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Biomedical Engineering BS/MS - Program Requirements

(HEGIS: 09.05 BIO- BIOMEDICAL ENGINRNG, CIP: 14.0501 Biomedical/Medical Engineering)

Department of Biomedical Engineering

332 Bonner Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1920

Albert H. Titus

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

Completing the Biomedical Engineering BS/MS Program

Academic Requirements

Students seeking an undergraduate degree from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences must have a minimum GPA of 2.000 in technical classes (engineering, math, and science classes). To maintain academic standards and determine eligibility for continued enrollment, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences reviews the academic records of all students in an approved undergraduate SEAS major. This academic review is conducted at the end of each fall and spring semester.

Biomedical Engineering (BE) students interested in joining the combined degree program must first apply for the combined degree program through the BS/MS Application Form. Students may apply using this form after semester 5 (typically Fall Junior year) grades have been posted, but no later than the start of semester 7 (typically Fall Senior year). Within this Application Form, they are required to indicate that they have completed at least 81 credit hours, hold a minimum GPA of 3.300 among all required coursework for the BE BS degree. Two letters of reference are required from Biomedical Engineering faculty which should provide general comments on the applicant’s talent, training, and character, as well as specific comments on the suitability of the applicant for an accelerated program in Biomedical Engineering.

View the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Academic Review Policy

Academic Advice

Advisement tools available for our students:

  • Course Flowsheets: These interactive online flowsheets will highlight pre-requisite and co-requisite courses to help identify which courses must be completed. See the Course Prerequisite Policy for details.
  • Changing Majors within the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences: Students may change majors and minors within the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences if they meet the relevant criteria. Students should submit the Major/Minor Change Application before the appropriate deadline. View School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Major/Minor Change Information.
  • UB Curriculum Pathway Selection: Pathways are a central component of the UB Curriculum. Students are required to complete both a Global and Thematic pathway. Each pathway requires a minimum of 9 credit hours, typically satisfied by completing three courses of three or more credit hours. View Pathway Information for Engineering and Computer Science Students.

Transfer Credit Policy

Transfer students must first apply to the university and meet the university transfer admission requirements. SUNY Seamless Transfer is a SUNY-wide program intended to make transferring to UB and other SUNY schools simple and efficient. Information about the Transfer Path for this major can be found on the SUNY website. Students are encouraged to contact their academic advisor or department to discuss how their coursework will apply to their degree.

Transfer students who have completed an engineering science program at a community college or the first three years of a 3+2 program at a four-year college can typically expect to enter the third year of an engineering program at the University at Buffalo. Graduates of technology programs receive limited transfer credit and can expect three to four years of study at the university to complete the requirements.

Residency Requirement

Students seeking an undergraduate engineering degree from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences must complete 30 undergraduate credit hours of junior/senior level courses required in their major at the University at Buffalo.

Required Courses

BE 201 Principles of Biomedical Engineering
BE 202 Applied Medical & Engineering Biology
BE 304 Principles of Medical Imaging
BE 305 Biomaterials and Mechanics
BE 307 Biomedical Circuits and Signals
BE 308 Biofluidmechanics
BE 309 Biomedical Chemical Principles 1 or CHE 203/CHE 205 Organic Chemistry
BE 310 Biomedical Chemical Principles 2 or CHE 204/CHE 206 Organic Chemistry
BE 311 Biomedical Engineering Cellular and Molecular Lab
BE 312 Biomedical Engineering Biosignals Lab
BE 403 Biomedical Instrumentation
BE 405 Transport Processes in BME
BE 406 Biomedical Systems Engineering
BE 493 Research and Design in Biomedical Engineering
BE 494 Senior Design Project
CHE 107 General Chemistry for Engineers and CHE 127 Lab
CHE 108 General Chemistry for Engineers and CHE 128 Lab
EAS 199 Engineering Principles
EAS 200 Electrical Engineering Concepts/Non-Majors or EE 202 Circuit Analysis
EAS 202 Engineering Impact on Society
EAS 207 Statics
EAS 230 Engineering Computations
EAS 305 Applied Probability
EAS 360 STEM Communications
BE 436 Work Physiology
MTH 141 College Calculus I
MTH 142 College Calculus II
MTH 241 College Calculus III
MTH 306 Introduction to Differential Equations
PHY 107 General Physics I
PHY 108 General Physics II/PHY 158 General Physics II Lab
One technical upper-division elective

BE 501 Human Biology for Biomedical Engineers
BE 502 Quantitative Analysis in Biomedical Engineering
24 additional Biomedical Engineering Graduate credits*

Technical Elective (minimum 3 credits)

One technical elective is required. This must be an upper-division technical elective. Courses from outside of Biomedical Engineering must be approved by the department. The technical elective course must be a minimum of three credit hours.

*Combined degree students are required to complete BE 501 Human Biology for Biomedical Engineers (3 credit hours) in the Fall semester of Senior year, and BE 502 Quantitative Analysis in BE (3 credit hours) in the Spring semester of Senior year. In the fifth year, students will complete all remaining Graduate coursework toward the MS degree. Students will work with the BME Graduate Director and the Academic Coordinator to plan remaining MS coursework. Upon completion of the 30 credit hours of graduate coursework, students must pass a comprehensive examination. Information regarding the Comprehensive Exam can be found here.

Total Credit Hours Required

Total credit hours required for the Biomedical Engineering BS/MS degrees
Credits Required for Major (Undergraduate)105
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum (Undergraduate) 17
Additional Credits Required for Electives (Undergraduate)
Credits Required for the Graduate MS
Total Credits Required for BS/MS Degree Program

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Refer to the Graduate School's Policies and Procedures Manual for requirements for master's degree candidates.

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This chart should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Published: Nov 02, 2020 11:34:18