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Biomedical Engineering

Department of Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering is a broad field that encompasses many areas related to improving human health such as implant devices, tissue engineering/regeneration, electrophysiological signaling, and biosensors and imaging technologies for the prevention, detection, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases. The program integrates physical, chemical, mathematical, and computational sciences and engineering with biology and medicine.

The curriculum is designed to prepare graduates for professional practice and to provide a foundation for lifelong learning and professional growth. The course of study begins with a strong foundation in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, and engineering sciences. Departmental courses during these years build on these foundations to integrate topics into knowledge in biomedical engineering. The upper division years include a block of twenty-six hours (noted as BIOM, Engineering and Technical electives in the typical sequence below) to allow students, with advisor's assistance, the means to tailor study in a focused portion of the discipline and its supporting fields as desired. The elective hours must be upper division courses. Concepts and efforts in engineering design occur throughout the curriculum and culminate in a senior design project.

The educational objectives* of the Biomedical Engineering undergraduate program are:

  1. graduates will be prepared for employment as biomedical engineers in industries serving or related to health professions;
  2. graduates will be prepared to pursue professional studies;
  3. graduates will engage in activities that provide continuing self-development in biomedical engineering and related careers.

* adopted 2 February 2006

The diversity encountered in the profession requires the successful biomedical engineer to have technical and non-technical skills, especially for communication and team efforts. Courses in the humanities and social sciences enhance non-technical skills, and explore the engineer's relationship with, and responsibility to, society. Studies in the sciences and other engineering disciplines enable quicker, sure communication and evaluation when total solutions are sought by multidisciplinary efforts. Materials in engineering ethics and professionalism are essential because our graduates and the field expect to enrich life and provide solutions with known benefits and defined risks.

This curriculum equips typical Biomedical Engineering graduates of the University of Memphis with the skills and perspectives required for success in a variety of professional roles. These include the ability to conduct project design work, to manage projects, to interact successfully with the public, and to pursue advanced study, engineering, business, medicine, law, or other fields if so desired.

ADMISSION: Admission to the university will allow a student to be in a pre-biomedical engineering major. Movement into the major requires completion of the courses listed below with a minimum grade of "C" in each of these courses.

MATH 1910, BIOM 1710, BIOM 1720, PHYS 2110 and ENGL 1010.

Monitoring of a student's progress will be performed by the Herff College of Engineering academic advisor. A student will not be forwarded to the academic department for advising until these courses have been satisfactorily completed.

Biomedical Engineering (B.S.B.E.)

A. University General Education Program (36 hours)

See Graduation from the University for University General Education Program requirements. Note the following requirements are specified for this program: Communication: ENGL 3603 instead of COMM 2381; Mathematics: MATH 1910 (students who have not had MATH 1730 or its equivalent must take it before enrolling MATH 1910). Social/Behavioral Sciences: ECON 2110 must be taken in addition to 3 hours from the other specified choices; Natural Science: PHYS 2110/2111, 2120/2121. History: American history waived for B.S.B.E. students who have completed one unit of American history in high school.

B. College and Degree Requirements (23 hours)

Mathematics (11 hours): MATH 1920, 2110, and 3120.

Natural Science (8 hours): CHEM 1110/1111; BIOL 1110/1111.

Collateral Courses (4 hours): EECE 2201/2203 or EECE 2283/2281.

C. The Major (69 hours)

1. Completion of 41 hours from BIOM 1710, 1720, 2710 (4), 2720, 2810 (4), 3710, 4760, 4780; CHEM 1120/1121; BIOL 1120, BIOL 2011 (1) or BIOL 2021 (1); BIOL 3730 (4); MECH 3320.

2. Completion of 28 hours of BIOM, Engineering and Technical electives approved by the advisor. At least 7hours must be satisfied with BIOM electives. Twelve hours of electives must be chosen from upper division engineering courses. Six hours of technical electives may be chosen from upper division courses in BIOL, BIOM, CHEM, EECE, MATH, MECH and PHYS. The remaining 3 hours must be chosen from engineering or upper-division courses in BIOL. Courses at this level in other departments can be chosen with permission of the chair or the chair's designee. Some courses to meet these requirements are: BIOM 4720 (4), 4730 (4), 4750 (4), 4702, 4205; CHEM 3301 (1), 3311; EECE 3202, 3211, 3213 (1), 3221, 3240, 4270 (4); MATH 3242, 4391, 4721; BIOL 3130, 4511; MECH 3311, 3322, 3325 (1), 3331, 3335 (1), PHYS 3010, 3011.

Accelerated B.S.B.E./M.S. Program in Biomedical Engineering 

This program allows outstanding undergraduates to begin the coursework for the Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering during their senior year. Students are encouraged to begin planning to enter the Accelerated B.S.B.E./M.S. program early in their undergraduate career, in consultation with their advisor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. 

Working with the undergraduate and graduate academic coordinators, undergraduates selected into this program begin a carefully tailored course of study which will allow them to complete their B.S.B.E. degree while they also begin the coursework toward their M.S.

To apply, students must have a minimum 3.25 grade point average, and must submit two reference letters and a copy of their transcript to the Biomedical Engineering department. Each applicant will complete an interview with the graduate academic coordinator in biomedical engineering.

Students must also apply to the Graduate School for the accelerated B.S.B.E./M.S. program, which allows them to take graduate courses in biomedical engineering. To continue in the program past the B.S.B.E., students must apply for full admission into the Graduate School and into the Biomedical Engineering department's M.S. program. 

Only in ABM programs, up to 9 hours of graduate course work may be applied to both the undergraduate and graduate programs. However, any graduate coursework will not apply to undergraduate GPA.

Typical 4-Year Biomedical Engineering Sequence

Freshman Year

ENGL 1010

3

PHYS 2110/2111

4

CHEM 1110/1111

4

CHEM 1120/1121

4

MATH 1910

4

MATH 1920

4

BIOM 1710

3

BIOM 1720

3

   

ENGL 1020

3

Semester Totals

14 hrs

 

18 hrs

Sophomore Year

BIOL 1110/1111

4

MATH 3120

3

MATH 2110

4

BIOL 1120

3

PHYS 2120/2121

4

BIOL 2011

1

BIOM 2720

3

BIOM 2810

4

   

EECE 2201/2203 or 2283/2281

4

    ENGL 2201 or 2202 3

Semester Totals

15 hrs

 

18 hrs

Junior Year

BIOM 2710

4

MECH 3320

3

ECON 2110

3

ENGL 3603

3

BIOL 3730

4

BIOM 3710

3

Engineering elective (MECH 2332) or BIOL elective

3

Engeering elective

3

Engineering elective

3

Tech elective

3

   

Social/Behavioral Sciences*

3

Semester Totals

17 hrs

 

18 hrs

Senior Year

BIOM 4760

3

BIOM 4780

3

Humanities/Fine Arts*

3

BIOM Elec

4

BIOM Elec

3

Engr Elec

3

Tech elective

3

Humanities/Fine Arts*

3

Engineering elective

3

   

Semester Totals

15 hrs

 

13 hrs

Total Hours: 128

Total Hours Required for Graduation: 128

*Must satisfy University General Education Program Requirement

GRADUATION: To qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering, the student must satisfy University and College requirements, obtain a minimum 2.0 grade point average on all work completed, and obtain a minimum grade of "C-" in all engineering, mathematics, physics, biology, and chemistry courses used to satisfy degree requirements. Waiver of departmental graduation requirements for exceptional circumstances will be granted only upon approval of both the department chair and the Dean of the College of Engineering (or designee).

Honors in Biomedical Engineering
The Biomedical Engineering Honors Program is for highly motivated and high-achieving students that provides special opportunities to advance the career and professional development of the student. The progam aims to develop student talents, interests, and abilities within a curriculu, as well as encouraging independence and creativity.

Students are eligible for the honors program in biomedical engineering if they have and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.4 with at least junior standing, and have received approval from the departmental honors committee. The honors program in biomedical engineering requires a minimum of 10 hours of upper-division biomedical engineering honors courses, including both BIOM 4800 BME Honors seminar, and completion of an honors thesis (BIOM 4999). Students who complete the honors program and the requirements for the B.S. in Biomedical Engineering will be recognized at the commencement ceremony by having their degree conferred "With Honors in Biomedical Engineering." Honors designation will also appear on the student's diploma and academic transcript. 

Course Descriptions

College of Arts and Sciences

Aerospace Studies (AERO)
African and African American Studies (AAAS)
Anthropology (ANTH)
Biology (BIOL)
Chemistry (CHEM)
Computer Science (COMP)
Criminology and Criminal Justice (CJUS)
Earth Sciences (ESCI)
English (ENGL)
Emergency Management (EMGT)
Environmental Studies (ENVR)
Health Administration (HADM)
History (HIST)
International Studies (INTL)
Judaic Studies (JDST)
Mathematics (MATH)
Military Science (ARMY)
Naval Science (NAVY)
Philosophy (PHIL)
Physics (PHYS)
Political Science (POLS)
Public and Nonprofit Administration (PADM)
Psychology (PSYC)
Religious Studies (RLGN)
Social Work (SWRK)
Sociology (SOCI)
Women's Studies (WMST)

Foreign Languages and Literatures

Arabic (ARAB)
Chinese (CHIN)
Classics (CLAS)
French (FREN)
German (GERM)
Greek (GREK)
Hebrew (HEBR)
Italian (ITAL)
Japanese (JAPN)
Languages and Literature (LALI)
Latin (LATN)
Portuguese (PORT)
Russian (RUSS)
Spanish (SPAN)

Fogelman College of Business and Economics

Accountancy (ACCT)
Business Administration (BA)
Economics (ECON)
Finance (FIR)
Management Information Systems (MIS)
Management (MGMT)
Marketing (MKTG))
Supply Chain Management Science (SCMS)

College of Communication and Fine Arts

Architecture (ARCH)
Art (ART)
Art History (ARTH)
Communication (COMM)
Communication/Fine Arts (CCFA)
Dance (DANC)
Interior Design (IDES)
Journalism (JOUR)
Theatre (THEA)

Music

Applied Music (MUAP)
Music Appreciation (MUS)
Music Education (MUSE)
Music History, Literature, and Appreciation (MUHL)
Music Industry (MUID)
Music Theory and Composition (MUTC)
Sacred Music (MUSA)

College of Education, Health and Human Sciences

Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research

Counseling and Personnel Services (COUN)
Educational Psychology and Research (EDPR)

Health and Sport Sciences

Dietetics (NUTR)
Health and Human Performance (EXSS)
Health and Sport Sciences (HMSE)
Health Promotion (HPRO)
Physical Education Activities (PHED)
Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE)
Sport and Leisure Commerce (SLC)
Sport and Leisure Management (SLS)

Instruction and Curriculum Leadership

Early Childhood Education (ECED)
Educational Services (EDSV)
Elementary Education (ELED)
Instruction and Curriculum Leadership (ICL)
Instructional Design and Technology (IDT)
Leadership (LEAD)
Reading (RDNG)
Special Education (SPED)

Herff College of Engineering

Biomedical Engineering (BIOM)
Civil Engineering (CIVL)
Electrical and Computer Engineering (EECE)
Engineering (ENGR)
Mechanical Engineering (MECH)
Technology (TECH)

Loewenberg School of Nursing

Nursing (NURS)

University College

Family and Consumer Science (CSED)
Merchandising (MRCH)
Paralegal Studies (LEGL)
University College (UNIV)

Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management

Hospitality and Resort Management (HPRM)

Independent Programs

Orientation Program (ACAD)
University Honors Program (UNHP)
University of Memphis Libraries (LBRY)
Interdisciplinary Studies (INTD)

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