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2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog 
2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biomedical Engineering Major, BS in Biomedical Engineering

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The biomedical engineering curriculum integrates selected engineering sciences and design methods with life science course work. The program prepares students for careers in a variety of health care related professions including work for medical device manufacturers and regulatory governmental agencies. The course content of the biomedical engineering curriculum complements the departmental strengths in mechanical engineering and includes a comprehensive coverage of engineering materials and biomechanics applications. Elective courses are  available to allow students to specialize their curriculum to areas of particular current interest in the marketplace such as cellular and tissue engineering applications. The biomedical engineering program also allows students to take medical school admission requirements with an appropriate selection of technical electives.

The educational objectives of the biomedical engineering program are

  • To provide students with a solid foundation in mathematics, the basic and engineering sciences, and engineering design methods.
  • To provide students with a comprehensive integration of engineering methods of problem-solving and design with the biological sciences.
  • To develop the skills needed for work in the medical device industry including a thorough coverage of engineering materials, biomaterials, biomechanics, medical device design, and work in interdisciplinary teams.
  • To provide essential laboratory experience with commonly used biomedical devices and systems and to provide coverage of methods for the design of experiments in medical and life science applications.
  • To provide a biomedical technology-based engineering background for students desiring admission to medical school with admission requirements being met through the appropriate selection of elective course work.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering


First Year

Hours Credit

1ENGL 101 * or ENGL 118 *, ENGL 102  6
CHEM 120 * or CHEM 128 *, CHEM 130 * or CHEM 138 * 8
MATH 141 * or MATH 147 *, MATH 142 * or MATH 148 * 8
EF 105 , EF 151  or EF 157 , EF 152  or EF 158  9
ME 202  2

Second Year

PHYS 231 *, PHYS 232 * 7
MATH 200 , MATH 231 , MATH 241  or MATH 247  8
ME 231 , ME 321  6
BCMB 230  5
2Cultures and Civilizations Elective* 3
BME 271  1
STAT 251  3

Third Year

ECE 300 , ECE 315  8
AE 341  3
BME 345 , BME 363  6
ME 331  3
PHIL 241 * 3
MSE 201  3
ECON 201 * or ECON 207 * 4

Fourth Year

EF 402  1
BME 410 *, BME 430 , BME 455 , BME 469 , BME 473  13
2Cultures and Civilizations Elective* 3
3Technical Elective 3
4Departmental Elective 6
2Arts and Humanities Elective* 3
2Social Sciences Elective* 3

Total 128

* Meets University General Education Requirement .
1Students receiving a grade of A or B in ENGL 118  will complete their first year composition requirement by choosing ENGL 102 , a sophomore literature course in the English Department, or ENGL 355 .
2Choose any course from the University General Education list .
3Technical elective: courses must be pre-approved and petitioned by the advisor and department head.
4Departmental elective: any 300-500 level mechanical, aerospace, or biomedical engineering course.


Honors Biomedical Engineering Concentration

In addition to satisfying the requirements for the biomedical engineering major, candidates for the honors concentration must also complete the following requirements.

  • First-year courses for honors concentrations in the engineering majors. (Note: Most of the honors requirements are course substitutions for the biomedical engineering major.)
  • Two upper-division honors courses in biomedical engineering via Honors-by-Contract or Honors Independent Study. The contract or independent study must be submitted to the Chancellor’s Honors Program by the third week of the semester.
  • A minimum of 3-credit hours of an honors senior design course. This requirement is normally satisfied as part of the senior capstone design course (BME 469 ).

Five-Year BS/MS Biomedical Engineering Program

The department offers a 5-year BS-MS program for qualified students. The primary component of the program is that qualified students may take up to 9 hours of approved graduate courses for their senior undergraduate electives and have them count toward both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Significant components of the program are:

  • Students must have an overall GPA of at least 3.4 to be admitted to the program. Conditional admission may be granted after completing 64 hours of required course work while full admission is granted after completing 96 hours of required course work with a minimum overall GPA of 3.4 in required course work.
  • Students must at least have conditional admission before taking graduate courses for both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees. All courses taken for graduate credit must be approved by the chair of the program and the Graduate School.
  • Admission of students into this program must be approved by the department, the College of Engineering, and the Graduate School.
  • Students will not be eligible for assistantships until they complete their bachelor’s degree.

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