Biomedical Engineering

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Mission Statement

The mission of the School of Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering is to serve society as a center for learning and innovation in all major areas of electrical, computer, and biomedical engineering. The School accomplishes its mission by disseminating existing knowledge through teaching, by creating new knowledge through research and publications, and by converting original ideas and concepts into new technologies. Through integration of education and research, the School creates the academic environment necessary for training innovators and leaders for the future.

The fundamental goal of the undergraduate program in Biomedical Engineering is to offer a high-quality education, designed to achieve the following specific educational objectives:

Educational Objectives

Within a few years of graduation, Biomedical Engineering graduates are expected to attain:

  1. Increasing responsibility beyond that in their entry-level description in job functions within Biomedical Engineering or related employment, and/or

  2. Successful progress within graduate degree programs in Biomedical Engineering or other professional degrees such as other Engineering, Medicine, Business or Law, and

  3. Continued successful professional development and adaptation to evolving technologies within their chosen field.

The program also offers a Pre-Medical specialization for students who wish to pursue a degree in medicine after graduation.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biomedical Engineering Degree Requirements

Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
University Core Curriculum Requirements 39
Foundation Skills 13
CMST 101 3
ENGL 101, ENGL 102 6
MATH 150 (4) 3
UNIV 101 1
Disciplinary Studies 23
Fine Arts 3
Humanities 1 6
Social Science 2 6
PHSL 201 (3) 2
BIOL 211 (4) 3
PHYS 205B 3
Integrative Studies (Multicultural/Diversity) 3
Requirements for Biomedical Engineering Major (11)+87
Basic Science (8)+10
PHYS 205A, PHYS 255A 4
PHYS 205B (3) (3)
BIOL 211 (4) (3)+1
PHSL 201 (3) (2)+1
CHEM 200, CHEM 201 4
Mathematics (3)+11
MATH 150 (4) (3)+1
MATH 250, MATH 251, MATH 305 10
BME Required Courses: BME 101, BME 296, BME 296L, BME 337, BME 338, BME 338L, BME 351, BME 355L, BME 438, BME 495A, BME 495B, ECE 222, ECE 235, ECE 235L, ECE 355 37
Technical Electives 3 23
General Technical Electives 4 6
TOTAL 126

1 Recommended Humanities courses: PHIL 104, PHIL 105

2 Recommended Social Science courses: PSYC 102, PSYC 302, ECON 240, ECON 241

3 At least 9 credit hours must include courses from the list: BME 336, BME 356 & BME 356L, BME 417, BME 418, BME 432, BME 435, ECE 327 & ECE 327L. The remaining credit hours must include courses from the list: BME 336, BME 356 & BME 356L, BME 417, BME 418, BME 432, BME 435, BME 439, BME 470, BME 485, ECE 327 & ECE 327L, ECE 458, ECE 468A, ECE 469, ME 422

4 2xx/3xx/4xx BME, ECE, ENGR (except ENGR 335), Mechanical Engineering (except ME 222), Mathematics, Physics, Physiology, Computer Science, or Chemistry courses

B.S. Biomedical Engineering - Pre-Medical Specialization Degree Requirements

Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
University Core Curriculum Requirements 39
Foundations Skills 13
CMST 101 3
ENGL 101, ENGL 102 6
MATH 150 (4) 3
UNIV 101 1
Disciplinary Studies 23
Fine Arts 3
Humanities 1 6
Social Science 2 6
PHSL 310 (5) 2
BIOL 211 (4) 3
PHYS 205B 3
Integrative Studies (Multicultural/Diversity) 3
Requirements for Biomedical Engineering (11)+87
Basic Science (8)+12
PHYS 205A, 255A 4
PHYS 205 B (3) (3)
BIOL 211 (4) (3)+1
PHSL 310 (5) (2)+3
CHEM 200, CHEM 201 4
Mathematics (3)+11
MATH 150 (4) (3)+1
MATH 250, MATH 251, MATH 305 10
BME Required Courses: BME 101, BME 296, BME 296L, BME 337, BME 338, BME 338L, BME 351, BME 355L, BME 438, BME 495A, BME 495B, CHEM 210, CHEM 211, CHEM 340, CHEM 341, CHEM 350, CHEM 351, ECE 222, ECE 235, ECE 235L, ECE 355 51
Technical Electives 3 13
Total 4 126

1 Recommended Humanities courses: PHIL 104, PHIL 105

2 Recommended Social Science courses: PSYC 102, PSYC 302, ECON 240, ECON 241

3 At least 9 credit hours must include courses from the list: BME 336, BME 356 & BME 356L, BME 417, BME 418, BME 432, BME 435, ECE 327 & ECE 327L. The remaining credit hours must include courses from the list: BME 336, BME 356 & BME 356L, BME 417, BME 418, BME 432, BME 435, BME 439, BME 470, BME 485, ECE 327 & ECE 327L, ECE 458, ECE 468A, ECE 469, ME 422

4 CHEM 442 is also recommended for MCAT preparation.

Capstone Option for Transfer Students

The SIU Capstone Option is available to students who have earned an Associate in Engineering Sciences (AES) degree with a minimum cumulative 2.0/4.0 GPA on all accredited coursework prior to the completion of the AES, as calculated by the transfer institution's grading policies. The Capstone Option reduces the University Core Curriculum requirements from 39 to 30 hours, therefore reducing the time to degree completion. Students interested in the Capstone Option should contact the College of Engineering, Computing, Technology, and Mathematics Advisement Office to develop a personal coursework pathway to degree completion.