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Department of Biomedical Engineering

Undergraduate Program

The Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering (BME) is a degree program that combines training in design, research, and practical methods, with a solid math, science, and engineering curriculum to provide education with breadth and depth in the field. A key aspect of biomedical engineering is its interdisciplinary nature; introductory courses in mathematics, statistics, biology, chemistry, and physics, together with foundation/concentration engineering courses build the basis for creating the synergy among these disciplines that is required in the practice of biomedical engineering. The BME degree program also includes design and research projects, biomedical engineering specific courses, culminating in a year-long senior capstone project. The mission of the Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering is to provide students with undergraduate experiences that provide a sound basis for professional practice in biomedical engineering, life-long learning, and leadership roles in the biomedical engineering field. The program leading to the BSBME degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

The student outcomes of the Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering specify that, by the time of graduation, all graduates will be able to:

  • Apply fundamental knowledge of mathematics, statistics, physical sciences, biology, physiology, and engineering for the solution of problems at the interface of engineering and biology;
  • Make measurements on and interpret data from living systems, addressing the problems associated with the interaction between living and non-living materials and systems;
  • Communicate effectively, work as part of a multidisciplinary team, and have an awareness of professional and ethical responsibilities to have a positive impact on society;
  • Recognize the importance of life-long learning to expand one’s knowledge base;
  • Actively participate in creative and integrative design projects and independent research projects.

The program educational objectives of the Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering specify that graduates of the program will:

  • Be successful in tackling open-ended biomedical engineering problems in a quantitative and systematic fashion;
  • Be motivated to continuously expand their knowledge, excel in interdisciplinary activities, be creative and innovative in their contributions to the field of biomedical engineering;
  • Perform, manage, or lead original engineering design and research projects in an ethical and professional manner; carry this out at the highest levels in private industry, research laboratories, medical school, graduate and professional schools.

The degree checklist, guidelines for course selection, and summary of course requirements and timeline for the BSBME program can be found at the links below:

Second Major in Biomedical Engineering (BED)

The second major in biomedical engineering is offered to engineering students. Students must enroll in conjunction with another engineering undergraduate departmental major. For the second major in biomedical engineering, students are required to complete ten courses and 30 semester hour units. No more than five of these courses may be used to fulfill the concentration requirement of the first major. All ten courses must be taken for a letter grade.

The ten courses required for the second major in biomedical engineering as follows:

  1. BIO 13 or ES 11 or BME 33
  2. PHY 12 or CHEM 2
  3. Probability and Statistics Elective (see links to checklist below)
  4. ES 3 or ES 5 or ES 15 or BME 11
  5. Engineering Elective (see links to checklist below)
  6. BME 11 or BME 12 or BME 25/PHY 25/BIO 119 or BME 34 or BME 44 
  7. BME 51 or BME/CHBE/BIO 162 or BME/EE 100
  8. BME 153 or BME/EE/BIO 131
  9. Biomedical Engineering elective (see links to checklist below)
  10. Biomedical Engineering elective (see links to checklist below)

The degree checklist for the BED program can be found at the links below:

Second Major in Biomedical Sciences (BES)

The second major in biomedical engineering sciences is offered to liberal arts students. Students must enroll in conjunction with another undergraduate departmental major. For the second major in biomedical engineering sciences, students are required to complete ten courses and 30 semester hour units. No more than five of these courses may be used to fulfill the concentration requirement of the first major. All ten courses must be taken for a letter grade. The ten credits are required for the second major in biomedical engineering are as follows:

1. BME 11 (Biomechanics) or BME 12 (Biothermodynamics) or BME 25/PHY 25/BIO 119 (Biophysics)
2. BME 51 (Intro to Biophotonics) or BME/CHBE/BIO 162 (Molecular Biotechnology)
3-5. Three Biomedical Engineering elective courses
6-10. Five elective courses related to biomedical sciences, including independent studies, research, and design projects.*

* A partial list of acceptable elective courses is the following:

  • Any course with BME designation
  • BIO 41 - General Genetics
  • BIO 46 - Cell Biology
  • BIO 104 - Immunology
  • BIO 105 - Molecular Biology
  • BIO 115/116 - General Physiology I/II
  • BIO 132 - Biostatistics
  • BIO 152 - Biochemistry and Cellular Metabolism
  • BIO 171/172 - Biochemistry I/II
  • CHBE 102 - Reactor Design
  • CHBE 121 - Principles of Polymerization
  • CHBE 122 - Physical Chemistry of Polymers
  • CHEM 31/32 - Physical Chemistry I/II
  • CHEM 51/52 - Organic Chemistry I/II
  • CHEM 135 - Biophysical Chemistry
  • CHEM 157 - Medicinal Chemistry
  • CHEM 171/172 - Biochemistry I/II
  • COMP 171 - Human Computer Interaction
  • CSHD 140 - Problems of Research: Statistics
  • ENP 120 – Project Study in Human Systems
  • ENP 161 - Human Factors Product Design
  • ENP 162 - Human-Machine System Design
  • ENP 166 – Computer Interface Design
  • ES 15 - Modern Optics and Photonics
  • ME 117 - Biomaterials
  • ME 123 - Biomechanics
  • ME 152 - Biomechanics
  • OTS 105 - Assistive Technology
  • PHIL 124 – Bioethics
  • PHY 31 – Optics and Wave Motion
  • PSY 31 - Statistics for Behavioral Sciences

The degree checklist for the BES program can be found at the link below:

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