Undergraduate Degree Requirements
The first year prepares BME students with basic mathematics and the natural sciences (physics and chemistry), basic computer programming skills and the Introduction to Biomedical Engineering course (BME 100). The second year introduces upper level mathematics, engineering statics and dynamics, electrical circuit analysis, genetic engineering and the BME Fundamentals of Research laboratory course. In the third year, BME students begin taking their technical elective courses (unique to each specialization track) and complete the BME core courses of advanced statics (biomechanics) and dynamics (biofluids), and are introduced to the important emerging field of biophotonics.. In the final year, BME students complete their technical electives and take the capstone course of Senior Design. Through the four years, BME students are required to meet each semester with their faculty advisor to both ensure that course pre-requisites are met and to obtain expert advice regarding technical elective courses that would best suit each student.
Completion of the major requires approximately 130 credits. A detailed description of the degree requirements can be found below.
We have prepared a sample course sequence for the Major in Biomedical Engineering.
The BME Major Checklist can be used to make sure that all degree requirements are being met.
The curriculum for the three Specialization Tracks are identical except for the Technical Elective courses associated with the different specialization tracks.
A complete list of BME courses with catalogue descriptions can be found on the (BME courses Site) and/or within the SBU Undergraduate Bulletin.
Mathematics (all courses must be passed with a C or better)
- AMS 151, 161: Calculus I, II
- AMS 261 or MAT 203 or MAT 205: Calculus III
- AMS 361 or MAT 303 or MAT 305: Calculus IV
- AMS 210 or MAT 211: Linear Algebra
- AMS 310: Probabality and Statistics
- Note: The following alternate calculus course sequences may be substituted for AMS 151, 161:
MAT 125, 126, 127
MAT 131, 132
MAT 141, 142
- BIO 202: Fundamentals of Biology: Molecular and Cellular Biology
- BIO 204: Biology Laboratory
- CHE 131, 132: General Chemistry I, II
- PHY 131/133, 132/134: Classical Physics I, II with lab component
- Note: The following alternate science sequences may be substituted:
PHY 125, 126, 127, or PHY 141, 142 in lieu of PHY 131, 132
CHE 141, 142, in lieu of CHE 131, 132
- BME 120: Programming Fundamentals in Biomedical Engineering
or ESG 111: C Programming
or CSE 130: Practical C/C++ Sci/Eng
or ESE 124: Computer Techniques for Electronic Design
- MEC 203: Computer Aided Drafting
- BME 260: Statics and Dynamics in Biological Systems and BME 303: Biomechanics (must be passed with a C or better)
or MEC 260: Engineering Statics and MEC 262: Engineering Dynamics
- ESE 271: Electrical Circuit Analysis I (must be passed with a C or better)
- BME 100: Introduction to Biomedical Engineering
- BME 212: BME Research Fundamentals
- BME 300: Writing in Biomedical Engineering (S/U Grading)
- BME 301: Bioelectricity (Biophotonics)
- BME 304: Genetic Engineering
- BME 305: Biofluids
- BME 440: Design in Biomedical Engineering
- BME 441: Senior Design in BME
Biomedical Engineering students must complete an area of specialization in one of the three Specialization Tracks. The area of specialization must be declared in writing by the end of the sophomore year and is selected in consultation with their faculty advisor to ensure a cohesive curriculum with depth at the upper level. Each student must complete at least 30 credits of technical electives in the selected area of specialization, including at least 6 credits from design technical elective courses in addition to the year-long Senior Design in BME. Overall, engineering courses must account for at least 51 of the total number of credits.
All degree candidates must demonstrate skill in written English at a level acceptable for engineering majors. All BME students need to register for the writing course BME 300 concurrently with any BME 300 level course of their choice. The quality of writing in technical reports submitted for the BME 300 level course will be evaluated and students whose writing does not meet the required standard are referred for remedial help. Satisfactory writing warrants an "S" grade for BME 300, thereby satisfying the requirement.
This is a prestigious five year BE/MS program which is offered to the top 10% of the junior class. The combined degree is designed for students who are seeking a challenge and a more diverse range of studies. The degree will provide students with advanced courses and research experience that will suitably prepare them for either Doctorate studies or a variety of advanced professional positions.
Students must apply for this program through the BME Graduate Program by 4/15. A cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 is required for admission to this program (but this is not the only criterion used to evaluate candidates). Admission to the Graduate School is required. Students are required to attend Graduate Orientation the first semester of their Graduate Career. They will be subject to Graduate School Regulations and Policies. This will include:
- Paying Graduate Tuition & Fees (Students are expected to be self-funded; they will not receive Tuition Scholarships)
- No longer eligible for Undergraduate Financial Aid
- Are required to move from Undergraduate to Graduate Housing (pertains to students who live on campus).
Students can take between 6 and 15 graduate credits towards their Master's degree.
We have prepared a sample combined BE-MS course sequence for your reference.
The Bioengineering minor is the same as the Biology Biomedical Engineering Specialization track. It is designed for College of Arts and Sciences students who are BIO or BCH majors, who wish to obtain a more thorough understanding of how physical forces in the natural world influence biological systems. Coursework introduces these concepts and shows how an engineering approach can be useful in dealing with questions in biology and medicine. The program serves as an excellent background for students who wish to prepare for graduate study in bioengineering or a related field or for a career in which an understanding of engineering concepts would provide an advantage.
Requirements for the Minor in Bioengineering (BNG)
All courses for the minor must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher.
Completion of the minor requires 21-23 credits as outlined below.
Required Courses for each Track
BME 100: Introduction to Biomedical Engineering
BME 120, ESE 111, ESE 124 or CSE 120: Programming for Engineers
MEC 260: Engineering Statics
BME 303: Biomechanics
AMS 261, MAT 203 or MAT 205: Calculus III
Either BME 304: Genetic Engineering or BME 381 Nanofabrication in Biomedical Applications
ESE 271: Electrical Circuit Analysis I
BME 301: Bioelectricity (Biophotonics)
AMS 210 or MAT 211: Linear Algenbra
BME 313: Bioinstrumentation
BME 304: Genetic Engineering
BME 381: Nanofabrication in Biomedical Applications
PICK TWO: BME 404: Essentials of Tissue Engineering, BME 402: Contemporary Biotechnology, BME 430: Quantitative Physiology or BME 371: Biological Microfluidics
Upper Division Courses
One advanced biology lecture course
One advanced biology laboratory course
The BNG minor checklist can help you prepare for graduation.