The Biomedical Engineering curriculum at Louisiana Tech University requires 134 semester credit hours of coursework. The curriculum begins with a two-year integrated engineering experience that builds a strong foundation in engineering, mathematics, and science through a block-structured, integrated course schedule, hands-on project-based learning activities, and team-based design experiences. The recently enhanced "Living With the Lab" freshman experience requires the use of advanced engineering tools such as microcontrollers, mechatronics, rapid prototyping, and advanced solid modeling software. Taught by a multidisciplinary team of skilled and trained professors and lecturers, the integrated curriculum builds a strong foundation for all seven engineering curricula within COES.
The Biomedical Engineering curriculum differs from the other Engineering programs in the sophomore year, with the requirements of two one-hour introductory to Biomedical Engineering courses (BIEN 202 and BIEN 203), the first Biology requirement (BISC 130 and 131), and the Human Anatomy and Physiology sequence (BISC 225 and 227).
The junior year covers a curriculum that provides a deeper understanding of Biomedical Engineering topics. These topics can be generally described in terms of Mechanical, Electrical and Chemical Engineering threads, where each of these fundamental Engineering areas is applied to Biomedical topics. The Electrical Engineering thread includes ENGR 201, BIEN 225, BIEN 325, BIEN 425 and BIEN 403. The Mechanical Engineering thread includes ENGR 220, ENGR 222, MEMT 201, MEEN 215, BIEN 230, BIEN 301, and BIEN 430. The Chemical Engineering thread includes ENGR 222, BIEN 301, and BIEN 401.
The senior year includes professional course topics (senior design and senior laboratory). Students generally begin their track area during the junior year, and complete it during their senior year. Students in the premedicine track who are interested in applying for medical school often choose to complete their organic chemistry as early as possible because of the emphasis on organic chemistry on the MCAT exam.