Biomedical Engineering - BS

The curriculum in biomedical engineering involves the development and application of engineering science and technology for living and medical systems. Although there have been individuals working in biomedical engineering for centuries, today’s modern educational programs are specifically designed to prepare engineers for this challenging field. The curriculum described is broadly based around a basic core of courses developed to prepare students for team involvement with other engineers and with physicians and life scientists in working to solve a wide array of biological and medical problems. Elective courses are included to accommodate individual student specialty interests within the fields of biomechanics, biomaterials, bioinstrumentation, and molecular and cellular engineering. Students interested in medical school can meet admission prerequisites through slight modifications and additions to the curriculum.

The freshman year is identical for degrees in aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, electronic systems engineering technology, industrial distribution, industrial engineering, manufacturing and mechanical engineering technology, mechanical engineering, multidisciplinary engineering technology, nuclear engineering, ocean engineering, and petroleum engineering. The freshman year is slightly different for chemical engineering in that students take CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 and CHEM 102/CHEM 112. Biomedical Engineering also requires a two semester sequence of chemistry courses consisting of CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 and CHEM 102/CHEM 112.  Students pursuing degrees in biological and agricultural engineering should refer to the specific curriculum for this major. It is recognized that many students will change the sequence and number of courses taken in any semester. Deviations from the prescribed course sequence, however, should be made with care to ensure that prerequisites for all courses are met.

First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 104Composition and Rhetoric 13
ENGR 111Foundations of Engineering I 12
MATH 151Engineering Mathematics I 1,24
PHYS 218Mechanics 14
University Core Curriculum 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
CHEM 107General Chemistry for Engineering Students 1,43
CHEM 117General Chemistry for Engineering Students Laboratory 11
ENGR 112Foundations of Engineering II 12
MATH 152Engineering Mathematics II 14
PHYS 208Electricity and Optics 14
University Core Curriculum 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours17
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 33
1

A grade of C or better is required.

2

Entering students will be given a math placement exam. Test results will be used in selecting the appropriate starting course which may be at a higher or lower level.

3

Of the 18 hours shown as University Core Curriculum electives, 3 must be from creative arts (for Industrial Distribution this is 3 hours from language, philosophy and culture, see IDIS curriculum for more information), 3 from social and behavioral sciences, 6 from American history, and 6 from government/political science. The required 6 hours from international and cultural diversity may be met by courses satisfying the creative arts, social and behavioral sciences (for Industrial Distribution this is language, philosophy and culture), and American history requirements if they are also on the approved list of international and cultural diversity courses.

4

BMEN and CHEN require 8 hours of freshman chemistry, which may be satisfied by CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 and CHEM 102/CHEM 112; Credit by Examination (CBE) for CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 plus CHEM 102/CHEM 112; or 8 hours of CBE for CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 and CHEM 102/CHEM 112.

Second Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
BMEN 101Introduction to Biomedical Engineering 1
BMEN 207Computing for Biomedical Engineering 3
CHEM 102
CHEM 112
Fundamentals of Chemistry II
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory II 1
4
ENGL 203 or ENGL 210Writing about Literature or Technical and Business Writing 3
MATH 251Engineering Mathematics III 3
VTPP 434Physiology for Bioengineers I 4
 Term Semester Credit Hours18
Spring
BMEN 211Biomedical Applications of Circuits, Signals and Systems 3
BMEN 253Medical Device Design I 1
CHEM 227Organic Chemistry I 3
MATH 308Differential Equations 3
VTPP 435Physiology for Bioengineers II 4
University Core Curriculum 23
 Term Semester Credit Hours17
Third Year
Fall
BMEN 305Bioinstrumentation 1
BMEN 321Biomedical Electronics 3
BMEN 341Biofluid Mechanics 3
BMEN 343Introduction to Biomaterials 3
BMEN 350Statistics for Biomedical Engineering 3
University Core Curriculum 23
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
BMEN 344Biological Responses to Medical Devices 3
BMEN 345Biomaterials Lab 1
BMEN 353Medical Device Design II 1
BMEN 361Biosolid Mechanics 3
BMEN 420Medical Imaging 3
Technical elective 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours14
Fourth Year
Fall
BMEN 453Analysis and Design Project I 2
BMEN 465Biomechanics Experiential Learning Lab 1
BMEN 468Advanced Biomechanics 3
Technical electives 36
University Core Curriculum 23
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
BMEN 450Case Studies 41
BMEN 454Analysis and Design Project II 2
ENGR 482/PHIL 482Ethics and Engineering 43
Technical electives 36
University Core Curriculum 23
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 95
1

A grade of C or better is required.

2

Of the 18 hours shown as University Core Curriculum electives, 3 must be from creative arts, 3 from social and behavioral sciences, 6 from American history, and 6 from government/political science. The required 6 hours from international and cultural diversity may be met by courses satisfying the creative arts, social and behavioral sciences, and American history requirements if they are also on the approved list of international and cultural diversity courses.

3

Technical electives are to be selected in consultation with student’s advisor from an approved list available from the departmental office.

4

 Writing Intensive course.