Biomedical Engineering Major

7048
Bachelor of Science
Classroom
No
Undergraduate
Main Campus - Melbourne
Major Code: 7048 Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science
Age Restriction: N Admission Status: undergraduate
Delivery Mode/s: classroom only Location/s: main campus

Educational Objectives

The educational objectives of the biomedical engineering program are that a few years after graduation, alumni can demonstrate they will (1) function in a technically competent manner to address challenges in biomedical engineering; (2) use their broad-based interdisciplinary education and effective communication skills to advance in their profession; (3) be prepared for engineering registration, successful advanced study in biomedical engineering or entry to graduate professional programs such as medicine, dentistry or business; and (4) be engaged in the design of biomedical products, processes and systems within the context of ethical, societal and environmental factors.

Admission Requirements

Science and engineering applicants should complete four years of mathematics, the minimum level including trigonometry, mathematics analysis, analytical geometry or precalculus. Science and engineering applicants are also expected to have taken four years of science, to include physics and chemistry. It is recommended that biomedical engineering majors take the most rigorous mathematics and science curriculum offered by their high school.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering must complete 134 credit hours of curriculum. Electives are selected in consultation with the faculty adviser to reflect the knowledge a student needs either for employment or graduate school.

Curriculum

Candidates for a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering must complete the minimum course requirements as outlined in the following curriculum. For definitions of electives for engineering programs, see the Academic Overview section of this catalog.

Freshman Year
Fall (15 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • ASC 1000 University Experience
    Credit Hours: 1
    Helps first-year students adjust to the university and acquire essential academic survival skills (classroom behavior, academic honesty, study skills, etc.) that enhance academic and social integration into college.
  • BME 1045 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces and overviews biomedical engineering. Provides some historical perspectives and discusses biomedical applications from electrical, chemical and mechanical engineering perspectives in both descriptive and quantitative terms. Uses a lab portion to provide hands-on experience with high-tech computer software and sensors.
  • CHM 1101 General Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Covers fundamental principles of modern chemistry, including stoichiometry, properties of gases, liquids and solids, thermochemistry, atomic structure, properties of solutions and equilibrium. Includes lab component.
  • COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
    Credit Hours: 3
    The first of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on writing essays using various rhetorical modes: persuasion, description, comparison and analysis. Presents basic methods of library research, as well as the MLA documentation system. Students write one research paper and several essays.
    Requirement(s):
    Passing grade on placement exam or prerequisite course
  • MTH 1001 Calculus 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Functions and graphs, limits and continuity, derivatives of algebraic and trigonometric functions, chain rule; applications to maxima and minima, and to related rates. Exponential logarithmic, circular and hyperbolic functions: their inverses, derivatives and integrals.
    Requirement(s):
    High school algebra and trigonometry, and a passing score on the placement test, or prerequisite course
Spring (17 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • BIO 1010 Biological Discovery 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    The first of a two-semester sequence on the scientific approach to biology. Emphasizes the scientific method, analytical techniques, use of original source materials, ethical questions in biology, historical perspectives of the development of biological theory and profiles of prominent figures in biology.
  • CHM 1102 General Chemistry 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    Continues . Covers acids and bases, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, kinetics, descriptive chemistry of metals and nonmetals, coordination chemistry, nuclear chemistry. Introduces organic chemistry. Includes lab component.
  • MTH 1002 Calculus 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    Integration and applications of integration, further techniques of integration, improper integrals, limits, l'Hospital's rule, sequences and series, numerical methods, polar coordinates and introductory differential equations.
  • PHY 1001 Physics 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Includes vectors; mechanics of particles; Newton's laws of motion; work, energy and power; impulse and momentum; conservation laws; mechanics of rigid bodies, rotation, equilibrium; fluids, heat and thermodynamics; and periodic motion.
  • PHY 2091 Physics Laboratory 1
    Credit Hours: 1
    Experiments to elucidate concepts and relationships presented in , to develop understanding of the inductive approach and the significance of a physical measurement, and to provide some practice in experimental techniques and methods.
Sophomore Year
Fall (18 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • BIO 1020 Biological Discovery 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    The second of a two-semester sequence on the scientific approach to biology. Continues an integrated approach to the study of the hierarchal structure and function of living systems, including the origin and history of life on Earth.
  • CHM 2001 Organic Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the fundamentals of structure and reaction mechanisms. Includes a review of bonding, preparations and reactions of organic substances.
  • COM 1102 Writing About Literature
    Credit Hours: 3
    The second of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on reading and analyzing poems, plays and short works of fiction. Students write several essays and one research paper on literary topics.
  • MTH 2001 Calculus 3
    Credit Hours: 4
    Cylindrical and spherical coordinates, vectors, functions of several variables, partial derivatives and extrema, multiple integral, vector integral calculus.
  • PHY 2002 Physics 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    Includes electricity and magnetism, Coulomb's law, electric fields, potential capacitance, resistance, DC circuits, magnetic fields, fields due to currents, induction, magnetic properties; and wave motion, vibration and sound, interference and diffraction.
Spring (17 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • BME 3260 Biomaterials
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces the classes of biomaterials (polymers, metals, ceramics) and physiological responses to biomaterial implantation. Includes material properties, host responses and biomaterial characterization techniques.
  • COM 2223 Scientific and Technical Communication
    Credit Hours: 3
    Practice in the technical and scientific writing style and format, including gathering and using data to prepare reports. Includes abstracts, reports, letters, technical descriptions, proposals and at least two oral presentations.
  • ECE 4991 Electric and Electronic Circuits
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies circuit theory for nonelectrical engineering students; transient and steady-state behavior of passive linear-lumped-parameter electric circuits; and AC circuit theory, network equations, network theorems; transfer functions and equivalent circuits.
  • MAE 2081 Applied Mechanics: Statics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes the elements of statics in co-planar and three-dimensional systems; equilibrium of particles and rigid bodies; simple structures, centroids and center of gravity; beam shear and bending moment; friction; and virtual work.
  • MTH 2201 Differential Equations/Linear Algebra
    Credit Hours: 4
    First-order differential equations, linear differential equations with constant coefficients, first-order systems of differential equations with constant coefficients, numerical methods, Laplace transforms, series solutions, algebraic systems of equations, matrices, determinants, vector spaces, eigenvalues and eigenvectors.
  • PHY 2092 Physics Laboratory 2
    Credit Hours: 1
    Continues . Includes experiments pertaining to .
Junior Year
Fall (17 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • BIO 3210 Mammalian Physiology
    Credit Hours: 4
    Introduces the study of bodily functions. Emphasizes biophysical principles and control systems to explain organ system function and the maintenance of homeostasis.
  • BME 3081 Biomechanics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies basic biomechanics concepts. Includes many aspects of dynamics, introductory kinematics and motion analysis, and mechanics of materials as applied to the study of the human musculoskeletal system.
  • BME 3240 Computational Methods for Biological Systems
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces the use of numerical methods for solving problems typically encountered in biological systems and biomedical engineering. Uses MATLAB® to implement the numerical methods covered.
  • BME 3261 Biomechanics and Biomaterials Lab
    Credit Hours: 1
    Introduces methods to test and characterize classes of biomaterials used in biomedical engineering. Includes polymers, metals, ceramics and composites; mechanical properties and structural behavior of biological tissues; experimental design and empirical observation; data collection, interpretation and presentation; and instrumentation uncertainty.
  • MTH 2401 Probability and Statistics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Random variables, expectations, sampling and estimation of parameters, normal and other distributions and central-limit theorem, tests of hypothesis, linear regression and design experiments.
  • OCE 3030 Fluid Mechanics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers the basic properties of fluids; statics and kinematics; integral expressions for the conservation of mass, momentum, angular momentum and energy; dynamic similitude and dimensional analysis; boundary layer principles; pipe flow; lift and drag.
Spring (16 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • BME 4191 Design Methodologies and Practice
    Credit Hours: 1
    Focuses on developing an understanding of the ethical issues facing biomechanical engineers. Also develops skills in project planning and engineering economics. Presents relevant design projects and case studies by faculty and local practicing physicians. Requires development of a project proposal for .
  • BME 4241 Transport in Biological Systems
    Credit Hours: 3
    Brings together fundamental engineering and life science principles to cover key transport concepts in biomedical engineering. Emphasizes heat, mass and momentum transport to solve problems related to biological systems.
  • ECE 3222 Signals and Systems
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers properties and applications of Fourier, Laplace and z-transforms to linear continuous and discrete systems, and introduces state-space description of systems.
  • HUM 2051 Civilization 1: Ancient Through Medieval
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces civilization from its early development to the European Renaissance. Emphasizes the interpretation of primary texts that reflect the intellectual and historical changes in society. The first of two interdisciplinary courses.
  • Technical Electives Credit Hours: 6
Senior Year
Fall (18 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • BME 4252 Biomedical Measurement and Instrumentation
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces engineering aspects of detection, acquisition, processing and display of signals from living systems. Covers biomedical sensors, ions and gases in aqueous solution, force, displacement, blood pressure, blood flow, heart sounds, respiration and temperature. Includes therapeutic and prosthetic devices and medical imaging instrumentation.
  • BME 4292 Biomedical Engineering Design 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers project definition, design and development of potential biomedical products in the context of the student's major capstone project. Presents best practices for designing a marketable medical device. Includes the design process from the clinical problem definition through prototype and clinical testing to market readiness.
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Social Science Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Technical Elective Credit Hours: 3
Spring (16 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • BME 4253 Biomedical Imaging and Instrumentation Laboratory
    Credit Hours: 1
    Covers implementation of key principles of instrumentation design and techniques used in acquisition and processing biomedical signals. Includes biomedical imaging methods (diagnostic ultrasound imaging, optical imaging and Raman spectroscopy). Also includes design and implementation of biomedical devices including ECG, EEG, and neural stimulation.
  • BME 4293 Biomedical Engineering Design 2
    Credit Hours: 3
    Continues . Covers project definition, design and development of potential biomedical products in the context of the student's major capstone project. Presents best practices for marketable medical device design. Includes the design process from the clinical problem definition through prototype and clinical testing to market readiness.
  • HUM 2570 Bioethics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies ethical questions raised by 20th century technology as they affect medicine, ecology and social issues.
  • Humanities Core Course Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
Select one course:
  • MAE 4014 Control Systems
    Credit Hours: 3
    Stresses both classical and modern control methodologies. Includes frequency and time-domain representation of linear systems, stability analysis and design techniques.
  • ECE 4231 Control Systems
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers analysis and design of linear time-invariant control systems. Includes electrical, mechanical, thermal, fluid and information handling elements encountered in control systems; modeling of systems of interconnected elements; transfer function (classical) and state space (modern) descriptions of control systems; signal flow graphs.
Total Credits Required: 134

Restricted electives must carry the BME prefix. A list of restricted electives is available from the program office.

Technical electives may be in any field of science or engineering, subject to department head approval. Courses classified as mathematics, basic science, applied science, engineering science, engineering design or some combination of these satisfies the requirement. These courses should be at a level appropriate to the level at which they appear in the program. Only one 3000-level course may be used as a Technical Elective.

Students interested in or planning to attend medical school are recommended to use Organic Chemistry 2 ( CHM 2002), Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1 (CHM 2011), Biochemistry 1 (BIO 4010), Introduction to Psychology (PSY 1411), and one Psychology elective in consultation with the premedical director for their Technical and Social Science electives.