Credits11.0
Neuroengineering Concentration
BIO 462Biology of Neuron Function *3.0
BMES 477Neuroengineering I: Neural Signals3.0
BMES 478Neuroengineering II: Principles of Neuroengineering3.0
Total Credits9.0

BIO 462 is a pre-requisite for BMES 477.

Tissue Engineering Concentration
BIO 219 [WI] Techniques in Molecular Biology *3.0
BMES 471Cellular and Molecular Foundations of Tissue Engineering4.0
BMES 472Developmental and Evolutionary Foundations of Tissue Engineering4.0
Total Credits11.0

BIO 219 [WI] is a pre-requisite for BMES 471.

Sample Plan of Study

4 year, 1 co-op

First Year
BMES 1012.0BMES 1022.0BIO 1224.5VACATION
BMES 1242.0CHEM 1024.5BMES 2013.0 
CHEM 1013.5ENGL 102 or 1123.0COOP 101*1.0 
CIVC 1011.0MATH 1224.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
ENGL 101 or 1113.0PHYS 1014.0MATH 2004.0 
MATH 1214.0 PHYS 1024.0 
UNIV R1011.0   
 16.5 17.5 19.5 0
Second Year
BMES 2023.0BIO 2184.0BIO 2014.0BMES 3032.0
ECE 2014.0BMES 2412.0BMES 3453.0BMES 3104.0
ENGR 2204.0BMES 3383.0BMES 3754.0BMES 3412.0
MATH 2014.0MATH 2104.0BMES 4323.0BMES 4514.0
MEM 2023.0MEM 2384.0CHEM 2534.0(UG) Bioscience Restricted elective3.0
 18 17 18 15
Third Year
BMES 3812.0BMES 3373.0  
(UG) General Studies electives3.0BMES 3822.0  
(UG) Bioscience elective3.0BMES 4443.0  
HSAD 505 (also counts as an UG General Studies elective)4.0(UG) Concentration required course3.0  
 HSAD 5004.0  
 16 17 0 0
Fourth Year
(UG) Concentration required course3.0(UG) Concentration required course3.0(UG) General Studies elective3.0 
(UG) Lab elective2.0(UG) General Studies elective3.0(UG) STEM electives6.0 
(UG) STEM elective3.0(UG) Lab elective2.0HSAD 5504.0 
HSAD 501 (also counts as an UG General Studies elective)3.0(UG) STEM elective3.0  
 14 13 16 0
Fifth Year
HSAD 5254.0IPS 5643.0HSAD 5154.0HSAD 5224.0
HSAD 5304.0(GR) MHA elective4.0HSAD 5404.0(GR) MHA elective4.0
 8 7 8 8
Total Credits 228.5

Co-op cycles may vary. Students are assigned a co-op cycle (fall/winter, spring/summer, summer-only) based on their co-op program (4-year, 5-year) and major. 

COOP 101 registration is determined by the co-op cycle assigned and may be scheduled in a different term. Select students may be eligible to take COOP 001 in place of COOP 101.

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