BS Biomedical Engineering

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Program Learning Outcomes

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objective
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

Furthermore, our program prepares graduates with experience in:

  • Applying principles of engineering, biology, human physiology, chemistry, calculus-based physics, mathematics (through differential equations) and statistics
  • Solving bio/biomedical engineering problems, including those associated with the interaction between living and non-living systems
  • Analyzing, modeling, designing, and realizing bio/biomedical engineering devices, systems, components, or processes     
  • Making measurements on and interpreting data from living systems

Degree Requirements and Curriculum

In addition to the program requirements listed on this page, students must also satisfy requirements outlined in more detail in the Minimum Requirements for Graduation section of this catalog, including:

  • 60 units of upper division courses
  • Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)
  • 2.0 GPA
  • U.S. Cultural Pluralism (USCP)

Note: No major or support courses may be selected as credit/no credit.

BMED 101Introduction to the Biomedical Engineering Major1
BMED 102Introduction to Biomedical Engineering Analysis1
BMED 212Introduction to Biomedical Engineering Design3
BMED 310Biomedical Engineering Measurement and Analysis4
BMED 410Biomechanics4
BMED 420Principles of Biomaterials Design4
BMED 425Biomedical Engineering Transport4
BMED 430Biomedical Modeling and Simulation2
BMED 440Bioelectronics and Instrumentation4
BMED 450Contemporary Issues in Biomedical Engineering4
BMED 455Biomedical Engineering Design I 24
BMED 456Biomedical Engineering Design II: Senior Project 24
BMED 460Engineering Physiology4
General Curriculum in BS Biomedical Engineering or Concentration28-33
BIO 161Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology (B2/B4) 14
BIO 231Human Anatomy and Physiology I5
or BIO 232 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
CE 204Mechanics of Materials I 33
CHEM 124
CHEM 125
General Chemistry for Physical Science and Engineering I
and General Chemistry for Physical Science and Engineering II (B3/B4) 1
CSC 231Programming for Engineering Students2
EE 201Electric Circuit Theory3
ENGL 149Technical Writing for Engineers (A3) 14
MATE 210Materials Engineering3
MATH 141
MATH 142
Calculus I
and Calculus II (B1) 1
MATH 143Calculus III (Add'l Area B) 14
MATH 241Calculus IV4
MATH 244Linear Analysis I4
ME 211Engineering Statics3
ME 212Engineering Dynamics3
ME 302Thermodynamics I3
ME 341Fluid Mechanics I3
PHYS 141General Physics IA (Add'l Area B)4
PHYS 132General Physics II4
PHYS 133General Physics III4
STAT 312Statistical Methods for Engineers (B6) 14
(See GE program requirements below.)40
Free Electives0
Total units191-196

General Curriculum in BS Biomedical Engineering or Concentrations

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 32 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • Minimum of 8 units required at the 300 level.
Area ACommunication
A1Expository Writing4
A2Oral Communication4
A3Reasoning, Argumentation and Writing (4 units in Support) 10
Area BMath, Science, and Quantitative Reasoning
B1Mathematics/Statistics (8 units in Support) 10
B2Life Science (4 units in Support) 10
B3Physical Science (4 units in Support) 10
B4One lab taken with either a B2 or B3 course
B6Upper-division Area B (4 units in Support) 10
Additional Area B units (8 units in Support) 10
Area CArts and Humanities
C3Fine/Performing Arts4
C4Upper-division elective4
Area DSociety and the Individual
D1The American Experience (Title 5, Section 40404 requirement) (40404)4
D2Political Economy4
D3Comparative Social Institutions4
Area ELifelong Learning and Self-Development
ELower-division elective4
Total units40