Biomedical Engineering

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About the Program

Biomedical Engineering (BME) is an exciting, rapidly growing field, which allows graduates to apply their knowledge and skills to the prevention of injury and disease and to improvements in the diagnosis and treatment of medical disorders. The BME curriculum at UC has two tracks:

  • Medical Device Innovation & Entrepreneurship (MDIE)
  • Research Translation Innovation & Entrepreneurship (RTIE)

A Premedical option is available in both tracks.

Program Requirements

The Biomedical Engineering program is five years in length. Students are required to take practical work (co-op) assignments. The first co-op semester is in the sophomore year.

Two curricular options are available, a Standard Option and a Premedical Option. The Premedical Option includes biology in the freshman year and organic chemistry in the pre-junior year.

Program Educational Objectives

Within a few years of graduation, our alumni will:

  1. Successfully advance in their careers in biomedical and related industries and research or further education in graduate or professional schools.
  2. Make significant contributions to problem solving, discovery, and innovation within engineering and medicine.
  3. Provide leadership and valued service to biomedical engineering and related fields.


The UC Biomedical Engineering program mission is to:

  1.  Improve the health of the public through excellence in the discovery, dissemination and commercialization of knowledge derived from the application of scientific and engineering principles and methods.

  2. Provide students and other members of the community with the knowledge, skills and practical experience needed to pursue successful careers and assume leadership positions in the biomedical industry, academics and medicine.

  3. Initiate and foster collaboration among University Colleges, Departments and Faculty in biomedical engineering education and research.

  4. Contribute to regional economic growth in the biomedical industry.

NOTES on the Curriculum Sheet

The curriculum sheet below is for student on a standard schedule and may need to be modified for students on irregular schedules. BoK courses may be taken from any college of the University (click link for BoK rules). All other elective courses must be approved by the student's departmental advisor.


You are strongly encouraged to meet with your academic adviser if you currently have any curricular deficiencies or have any other reason to follow a modified program. Failure to follow an approved program may lead to Academic Probation, delay of graduation, or other more serious problems.

Substitute Course Work for Required Course Work during a Study Semester

In general, a student may not take a course from another UC college during a study semester as a substitute for a required course in his or her curriculum. However, if there is an unusual reason to do so, a student may request to take a substitute course. Submit a request to the Committee on Academic Standards using the form Petition to use A Substitute Course.

A student may not register for the substitute course until after receiving approval of his or her petition. Failure to petition for approval may result in no credit for the course toward the student's degree requirements and the course may have to be repeated.

Substitute Course Work for Required Course Work during a Co-op Semester

Students are allowed to take up to six credits during a co-op semester if the class does not interfere with the co-op assignment. Approval must be secured from the Department advisor, the Professional Practice advisor, and the Chairman of the Committee on Academic Standards before registration is permitted. If a student needs to make up a class or wishes to take a class during the normal hours of a co-op assignment, then a petition must be submitted along with a letter from the employer stating that the employer is aware that the student needs to take the course, the company has a flextime policy for all employees (not just the student involved), and that the student can make up the hours in order to work a minimum of 40 hours per week. Submit a request to the Committee on Academic Standards using the form Petition to use A Substitute Course.

Curriculum Sheets