Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019


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


Major Description

Mission Statement
The mission of the Department of Chemical & Biomedical Engineering is to prepare graduates with fundamental knowledge and contemporary skills for the development, economic design, and safe operation of chemical and biological systems, processes, products, and methods in a manner compatible with societal 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:


Courses at USF

Courses at a Florida College System Institution

  • MAC X311 or MAC X281
  • MAC X312 or MAC X282
  • MAC X313 or MAC X283
  • MAP X302 or MAP X305

Natural Sciences:

Courses at USF

Courses at a Florida College System Institution

  • CHM X045/X045L or CHM X045C
  • CHS X440/X440L
  • PHY X048/X048L or PHY X048C or PHY X043/X048L
  • PHY X049/X049L or PHY X049C or PHY X044/X049L

Total Major Hours: 102 Hours

Major Core Courses - 90 Hours

Math and Science (47 credit hours)

Basic Engineering (4 credit hours)

Specialization (37 credit hours)

Technical Writing (3 credit hours)

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)

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