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2014-2015 University Catalog 
2014-2015 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biomedical Engineering, BSBME

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About the Program

Biomedical Engineering applies principles and methods of engineering and life sciences to design solutions for human biology and medicine.

Undergraduate students take life-science courses in combination with engineering design courses, studying physical and chemical properties of human tissues in order to design more effective implants. Other areas and projects include cell and tissue research, as well as the design of new biomaterials for use in medical therapies.

The Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering is housed in a state-of-the-art building designed to enhance both teaching and research. The $25-million, 91,000-square-foot facility (completed in spring 2006) will accommodate the rapid growth of biomedical engineering and its exponential increase in job opportunities.

Programs of focus include biomaterials, musculoskeletal biomechanics, tissue engineering, medical imaging, cardiovascular instrumentation, therapeutic and diagnostic devices, and biological signal processing.

Summary of Program Requirements

The Summary of Program Requirements for Biomedical Engineering  is a comprehensive list of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. Unlike the full Detailed Program Requirements listed below, complete lists of selectives for any given category are not shown. These summaries are intended to be printer-friendly and less expansive in detail.

Detailed Program Requirements

Please see below for detailed program requirements and possible selective fulfillments.

130 Credits for Graduation
* Courses used to calculate BME Major GPA

Selectives (21 credits)

  • Engineering Selectives (Including Quantitative Breadth Requirement) - Credit Hours: 15.00
  • Life Sciences Core Selectives - Credit Hours: 6.00

Other Program Course Requirements (50 credits)

General Electives (18 credits)

  • Ethics/Healthcare Policy Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • G.E.-II - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • G.E.-III - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • G.E.-IV - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • G.E.-V - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • G.E.- VI - Credit Hours: 3.00

University Core Requirements

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning

17/18 Credits

16 Credits

18 Credits

17 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

15 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

16 Credits

Fall 4th Year

16 Credits

Spring 4th Year

  • BME Technical Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • BME Technical Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Life Science Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • General Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • General Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits


130 semester credits required for Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering degree.

A minimum Graduation Index and BME Major GPA of at least 2.0 is required to qualify for graduation with a BSBME.

All required First Year Engineering (FYE) courses must be completed with a C- or above for entry into BME.

Degree Requirements

The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

Degree Works is knowledge source for specific requirements and completion

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical. A Critical Course is one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.

Foreign Language Courses

Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.  For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor:

American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

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