BME Undergraduate Curriculum

The Biomedical Engineering Curriculum includes core classes in science and math, life sciences, general engineering and BME.  In addition, 15 credits of technical electives allow the student to tailor the curriculum to particular needs and areas of interest.  The first two years of the curriculum has specific tracking requirements.  The BME plan of study below provides the suggested sequence of course work.  The entire listing of BME undergraduate courses can be found here.

Science and Math Core (38 credits)

The BME curriculum is built on a solid foundation in mathematics, physics and chemistry. Students will have the mathematical foundation of the engineer, including Calculus 1, 2 and 3, plus Differential Equations. They will also take a rigorous statistics course at the level taken by engineers. The physics foundation is covered by the standard two-course engineering sequence of Physics with Calculus. Students first take the engineer’s two-semester sequence of general chemistry, which is followed by part 1 of organic chemistry and the medical school’s version of biochemistry.

Life Sciences Core (12 credits)

The life sciences core includes the standard General Biology 1 and PCB 3713 Cellular and Systems Physiology, a new course developed by the Department of Biology in consultation with BME, and Biochemistry. Additional biology is required as advanced physiology and molecular engineering. The biology core allows students to bridge the gap of knowledge from engineering to the medical sciences.

Engineering Core (16 credits)

The engineering core gives students a thorough understanding of how engineers approach problems. Secondarily it serves to introduce the major engineering disciplines to the student so that she or he has background for the wide variety of problems to be encountered over a career. The coursework consists of computer programming, thermodynamics, statics, materials, energy balances and circuits.

BME Core (27 credits)

The BME core provides the student with basic understanding of prominent problems and methodologies used in the biomedical engineering profession. This set of courses is offered by the BME department and includes BME fundamentals, computer applications in BME, quantitative physiology, BME instrumentation, cell and tissue laboratory, medical imaging, molecular BME and senior design.

BME Technical Electives (15 credits)

The BME technical electives allow the student to tailor the curriculum to particular needs and areas of interest. Students will complete all 15 credits within their chosen specialization track (neural engineering, medical physics/imaging, biomaterials or biomechanics). The technical electives are chosen from an approved list of courses below. Consult with the BME UG Advisor or Coordinator with any questions.

Electives (6 credits)

The students are allowed six credits of elective coursework. These electives are required to be 2000-level or higher with a letter grade (no S/U grades).

General Education (18 credits)

The BME program includes standard general education according to UF requirements: technical writing, diversity, humanities, international and social science. These are essential elements of a well-rounded education.


Total UG Credit hours: 132



All BME students will take three laboratory courses.  In the Instrumentation lab students will learn the basics of electronic measurements of biomedical variables, building to a short design project. The Cellular Engineering lab will give students basic skills in cell culture technique, including quantitation of important biological markers and variables. The Computer Applications lab will teach students data analysis skills for biomedical signals and images through programming projects. The laboratory courses give students a chance to put their knowledge to work, to learn specific techniques and to understand the problems that occur when putting theory to practice. In addition, students also gain laboratory experiences in basic physics and chemistry courses as well as in the senior design course.

Senior Design

Each BME student will take a two-semester (6 credit hour) capstone design course that meets a number of educational objectives, including: project milestone planning, teamwork, professional presentation, biomedical regulatory affairs and ethics. Logically, all projects are planned in the fall and implemented in the spring. Many projects will have strong interaction with the UF health sciences units.