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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biomedical Engineering BS


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Are you interested in biology, medicine and engineering but can’t decide which one to pick? UB’s biomedical engineering (BME) program lets you explore all of your interests in one do-it-all major. If you get excited about things like making 3D models of the brain to improve cancer care, designing wearable medical sensors, and using artificial intelligence to prevent cardiac deaths-and you’re good at science and math-then BME could be exactly what you’ve been looking for.

Visit the Biomedical Engineering academic program page for more information about the academic experience, who you will learn from, opportunities outside of class and what you can do with this degree.

Visit the Biomedical Engineering department page  for contact information, a brief overview of the department and the curricular options.

Admission Criteria


  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.500 required
  • Matriculated student with academic good standing at the University at Buffalo.
  • Satisfactory performance in a series of core courses (see below). There are two paths to meet this requirement.
    1. Standard: Completion of four core courses with a combined core course grade point average of at least 2.500.
    2. Fast-Track: Completion of at least two of the four core courses (graded on an A-F bases) with a combined core course grade point average of at least 3.000.

Engineering Core Courses:

  1. Calculus 1 (MTH 141 or MTH 153)
  2. Calculus 2 (MTH 142 or MTH 154)
  3. General Chemistry 1 (CHE 101, CHE 105, or CHE 107)
  4. General Physics 1 (PHY 107 or PHY 117)

Current students wishing to pursue the Biomedical Engineering BS must follow the instructions on the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Supplemental Application. See the complete School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Admissions Policies for details.

Course Requirements


Biomedical Engineering Core (94-96 credits)


Three Technical Electives (minimum 9 credits)


Upper-division (300/400 level) electives, at least two of which must be Biomedical Engineering (BE) 400-level courses. See the Academic Advising Report (AAR) for a complete list of options.

Total Credits Required for Major: 111


Additional Degree Requirements Include:


  • Additional coursework to fulfill UB Curriculum requirements

Total Credits Required for Graduation: 128


Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Notes


* Students are permitted to take BIO 201 /BIO 211  in lieu of BE 202 , however BE 202  is strongly preferred for Biomedical Engineering majors. The BIO 201 /BIO 211  option should only be utilized by students transferring into the program with these courses already completed or when they are pursuing a pre-health major that requires BIO 201/211.

**Students are permitted to take alternative programming courses EAS 240  or CSE 115  in lieu of EAS 230 , however EAS 230  is strongly preferred for Biomedical Engineering majors. The alternative programming courses should only be utilized by students transferring into the program with EAS 240 , CSE 115 , or EAS 999TRCP  (general programming for transfer students) already completed. View our Computer Programming Requirement website for more information on the programming alternatives and self-study packages.

***Students are permitted to use PHY 151  and PHY 152  in lieu of PHY 158 , however PHY 158  is preferred for engineering majors.

****Only one informal course (496, 498, or 499) offered by the Biomedical Engineering Department or other department may count as a technical elective. Only students who have completed BE curriculum courses through and including third year fall courses can register for BE 496  , BE 498  , or BE 499   for TE credit.

Special Notes: Not all courses are offered every year or every semester, you should utilize the class search in HUB to determine if the course is being offered. Undergraduate students who take BE 400-level courses cannot retake the same course as a Graduate student at the 500-level.

***** The following MTH courses are not accepted: MTH 306 , MTH 399 , MTH 411 , MTH 458 , MTH 459 , MTH 495 , MTH 496 , MTH 497 , MTH 499  

Special Notes: Not all courses are offered every year or every semester, you should utilize the class search in HUB to determine if the course is being offered. You may request to take courses other than those listed. You must make the request to the Undergraduate Director for approval by emailing the Academic Coordinator the course syllabus for review.

Academic Requirements


Students in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences must have a minimum GPA of 2.000 in technical classes (engineering, math, and science classes). to be in good standing and graduate with an undergraduate degree. To maintain academic standards and determine eligibility for continued enrollment, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences reviews the academic records of all students in an approved undergraduate SEAS major. This academic review is conducted at the end of each fall and spring semester.

View the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Academic Review Policy

Students seeking an undergraduate engineering degree from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences must complete 30 undergraduate credit hours of junior/senior level courses required in their major at the University at Buffalo.

 

Curricular Plan


A Curricular Plan provides a roadmap for completing this academic program and the UB Curriculum on time. Your actual plan may vary depending on point of entry to the university, course placement and/or waivers based on standardized test scores, earned alternative credit and/or college transfer credit.

Total Credits: 17 or 18


Total Credits: 16 or 17


Total Credits: 15


Total Credits: 16


Total Credits: 16 or 18


Total Credits: 15


Total Credits: 16


Fourth Year Spring


Total Credits: 16


Total Credits Required: 128


Note: Some classes may count toward both a major and UB Curriculum requirement.

Learning Outcomes


The curriculum provides opportunities for students to develop the following knowledge, skills, and behaviors by the time of graduation:

  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  • 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
  • an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • 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
  • 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 objectives
  • an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  • an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

 

(HEGIS: 09.05 BIO- BIOMEDICAL ENGINRNG, CIP14.0501 Biomedical/Medical Engineering)

 

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