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 14
BMED 456Biomedical Engineering Design II: Senior Project 14
BMED 460Engineering Physiology4
General Curriculum in BS Biomedical Engineering or Concentration28-33
BIO 161Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology (B2 & B3) 24
BIO 231Human Anatomy and Physiology I5
or BIO 232 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
CE 204Mechanics of Materials I 33
CHEM 124General Chemistry for Physical Science and Engineering I (B1) 24
CHEM 125General Chemistry for Physical Science and Engineering II4
CSC 231Programming for Engineering Students2
EE 201Electric Circuit Theory3
ENGL 147Writing Arguments about STEM (A3) 24
MATE 210Materials Engineering3
MATH 141Calculus I (B4) 24
MATH 142Calculus II (B4) 24
MATH 143Calculus III (Area B Electives) 24
MATH 241Calculus IV4
MATH 244Linear Analysis I4
ME 211Engineering Statics3
ME 212Engineering Dynamics3
ME 302Thermodynamics I3
ME 341Fluid Mechanics I3
PHYS 141General Physics I (Area B Electives) 24
PHYS 142General Physics II4
PHYS 143General Physics III4
STAT 312Statistical Methods for Engineers (Upper-Division B) 24
(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.
  • If any of the remaining 40 units is used to satisfy a Major or Support requirement, additional units of Free Electives may be needed to complete the total units required for the degree.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • A grade of C- or better is required in one course in each of the following GE Areas: A1 (Oral Communication), A2 (Written Communication), A3 (Critical Thinking), and B4 (Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning). 
Area AEnglish Language Communication and Critical Thinking
A1Oral Communication4
A2Written Communication4
A3Critical Thinking (4 units in Support) 10
Area BScientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning
B1Physical Science (4 units in Support) 10
B2Life Science (4 units in Support) 10
B3One lab taken with either a B1 or B2 course
B4Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (8 units in Support) 10
Upper-Division B (4 units in Support) 10
Area B Electives (8 units in Support) 10
Area CArts and Humanities
Lower-division courses in Area C must come from three different subject prefixes.
C1Arts: Arts, Cinema, Dance, Music, Theater4
C2Humanities: Literature, Philosophy, Languages other than English4
Lower-Division C Elective - Select a course from either C1 or C2.4
Upper-Division C4
Area DSocial Sciences
D1American Institutions (Title 5, Section 40404 Requirement)4
Area D Elective - Select either a lower-division D2 or upper-division D course.4
Area ELifelong Learning and Self-Development
Lower-Division E4
Area FEthnic Studies
F Ethnic Studies4
Total units40