Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering is an interdisciplinary field, combining engineering principles, approaches, and methodologies with biological, chemical and physical sciences in order to define and solve problems in medicine.

Students who major in Biomedical Engineering at UTSA will be trained in the fundamentals of science and engineering and will be prepared to apply this knowledge in investigating fundamental bioengineering questions associated with complex living systems as well as with the diagnosis and treatment of human diseases.

A broad understanding of sciences and engineering principles is provided in the first two years of the program; courses in Physiology, Cell Biology, Engineering Physics, Chemistry, and Engineering Analysis I provide the fundamental training in Biomedical Engineering. During the last two years of the program, students have the option to choose two concentrations as in-depth focus areas of study.

Critical thinking and innovative design skills are integrated throughout the program to aid students in developing solutions and in solving biomedical engineering-related problems. Design projects are included in several biomedical engineering courses to help students hone their design, critical thinking and communication skills. Instructor-approved Senior BME Design I and II courses give students the opportunity to integrate their design, critical thinking and communication skills with the scientific and engineering knowledge they acquired throughout the Biomedical Engineering program.

Focus Areas

  • Biomaterials
  • Biomechanics
  • Biomedical Imaging
  • Cellular Engineering
  • Nano-biotechnology
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Tissue Regeneration

Major Research Facilities/Laboratories

  • Advanced Implant and Materials Systems
  • Cellular and Tissue Engineering
  • Functional Hybrid Biomaterials
  • Nano Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering
  • Biomimetic SPINE
  • Vascular Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Optics and Nano-Biotechnology Research
  • Advanced Biophotonics and Nanotechnology
  • Core Materials Characterization Facility

Educational/Training Objectives

The Biomedical Engineering Program at UTSA trains and graduates students to:

  • successfully apply their biomedical engineering knowledge and technical skills to address and solve biomedical and biotechnology problems;
  • develop critical thinking, problem solving, and innovative design skills needed to be successful biomedical engineers;
  • develop effective communication skills needed in their biomedical engineering careers

Program Admissions

Admission Criteria

First time full-time freshman admitted as a biomedical engineering major must meet the minimum admission criteria of the UTSA’s College of Engineering admission criteria. These criteria are:

  • Students must meet all UTSA admission requirements
  • Students must have credit for MAT 1214 Calculus I OR completed all necessary prerequisites to enroll in MAT 1214 Calculus I (through a mathematics placement test or credit for MAT 1093 Precalculus or an equivalent)

Required Documents

To apply for admission into the undergraduate Biomedical Engineering program, please submit the following supplemental documents:

  • Two letters of recommendations
  • A statement of interest, including your goals and how the Biomedical Engineering program can help you achieve your professional career goals
  • High school/College transcripts (unofficial)
  • A Declaration of Intent form (This form is found by clicking “Apply Now”)

All supplemental documents are to be submitted to:
Department of Biomedical Engineering,
University of Texas at San Antonio,
One UTSA Circle,
San Antonio, TX 78249

Transfer Students

All transfer students must meet the aforementioned minimum admission requirements for the College of Engineering and the Biomedical Engineering Program. Transfer students must also meet the minimum Good Academic Standing Requirements for a Biomedical Engineering Major in order to be considered for admission to the Biomedical Engineering program. Additionally, transfer students should also have completed of at least 15 semester credit hours of mathematics, science, or engineering courses with a “B” or better.

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Admission to the biomedical engineering program will be competitive; meeting the aforementioned requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

Admission will be restricted only to the most qualified applicants.

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Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering requires the completion of at least 125 semester credit hours. The required curriculum for all students in the program is as follows:

Core Curriculum Requirements

A complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum Component Area requirements are available on the UTSA 2010-2012 undergraduate catalog.

Biomedical Engineering students are required to complete at least 44 semester credit hours in the following core curriculum component areas:

Core Curriculum Component Area Courses that Satisfy Core Curriculum and Degree Requirements

English Rhetoric/Composition (6 semester credit hours)


Mathematics (3 semester credit hours)

MAT 1214 Calculus I

Natural Sciences

Science (6 semester credit hours)

  • BIO 1404 Bioscience I
  • PHY 1903 Engineering Physics I
Humanities & Visual and Performing Arts

Literature (3 semester credit hours)

Any three hours listed under this section in the list of core courses will satisfy this core requirement.

The Arts (3 semester credit hours)

Any three hours listed under this section in the list of core courses will satisfy this core requirement.

Social and Behavioral Sciences

United States History and Diversity (6 semester credit hours)

Any six hours listed under this section in the list of core courses will satisfy this core requirement.

Political Science (6 semester credit hours)

POL 1013 Introduction to American Politics satisfies this core requirement.

Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 semester credit hours)

COR 1203 Freshman Seminar

Economics (3 semester credit hours)

World Society and Issues

(3 semester credit hours)

Any three hours listed under this section in the list of core courses will satisfy this core requirement.

Satisfies courses in the Core Curriculum Component area and General Engineering Requirements

General Engineering Requirements

All students majoring in Biomedical Engineering are required to complete 36 semester credit hours of the following Core Biomedical Engineering Courses:

  • BME 1002 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering
  • BME 2103 Physiology for BME
  • BME 2114 Cell Biology for BME
  • BME 2203 Biomechanics I
  • BME 2211 Biomedical Engineering Lab I
  • BME 2403 Biomaterials I
  • BME 3013 Clinical Internship in Biomedical Engineering
  • BME 3023 Biomedical Engineering Technology and Product Development
  • BME 3303 Bioinstrumentation
  • BME 3331 Biomedical Engineering Lab II
  • BME 3703 Biotransport Phenomena
  • BME 3711 Biomedical Engineering Lab III
  • BME 4903 Senior Biomedical Engineering Design I
  • BME 4913 Senior Biomedical Engineering Design II

Other Required Courses

All students majoring in Biomedical Engineering are required to complete 6 semester credit hours in the following:

  • STA 2303 Applied Probability and Statistics for Engineering
  • CHE 1113 General Chemistry II

Biomedical Engineering Electives

A minimum of 15 semester credit hours of Biomedical Engineering elective courses must be selected from two of the following concentrations. One of the concentrations should have at least 9 semester credit hours. With the approval of the advisor, instructor, Graduate Program Director, and Department Chair, no more than 6 semester credit hours of graduate level biomedical engineering courses may be used to satisty the Biomedical Engineering electives.

Biomechanics Concentration

  • BME 3203 Biomechanics II
  • BME 4203 Biomechanics III
  • BME 4293 Topics in Biomechanics

Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Concentration

  • BME 3403 Biomaterials II
  • BME 3413 Biocompatibility of Materials
  • BME 4403 Molecular Techniques for Cell-Biomaterials Interactions
  • BME 4423 Tissue Engineering
  • BME 4483 Topics in Biomaterials
  • BME 4493 Topics in Tissue Engineering

Cellular Engineering and Computational Bioengineering

  • BME 4703 Biomedical Engineering Thermodynamics
  • BME 4713 Cellular Engineering
  • BME 4793 Topics in Cellular Engineering
  • BME 4803 Fundamental Computational Bioengineering

Biomedical Imaging and Nano-biotechnology Concentration

  • BME 3503 Fundamentals ofNanobiotechnology
  • BME 4503 Biosensors
  • BME 4603 Biophotonics
  • BME 4613 Biomedical Imaging

Technical Electives

A minimum of at least 9 semester credit hours of Technical Electives needs to be completed by all students. Depending on the student's interest, students select appropriate courses in sciences and engineering in order to enhance their basic engineering and scientific training. Examples of Technical Electives are:

Engineering Courses

  • EGR 2103 Statics
  • EE 2213 Electric Circuits and Electronics
  • EE 2423 Network Theory
  • EE 3533 Random Signals and Noise
  • ME 3293 Thermodynamics I
  • ME 3813 Mechanics of Solids

Science Courses

  • BIO 1413 Biosciences II
  • BIO 2313 Genetics
  • BIO 3913 Molecular Biology
  • CHE 2603 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHE 2612 Organic Chemistry I Lab
  • CHE 3643 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHE 4303 Biochemistry

Academic Standing

All students must retain in good academic standing in order to remain in the biomedical engineering program. The minimum requirements that a student must satisfy in order to remain in good standing as a biomedical engineering major are stated below.

Cumulative Grade Point Average

A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 is required. Cumulative GPA will be calculated on all courses, including previously attempted or repeated courses.

Overall Grade Point Average

An overall GPA of at least 3.0 for all science, mathematics and engineering coursework. GPA will be calculated on all courses, including previously attempted or repeated courses

"B" Grade Rule

All Biomedical Engineering course grades must be at least a "B".

Students will be allowed to make one “C” grade on a BME course during the duration of the program, but will have to maintain an average GPA of at least 3.0 for all science, mathematics and engineering coursework.

Since BME courses have a prerequisite(s) of a grade of “B” or better in their previous course(s) before being allowed to register for subsequent courses, students making a grade of “C” in that one course will be required to repeat the course in the immediate semester that the course is offered.

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