Declaring BME

Are you thinking about declaring the Department of Biomedical Engineering’s biomedical engineering program as your major at Case Western Reserve University?

Here are few steps that you should take before making your declaration:

  • Unless your SAGES First Seminar advisor is an engineering professor, it is better to declare BME now and then switch to a different major in a semester or two. The engineering curriculum is the most constrained of all CWRU majors. The faculty in Case School of Engineering (CSE) will probably give you better advice on how to utilize open slots from AP or transfer credits, how to navigate a pre-med curriculum within a CSE major, and how to structure your extracurricular activities to meet your career goals.
  • Review the four different specialization tracks that are available. A list can be found in the General Bulletin. It is important to pick a track so that you receive an advisor for that specific track. Also, there are unique classes for each track in the sophomore year that serve as prerequisites for later courses in each sequence. You may change your sequence at any point if you decide that you wish to do something else but there will likely be a bit of course juggling necessary to accommodate the needed prerequisites.
  • You may begin declaring your major in the middle of the fall semester of your first year at Case Western Reserve.
  • To declare BME as a major, you can pick up a declaration form from the undergraduate programs coordinator in the BME Department, Wickenden Building, Room 335 or from the Office of Undergraduate Studies, Sears Building, fourth floor.
  • Return the form to the department after it has been signed by Debra F. McGivney. To set up an appointment with Dr. McGivney, email her at

​If you still have questions, please send an email to the academic undergraduate coordinator at

How to Apply

We encourage you to contact our department while you are considering how biomedical engineering at CWRU is right for you. Please contact to schedule a visit including individual meetings with faculty members. To learn more, visit the Office of Undergraduate Admission website