Undergraduate Study
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Biomedical Engineering (BS)
Curriculum

The biomedical engineering program provides training that is quantitative, emphasizes problem-solving and design, and treats phenomena from the molecular to the systems level. Required courses in mathematics, engineering, and science establish a strong foundation for biomedical engineering major courses.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 48 courses, including the following. Only Social sciences/humanities and unrestricted courses may be taken P/N.

Core courses (26 courses)

BASIC ENGINEERING (5 courses)

A. Thermodynamics - 1 course from those listed below
BMD_ENG 250 Thermodynamics
MECH ENG 222 Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics I

B. Fluids and Solids - 2 courses as specified below
BMD_ENG 271 Introduction to Biomechanics and
BMD_ENG 270 Fluid Mechanics or
MECH ENG 241 Fluid Mechanics I

C. Material Science - 1 course
MAT SCI 201 Principles of the Properties of Materials

D. Probability, Statistics, and Quality Control - 1 course from those listed below
BMD_ENG 220 Introduction to Biostatistics
IEMS 303 Statistics I
MECH ENG 359 Reliability Engineering

Biomedical Engineering CORE (11 Courses + 1 Zero credit Seminar)

Biomedical engineering electives (4 courses)

Four courses must be completed. Two must be from category A below. Two must be from category B, which includes many courses. Please see the PDF version of the curriculum for category B options.
Students may choose to focus all these courses in a particular area of biomedical engineering, but this is optional.

Category A courses are:

Technical Electives (2 UNITS)

Students are urged to choose technical electives that emphasize engineering design. Technical electives may include:

  • BIOL SCI: 219, 301
  • CHEM: 101, 210-2, 210-3
  • DSGN: 240, 245, 246 (0.5 unit each)
  • EECS: 211, 230
  • ME 240
  • Three, 0.34 unit basic science and biology labs may be combined and counted as a technical elective, Six total labs may be used.
  • Any course in engineering, science, or mathematics at the 300 level or higher, provided that it is graded. (BME 399 independent study is not graded.) Approval may be required for some offerings of BMD_ENG 395: Special Topics.
  • BMD_ENG 388-SA and 389-SA may be technical electives but may not be used in Category B.