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
Biomedical Engineering Concentration Area Electives12
Total Hours128

Nonengineering and General Education Requirements

Required Courses
CHEM 122Matter and Energy b3
CHEM 123Foundations of Chemical Inquiry I a,b2
CHEM 124Chemical Dynamics b3
CHEM 125Foundations of Chemical Inquiry II a,b2
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
Cell Biology
The Biology of the Brain
Environmental Physiology
Structure and Function
Total Hours64-65

This course is approved for the Analyzing the Natural World General Education category.


 General Education credit is given for successful completion of both CHEM 122 and CHEM 123


Students should consult the General Education section of the catalog for a list of courses in this category. One of these General Education courses should be 4 hours to reach the total required nonengineering and General Education hours.

Required Engineering Courses 

Required Courses
ENGR 100Engineering Success Seminar 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 332Bioinstrumentation and Measurements I3
BME 333Bioinstrumentation and Measurement Laboratory I2
BME 339Biostatistics I3
BME 396Senior Design I3
BME 397Senior Design II3
BME 399Professional Development for Biomedical Engineers0
BME 460Materials in Biomedical Engineering3
Total Hours45

ENGR 100 is a one-semester-hour course, but the hour does not count toward the total hours required for graduation.

 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 & Tissue Laboratory
Neural Engineering I Laboratory
Bioinformatics Laboratory
Total Hours7-8

Students must select a pair of capstone lecture and lab courses (BME 455/BME 456, BME 475/BME 476, BME 480/BME 481, BME 421/BME 423) as part of the requirements to complete a Biomedical Engineering Concentration Area. 

 Biomedical Engineering Concentration Area Electives 

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 BME 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 (BME 421, BME 455, BME 475, BME 480) are automatically approved.
5. A maximum of 6 hours of BME 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 Success Seminar a 1
MATH 180 Calculus I 4
BIOS 110 Biology of Cells and Organisms 4
CHEM 122 Matter and Energy 3
CHEM 123 Foundations of Chemical Inquiry I 2
Second Semester
BME 102 Biomedical Engineering Freshman Seminar 1
MATH 181 Calculus II 4
CS 109 Programming for Engineers with MatLab 3
CHEM 124 Chemical Dynamics 3
CHEM 125 Foundations of Chemical Inquiry II 2
ENGL 160 Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts 3
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
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
Junior Year
First Semester
BME 310 Biological Systems Analysis 3
BME 325 Biotransport 3
BME 339 Biostatistics I 3
ECE 210 Electrical Circuit Analysis 3
Concentration Area Elective course 3
General Education Core course 3
Second Semester
BME 332 Bioinstrumentation and Measurements I 3
BME 333 Bioinstrumentation and Measurement Laboratory I 2
BME 399 Professional Development for Biomedical Engineers 0
BME 402 Medical Technology Assessment 2
CME 260 Properties of Materials 3
Concentration Area Elective course 3
General Education Core course 3
Senior Year
First Semester
BME 396 Senior Design I 3
BME 460 Materials in Biomedical Engineering 3
Concentration Area Elective 3
General Education Core courses 4
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
 Total Hours128

ENGR 100 is a one-semester-hour course, but the hour does not count toward the total hours required for graduation.