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How much calculus do you need for biomedical engineering

Asked Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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Hammdy’s Answer


Going off of Ohio State's biomedical engineering suggested curriculum, it appears you need a minimum of 16 hours of calculus based math classes (3-4) semesters. This requirement will depend on which school you are enrolled in, my advice is to double check with your target school.

Hammdy recommends the following next steps:

  • Check biomedical engineering curriculum for target schools

G. Mark’s Answer


Using the curriculum at Berkeley as an example, biomedical engineering requires a minimum of four courses or approximately 16 units. The first two are introductions to differential and integral calculus. The third class covers parametric equations, vectors, 3 dimensional euclidean spaces, etc. The last of the four minimum requirement courses covers basic lineaer algebra, matrix arithmetic, fourier series and so on. Now bear in mind that engineering itself is heavily dependent on math, so this is no exception, and this series will be applicable in whatever engineering branch you decide on. But also keep in mind that this series is the bare minimum needed for your undergraduate work. And the better news is that if you really are jazzed up on engineering in general, you'll enjoy these classes as well. And more, in engineering, you'll be learning stuff you'll be putting to actual use. I personally must have switched majors three times with no problem using my previous coursework at all.

Amelia’s Answer

Updated Boston, Massachusetts

Great question Elijah! When I majored in Biomedical Engineering I had to take 3 semesters of calculus, as well as linear algebra and differential equations. I did not use a lot of the material that I learned in calculus in my other engineering classes but it was still required as part of my curriculum. If I was you, I would look at your school's website and try to find the curriculum for biomedical engineering. They often list the required courses so that should give you a better idea of what exactly you will have to take and which semesters you will take them. In addition, this helps you plan ahead so that you do not overload a semester.

Amelia recommends the following next steps:

  • Look at online biomedical engineering curriculum.