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    Feb 24, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Biomedical Engineering B.S.B.E.


(CIP = 14.0501) (EBI)
Total Degree Hours: 126

http://www.usf.edu/engineering/undergraduate/majors.aspx

Effective date: Spring 2019

Mission Statement

The mission of the USF Department of Medical Engineering is to advance excellence in biomedical engineering education through a joint venture between the Morsani College of Medicine and the College of Engineering by conducting innovative translational research, developing impactful cutting-edge technologies, and preparing highly talented students for success as multidisciplinary global leaders across the fields of engineering, healthcare, and biomedical sciences.

Program Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes 

The graduates from the Department of Medical Engineering undergraduate biomedical engineering major are expected to achieve the following educational objectives:

  1.  To develop into successful, ethical biomedical engineers, healthcare professionals, or other related practitioners guided by an interdisciplinary curriculum, extracurricular activities and targeted internship experiences 
  2. To continue to pursue and expand their technical and professional knowledge and skills through academic and industrial training and lifelong learning
  3. To contribute to the local, national and global communities using experiences and skills acquired through their biomedical engineering education at the University of South Florida (USF).

ABET Student Learning Outcomes

The graduates of the B.S. degree program in Biomedical Engineering at USF will demonstrate that they have:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Furthermore, the structure of the curriculum provide both breadth and depth across the range of engineering and science topics consistent with the program educational objectives and student outcomes. The curriculum prepares graduates with experience in:

(a) Applying principles of engineering, biology, human physiology, chemistry, calculus-based physics, mathematics (through differential equations) and statistics;

(b) Solving bio/biomedical engineering problems, including those associated with the interaction between living and non-living systems;

(c) Analyzing, modeling, designing, and realizing bio/biomedical engineering devices, systems, components, or processes; and

(d) Making measurements on and interpreting data from living systems.

Departmental Policies

In addition to the College’s graduation requirements, the department has the following policies:

  1. Mandatory academic advising of students for each term.
  2. Exit interviews as a graduation requirement.

GPA and Grade Requirement

Unless otherwise stated, the minimum acceptable grade in BSBE required math, science, engineering and specialization courses is a C or higher (C- is insufficient). Students must have and maintain a minimum 2.0 Math and Science GPA, 2.0 Engineering GPA, 2.0 Specialization GPA, 2.0 USF GPA, and 2.0 Overall GPA.

Entrance Requirements


College of Engineering students who have fully met the below admission requirements and are in good academic standing, may declare a major in Biomedical Engineering. Prior to being admitted to a department, a student may be permitted to take no more than two departmental engineering courses. Once admitted, the department may have continuation requirements which specify minimum performance standards in core engineering courses which must be met before further registration in the department is granted.

Minimum Transfer Admission Requirements


  1. Completion of:
  2. A minimum overall GPA of 2.0.
  3. A minimum USF GPA of 2.0.

Limited Access


This major has additional admissions requirements as listed in this section.

The Biomedical Engineering major is limited access due to the following reasons: 1) limited space, equipment and other instructional facilities, including required laboratories; and 2) the program is of such a nature that in order to demonstrate potential for success in the program, applicants must attain a grade point average as

noted below.

First-Year Students:

Incoming first-year students may be directly invited into the Biomedical Engineering Major program if they are first admitted to the University of South Florida and meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum SAT Math 710 or ACT Math 30
  • Minimum High School Weighted GPA of 4.0 (as determined by USF Undergraduate Admissions)

First-year students who do not meet the above criteria may elect Pre-Biomedical Engineering (Pre-BME) as their major and work towards admission to the upper-division major, following the requirements listed below.

Sophomores:

Current USF students may elect Pre-Biomedical Engineering (Pre-BME) as their major and then must meet the following minimum requirements to be considered for admission to the upper-division program.

  • Minimum cumulative 3.5 GPA for the prerequisite courses, as listed below (best attempt);*
  • Minimum grade of C in each prerequisite course listed below;
  • No more than two attempts allowed for the prerequisite courses listed below (withdrawals included);
  • Completion of the first three semesters of the BME plan of study by the end of the third semester after matriculation to the University;
  • Completed BME departmental online application.

*Only the best attempt in each prerequisite course as listed below, is considered for admission into the BME program.

During the fall semester of the sophomore year, pre-BME majors apply for admission to the upper-division BME major, which begins in the spring semester of the sophomore year.

Transfers: 

Transfer students must meet the following minimum requirements to be considered for admission into the BME program.

  • Minimum 2.0 cumulative (overall) GPA;
  • Minimum cumulative 3.5 GPA in the prerequisite courses listed below;
  • Minimum grade of C in each prerequisite course listed below;
  • No more than two attempts allowed for the prerequisite courses listed below (withdrawals included);
  • Completed BME departmental online application.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum admission requirements as stated above will not be eligible for admission into the BME program. 

Transfer applications are referred to the department only after the USF Office of Admissions (including official transcripts) considers them complete. Applications are reviewed periodically and not on a rolling basis. The date of review may vary depending on the number of applications received.

Transfer applicants coming from out-of-state or private Florida institutions will be considered on a space available basis only.

Prerequisite Courses for Admission to the Upper-Division Major

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites


Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.

Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.

Students qualify for direct entry to their intended department if they have completed the following courses at a Florida College System institution or University in the Florida State University System (SUS) and meet all other admissions requirements of the University and College.

The following are transferable courses from the Florida College System Institution that will be accepted in the Math/Science/Engineering areas:

Mathematics:

  • (MAC X311 and MAC X312 and MAC X313) or (MAC X281 and MAC X282 and MAC X283) - 4 credit hours
  • MAP X302 or MAP X305 or ECH X301 - 3 credit hours

Natural Sciences:

  • CHM X045C or (CHM X045 and CHM X045L) or (CHM X095 and CHM X095L) or CHS X440C or (CHM X440 and CHM X440L) - 4 credit hours
  • PHY X048C or [PHY X048 and (PHY X048L or PHY X064L) - 5 credit hours
  • PHY X049C or [PHY X049 and (PHY X049L or PHY X064L) - 5 credit hours
  • (CHM X046 and CHM X046L) or (CHM X096 and CHM X096L) or CHM X046C - 4 credit hours
  • BSC X010C or [BSC X010 and (BSC X010L or BSC X044L)] - 4 credit hours
  • CHM X210C or (CHM X210 and CHM X210L) - 4 credit hours

Total Major Hours: 111


Major Core (98 hours)


Major BME or STEM Specialization Track Courses (13 credit hours)


Students will choose a focused set of courses in the BME Specialization track or a STEM Specialization track.

Technical Writing (3 credit hours)


Major Elective Information


Students will choose a focused set of courses in the BME Specialization track or a STEM Specialization track.

Major Elective Courses (13 Hours):


  • 6 hours of BME Upper-Level Electives
  • 6 hours of STEM Upper-Level Electives (Students pursuing Medical School will take CHM 2211  Organic Chemistry II and CHM 2211L  and Biodiversity BSC 2011  and BSC 2011L )
  • 1 hour professional elective

Departmental Policies


In addition to the college’s graduation requirements, the department has the following policies:

  1. Mandatory academic advising of students for each term.
  2. Exit interviews as a graduation requirement.

GPA Requirements


Students must have and maintain a minimum 2.0 Math and Science GPA, 2.0 Engineering GPA, 2.0 Specialization GPA, 2.0 USF GPA, and 2.0 Overall GPA.

Grade Requirement


Unless otherwise stated, the minimum acceptable grade in BSNE required math, science, engineering and specialization courses is a C or higher (C- is insufficient).

Residency Requirement


Transfer students must complete a minimum number of approved specialization courses in the major at USF. The minimum number of USF specialization credit hours required is established by the respective academic department. In no case will this be less than 18 hours. Basic Engineering courses are not considered specialization courses. The University residency requirement must also be met.

A dual degree student must meet the requirements of each major and have a minimum of 18 approved specialization hours taken in the degree granting department beyond those specialization hours required for the first degree.

Research Opportunities


All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 2912 , IDS 4914  or IDH 4910  courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office of Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.

Advising Information


All incoming freshman and transfer students must meet with one of the college advisors in the Engineering Student Services (ESS).

Engineering Student Services

Office: Engineering Building III (ENC) 1302
Phone: (813) 974-2684
Email: eng-bme@usf.edu
Website

Biomedical Engineering Faculty


Chair and Director: Robert Frisina, Jr.; Professors: Robert Frisina, Jr., Huabei Jiang, George Spirou; Research Professor: Hao Yang; Instructors: Olukemi Akintewe, Souheil Zekri.

Plan of Study


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