BS in Biomedical Engineering

Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering degree from UIC, students need to complete university, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of Biomedical Engineering degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Engineering section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

Summary of Requirements
Nonengineering and General Education Requirements64-65
Required Engineering Courses45
Selective Engineering Courses7-8
Bioengineering Concentration Area Electives12
Total Hours128

Nonengineering and General Education Requirements

Required Courses
CHEM 122General Chemistry I Lecture b4
CHEM 123General Chemistry Laboratory I a,b1
CHEM 124General Chemistry II Lecture b4
CHEM 125General Chemistry Laboratory II a,b1
PHYS 141General Physics I (Mechanics) a4
PHYS 142General Physics II (Electricity and Magnetism) (Electricity and Magnetism) a4
MATH 180Calculus I a4
MATH 181Calculus II a4
MATH 210Calculus III a3
MATH 220Introduction to Differential Equations3
MATH 310Applied Linear Algebra3
ENGL 160Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts3
ENGL 161Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research3
Exploring World Cultures course c3
Understanding the Creative Arts course c3
Understanding the Individual and Society course c4
Understanding the Past course c3
Understanding U.S. Society course c3
BIOS 110Biology of Cells and Organisms a4
Select one of the following:3-4
Genetics
Cell Biology
The Biology of the Brain
Environmental Physiology
Organic Chemistry I
Total Hours64-65

Required Engineering Courses

Required Courses
ENGR 100Engineering Orientation a1
BME 101Introduction to Biomedical Engineering3
BME 102Biomedical Engineering Freshman Seminar1
CS 109Programming for Engineers with MatLab3
BME 205Biomedical Engineering Thermodynamics3
ECE 210Electrical Circuit Analysis3
BME 240Modeling Physiological Data and Systems3
BME 250Clinical Problems in Biomedical Engineering3
CME 260Properties of Materials3
BME 325Biotransport3
BME 310Biological Systems Analysis3
BME 339Biostatistics I3
BME 396Senior Design I3
BME 397Senior Design II3
BIOE 399Professional Development for Bioengineers0
BIOE 430Bioinstrumentation and Measurements I3
BIOE 431Bioinstrumentation and Measurement Laboratory2
BIOE 460Materials in Bioengineering3
Total Hours45

Selective Engineering Courses

Required Courses
Select one of the following biomedical product development courses: 2-3
Medical Technology Assessment
Quality Assurance for Medical Products
Medical Product Development
FDA and ISO Requirements for the Development and Manufacturing of Medical Devices
Select one of the following capstone lecture courses:3
Biomedical Imaging
Introduction to Cell and Tissue Engineering
Neural Engineering I: Introduction to Hybrid Neural Systems
Intro to Bioinformatics
Select one of the following capstone lab courses: a2
Biomedical Imaging Laboratory
Cell and Tissue Engineering Laboratory
Neural Engineering I Laboratory
Bioinformatics Laboratory
Total Hours7-8

 Biomedical Engineering Concentration Area Electives

Electives12
These courses are to be selected in consultation with the advisor, must relate to each other and to the Capstone Lecture course in such a way as to define an area of concentration in Neural Engineering, Bioinformatics Cell and Tissue Engineering, or Biomedical Imaging, and are subject to the following restrictions:
1. A minimum of 3 hours must be upper- division (300- or 400-level) biomedical engineering or other engineering courses, excluding courses in the MENG rubric, and excluding BIOE 398.
2. No courses at the 100 level may be applied as concentration area and elective courses.
3. Math, science, and health courses may be used only if they substantially complement the chosen concentration area.
4. Prerequisite courses for Capstone Lecture courses (BIOE 421, BIOE 455, BIOE 475, BIOE 480) are automatically approved.
5. A maximum of 6 hours of BIOE 398 may be applied as concentration area elective hours.
5. A maximum of one course from the following list may be applied as concentration area elective hours:
Engineering Law
Engineering Management
Intellectual Property Law
Reliability Engineering
Total Hours12

Sample Course Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
First SemesterHours
BME 101 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering 3
ENGR 100 Engineering Orientation a 1
MATH 180 Calculus I 4
BIOS 110 Biology of Cells and Organisms 4
CHEM 122 General Chemistry I Lecture 4
CHEM 123 General Chemistry Laboratory I 1
 Hours16
Second Semester
BME 102 Biomedical Engineering Freshman Seminar 1
MATH 181 Calculus II 4
CS 109 Programming for Engineers with MatLab 3
CHEM 124 General Chemistry II Lecture 4
CHEM 125 General Chemistry Laboratory II 1
ENGL 160 Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts 3
 Hours16
Sophomore Year
First Semester
PHYS 141 General Physics I (Mechanics) 4
MATH 210 Calculus III 3
BIOS 286 The Biology of the Brain 3
BME 240 Modeling Physiological Data and Systems 3
ENGL 161 Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
 Hours16
Second Semester
BME 250 Clinical Problems in Biomedical Engineering 3
BME 205 Biomedical Engineering Thermodynamics 3
PHYS 142 General Physics II (Electricity and Magnetism) 4
MATH 220 Introduction to Differential Equations 3
MATH 310 Applied Linear Algebra 3
 Hours16
Junior Year
First Semester
BME 325 Biotransport 3
BME 310 Biological Systems Analysis 3
BME 339 Biostatistics I 3
ECE 210 Electrical Circuit Analysis 3
Concentration Area Elective course 3
General Education Core course 3
 Hours18
Second Semester
BIOE 399 Professional Development for Bioengineers 0
BIOE 402 Medical Technology Assessment 2
BIOE 430 Bioinstrumentation and Measurements I 3
BIOE 431 Bioinstrumentation and Measurement Laboratory 2
CME 260 Properties of Materials 3
Concentration Area Elective course 3
General Education Core course 3
 Hours16
Senior Year
First Semester
BIOE 460 Materials in Bioengineering 3
BME 396 Senior Design I 3
Concentration Area Elective 3
General Education Core courses 4
 Hours13
Second Semester
BME 397 Senior Design II 3
Capstone Lecture course 3
Capstone Laboratory course 2
Concentration Area Elective course 3
General Education Core courses 6
 Hours17
 Total Hours128