Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18

Majors

Biomedical Engineering (EBC)

Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering (B.S.B.E.)

8 Semester Plan

131 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 14.0701

College of Engineering

http://www.usf.edu/engineering/undergraduate/majors.aspx

Major Description

Mission Statement

The academic mission of the Department of Medical Engineering is to prepare graduates with fundamental knowledge and contemporary skills for the development, economic design, and safe operation of biomedical and biological systems, processes, products, drugs and methods in a manner compatible with societal healthcare values.

Entrance Requirements for the Biomedical Engineering Major

College of Engineering students who have fully met the below admission requirements and are in good academic standing, may declare a major in Biomedical Engineering. Prior to being admitted to a department, a student may be permitted to take no more than two departmental engineering courses. Once admitted, the department may have continuation requirements which specify minimum performance standards in core engineering courses which must be met before further registration in the department is granted.

Minimum Admission Requirements for the Biomedical Engineering Major

  1. Completion of:
  2. A minimum grade of C in each course and a 2.75 GPA (based on best attempt) in these courses.
  3. A minimum overall GPA of 2.5.
  4. A minimum USF GPA of 2.5.

Departmental Policies

In addition to the College’s graduation requirements, the department has the following policies:

  1. Mandatory academic advising of students for each term.
  2. Exit interviews as a graduation requirement.

GPA and Grade Requirement

Many courses required for the BSBE degree in Biomedical Engineering have other prerequisite courses. Prerequisite courses must be completed with a C or better before the student is allowed to take the course. This applies to prerequisite courses taken in other departments as well.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.

Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.

Students qualify for direct entry to their intended department if they have completed the following courses at a Florida College System institution or University in the Florida State University System (SUS) and meet all other admissions requirements of the University and College.

The following are transferable courses from the Florida College System Institution that will be accepted in the Math/Science/Engineering areas:

Mathematics:

Courses at USFCourses at a Florida College System InstitutionMAC 2281 Engineering Calculus IMAC X311 or MAC X281MAC 2282 Engineering Calculus IIMAC X312 or MAC X282MAC 2283 Engineering Calculus IIIMAC X313 or MAC X283MAP 2302 Differential EquationsMAP X302 or MAP X305

Natural Sciences:

Courses at USFCourses at a Florida College System InstitutionCHM 2045/CHM 2045L General Chemistry I with LabCHM X045/X045L or CHM X045C or CHS X440/X440LCHM 2046/CHM 2046L General Chemistry II with LabCHM X046/X046L or CHM X046CPHY 2048/2048L General Physics I - Calculus Based with LabPHY X048/X048L or PHY X048C or PHY X043/X048L
PHY 2049/2049L General Physics II - Calculus Based with LabPHY X049/X049L or PHY X049C or PHY X044/X04

Total Major Hours: 103 Hours

Major Core Courses - 91 Hours

Math and Science (44 credit hours)

Basic Engineering (13 credit hours)

Specialization (31 credit hours)

Technical Writing (3 credit hours)

  • ENC 3246 Communications for Engineers (WRIN)

Major Elective Courses - 12 Hours

  • 6 hours of BME Upper-Level Electives
  • 6 hours of STEM Upper-Level Electives (Students pursuing Medical School will take CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry II/L for five credit hours and a one-credit hour elective)

Research Opportunities

All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 2912 or IDS 4914 courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office for Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.

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