Combined Degrees

Combined Degree Program in Biomedical Engineering (BME)

The combined BS/MS degree program allows qualified students to complete a bachelor’s degree in one of the engineering majors identified below and a master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering (BME) in five years. If eligible, students can complete up to 12 credits of graduate course work that double count to fulfill program requirements for both degrees. This savings in credit permits approved students to complete the MS degree program requirements in BME within two or three semesters after completing their BS degree requirements. Currently approved undergraduate majors eligible for this combined degree program are as follows:  

 Please note that we are not currently accepting combined degree program forms from undergraduate students outside of the approved programs.

Students interested in learning more about the combined degree program in BME should first meet with their undergraduate major advisor(s) because undergraduate requirements vary depending on the department (if you are a BME undergraduate student, please see information below). Your undergraduate major advisor (as well as their departmental website) can provide detailed information on timing, eligibility, application requirements, and suggested courses.

If you wish to learn more information about the graduate portion of this combined degree, our website has detailed information on the MS admission process and criteria, courses offered, and MS program guidelines. If you need additional information, please schedule a meeting with our BME graduate advisor by emailing a request to grad@bme.ufl.edu.

Important Notes

  • Students must complete and submit the appropriate course enrollment forms (see your individual undergraduate department for these forms) prior to official enrollment in these courses.

  • Most BME graduate level courses are departmentally controlled, so you must request enrollment by emailing grad@bme.ufl.edu. We will not enroll you in these courses without the appropriate combined degree paperwork.

  • Completing and submitting paperwork to participate in the combined degree program only approves the feasibility of counting course work toward both a BS and MS degrees; it does not constitute admission to our BME MS graduate program.

  • Admission the MS degree program in BME is a separate process. Students seeking MS admission as a part of the combined program should follow the same deadlines and requirements of a standard MS application (see here for information)

  • The admission criteria for combined degree students is the same as for standard MS. Thus, admission to the BME MS program is not automatic or guaranteed for combined degree students and students should review the required admissions criteria to evaluate their eligibility.

  • No more than 12 graduate level credits completed as an undergraduate student may be transferred to the master’s degree program in BME. There are no exceptions to this rule.

  • Only letter-graded graduate level courses with a grade earned of B or better can count toward a master's degree program per UF Graduate School policy (S grades do not qualify for transfer, letter grades only).

  • Students must be enrolled as a graduate student in the master's degree program in BME for at least two semesters.

 Application and Eligibility for BME Undergraduate Majors

 The below requirements are for undergraduate BME majors only.

Undergraduate BME students who participate in the combined degree program may complete a maximum of 12 credits of graduate level courses. These courses are applied toward the required 15 credit specialization track in the undergraduate major (Biomaterials, Biomechanics, Medical Physics and Imaging, or Neural Engineering). Graduate courses may not be used to satisfy any other undergraduate degree program requirement. Students must select graduate courses from the listings below (see BME Approved Specialization Track Courses for full course descriptions and prerequisites). Admitted students can begin the master’s degree course work when they have obtained undergraduate junior status.

Approved Graduate Courses

Biomaterials
  • BME6324: Stem Cell Engineering
  • BME6330: Cell and Tissue Engineering
  • BME6938: Advanced Tissue Engineering
  • EMA6580: Science of Biomaterials
  • EMA6581: Polymeric Biomaterials
  • BME6938: Nanomaterials: Theory to Practive
  • EMA6938: Polymers in Drug Delivery
Biomechanics
  • EML5595 Mechanics of the Human Locomotor Systems
  • EML5598: Orthopedic Biomechanics
  • GMS5905: Biomechanics in Orthopedics and Rehabilitation
Medical Physics and Imaging 
  • BME6502: Introduction to Medical Imaging
  • BME6533: Radiologic Anatmoy
  • BME6535: Radiological Physics, Measurements and Dosimetry
  • BME6590: Medical Physics
  • BME6591: Therapy Radiation Physics 1
  • ENU5626: Radiation Biology
  • ENU6636: Medical Radiation Shielding and Protection 
Neural Engineering
  • ABE5038: Recent Developments and Applications in Biosensors
  • BME5704: Advanced Computational Methods for Biomedical Engineers
  • BME6938: Data Math
  • BME6938: Neural Instrumentation
  • EEL5934: Neural Signals, Systems, and Technology
  • EEL6537: Spectral Estimation
  • EEL6825: Pattern Recognition and Intelligent Systems
  • EEL6935: Biometric Identification
  • EEL6935: Deep Learning
  • GMS6780: Addiction: Neurotrends

 Admission Requirements 

  • Minimum 3.3 UF GPA

  • Completion of all BME critical tracking courses

Application Process

1. Once you meet the above minimum requirements, complete the BME Departmental Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degree Program Application and submit to undergrad@bme.ufl.edu or return to room JG56 in the Biomedical Sciences Building. (Do not enter any information in the "Department Use Only" section toward the bottom of the page.) You will be notified by email of your admission decision.

2. Apply to the UF Graduate School after admission to the combined degree program during your senior year. Admission deadlines, requirements and process is outlined here.

Suggested Timeline

Term Action
Sophomore Summer Complete the BME Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degree Program Application after final grades have been posted for Spring courses
Junior Fall/Spring Begin enrolling in approved graduate courses
Summer Prior to Senior Year Study and complete GRE
Senior Fall Apply to UF Graduate School