Biomedical Engineering


Biomedical Engineering

Undergraduate Minor in Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineering is a burgeoning field and has been a major driving force in the U.S.’s job market over the recent decades. This interdisciplinary field brings together electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, biologists, medical physicians, business entrepreneurs, and many other professionals to create the modern medical technology and advances that our society has witnessed to dramatically improve healthcare.  At the foundation of biomedical engineering is a deep understanding of engineering electrical and mechanical systems and an integration of knowledge in biology and medicine. 

Thus, the Biomedical Engineering (BME) minor degree program is designed for students interested in pursuing biomedical engineering in their careers to obtain a strong foundation in one of the major engineering disciplines (EE or ME) and understand how to apply their engineering skills to contribute to the advancement of medical technology and treatments as well as the design of products to improve the human quality of life.

A minimum of 20 units is required, of which 12 can be used to satisfy major requirements in Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering, or minor degree requirements of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology,  For example, the EE course offerings in this BME minor are part of an existing upper division specialization in Biomedical Engineering within the BSEE degree program, and thus would enable EE majors to obtain the biomedical minor degree while fulfilling their upper division specialization requirement.

Successful completion requires a 2.0 overall grade point average in the BME minor, good academic standing, and completion of all minor courses by the time students earn their baccalaureate.


A minimum of 20 units of which 12 units must come from the upper division level.  Additional prerequisite courses may be required.

Required Biology Course(s):

BIOL 2010         Human Anatomy and Physiology I                 (4)

BIOL 2020         Human Anatomy and Physiology II                (4)


BIOL 1054        Physiology for Engineers (3)   (NEW COURSE for FALL 2017. This course will eventually replace the BIOL 2010/2020 requirement)


Required BME Courses:

ME/EE 3801      Introduction to Biomedical Engineering         (3)

EE 3810            Sensors, Data Acquisition, and Instrumentation with Applications in BME  (3)


Elective courses (6-11 units depending on BIO course selection):

ME 4500             Biomechanics               (3)

ME 4510             Biomaterials                  (3)

ME 4520             Impact Biomechanics   (3)

ME 4590             Rehabilitation Design & Internship   (3)

EE 4810              Biomedical Devices      (3)

EE 4820              Biomedical Signal Processing    (3)

ME/EE 4990        Directed Study    (1-3)

BINF 4000           Bioinformatics and Computational Biology    (3)

BINF 4500           Process Estimation and Detection in Cellular Biology (3)

KIN 3350             Anatomical Kinesiology    (3)

Course Descriptions (units)

Required Courses:
BIOL 2010 – Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
Prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 1010. Structure and function of the cell and tissue; anatomy and physiology of the skeletal, muscular, digestive, and urinary systems. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. No credit toward Biology major or minor.

BIOL 2020 – Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
Prerequisite: BIOL 2010. Anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, endocrine, and reproductive systems. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours. No credit toward Biology major or minor.

EE 2049 – Electrical Measurements and Circuits Laboratory (1)
Prerequisites: EE 2040.  Characteristics and limitations of electrical instrumentation and experimental verification of the laws of electrical circuits.

EE 2440 – Digital Engineering (3)
Prerequisites: College Algebra.  Binary systems; boolean functions and their simplification; combinational and sequential logic; digital system design and implementation using FPGA. Lecture 2 units, Lab 1 unit. Graded ABC/NC.

EE/ME 3801 – Introduction to Biomedical Engineering (3)
Prerequisites: MATH 2120, PHYS 2200, BIOL 2020. Introduction to the field of biomedical engineering.  Covers fundamental knowledge on various subfields of biomedical engineering, including biomechanics, rehabilitation engineering, biomedical devices, biosignal processing, and responsible conduct in biomedical research. Graded ABCDF.

EE 3810 – Sensors, Data Acquisition and Instrumentation with Applications in Biomed. Engineering (3)
Pre-requisites: EE 2049.  Co-requisite: EE 2440. Commonly used sensor technologies and measurements in engineering systems, hardware interfaces, data collection; practical applications of sensors and instrumentation in biomedical engineering.  Note: Fullfills G.E. block B2 requirement for engineering majors.

Elective Courses:

KIN 3350 Anatomical Kinesiology (3)
Prerequisites: BIOL 2010 and BIOL 2020. Structure and function of the musculoskeletal system in relation to human movement. Lecture 3 hrs, laboratory 3 hrs.

BINF 4000 – Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (3)
Prerequisites: BIOL 1100 and CS 2011 (or CIS 2830); upper division or graduate level standing. Theory and application of software programs that analyze genes and proteins; creation of programs designed to search databases and align sequences. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours.

BINF 4500 – Advanced Topics in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (1)
Prerequisite: BINF 4010. Review of current advances in bioinformatics and computational biology. Recitation-Laboratory 6 hours.

ME 4500 – Biomechanics (3)
Prerequisites: ME 2050, ME 3200. Application of mechanical principles on living things, statics and dynamics of human activities, study of biomechanical mechanisms and structures, and mechanics of materials and tissues.

ME 4510 – Biomaterials (3)
Prerequisites: CHEM 1040, ME 2070, ME 2050. Materials for biomedical applications, their chemical structures, physical and mechanical properties and processing, bio-reaction with biomaterials, bio-integration, implantation, inflammation, immune response, thrombosis, and calcification.

ME 4520 – Impact Biomechanics (3)
Prerequisites: ME 2050, ME 3200. Application of mechanical engineering principles to the study of biomechanical response of the body to impacts and human tissue tolerance.  Use of engineering design principles in injury prevention.

ME 4590 – Rehabilitation Design & Internship (3)
Prerequisite: ME3200. Corequisites: ME 3210 or 4201. Introduction to Rehabilitation & Biomedical Engineering utilizing cutting-edge analysis and measurement tools to apply students’ skills to maximize independence and enhance activities of people with disabilities. This course requires Service-Learning.

EE 4810 – Biomedical Devices (3)
Prerequisites: EE2040, EE3810. Introduction to engineering of biomedical devices; use of electronic circuit design in medical instrumentation with a focus on implantable devices; electronic device design of neural prostheses and signal conditioning circuitry.

EE 4820 – Biomedical Signal Processing (3)
Prerequisites: EE 3020, EE 3810. Signal processing techniques to analyze bioelectrical signals for biomedical applications, such as diagnostics of neurological disorders and development of neurostimulation therapies.

EE/ME 4990 – Undergraduate Directed Study (1-3)
Prerequisites: Permission needed by department. Project selected in conference with the sponsor before registration; progress meeting held regularly, and a final report submitted. May be repeated for credit.


Core BME Faculty                                                                    Department                                          

      Deborah Won, Ph.D.                                         Electrical and Computer Engineering

      David E. Raymond, Ph.D.                                  Mechanical Engineering

      Samuel Landsberger, Sc.D.                               Mechanical Engineering & Kinesiology


Affiliated Faculty                                                                         Core Department                                     

      Nancy Warter-Perez, Ph.D.                               Electrical and Computer Engineering

      Christine Dy, Ph.D.                                            Kinesiology

       Ray de Leon, Ph.D.                                          Kinesiology

       Andrew Cornwell, Ph.D.                                   Kinesiology

       Katrina Yamazaki, Ph.D.                                  Biological Sciences


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