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Academic Program Guide

Engineering (Biomedical)

College: Engineering
Degree: BS
Specialized Admission: No

Contact: Emily Burgess
Address: 2525 Pottsdamer St., Suite B111, Tallahassee, FL 32310
Phone: (850) 410-6349

Description of Major

*Please Note: Face-to-face/in-person instruction of this program is available ONLY at the main campus in Tallahassee, FL. This program is NOT available via Online/Distance Learning.*

Biomedical engineering concerns the application of chemical and other engineering principles and practices to large scale living organisms, most specifically human beings. As one of the newest sub-disciplines of chemical engineering, the field is a rapidly evolving one involving chemical engineers, biochemists, physicians, and other health care professionals. Biomedical engineering research and development is carried out at universities, teaching hospitals, and private companies, and it focuses on conceiving new materials and products designed to improve or restore bodily form or function. Because of increasing interest in this field of study, the BS degree in Biomedical Engineering also provides an avenue for students interested in pursuing a career in medicine, biotechnological patent law, or biomedical product sales and services. The motivation for creating three majors within the BS-BME degree is to allow students to build depth in one of three major areas within the field of biomedical engineering. The BS degree in Biomedical Engineering welcomed its inaugural class in Spring 2019.

> Three majors are offered as part of the BS degree in Biomedical Engineering:
Cell & Bioprocess Engineering, Biomaterials & Biopolymers Engineering, and Imaging & Signal Processing Engineering. Consult an advisor for specific requirements for the three major options.

> Regardless of major, students take 24 credits of liberal studies, 43 credits of math and basic science, 42 credits of engineering science and core courses, and 22 credits of engineering design, elective, and laboratory courses.

> The BS in Biomedical Engineering program culminates in a yearlong capstone design experience where student teams apply their knowledge to a project designing a biotechnological product or process with realistic constraints.

The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET) requires that all students graduating from an ABET-accredited program meet certain requirements. Completion of the A.A. degree will not meet these requirements. Prospective majors should select courses after consulting an advisor.

An accredited program must meet a strict set of program educational objectives and student outcomes required by ABET to ensure the highest standards of professional engineering education.

Prerequisite Coursework

Students must complete the following prerequisites required for admission in preparation for the upper division major. Students are encouraged to complete these in the freshman and sophomore years. All may also apply to other requirements.

The State of Florida has identified common program prerequisites for this university degree program. Specific prerequisites are required for admission into the upper-division program and must be completed by the student at either
a) a state college or community college in Florida,
b) a state university in Florida, or
c) FSU or FAMU prior to being admitted to this program.

Students may be admitted into the University without completing the prerequisites but may not be formally admitted into the program until completion of these prerequisites.

The following are the state-wide common prerequisites. Those in BOLD are the required prerequisites that students must complete for admission into this major at FSU in preparation for the upper division major. Those in ITALIC are strongly encouraged to be taken. Students are encouraged to complete these in the freshman and sophomore years. All may also apply to other requirements. This program will be operated using the existing common program prerequisites:

MAC X311 (4) Calculus I or MACX281 (4) Engineering Calculus I
MAC X312 Calculus II (4) or MACX282 (4) Engineering Calculus II
MAC X313 Calculus III (4) or MAC X283 (4) Engineering Calculus III
MAPX302 (3) Ordinary Differential Equations or MAP X305(3) Engineering Math I
CHM X045/X045L (4) or CHM X045C (4) General Chemistry I and Lab, or CHS X440/X440L (4) or CHM X095/X095L (4)
CHM X046/X046L (4) or CHM X046C or C (4) General Chemistry II and Lab or CHMX096/X096L

PHY X048/X048L (4) or PHY X048C (4) General Physics A with Lab or PHY X043 and PHY X048L
PHY X049/X049L (4) or PHY X049C (4) General Physics B with Lab or PHY X044 and PHY X049L

1. The Department will accept MAP X302 or MAP X305 as a substitute course for ECH 3301 Process Analysis and Design for transfer students only.
2. The Department recommends (but does not require) that students take the following courses at a community college or a state college before transferring to this upper-division program:
• BSC X010 or BSC X044
• CHM 2210 or CHMX217
• CHM 2211
Completion of these courses may be satisfied as graduation requirements in the upper division portion of the major.

Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of .


Pre-Engineering Program Requirements:
All students are placed in a Pre-Major Engineering code until all of the prerequisites have been completed. Students must earn a grade of "C minus" or better on the first attempt of the courses designated in our Pre-Engineering curriculum (Calculus I, Calculus II, General Chemistry I, First Year Engineering Lab) at any institution attended. One repeated attempt out of all pre-engineering courses is permitted.

Requirements for Progression to the Upper-Division:
To be admitted, students must complete at least 52 hours of credit with an FSU GPA of a 2.00, including at least one-half of the required hours in the General Education program, including all of the Area I English and math. In addition, the following requirement must be met: a final grade of "C minus" or better in MAC2311. Students must not be in violation of the pre-engineering program requirements.

Transfer Requirements:
Students wishing to transfer into the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering must meet the following criteria:

• Must earn a grade of "C minus" or better on the first attempt of the courses designated in the Pre-Engineering curriculum (Calculus I, Calculus II, General Chemistry I, First Year Engineering Lab) at any institution attended. One repeated attempt out of all pre-engineering courses is permitted.

• Transfer students who have repeated one pre-engineering course must have already completed all pre-engineering courses (excluding First Year Engineering Lab).

• Transfer students who will earn an AA or have more than 60 hours of transfer credit prior to enrollment at the College must have completed at least Calculus I. It is strongly preferred that AA transfer students have the majority of the pre-engineering courses completed before arriving (excluding First Year Engineering Lab).

Major Program of Studies at FSU: (107 hours)
The prepared, motivated student with proper high school preparation can complete a Biomedical Engineering degree in four to five years by taking a course load averaging 15-18 hours each semester supplemented by taking courses during summer terms. Some students may require additional terms to complete the program. A student with superior training may gain advanced placement through programs for acceleration (credit by exam, high school dual-enrollment). Visit the current departmental curriculum guide:

Unless otherwise noted, students must complete all major coursework with a final grade of C or better.

Math/ Basic Science: (34 hours)
MAC 2311 (4) Calculus I
MAC 2312 (4) Calculus II
MAC 2313 (5) Calculus III
CHM 1045, 1045L (3,1) General Chemistry I and Lab
CHM 1046, 1046L (3,1) General Chemistry II and Lab
BSC 2010 (3) Biological Science I
PHY 2048C (5) General Physics A with Lab
PHY 2049C (5) General Physics B with Lab

Advanced Chemistry: (6 hours)
CHM 2210 (3) Organic Chemistry I and CHM 2211 (3) Organic Chemistry II
CHM 3217 (3) Survey of Organic Chemistry and BCH 3023 (3) Survey of Biochemistry

General Engineering: (1 hour)
EGN 1004L (1) First Year Engineering Lab

Biomedical Engineering Core Courses: (50 hours)
BME 3009 (3) Introduction to Biomedical Engineering
BME 3100 (3) Biomaterials
BME 3622 (3) Biothermodynamics
BME 3631 (3) Biotransport Phenomena
BME 3702 (4) Biocomputations
BME 4211 (3) Biomechanics
BME 4744C (3) Biodynamics and Control
BME 4403C, 4404C (3, 3) Quantitative Anatomy and Systems Physiology I & II
BME 4503 (3) Bioinstrumentation
BME 4503L (1) Bioinstrumentation Lab
BME 4801 (3) Biomedical Engineering Design I
BME 4802 (3) Biomedical Engineering Design II
ECH 3023 (3) Mass and Energy Balances I
ECH 3024 (4) Mass and Energy Balances II
ECH 3301 (4) Process Analysis and Design (not required for transfer students who have previously taken MAP 2302)

Cell & Bioprocess Engineering Core Courses: (7 hours)
BME 4332 (3) Cellular and Tissue Engineering
BME 4332L (1) Cellular and Tissue Engineering Lab
ECH 4504 (3) Kinetics and Reactor Design

Biomaterials & Biopolymers Engineering Core Courses: (7 hours)
BME 4332 (3) Cellular and Tissue Engineering
BME 4332L (1) Cellular and Tissue Engineering Lab
ECH 4823 (3) Polymer Science and Engineering or ECH 4822 (3) Polymer Physical Science and Engineering

Image & Signal Process Engineering Core Courses: (7 hours)
BME 4531 (3) Medical Imaging
BME 4531L (1) Medical Imaging Lab
BME 4508 (3) Biosignals & Systems

Biomedical Engineering Elective Courses: (9 hours)
BME 4007 (3) Biomedical Engineering
BME 4361 (3) Elective – Neural Engineering
BME 4904r (1-3) Undergraduate Research Project
BME 4906r (1-3) Honors in Biomedical Engineering
BME 4937r (3) Special Topics in Biomedical Engineering
BME 4937 (3) Elective – NMR-MRI
BME 4937 (3) Elective – Cell Engineering
ECH 4743 (3) Bioengineering
BCH 4053 (3) Biochemistry I
BCH 4053L (3) Biochemistry I Lab
MAP 4481 (3) Mathematical Modeling in Biology

Digital Literacy: (0 hours beyond major)
BME 3702 (4) Biocomputations meets this requirement for the major.

Oral Communication Competency: (0 hours beyond major)
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly.

The required course BME 4802 (3) Biomedical Engineering Design II will meet the FSU Oral Communications Competency requirement.

Scholarship in Practice coursework: (0 hours beyond major)
The required courses of BME 4801 (3) Biomedical Engineering Design I and BME 4802 (3) Biomedical Engineering Design II meets this FSU graduation requirement.

Upper Division Writing: (0 hours beyond major)
The required course BME 4801 (3) Biomedical Engineering Design I will meet this FSU graduation requirement.

Minimum Program Requirements - Summary
Total Hrs. Required: 128
General Education: 21*
Major Coursework: 107*
Minor Coursework: 0
Digital Literacy: 0 beyond other requirements
Oral Communication Competency: 0 beyond other requirements
Scholarship in Practice: 0 beyond other requirements
Upper Division Writing: 0 beyond other requirements
Electives: 0

*Note: Engineering students satisfy the natural science and the mathematics area requirements of General Education through coursework in the Engineering Core. Students not prepared to begin mathematics with Calculus I (MAC 2311) will need to take additional prerequisite hours in mathematics: MAC 1105, 1114, and/or 1140. All students should take the math placement test (ALEKS) to determine proper placement.


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1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
2. Half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University.
3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.

Employment Information

Salary Information: National Association of Colleges and Employers ( or the Occupational Outlook Handbook ( provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: Biomedical Engineer, Biochemical Engineer, Design Engineer, Food Engineer, Development Engineer, Polymer Engineer, Project Engineer, Process Engineer, Research Engineer, Materials Engineer.

Representative Employers: The work of the biomedical engineer is to analyze, develop, design, control, construct, and/or supervise biomedical and biotechnological processes and products in research and development, pilot-scale operations, and industrial production.

Industries include: Pharmaceuticals, Biotech companies, Genetic Engineering companies, Biopharmacological companies, Biological products (e.g., enzymes, vaccines, biochemicals, biofuels), and Advanced biomaterials.

Employment is also available in the technical service, process improvement, or environmental compliance sections of such industries.

Graduate education in biomedical engineering, medical school, dental school, business school, law school, and other science or engineering disciplines are viable alternatives for the more accomplished graduate. Research and development work or policy analysis at governmental agencies, and university/college teaching are other employment options.

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