BS Biomedical Engineering

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Program Learning Outcomes

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  4. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. An ability to communicate effectively
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

In addition to these objectives, the program prepares graduates to have:

  • An understanding of biology and physiology
  • The capability to apply advanced mathematics (including differential equations and statistics), science, and engineering to solve the problems at the interface of engineering and biology
  • The ability to make measurements on and interpret data from living systems
  • The capability to address the problems associated with the interaction between living and non-living materials and 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
or ENGR 451 Special Topics in Bioengineering
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 I3
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

Required in Support; also satisfies GE.


ENGR 459, ENGR 460, ENGR 461 and BMED 400 (8); or ENGR 463, ENGR 464, ENGR 465, and BMED 400 (8) may substitute for BMED 455 and BMED 456 (8).

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 BScience and Mathematics
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 D/ESociety and the Individual
D1The American Experience (Title 5, Section 40404 requirement) (40404)4
D2Political Economy4
D3Comparative Social Institutions4
D4Self Development (CSU Area E)4
Total units40

Required in Support; also satisfies GE.