Mar 04, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biomedical Engineering, B.S.

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Biomedical engineering (BME) is a multidisciplinary field that applies engineering principles and design methods to improve the interaction and integration of engineering with medicine and biological sciences for improving human health and solving healthcare challenges.

The 4-year Bachelor of Science (BS) in BME undergraduate program is designed for students who aspire to engineer novel treatments, devices, materials, technologies, or processes to improve human healthcare. Students seeking careers in industry, the healthcare professions, government agencies, or graduate studies in BME are candidates for this program.

The curriculum provides students with a unique set of qualitative and quantitative healthcare problem definition, analysis, and solution skills. This program uses the shared freshman-engineering curriculum, and offers students the flexibility to select among a variety of foundational engineering courses beginning in the third semester and a variety of upper-level BME courses in the senior year. A novel 2-semester interdisciplinary Capstone Senior Design project focused on creative engineering solution of an actual healthcare issue posed by collaborating industrial and/or healthcare partners completes the curriculum. BME and Product Design courses jointly created by BME and College of Design faculty, are integral to semesters 4 to 8 of the proposed program and are intended to instill “design-thinking” in students.

The curriculum is distinct from other BS BME programs due to these integral design-thinking courses and experiences within the proposed curriculum. These design-thinking experiences balance left-brain oriented technical materials with right-brain creative approaches to cultivate crucial abilities needed to: 1) communicate empathetically with all stakeholders in a design cycle; 2) frame healthcare challenges into engineering problems; and 3) design, prototype, build, test, refine. and implement solutions that solve contemporary healthcare challenges problems and meet all user needs.

UK Core Requirements

See the UK Core   section of this Bulletin for the complete UK Core requirements. The courses listed below are (a) recommended by the college, or (b) required courses that also fulfill UK Core areas. Students should work closely with their advisor to complete the UK Core requirements.

I. Intellectual Inquiry in Arts and Creativity

II. Intellectual Inquiry in the Humanities

Choose one course from approved list Credit(s): 3

III. Intellectual Inquiry in the Social Sciences

Choose one course from approved list Credit(s): 3

IV. Intellectual Inquiry in Natural, Physical and Mathematical Sciences

V. Composition and Communication I

VI. Composition and Communication II

VII. Quantitative Foundations

VIII. Statistical Inferential Reasoning

IX. Community, Culture and Citizenship in the USA

Choose one course from approved list Credit(s): 3

X. Global Dynamics

Choose one course from approved list Credit(s): 3

UK Core hours: 33

Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR)

Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement hours (GCCR) 3

Subtotal: Premajor hours: 43

Subtotal: Major hours: 42

Guided Engineering Electives

Choose 9 credit hours from the following:

Subtotal: Electives: 27



§ Transfer students will take EGR 215 , Introduction to the Practice of Engineering for Transfer Students, in place of EGR 101  and EGR 103 .

Δ Students must complete both EGR 101  and EGR 103  to fulfill the UK Core Arts and Creativity requirement. Transfer students may satisfy the UK Core Arts and Creativity requirement by taking EGR 215 .

*Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course.

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Second Semester

Junior Year

Senior Year

Second Semester

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