Biomedical Engineering : Degrees & Policies

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate: BS


During the first two years of all engineering programs, students are advised by one of the senior SEAS academic advisors in 410 Bonner Hall. The SEAS academic advisors should be consulted on general education requirements and on required courses in chemistry, engineering and applied science, math, and physics. Once admitted to the BSBE program students are assigned an advisor who is a BE faculty member. Students are encouraged to consult their BE advisor about the sequence of BE requirements and technical electives, especially for the senior year.

The first two years of the undergraduate curriculum emphasize the physical sciences and mathematics. The third year consists of coordinated sequences in the areas of biomaterials, Biocircuits, Biofluids and Medical Imaging. Also during the third year, students are engaged in hands-on laboratory experiences. Fourth-year courses are primarily elective and designed to broaden the background, reinforce lab skills, and develop design concepts. Through selection of technical electives, undergraduates have the flexibility to concentrate in electrical devices and sensors, imaging, computation, and biomaterials. For additional information please see the Undergraduate Catalog entry for the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Acceptance Information

For acceptance information please see the Undergraduate Catalog entry for the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Transfer Policy

Transfer students must first apply to the university and meet the university transfer admission requirements before consideration for admission to the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Biomedical engineering courses completed at other colleges and offered as substitutes for UB courses are evaluated individually by the BE Undergraduate Director; determination is made by an evaluation of the student's transcripts, course content, contact hours, and grades earned. Most courses taken from an ABET-accredited college-level Biomedical Engineering department are acceptable. Evaluations for transfer credits of general education, basic science, and engineering science courses completed at other universities and colleges are done through the Office of Undergraduate Education, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 410 Bonner Hall. For more information, see the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Biomedical Engineering - B.S.

Acceptance Criteria

See the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Acceptance Information section.

Required Courses

CHE 107 General Chemistry for Engineers
CHE 108 General Chemistry for Engineers
EAS 140 Engineering Principles
EAS 202 Engineering Impact on Society
EAS 230 Engineering Computations
EAS 305 Applied Probability
BE 201 Principles of Biomedical Engineering
BE 202 Applied Medical & Engineering Biology
BE 301 BME Laboratory I
BE 302 BME Laboratory II
BE 304 Principles of Medical Imaging
BE 305 Biomaterials and Mechanics
BE 307 Biomedical Circuits and Signals
BE 308 Biofluidmechanics
BE 309 Biomedical Chemical Principles 1 or CHE 201 Organic Chemistry
BE 310 Biomedical Chemical Principles 2 or CHE 204 Organic Chemistry
BE 403 Biomedical Instrumentation
BE 405 Transport Processes in BME
BE 406 Biomedical Systems Engineering
BE 494 Senior Design Project
BE 498 Undergraduate Research
IE 436 Work Physiology
MTH 141 College Calculus I
MTH 142 College Calculus II
MTH 241 College Calculus III
MTH 306 Introduction to Differential Equations
PHY 107 General Physics I
PHY 108 General Physics II
PHY 158 General Physics II Lab
Two Engineering track courses (sequential)
Three technical upper-division electives

Total required credit hours for the major: 112

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

Fall CHE 108, EAS 140, MTH 141
Spring EAS 202, CHE 107, MTH 142, PHY 107

Fall BE 201, MTH 241, PHY 108/PHY 158
Spring BE 202, EAS 230, MTH 306, Engineering Track #1

Fall BE 301, BE 305, BE 307, BE 309, Engineering Track #2
Spring BE 302, BE 304, BE 308, BE 310, EAS 305

Fall BE 403, BE 405, BE 498, IE 436, one technical elective
Spring BE 406, BE 494, Two technical electives

Electives and Course Groupings

Technical Electives (minimum 9 credits)

A total of three technical electives is required. All must be upper-division technical electives.

Engineering Tracks

Engineering Track 1 and Engineering Track 2 are elective courses that allow BE students to take two courses in their general areas of interest in Engineering. The courses should be 200 or 300 level courses. Allowed courses are: (EE 202 and EE 203, Circuits 1 and 2), (CE 212 Fundamental Principles of Chemical Engineering and CE 304 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics- Note that these must be taken in Sophomore year), (EAS 207 Statics and, EAS 208 Dynamics or EAS 209 Mechanics of Solids).

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:00:29 EST