Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science
Department of Bioengineering
Biomedical Engineering (B.S.)
Professors: Steven D. Levene, Mathukumalli Vidyasagar
Associate Professor: Shalini Prasad
Assistant Professors: Leonidas Bleris, Lan Ma, Hyun-Joo Nam, Hyuntae Yoo
Affiliated Faculty: Dinesh Bhatia (Electrical Engineering), Xin-Lin Gao (Mechanical Engineering), Jinming Gao (UT Southwestern), Michael Kilgard (Brain and Behavioral Science), Raimund Ober (Electrical Engineering), Issa Panahi (Electrical Engineering), Balakrishnan Prabhakaran (Computer Science), Robert Rennaker (Brain and Behavioral Science), A. Dean Sherry (Chemistry), Zhenyu Xuan (Molecular and Cell Biology, Michael Q. Zhang (Molecular and Cell Biology)
Mission of the Department of Bioengineering
The mission of the Bioengineering Department is to provide a state-of-the-art, highly interdisciplinary, teaching and research environment for undergraduate and graduate students. Whether at undergraduate or post-graduate levels, our students will be able to reach across traditional disciplinary boundaries, and work effectively with experts in engineering, life sciences, and medicine. At the Bachelors level, our graduates will be ready to meet the rapidly growing demand for bioengineers, and tackle challenges in emerging areas, including but not limited to personalized medicine, biomedical devices, and targeted drug delivery. At the Masters and PhD levels, our graduates will undertake original cutting-edge research at the forefront of scientific and technological developments in bioengineering.
High School Preparation
Engineering education requires a strong high school preparation. Pre-engineering students should have high school preparation of at least one-half year in trigonometry and at least one year each in elementary algebra, intermediate and advanced algebra, plane geometry, chemistry, and physics, thus developing their competencies to the highest possible levels and preparing to move immediately into demanding college courses in calculus, calculus-based physics, and chemistry for science majors. It is also essential that pre-engineering students have the competence to read rapidly and with comprehension, and to write clearly and correctly.
All lower-division students in Biomedical Engineering concentrate on mathematics, science and introductory engineering courses, building competence in these cornerstone areas for future application in upper-division engineering courses. The following requirements apply both to students seeking to transfer to UT Dallas from other institutions as well as to those currently enrolled at UT Dallas, whether in another school or in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science.
Academic Progress in Biomedical Engineering
In order to make satisfactory academic progress as a Biomedical Engineering major, a student must meet all University requirements for academic progress, and must earn a grade of C- or better in each of the major core courses. No "Major Requirement" course may be taken until the student has obtained a grade of C- or better in each of the prerequisites. If a higher grade requirement is stated for a specific class, the higher requirement applies.
Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering
Degree Requirements (126 semester credit hours)
I. Core Curriculum Requirements1: 42 semester credit hours
Communication (6 semester credit hours)
Social and Behavioral Sciences (15 semester credit hours)
Humanities and Fine Arts (6 semester credit hours)
Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning (6 semester credit hours)
Science (9 semester credit hours)
II. Major Requirements: 82 semester credit hours5
Major Preparatory Courses (26 semester credit hours beyond Core Curriculum)
Major Core Courses (53 semester credit hours beyond Core Curriculum)
Prescribed Electives (3 semester credit hours)
Students pursuing the general program take 3 semester credit hours from the list below:
III. Elective Requirements: 2 semester credit hours
Advanced Electives (6 semester credit hours)
All students are required to take at least six semester credit hours of advanced electives outside their major field of study. These must be either upper-division classes or lower-division classes that have prerequisites. Six semester credit hours may be satisfied with BIOL 2311, BIOL 2312 counted under Major Preparatory courses.
Free Electives (2 semester credit hours)
Both lower-and upper division courses may count as free electives, but students must complete at least 51 semester credit hours of upper-division credit to qualify for graduation.
Fast Track Baccalaureate/Master's Degrees
In response to the need for advanced education in Biomedical engineering, a Fast Track program is available to exceptionally well-qualified UT Dallas undergraduate students who meet the requirements for admission to the graduate school. The Fast Track program is designed to accelerate a student's education so that both a B.S. and an M.S. degree can be earned in five years of full-time study. This is accomplished by (1) taking courses (typically electives) during one or more summer semesters, and (2) beginning graduate course work during the senior year. Details of the requirements for admission to this program are available from the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education.
The Department of Biomedical Engineering offers upper-division Honors for outstanding students in the B.S. Biomedical Engineering degree program. This program offers special sections of designated classes and other activities designed to enhance the educational experience of exceptional students. Admission to the Honors programs requires a 3.500 or better GPA in at least 30 semester credit hours of coursework. Graduation with Honors requires a 3.500 or better GPA and completion of at least 6 honors classes. These honors classes must include either Senior Honors (BMEN 4399) or Undergraduate Research in Biomedical Engineering (BMEN 4V98) and a Senior Honors Thesis must be completed within one of those two classes. While the topics may be related, the Senior Thesis does not replace the need for the student to complete a regular Senior Design Project. The other 5 honors classes can come from a mixture of Graduate level (up to a count of 4) classes and special honor sections of regular undergraduate BMEN classes (up to a count of 2).
Departmental Honors with Distinction may be awarded to students whose Senior Honors Thesis is judged by a faculty committee to be of exemplary quality. Only students graduating with Departmental Honors are eligible. Thesis/projects must be submitted by the deadline that applies to M.S. Theses in the graduating semester to allow for proper evaluation. Students interested in Honors with Distinction are encouraged to start working on their thesis/project a year prior to graduation.
The Department of Bioengineering does not offer minors at this time.
- Curriculum Requirements can be fulfilled by other approved courses from accredited institutions of higher education. The courses listed in parentheses are recommended as the most efficient way to satisfy both Core Curriculum and Major Requirements at UT Dallas.
- Hours fulfill the communication elective of the Core Curriculum.
- Six semester credit hours of Calculus are counted under Mathematics Core, and two semester credit hours of Calculus are counted as Major Preparatory Courses.
- One semester credit hour of General Chemistry I and General Chemistry I Laboratory is counted under Science core, and three semester credit hours are counted as Major Preparatory Courses.
- Students must pass each of the EE, CS, Math and Science courses listed in this degree plan and each of their prerequisites, with a grade of C- or better.
- Transfer students with sufficient background may petition to substitute upper level semester credit hours in the major for this class.
- Hours contribute to the Social and Behavioral Sciences component of the Core Curriculum.