Overview

The Department of Biomedical Engineering offers a dual-degree program that culminates with students receiving both Bachelor of Science and Master of Science (BS/MS) in Biomedical Engineering concurrently. This program is available only to qualified students enrolled in the undergraduate program in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Miami. This program is intended to give qualified Biomedical Engineering students the opportunity to acquire both a baccalaureate degree (BSBE) and a Master of Science (MSBE) degree in five years rather than the 4 plus 2 years (approximately) that is traditionally expected. The two degrees are awarded simultaneously when the combined requirements have been met for both degrees.

  • Juniors from any of the four BME Concentrations who have maintained at least a 3.0 CGPA have the option to apply for admission to the combined BS-MS in Biomedical Engineering program.
  • Those who are accepted into this accelerated program must maintain at least a 3.0 CGPA and a minimum of a 3.0 GPA for the final 30 credit hours to meet the requirements of the Graduate School.
  • The participants complete BME 705 in lieu of BME 402/BME 403.
  • Up to 6 credit hours of Technical electives earned during the fourth year can be counted toward the 30 credit hours required for the MS degree. If their schedule allows, students may be able to complete an additional 3 credits of graduate classes during their fourth year.
  • Students must be registered for a minimum of 12 undergraduate credit hours per semester in their fourth year.
  • Students can register for a maximum of 6 graduate credit hours in each semester of their fourth year.
  • If a student needs to withdraw from the BS/MS BME program then all the requirements for the specific BS BME Concentration must be completed for graduation with the BS BME degree.

Admission Requirements

The dual BS/MS program is available only to qualified undergraduate students enrolled in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, in any of the four Concentrations (Electrical, Mechanical, Biomaterials and Tissue, PreMed). Typically, students must have undergraduate student status and a cumulative G.P.A. of at least 3.0 at the time of application.

Undergraduate students must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) before the end of their classification as a senior and attain a combined score of more than 300 on the verbal and quantitative portions. Students must meet all other pertinent graduate school and College of Engineering requirements.

Qualified students must apply prior to the beginning of final exams in the second semester of their junior year. Students are strongly advised to apply to the BS/MS program as early as possible in their junior year to facilitate academic advising and course selection in the second semester of their junior year. Before submitting an application, interested students should discuss the program and the possibility of entering the program with an academic advisor.

The College of Engineering Office of Admission will carefully review academic credentials for admission into the program and will notify students of their acceptance into the program. All admitted students will have a special advising appointment with Dr. Narasimhan, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Studies, to discuss academic issues specific to the BS/MS program.

Curriculum Guidelines

In the dual-degree BS/MS program in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, the first four years of the curriculum are altered as follows:

  • The 3 credits of Senior Design Project (BME 402/BME 403) are eliminated.
  • In Semester I of the senior year, one 3-credit Undergraduate Technical Elective is replaced with BME 705 (MS Design Project I)..
  • In Semester II of the senior year, one 3-credit Undergraduate Technical Elective is replaced with one 3-credit Graduate Technical Elective.

Graduate Technical Electives taken in the senior year must be chosen from the BME graduate course offerings, with the approval of their academic advisor. The credits of Graduate Technical Electives completed in the fourth year are counted toward the 30 credits required for the MS degree.

Students admitted in the dual degree BS/MS program can take a maximum of six (6) graduate credits per semester in their senior year, for a maximum of twelve (12) graduate credits per year, without incurring additional costs if they are full-time undergraduate students during this period. Students should register for courses towards their graduate degree as "G" credits and not as "U" credits. These registrations must be completed prior to taking courses. Retroactive add/drops will not be processed.

To register for graduate credits during their senior year, students must be in senior status and must complete and submit the Graduate School’s "Application for Undergraduates to Take Graduate Coursework" form. This form must accompany the Add/Drop and/or Course Request form to ensure that students are registered with the correct registration status.

In the Senior year, students must be registered for a minimum of 12 undergraduate credits each semester to maintain full-time status as an undergraduate student. After completing the senior year, students must register as graduate students.

BS/MS Design Project (BME 705/706)

In lieu of the 3-credit senior design project (BME 402/BME 403) students enrolled in the dual-degree BS/MS program register for 6 credits of Master Design Project (BME 705/BME 706). The 3 credits of BME 705 satisfy the undergraduate senior design requirements, in which students complete a year-long capstone design project that follows the same guidelines and format as BME 402/BME 403. Students enroll in BME 705 during the first semester of their senior year and receive their final project grade at the end of their senior year. The 3 credits of BME 706 satisfy the non-thesis Master's project requirement. Students enroll in BME 706 during the first semester of their fifth year. The BME 706 project can be a continuation of the student's BME 705 project, or an entirely new project. The format and guidelines for BME 706 are described in the MS section of the bulletin.

Graduation Requirements

Students accepted into the dual degree program must maintain at least a 3.0 Cumulative GPA, and meet all other pertinent Graduate School requirements, including a minimum of 3.0 GPA in the credits applied toward the MS degree. 

Curriculum Requirements

BSBE/MSBE (Biomaterials and Tissue Concentration)

Students in the BSBE Biomaterials and Tissue concentration are required to complete the following courses for the dual degree:

BSBE REQUIREMENTS
Engineering Courses
BME 111Introduction to Engineering I3
BME 112Introduction to Biomedical Engineering2
BME 211Introduction to Programming for Biomedical Engineers3
BME 265Medical Systems Physiology3
BME 266Human Physiology Laboratory1
BME 302Cellular Engineering3
BME 303Cell Engineering Lab1
BME 310Mathematical Analysis in Biomedical Engineering3
BME 330Foundations of Medical Imaging3
BME 335Biomaterials3
BME 375Fundamentals of Biomechanics3
BME 401Biomedical Design3
BME 440Biomedical Measurements4
BME 450Biomedical Transport Phenomena3
BME 470Biomedical Signal Analysis3
BME 480Biomedical Instrumentation3
BME 512Regulatory Control of Biomedical Devices3
BME 535Advanced Biomaterials3
BME 565Principles of Cellular and Tissue Engineering3
BME 567Tissue Engineering Lab1
ECE 201Electrical Circuit Theory3
Math and Science Courses
BIL 150General Biology4
BIL 151General Biology Laboratory1
BME 312Biomedical Statistics and Data Analysis3
CHM 121Principles of Chemistry4
CHM 113Chemistry Laboratory I1
CHM 205Chemical Dynamics Laboratory1
CHM 221Introduction to Structure and Dynamics4
MTH 151Calculus I for Engineers5
MTH 162Calculus II4
MTH 311Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations3
PHY 221University Physics I3
PHY 222University Physics II3
PHY 223University Physics III3
PHY 224University Physics II Lab1
PHY 225University Physics III Lab1
Additional Requirements
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 107English Composition II: Science and Technology3
Arts and Humanities Cognate9
People and Society Cognate9
MSBE REQUIREMENTS
BME 705Senior Design Project3
Graduate Technical Electives27
BME 706Master's Project3
Total Credit Hours155

Curriculum Requirements

BSBE/MSBE  (Electrical Concentration)

Students in the BSBE Electrical concentration are required to complete the following courses for the dual degree:

BSBE REQUIREMENTS
Engineering Courses
BME 111Introduction to Engineering I3
BME 112Introduction to Biomedical Engineering2
BME 211Introduction to Programming for Biomedical Engineers3
BME 265Medical Systems Physiology3
BME 266Human Physiology Laboratory1
BME 310Mathematical Analysis in Biomedical Engineering3
BME 330Foundations of Medical Imaging3
BME 335Biomaterials3
BME 375Fundamentals of Biomechanics3
BME 401Biomedical Design3
BME 440Biomedical Measurements4
BME 450Biomedical Transport Phenomena3
BME 470Biomedical Signal Analysis3
BME 480Biomedical Instrumentation3
BME 507LabView Applications for Biomedical Engineering1
BME 512Regulatory Control of Biomedical Devices3
BME 540Microcomputer-Based Medical Instrumentation3
BME 541Medical Electronic Systems Laboratory2
ECE 201Electrical Circuit Theory3
ECE 202Electronics I3
ECE 203Electrical Circuits Laboratory1
ECE 211Logic Design3
ECE 315Digital Design Laboratory1
Technical Elective Lab1
Math and Science Courses
BIL 150General Biology4
BIL 151General Biology Laboratory1
BME 312Biomedical Statistics and Data Analysis3
CHM 121Principles of Chemistry4
CHM 113Chemistry Laboratory I1
MTH 151Calculus I for Engineers5
MTH 162Calculus II4
MTH 311Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations3
PHY 221University Physics I3
PHY 222University Physics II3
PHY 223University Physics III3
PHY 224University Physics II Lab1
PHY 225University Physics III Lab1
Additional Requirements
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 107English Composition II: Science and Technology3
Arts and Humanities Cognate9
People and Society Cognate9
MSBE REQUIREMENTS
BME 705Senior Design Project3
Graduate Technical Electives27
BME 706Master's Project3
Total Credit Hours154

Curriculum Requirements

BSBE/MSBE  (Mechanical Concentration)

Students in the BSBE Mechanical concentration are required to complete the following courses for the dual degree:

BSBE REQUIREMENTS
Engineering Courses
BME 111Introduction to Engineering I3
BME 112Introduction to Biomedical Engineering2
BME 211Introduction to Programming for Biomedical Engineers3
BME 265Medical Systems Physiology3
BME 266Human Physiology Laboratory1
BME 303Cell Engineering Lab1
or ECE 303 Electronics Laboratory
BME 310Mathematical Analysis in Biomedical Engineering3
BME 330Foundations of Medical Imaging3
BME 335Biomaterials3
BME 375Fundamentals of Biomechanics3
BME 401Biomedical Design3
BME 440Biomedical Measurements4
BME 450Biomedical Transport Phenomena3
BME 460Introduction to Physiological Fluid Mechanics3
BME 470Biomedical Signal Analysis3
BME 480Biomedical Instrumentation3
BME 506Computer Aided Design in Biomedical Engineering1
BME 512Regulatory Control of Biomedical Devices3
BME 575Tissue Mechanics3
ECE 201Electrical Circuit Theory3
CAE 210Mechanics of Solids I3
MAE 202Dynamics3
Technical Elective Lab1
Math and Science Courses
BIL 150General Biology4
BIL 151General Biology Laboratory1
BME 312Biomedical Statistics and Data Analysis3
CHM 121Principles of Chemistry4
CHM 113Chemistry Laboratory I1
MTH 151Calculus I for Engineers5
MTH 162Calculus II4
MTH 311Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations3
PHY 221University Physics I3
PHY 222University Physics II3
PHY 223University Physics III3
PHY 224University Physics II Lab1
PHY 225University Physics III Lab1
Additional Requirements
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 107English Composition II: Science and Technology3
Arts and Humanities Cognate9
People and Society Cognate9
MSBE REQUIREMENTS
BME 705Senior Design Project3
Graduate Technical Electives27
BME 706Master's Project3
Total Credit Hours154

Curriculum Requirements

BSBE/MSBE  (Pre-Med Concentration)

Students in the BSBE Pre-Med concentration are required to complete the following courses for the dual degree:

BSBE REQUIREMENTS
Engineering Courses
BME 111Introduction to Engineering I3
BME 112Introduction to Biomedical Engineering2
BME 211Introduction to Programming for Biomedical Engineers3
BME 265Medical Systems Physiology3
BME 266Human Physiology Laboratory1
BME 303Cell Engineering Lab1
BME 310Mathematical Analysis in Biomedical Engineering3
BME 330Foundations of Medical Imaging3
BME 335Biomaterials3
BME 375Fundamentals of Biomechanics3
BME 401Biomedical Design3
BME 440Biomedical Measurements4
BME 450Biomedical Transport Phenomena3
BME 470Biomedical Signal Analysis3
BME 480Biomedical Instrumentation3
BME 512Regulatory Control of Biomedical Devices3
ECE 201Electrical Circuit Theory3
Advanced Bioscience Elective6
Technical Elective Lab1
Technical or Science Lab Elective1
Math and Science Courses
BIL 150General Biology4
BIL 151General Biology Laboratory1
BIL 160Evolution and Biodiversity4
BIL 161Evolution and Biodiversity Laboratory1
BME 312Biomedical Statistics and Data Analysis3
CHM 113Chemistry Laboratory I1
CHM 121Principles of Chemistry4
CHM 205Chemical Dynamics Laboratory1
CHM 221Introduction to Structure and Dynamics4
MTH 151Calculus I for Engineers5
MTH 162Calculus II4
MTH 311Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations3
PHY 221University Physics I3
PHY 222University Physics II3
PHY 223University Physics III3
PHY 224University Physics II Lab1
PHY 225University Physics III Lab1
Additional Requirements
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 107English Composition II: Science and Technology3
Arts and Humanities Cognate9
People and Society Cognate9
MSBE REQUIREMENTS
BME 705Senior Design Project3
Graduate Technical Electives27
BME 706Master's Project3
Total Credit Hours158

Suggested Plan of Study

Biomaterials and Tissue Concentration

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
FallCredit Hours
BME 111 Introduction to Engineering I 3
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
MTH 151 Calculus I for Engineers 5
PHY 221 University Physics I 3
PS/HA Cognate 1 3
 Credit Hours17
Spring
BME 112 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering 2
CHM 121 Principles of Chemistry 4
CHM 113 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
ENG 107 English Composition II: Science and Technology 3
MTH 162 Calculus II 4
PHY 222 University Physics II 3
PHY 224 University Physics II Lab 1
 Credit Hours18
Sophomore Year
Fall
BIL 150 General Biology 4
BIL 151 General Biology Laboratory 1
BME 302 Cellular Engineering 3
BME 303 Cell Engineering Lab 1
ECE 201 Electrical Circuit Theory 3
MTH 311 Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations 3
PHY 223 University Physics III 3
 Credit Hours18
Spring
BME 211 Introduction to Programming for Biomedical Engineers 3
BME 265 Medical Systems Physiology 3
BME 266 Human Physiology Laboratory 1
CHM 221 Introduction to Structure and Dynamics 4
CHM 205 Chemical Dynamics Laboratory 1
BME 310 Mathematical Analysis in Biomedical Engineering 3
PHY 225 University Physics III Lab 1
 Credit Hours16
Junior Year
Fall
BME 312 Biomedical Statistics and Data Analysis 3
BME 330 Foundations of Medical Imaging 3
BME 335 Biomaterials 3
BME 375 Fundamentals of Biomechanics 3
PS/HA Cognate 1 6
 Credit Hours18
Spring
BME 401 Biomedical Design 3
BME 450 Biomedical Transport Phenomena 3
BME 470 Biomedical Signal Analysis 3
PS/HA Cognate 1 6
 Credit Hours15
Senior Year
Fall
BME 440 Biomedical Measurements 4
BME 565 Principles of Cellular and Tissue Engineering 3
BME 567 Tissue Engineering Lab 1
Undergraduate Technical Elective 2 3
BME 705 Senior Design Project 3
Graduate Course 3 3
 Credit Hours17
Spring
BME 480 Biomedical Instrumentation 3
BME 512 Regulatory Control of Biomedical Devices 3
Undergraduate Technical Elective 2 3
BME 535 Advanced Biomaterials 3
PS/HA Cognate 1 3
Graduate Course 3 3
Graduate Course 4 0-3
 Credit Hours18-21
Fifth Year (Graduate)
Fall
BME 706 Master's Project 3
Graduate Course 3 3
Graduate Course 3 3
 Credit Hours9
Spring
Graduate Course 3 3
Graduate Course 3 3
Graduate Course 3 3
 Credit Hours9
 Total Credit Hours155-158

Suggested Plan of Study

Electrical Concentration

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
FallCredit Hours
BME 111 Introduction to Engineering I 3
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
MTH 151 Calculus I for Engineers 5
PHY 221 University Physics I 3
PS/HA Cognate 1 3
 Credit Hours17
Spring
BME 112 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering 2
CHM 121 Principles of Chemistry 4
CHM 113 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
ENG 107 English Composition II: Science and Technology 3
MTH 162 Calculus II 4
PHY 222 University Physics II 3
PHY 224 University Physics II Lab 1
 Credit Hours18
Sophomore Year
Fall
BIL 150 General Biology 4
BIL 151 General Biology Laboratory 1
ECE 201 Electrical Circuit Theory 3
MTH 311 Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations 3
PHY 223 University Physics III 3
PS/HA Cognate 1 3
 Credit Hours17
Spring
BME 211 Introduction to Programming for Biomedical Engineers 3
BME 265 Medical Systems Physiology 3
BME 266 Human Physiology Laboratory 1
BME 310 Mathematical Analysis in Biomedical Engineering 3
ECE 203 Electrical Circuits Laboratory 1
PHY 225 University Physics III Lab 1
PS/HA Cognate 1 3
 Credit Hours15
Junior Year
Fall
BME 312 Biomedical Statistics and Data Analysis 3
BME 375 Fundamentals of Biomechanics 3
BME 450 Biomedical Transport Phenomena 3
ECE 202 Electronics I 3
ECE 211 Logic Design 3
PS/HA Cognate 3
 Credit Hours18
Spring
BME 330 Foundations of Medical Imaging 3
BME 335 Biomaterials 3
BME 401 Biomedical Design 3
BME 440 Biomedical Measurements 4
ECE 315 Digital Design Laboratory 1
PS/HA Cognate 1 3
 Credit Hours17
Senior Year
Fall
BME 470 Biomedical Signal Analysis 3
BME 507 LabView Applications for Biomedical Engineering 1
BME 512 Regulatory Control of Biomedical Devices 3
Undergraduate Technical Elective 2 3
BME 705 Senior Design Project 3
Graduate Course 5 3
 Credit Hours16
Spring
BME 480 Biomedical Instrumentation 3
BME 540 Microcomputer-Based Medical Instrumentation 3
BME 541 Medical Electronic Systems Laboratory 2
Undergraduate Technical Elective 2 3
Technical Elective Lab 3 1
PS/HA Cognate 1 3
Graduate Course 5 3
Graduate Course 3 0-3
 Credit Hours18-21
Fifth Year (Graduate)
Fall
BME 706 Master's Project 3
Graduate Course 5 3
Graduate Course 5 3
 Credit Hours9
Spring
Graduate Course 5 3
Graduate Course 5 3
Graduate Course 5 3
 Credit Hours9
 Total Credit Hours154-157

Suggested Plan of Study

Mechanical Concentration

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
FallCredit Hours
BME 111 Introduction to Engineering I 3
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
MTH 151 Calculus I for Engineers 5
PHY 221 University Physics I 3
PS/HA Cognate 1 3
 Credit Hours17
Spring
BME 112 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering 2
CHM 121 Principles of Chemistry 4
CHM 113 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
ENG 107 English Composition II: Science and Technology 3
MTH 162 Calculus II 4
PHY 222 University Physics II 3
PHY 224 University Physics II Lab 1
 Credit Hours18
Sophomore Year
Fall
BIL 150 General Biology 4
BIL 151 General Biology Laboratory 1
BME 211 Introduction to Programming for Biomedical Engineers 3
ECE 201 Electrical Circuit Theory 3
MTH 311 Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations 3
PS/HA Cognate 1 3
 Credit Hours17
Spring
BME 265 Medical Systems Physiology 3
BME 266 Human Physiology Laboratory 1
CAE 210 Mechanics of Solids I 3
PHY 223 University Physics III 3
PHY 225 University Physics III Lab 1
ECE 203 or BME 303 Electrical Circuits Laboratory
or Cell Engineering Lab
1
PS/HA Cognate 1 3
 Credit Hours15
Junior Year
Fall
BME 310 Mathematical Analysis in Biomedical Engineering 3
BME 312 Biomedical Statistics and Data Analysis 3
BME 330 Foundations of Medical Imaging 3
BME 440 Biomedical Measurements 4
MAE 202 Dynamics 3
 Credit Hours16
Spring
BME 335 Biomaterials 3
BME 375 Fundamentals of Biomechanics 3
BME 401 Biomedical Design 3
BME 460 Introduction to Physiological Fluid Mechanics 3
PS/HA Cognate 1 6
 Credit Hours18
Senior Year
Fall
BME 480 Biomedical Instrumentation 3
BME 506 Computer Aided Design in Biomedical Engineering 1
BME 575 Tissue Mechanics 3
Technical Elective Lab 3 1
Undergraduate Technical Elective 2 3
BME 705 Senior Design Project 3
Graduate Course 4 3
 Credit Hours17
Spring
BME 450 Biomedical Transport Phenomena 3
BME 470 Biomedical Signal Analysis 3
BME 512 Regulatory Control of Biomedical Devices 3
Undergraduate Technical Elective 2 3
PS/HA Cognate 1 3
Graduate Course 4 3
Graduate Course 5 0-3
 Credit Hours18-21
Fifth Year (Graduate)
Fall
BME 706 Master's Project 3
Graduate Course 4 3
Graduate Course 4 3
 Credit Hours9
Spring
Graduate Course 4 3
Graduate Course 4 3
Graduate Course 4 3
 Credit Hours9
 Total Credit Hours154-157

Suggested Plan of Study

Pre-Med Concentration

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
FallCredit Hours
BME 111 Introduction to Engineering I 3
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
MTH 151 Calculus I for Engineers 5
PHY 221 University Physics I 3
PS/HA Cognate 1 3
 Credit Hours17
Spring
BME 112 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering 2
CHM 121 Principles of Chemistry 4
CHM 113 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
ENG 107 English Composition II: Science and Technology 3
MTH 162 Calculus II 4
PHY 222 University Physics II 3
PHY 224 University Physics II Lab 1
 Credit Hours18
Sophomore Year
Fall
BIL 150 General Biology 4
BIL 151 General Biology Laboratory 1
BME 211 Introduction to Programming for Biomedical Engineers 3
ECE 201 Electrical Circuit Theory 3
MTH 311 Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations 3
CHM 221 Introduction to Structure and Dynamics 4
 Credit Hours18
Spring
BIL 160 Evolution and Biodiversity 4
BIL 161 Evolution and Biodiversity Laboratory 1
BME 265 Medical Systems Physiology 3
BME 266 Human Physiology Laboratory 1
PHY 223 University Physics III 3
CHM 205 Chemical Dynamics Laboratory 1
CHM 222 Organic Reactions and Synthesis 4 4
 Credit Hours17
Junior Year
Fall
BME 303 Cell Engineering Lab 1
BME 310 Mathematical Analysis in Biomedical Engineering 3
BME 335 Biomaterials 3
PHY 225 University Physics III Lab 1
CHM 206 Organic Reactions and Synthesis Laboratory 5 1
BMB 401 Biochemistry for the Biomedical Sciences 4 4
PS/HA Cognate 1 3
 Credit Hours16
Spring
BME 312 Biomedical Statistics and Data Analysis 3
BME 375 Fundamentals of Biomechanics 3
BME 401 Biomedical Design 3
BME 440 Biomedical Measurements 4
PS/HA Cognate 1 3
 Credit Hours16
Senior Year
Fall
BME 330 Foundations of Medical Imaging 3
BME 470 Biomedical Signal Analysis 3
BME 512 Regulatory Control of Biomedical Devices 3
Technical Elective Lab 3 1
PS/HA Cognate 1 3
BME 705 Senior Design Project 3
Graduate Course 6 3
 Credit Hours19
Spring
BME 450 Biomedical Transport Phenomena 3
BME 480 Biomedical Instrumentation 3
Undergraduate Technical Elective 2 3
PS/HA Cognate 1 6
Graduate Course 6 3
Graduate Course 7 0-3
 Credit Hours18-21
Fifth Year (Graduate)
Fall
BME 706 Master's Project 3
Graduate Course 6 3
Graduate Course 6 3
 Credit Hours9
Spring
Graduate Course 6 3
Graduate Course 6 3
Graduate Course 6 3
 Credit Hours9
 Total Credit Hours157-160