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Biomechanical Engineering (BME)

Completion of the undergraduate program in Biomechanical Engineering leads to the conferral of the Bachelor of Science in Engineering. The subplan "Biomechanical Engineering" appears on the transcript and on the diploma.

Mission of the Undergraduate Program in Biomechanical Engineering

The mission of the undergraduate program in Biomechanical Engineering is to help students address health science challenges by applying engineering mechanics and design to the fields of biology and medicine. The program is interdisciplinary in nature, integrating engineering course work with biology and clinical medicine. Research and teaching in this discipline focus primarily on neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and cell and tissue biomechanics. This major prepares students for graduate studies in bioengineering, medicine or related areas.

Requirements

Mathematics (21 units minimum; see Basic Requirement 1)

Science (22 units minimum)1

CHEM 31X or A,B. (required)

4-8

BIO 44X. Biology Labs (WIM)

4

Biology or Human Biology A/B core courses

10

Additional units from School of Engineering approved list

 

Technology in Society (one course required; see Basic Requirement 4)

3-5

Engineering Topics (Engineering Science and Design):

Engineering Fundamentals (minimum three courses; see Basic Requirement 3):

ENGR 14. Applied Mechanics: Statics

3

ENGR 25. Biotechnology

3

Fundamentals Elective

3-5

Engineering Depth:

ENGR 15. Dynamics

3

ENGR 30. Engineering Thermodynamics

3

ME 70. Introductory Fluids Engineering

4

ME 80. Mechanics of Materials

4

ME 389 or BIOE 393. Seminar

1

Options to complete the ME depth sequence (3 courses, minimum 9 units):

ENGR 105. Feedback Control Design

3

ME 101. Visual Thinking

3

ME 103D. Engineering Drawing and Design

1

ME 112. Mechanical Engineering Design

4

ME 113. Mechanical Engineering Design

4

ME 131A. Heat Transfer

3-4

ME 131B. Fluid Mechanics

4

ME 140. Advanced Thermal Systems

5

ME 161. Dynamic Systems

4

ME 203. Manufacturing and Design

3-4

ME 210. Introduction to Mechatronics

4

ME 220. Introduction to Sensors

3-4

Options to complete the BME depth sequence (3 courses, minimum 9 units):

BIOE 282. Performance, Development, and Adaptation of Skeletal Muscle

3

ME 280. Skeleton Development and Evolution

3

ME 281. Biomechanics of Movement

3

ME 284A. Cardiovascular Bioengineering

3

ME 284B. Cardiovascular Bioengineering

3

ME 294. Medical Device Design

3

ME 239. Mechanics of the Cell

3

These requirements are subject to change. The final requirements are published with sample programs in the Handbook for Undergraduate Engineering Programs.

1 Science must include both Chemistry and Physics with one year of course work (3 courses) in at least one, two courses of HUMBIO core or BIO core, and CHEM 31A and B or X, or ENGR 31. CHEM 31A and B are considered one course even though given over two quarters.

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