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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 Biomedical Engineering Program at the University of Memphis aims to produce graduates who demonstrate the following within the first few years after graduation.

  •  secure employment in biomedical or related health industries or institutions,
  •  pursue professional studies,
  •  pursue opportunities for professional growth, development, and service

Graduates of Biomedical Engineering will have demonstrated*

(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering

(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data

(c) 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

(d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams

(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

(g) an ability to communicate effectively

(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context

(i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning

(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues

(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

*(revised April 2015)

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 2010 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


PHYS 2110/2111


CHEM 1110/1111


CHEM 1120/1121


MATH 1910


MATH 1920


BIOM 1710


BIOM 1720



ENGL 1020


Semester Totals

14 hrs


18 hrs

Sophomore Year

BIOL 1110/1111


MATH 3120


MATH 2110


BIOL 1120


PHYS 2120/2121


BIOL 2011


BIOM 2720


BIOM 2810



EECE 2201/2203 or 2283/2281


    ENGL 2201 or 2202 3

Semester Totals

15 hrs


18 hrs

Junior Year

BIOM 2710


MECH 3320


ECON 2010


ENGL 3603


BIOL 3730


BIOM 3710


Engineering elective (MECH 2332) or BIOL elective


Engeering elective


Engineering elective


Tech elective



Social/Behavioral Sciences*


Semester Totals

17 hrs


18 hrs

Senior Year

BIOM 4760


BIOM 4780


Humanities/Fine Arts*






Engr Elec


Tech elective


Humanities/Fine Arts*


Engineering elective



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.