Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Biomedical Engineering - Degrees & Policies

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate: BS

Graduate: MS, PhD


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. During the junior and senior year students may still seek general advisement on graduation requirements and the suggested course path from the SEAS academic advisors, however individual advisement on technical electives, undergraduate research, and practical experiences is provided by meetings with and guidance from the Undergraduate Director in Biomedical Engineering.

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.

For BME students also interested in pre-health information, please visit http://prehealth.buffalo.edu/ for advisement on the Pre-health track.

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.

SUNY Seamless Transfer Path

SUNY Seamless Transfer is a SUNY-wide program intended to make transferring to UB and other SUNY Schools simple and efficient for SUNY students. SUNY has defined courses that SUNY students can take before transferring which will apply to the major at UB and ensure timely graduation.

Information about the Transfer Path for this major can be found on the SUNY Website.

Students are encouraged to contact their academic advisor or department to discuss how their coursework will apply to their degree.

Biomedical Engineering - B.S.

Acceptance Criteria

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

Required Courses

BE 201 Principles of Biomedical Engineering
BE 202 Applied Medical & Engineering Biology
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 I w/Lab or CHE 203 Organic Chemistry I
BE 310 Biomedical Chemical Principles 2 or CHE 202 Organic Chemistry II w/Lab or CHE 204 Organic Chemistry II
BE 311 Biomedical Engineering Cellular and Molecular Lab or BE 302 Biomedical Engineering Lab 2
BE 312 Biomedical Engineering Biosignals Lab or BE 301 Biomedical Engineering Lab 1
BE 403 Biomedical Instrumentation
BE 405 Transport Processes in BME
BE 406 Biomedical Systems Engineering
BE 493 Research and Design in Biomedical Engineering
BE 494 Senior Design Project
CHE 107 General Chemistry for Engineers
CHE 108 General Chemistry for Engineers
EAS 199 Engineering Principles
EAS 202 Engineering Impact on Society
EAS 207 Statics
EAS 230 Engineering Computations
EAS 305 Applied Probability
EAS 360 STEM Communications
EE 202 Circuit Analysis/EE 200 Electrical Engineering Concepts/Non-Majors
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
Three technical upper-division electives, at least two of which must be a BE 400-level course.

Undergraduate Credit Requirements Chart
Credits Required for Major 111
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 17
Additional Credits Required for Electives 0
Total Credits Required for Degree 128

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements (UB Curriculum) for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

View the Finish in Four Curricular Plan for the Biomedical Engineering BS which is a recommended sequence of courses to help achieve this degree in four years.

Electives and Course Groupings

Technical Electives (minimum 9 credits)

A total of three technical electives is required. All must be upper-division technical electives. Two of these three must be Biomedical Engineering (BE) courses. The third can be a BE course, or it can be from outside of Biomedical Engineering. Courses from outside of Biomedical Engineering must be approved by the department.

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