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Program Description

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Biomedical Engineering (BME)

A Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Biomedical Engineering (BME) at UTSA is an interdisciplinary program that combines engineering principles, approaches, and methodologies with biological, chemical and physical sciences in order to define and solve problems in medicine. Students will be trained in the fundamentals of science and engineering and is expected to be able to apply this knowledge to investigate fundamental biomedical engineering 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, with students having the option to choose two concentrations as in-depth focus areas of study in the last two years of the program. 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 throughout the program and Senior BME Design courses provide 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. The regulations for this degree comply with the general University regulations (refer to Chapter 1, Bachelor’s Degree Regulations).

Program Objective

The objectives of this program are founded on the belief that engineering principles and understanding of biological and physical sciences are critical to the investigation of fundamental bioengineering questions associated with complex living systems as well as with the diagnosis and treatment of human diseases. As such, the specific educational objectives of this program are that our graduates will be able to:

  1. Contribute positively in the biomedical engineering industry and/or other sectors such as hospitals, government agencies and academia.
  2. Enhance competence in biomedical engineering by pursuing an advanced and/or professional degree in the practice of bioengineering.
  3. Work successfully as a member in a team environment to facilitate biomedical engineering practices.

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree is 125, at least 39 of which must be at the upper-division level. All candidates for this degree must fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements, the General Engineering requirements, and the degree requirements, listed below.

Direct Admission Criteria

Applicants entering UTSA as Freshmen or Freshmen Transfers (fewer than 12 transferable semester credit hours) will be directly admitted to the College of Engineering if they:

  • meet all UTSA undergraduate admission requirements,
  • qualify for enrollment in MAT 1214 Calculus I, or a higher level mathematics course, and
  • are ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school class (no minimum SAT or ACT scores required), or
  • are ranked below the top 10 percent of their high school class and have a minimum 1200 SAT* or 25 ACT score.
    Applicants with SAT scores below 1200 or ACT scores below 25 may undergo admission by committee review.

    Transfer requirements for direct admission to the College of Engineering for students who have earned 12 or more transferable semester credit hours:

  • meet all UTSA undergraduate transfer admission requirements, and
  • have completed MAT 1214 Calculus I and WRC 1013 Freshman Composition I, or the equivalents, with grades of “C-” or better, and
  • meet grade point average requirements:
    1. applicants with a transfer grade point average of 3.00 or higher may be granted direct admission to the College, or
    2. applicants with a transfer grade point average below 3.00 may be granted admission to the College by ­committee review.

    Applicants who do not meet College of Engineering admission requirements will be admitted to the Engineering, Math, and Sciences Studies in the University College. Students have three semesters to complete Calculus I with a grade of "C-" or better and meet the COE Transfer Requirements.

  • Academic Standing

    All students must be 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:

    • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 for all coursework (Cumulative GPA will be calculated on all courses, including previously attempted or repeated courses).
    • An average 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).

    Students who fail to meet the above requirements but have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above will be placed on programmatic probation in the following semester.  Students who fail to maintain good academic standing after a semester of programmatic probation or who has a cumulative GPA below 2.5 will be deemed to be not in good academic standing as a biomedical engineering major and will be removed from the program.

    BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING PROGRAM OF STUDY

    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:

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    *Freshman students considering Fall admission to the Biomedical Engineering program must also submit the following supplemental documents by end of July*

    Program of Study
    2018-2020 PROGRAM OF STUDY
    2016-2017 PROGRAM OF STUDY
    2015-2016 PROGRAM OF STUDY
    2014-2015 PROGRAM OF STUDY

     

    SEMESTER I (Fall)
    MAT 1214 Calculus I 4
    BIO 1404 Biosciences I 4
    CHE 1103 General Chemistry I 3
    WRC 1013 Freshman Composition I 3
    AIS 1203 Academic Inquiry and Scholarship 3
    Semester Total: 17
    SEMESTER II (Spring)
    MAT 1224 Calculus II 4
    CHE 1113 General Chemistry II 3
    PHY 1943 Physics for Scientists & Eng I 3
    PHY 1951  Physics for Scientists & Eng I Lab 1
    WRC 1023 Freshman Composition II 3
    BME 1002 Introduction to BME 2
    Semester Total:
    16
    SEMESTER III (Fall)
    BME 2103 Physiology for BME 3
    STA 1403 or 2303 Probability & Stat for Biosciences 3
    PHY 1923 Physics for Scientists & Eng II 3
    PHY 1931 Physics for Scientists & Eng II Lab 1
    EGR 2323 Applied Engineering Analysis I 3
    Tech Elec Technical Elective 3
    Semester Total:
    16
    SEMESTER IV (Spring)
    BME 3114 Cell Biology for BME 4
    BME 3003 Biomaterials I 3
    BME 2203 Biomechanics I 3
    BME 3211 Biomedical Engineering Lab I 1
    Tech Elective Technical Elective 3
    Semester Total:
    14
    Summer II
    BME 3013 Clinical Internship in BME 3
    Semester Total 3
    SEMESTER V (Fall)
    BME 3303 Bioinstrumentation 3
    BME 3311 Biomedical Engineering Lab II 1
    BME Elec Approved BME Elective 3
    POL 1013 Intro to American Politics 3
    Tech Elec Technical Elective 3
    Semester Total:
    13
    SEMESTER VI (Spring)
    BME 3023 BME Tech and Product Development 3
    BME 3703 Biotransport Phenomena 3
    BME Elec Approved BME Elective 3
    BME 3711 Biomedical Engineering Lab III 1
    Core Government-Political Science 3
    Semester Total: 13
    SUMMER III
    BME 3033 Indus Intern in BME (BME Elec) 3
    Semester Total: 3
    SEMESTER VII (Fall)
    CORE* American History 3
    CORE* Creative Arts 3
    BME
    4903
    Senior BME Design I 3
    BME Elec Approved BME Elective 3
    BME Elec Approved BME Elective 3
    Semester Total: 15
    SEMESTER VIII (Spring)
    BME
    4913
    Senior BME Design II 3
    CORE* American History 3
    CORE* Component Area Option 3
    CORE* Language, Philosophy & Culture 3
    CORE* Social & Behavioral 3
    Semester Total: 15
     
    TOTAL BME HOURS 125

    *Please refer to the catalog for a complete list of core courses*

    The objectives of this program are founded on the belief that the engineering principles and understanding of biological and physical sciences are critical to the investigation of fundamental bioengineering questions associated with complex living systems as well as with the diagnosis and treatment of human diseases. As such, the specific educational objectives of this program are that our graduates will be able to:

    1. Contribute positively in the biomedical engineering industry and/or other sectors such as hospitals, government agencies and academia.
    2. Enhance competence in biomedical engineering by pursuing an advanced and/or professional degree in the practice of bioengineering.
    3. Work successfully as a member in a team environment to facilitate biomedical engineering practices.

    The student outcomes of the Biomedical Engineering program are:

    • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
    • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
    • 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
    • an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
    • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
    • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
    • an ability to communicate effectively
    • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
    • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
    • a knowledge of contemporary issues
    • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

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    The 2013-2015 student enrollment data in Biomedical Engineering report

    The 2014-2015 degrees awarded in Biomedical Engineering report

    The 2015-2016 degrees awarded in Biomedical Engineering report

    The bachelor’s degree program in biomedical engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

    APPLICATION TO BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING MAJOR
    *Freshman students considering Fall admission to the Biomedical Engineering program must also submit the following supplemental documents by end of July*

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