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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biomedical Engineering, (B.S.B.E.)

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To qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering, the student must satisfy University and College requirements, obtain a minimum 2.0 grade point average on all work completed, and obtain a minimum grade of “C-” in all engineering, mathematics, physics, biology, and chemistry courses used to satisfy degree requirements. Waiver of departmental graduation requirements for exceptional circumstances will be granted only upon approval of both the department chair and the Dean of the College of Engineering (or designee).

Honors Program

The Biomedical Engineering Honors Program is for highly motivated and high-achieving students that provides special opportunities to advance the career and professional development of the student. The program aims to develop student talents, interests, and abilities within a curriculum, as well as encouraging independence and creativity.

Students are eligible for the honors program in Biomedical Engineering if they have, and maintain, a cumulative GPA of 3.4 with at least junior standing, and have received approval from the departmental honors committee. The honors program in Biomedical Engineering requires a minimum of 10 hours of upper-division biomedical engineering honors courses, including both BIOM 4800  BME Honors seminar, and completion of an honors thesis (BIOM 4999 ). Students who complete the honors program and the requirements for the B.S. in Biomedical Engineering will be recognized at the commencement ceremony by having their degree conferred “With Honors in Biomedical Engineering.” Honors designation will also appear on the student’s diploma and academic transcript.

University General Education Program (36 hours)

See Graduation from the University  for University General Education Program requirements. Note the following requirements are specified for this program:


Social/Behavioral Sciences:

Must be taken in addition to 3 hours from the other specified choices


American history waived for B.S.B.E. students who have completed one unit of American history in high school.

The Major (63 hours)

Completion of 21 hours of

Completion of 21 hours of BIOM, Engineering and Technical electives approved by the advisor. At least 6 hours must be satisfied with BIOM electives. Nine hours of electives must be chosen from upper division engineering courses including BIOM courses. Six hours of technical electives may be chosen from upper division courses in BIOL, BIOM, CHEM, EECE, MATH, MECH and PHYS. Courses at this level in other departments can be chosen with permission of the chair or the chair’s designee. Some courses to meet these requirements are:

Policy on repeated courses:

Students must earn a grade of at least “C-” in all BIOM courses applied toward the major, and in all required engineering, chemistry, physics, biology, and mathematical courses. BIOM, BIOL, CHEM, MATH and PHYS courses applicable toward the major may not be taken more than three times.

Any BIOM course and in all required engineering, chemistry, physics, biology, and mathematical courses applicable toward the major may be repeated once to earn a minimum grade of “C-“. To repeat a course a second time, a student must apply for and receive special permission from the department Undergraduate Studies Committee. Application information is available from one of the Academic Coordinators. A student may not attempt the same BIOM or any required engineering, chemistry, physics and mathematical courses more than three times, regardless of where it was taken. Courses cross-listed with BIOM (e.g. BIOL 4110  , MECH 4365  ) are also subject to this course repetition policy.

Typical 4-Year Biomedical Engineering Sequence

Academic Year Total 34 hrs

Academic Year Total 29 hrs

Academic Year Total 32 hrs

Senior Year

Academic Year Total 30 hrs

Total Hours: 125

Total Hours Required for Graduation: 125

*Must satisfy University General Education Program Requirement

Accelerated B.S./M.S. Program

This program allows outstanding undergraduates to begin the coursework for the Master of Science in an engineering program during their senior year. Students are encouraged to begin planning to enter the Accelerated B.S./M.S. program early in their undergraduate career, in consultation with their advisor in their respective department. 

Working with the undergraduate and graduate academic coordinators, undergraduates selected into this program begin a carefully tailored course of study which will allow them to complete their B.S. degree while they also begin the coursework toward their M.S.

To apply, students must have a minimum 3.25 grade point average and must submit two reference letters and a copy of their transcript to their respective engineering department. Each applicant will complete an interview with the graduate academic coordinator in their respective engineering department. 

Students must also apply to the Graduate School for the accelerated B.S./M.S. program, which allows them to take graduate courses in their respective engineering department. To continue in the program past the B.S., students must apply for full admission into the Graduate School and into their respective engineering department’s M.S. program.

Only in ABM programs, up to 9 hours of graduate coursework may be applied to both the undergraduate and graduate programs. However, any graduate coursework will not apply to undergraduate GPA.

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