Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science
Department of Bioengineering
Biomedical Engineering (BS)
Professors: Orlando Auciello @oha120030, Stuart Cogan @sxc149830, Stephen D. Levene @sdlevene, Robert L. Rennaker II @rlr091000, David W. Schmidtke @dws140430
Professors: @oha120030; @sxc149830; @sdlevene; @rlr091000; @dws140430;
Associate Professors: Shalini Prasad @sxp118230, Mario Romero-Ortega @mir140030
Associate Professors: @sxp118230; @mir140030;
Assistant Professors: Leonidas Bleris @lxb092000, Robert D. Gregg @rdg130030, Heather Hayenga @hnh130330, Seth A. Hays @sxh129730, Lan Ma @lxm100220, Hyun-Joo Nam @hjn091000, Danieli Rodrigues @dxb127430, Walter E. Voit @wev012000, Jun Wang @jxw130130, Hyuntae Yoo @hxy103120
Assistant Professors: @lxb092000; @rdg130030; @hnh130330; @sxh129730; @lxm100220; @hjn091000; @dxb127430; @wev012000; @hxy103120; @jxw130130;
Senior Lecturers: Tariq Ali @tma051000, Allison Case @abc130530, Steve Foland @sjf041000, Clark A. Meyer @cam140130, Todd W. Polk @twp017000
Senior Lecturers: @abc130530; @sjf041000; @cam140130; @twp017000; @tma051000;
UT Dallas Affiliated Faculty: Jonathan Cheng, Xin-Lin Gao, Edward Keefer, Michael P. Kilgard, Balakrishnan Prabhakaran, A. Dean Sherry, Emily A. Tobey, Mathukumalli Vidyasagar, Michael Qiwei Zhang
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 requirements" 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 (121 semester credit hours)1
I. Core Curriculum Requirements: 42 semester credit hours2
Communication: 6 semester credit hours
Mathematics: 3 semester credit hours
Life and Physical Sciences: 6 semester credit hours5
Language, Philosophy and Culture: 3 semester credit hours
Creative Arts: 3 semester credit hours
American History: 6 semester credit hours
Government / Political Science: 6 semester credit hours
Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 semester credit hours
Component Area Option: 6 semester credit hours
II. Major Requirements: 79 semester credit hours6
Major Preparatory Courses: 22 semester credit hours beyond Core Curriculum
Major Core Courses: 48 semester credit hours beyond Core Curriculum
or BMEN 3315 Thermodynamics and Physical Chemistry in Biomedical Engineering
Prescribed Electives: 9 semester credit hours
Students pursuing the general program take 9 semester credit hours using any other BMEN 3000 level or higher class.
Fast Track Baccalaureate/Master's Degrees
In response to the need for advanced education in Biomedical engineering, a Fast Track program is available to well-qualified UT Dallas undergraduate students. The Fast Track program is designed to accelerate a student's education so that both a BS and an MS 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 coursework during the senior year. Details are available from the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education.
The Department of Biomedical Engineering offers upper-division Honors for outstanding students in the BS 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 MS 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.
- Incoming freshmen must complete and pass UNIV 1010 Freshman Seminar and the corresponding school-related freshman seminar course. Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science majors must enroll and receive credit for ECS 1200 which will satisfy the UNIV 1010 graduation requirement. Students, including transfer students, who complete their core curriculum at UT Dallas must take UNIV 2020.
- Curriculum Requirements can be fulfilled by other approved courses. The courses listed are recommended as the most efficient way to satisfy both Core Curriculum and Major Requirements at UT Dallas.
- Semester credit hours fulfill the communication component of the Core Curriculum.
- Three semester credit hours of Calculus are counted under Mathematics Core, and five semester credit hours of Calculus are counted as Component Area Option Core.
- Six semester credit hours of Physics are counted under Science core, and one semester credit hour of Physics (PHYS 2125) is counted as Component Area Option Core.
- Students must pass each of the major requirement 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-division semester credit hours in the major for this class.
- Semester credit hours contribute to the Social and Behavioral Sciences component of the Core Curriculum.