Academic Catalog 2020-2021 
    Jun 22, 2024  
Academic Catalog 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biomedical Engineering, B.S.

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See Note(s): iii below

Requirements for the Major:

A total of 40 courses including the following:

Biomedical Engineering electives

Four courses from BME, ECE or other engineering and computer science courses subject to approval. All must be at the 200-level or higher, with at least three at the 300 level or higher.  At least one course must have a BME designation.

Biology Elective: One 300-Level BIO course

Requirements for Honors

The criteria for graduating with honors in Biomedical Engineering are: (1) a cumulative index of at least 3.3; (2) a cumulative index in major courses of at least 3.3, with an A or A- in at least three of those courses; (3) a cumulative index of at least 3.5 in the two courses of capstone design; (4) final six terms of courses at Union. The major courses are listed above under “Foundation and core courses for Biomedical Engineering,” “Biomedical Engineering electives” and “Capstone design”.

Course Selection Guidelines

Placement. Students will receive credit for AP or IB courses following the guidelines of the appropriate supporting department.

Course Sequence. Students should consult with their academic advisor and the following yearly requirements when scheduling courses. Some 300 level courses are not offered every year, and some of these courses will be taken outside of the year indicated.

Senior Projects. Students interested in working with a faculty member on a two-term Senior Project should meet with potential faculty advisors during their junior year to identify a project; students should notify one of the Program Directors when this process is complete. The first course (BME 497 ) will count as a Free Elective and BME 498  will count as a BME Elective.

Sample schedule starting with MTH 110:
Students with different math and science backgrounds with have slightly different course sequences.

Fourth Year:


i Alternative mathematics and physics sequences are possible depending on the preparation of the student.

ii The nine Electives are typically distributed among five Common Curriculum (CC) courses and four “free electives”. Students planning to attend medical school should take PSY 100 as their “Social Sciences” CC course and BIO 103, CHM 102, CHM 231, and CHM 232 as free electives. Students interested in the health professions (e.g. medical school, physician assistant) should contact the Health Professions Office for specialized advising and other services.

iii The Linguistic and Cultural Competency (LCC) component of the Common Curriculum is recommended to be satisfied in the third year through a Term Abroad (typically during Fall  or SpringTerm), or a mini term.

iv  The BME Elective courses include any four courses from BME, ECE or other engineering and computer science courses subject to approval. All must be >200-level with at least three at the >300 level.  At least one must have a BME prefix.

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