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Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering

This degree is designed to prepare graduates for a variety of careers in the biomedical engineering field. The program builds upon a strong base of biology, mathematics, physics, chemistry, and engineering science to develop a clinically oriented biomedical engineer to serve medical and industrial needs. It includes courses and laboratories in biomedical engineering, physiology and biology. Elective units are available in the senior year to explore individual areas of interest.

Major Declaration

Freshmen admission to engineering majors is to a 'pre-major' status (i.e., Pre-Biomedical Engineering). Continuation in the major will be subject to meeting specific lower division course and GPA requirements at CSULB that indicate the student's ability to succeed and complete the major. Transfer applicants and CSULB students seeking admission into Biomedical Engineering must also meet similar major specific requirements. To become fully admitted into the Biomedical Engineering major, all prospective students (i.e., pre-majors, undeclared, major changes) must have a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA and complete the following lower-division courses with a minimum grade of "C" prior to earning 60 units:

Core Lower-Division Major Requirements:

  • MATH 122 (Calculus I), MATH 123 (Calculus II), PHYS 151 (Mechanics and Heat), CHEM 111A (General Chemistry)

General Education Foundations Courses:

  • Written Communication and Oral Communication.

Degree Progress

Students must complete the following requirements within one calendar year of declaring the major. Some students may need to take courses during Summer Session to meet these requirements. At the end of the year, students who have not met the requirements must either declare another major or meet with an Academic Advisor to determine if the student's performance in the courses merits an additional semester to complete.

First-Time Freshmen: A grade of "C" or better must be achieved in MATH 122 within one calendar year.

Transfer Students: A grade of "C" or better must be achieved in MATH 123 and PHYS 151 within one calendar year.


Lower Division:

Take all the following:

"C" or better

  • MATH 122 Calculus I (4)
    Prerequisite: Appropriate MDPT placement or a grade of "C" or better in MATH 111 and MATH 113.
  • ENGR 101 Introduction to Engineering Profession (1)
    Prerequisite: Freshman standing or consent of instructor
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 111 or MATH 113 or MATH 122
  • CHEM 111A. General Chemistry (5)
    Prerequisites: A passing score on the Chemistry Placement Examination.
    Corequisite: MATH 109 or higher.
  • BME 100 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering (1)
    Prerequisites: None.
  • BME 201 Programming for Biomedical Engineers (3)
    Prerequisites: MATH 122
  • MATH 123 Calculus II (4)
    Prerequisite: MATH 122 with a grade of “C” or better.
  • ENGR 102 Academic Success Skills (1)
    Prerequisite: ENGR 101 with a grade of "C" or better.
  • CHEM 111B. General Chemistry (5)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 111A and MATH 113 or MATH 115 or MATH 119A or MATH 122 all with a grade of "C" or better.
  • MATH 249 Linear Algebra and Differential Equations (3)
    Prerequisite: MATH 123 with a grade of “C” or better.A course in computer programming is required with a grade of "C" or better.
  • MATH 224 Calculus III (4)
    Prerequisite: MATH 123 or 222 with a grade of “C” or better.
  • PHYS 151 Mechanics and Heat (4)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 122
  • BME 210 Biomedical Signals and Systems (3)
    Prerequisites: CHEM 111B, EE 380, MATH 249, BME 201
  • BME 211 Biomechanics I (3)
    Prerequisite: PHYS 151, MATH 224
  • BIOL 200 General Biology (4)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation Requirements
  • BIOL 207 Human Physiology (4)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation Requirements

Upper Division:

Take all of the following:

"C" or better

  • EE 380 Probability, Statistics & Stochastic Modeling (3)
    Prerequisites: MATH 123; (EE 202 or CECS 271 or CECS 274 or CECS 275) all with a grade of "C" or better
  • BME 300 Bioinformatics and Genomics (3)
    Prerequisites: BME 210 and (BIOL 200 or BIOL 212)
  • BME 304 Biomedical Signal Processing (3)
    Prerequisites: BME 210
  • BME 311 Biomechanics II (3)
    Prerequisites: BME 211, MATH 249
  • BME 320 Data Acquisition and Analysis (4)
    Prerequisites: BME 210
    Corequisite BIOL 207 or BIOL 342 or BIOL 345.
  • BME 350 Computational Physiology (3)
    Prerequisites: (BIOL 207 or BIOL 342 or BIOL 345) and BME 304 and BME 320
  • BME 360 Biomedical Instrumentation (4)
    Prerequisites: BME 320
  • BME 370 Bio-fluids and Transport (3)
    Prerequisites: MATH 249, PHYS 151, (BIOL 200 or BIOL 212), (BIOL 207 or BIOL 342 or BIOL 345)
  • ENGR 361 Scientific Research Communication (3)
    Prerequisites: G.E. foundation courses; score of 11 or higher on the GWAR Placement Examination or successfully completed the necessary portfolio course that is a prerequisite for a GWAR Writing Intensive Capstone.
  • BME 490A Biomedical Engineering Capstone (3)
    Prerequisites: Senior standing and BME 370.
  • BME 490B Biomedical Engineering Capstone (3)
    Prerequisite: BME 490A with a grade of "C" or better

Take three units of electives from the following courses:

  • BME 406 Selected Topics in Biomedical Engineering (3)
    Prerequisite: Senior standing in the Biomedical Engineering Major
  • BME 410 Biomedical Image Processing (3)
    Prerequisite: BME 350 with a grade of "C" or better
  • BME 420 Biomaterials (3)
    Prerequisites: BME 311, CHEM 111B, BIOL 200 or BIOL 212 or equivalent with a grade of "C" or better
  • BME 430 Neurocritical Care (3)
    Prerequisites: BME 350 with a grade of "C" or better
  • BME 440 Healthcare Informatics (3)
    Prerequisites: BME 300 with a grade of "C" or better
  • BME 445 Biological Databases (3)
    Prerequisites: BME 440 with a grade of "C" or better
  • BME 450 Stem Cell and Tissue Engineering (3)
    Prerequisites: BME 420, BIOL 200 or BIOL 212 all with a grade of "C" or better

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