University General Course Catalog 2016-2017 
    May 30, 2023  

Biomedical Engineering, B.S. in B.M.E.

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Biomedical Engineering is the application of engineering to problems in biology and medicine. Biomedical engineers address these problems by designing measuring and diagnostic systems and analyzing biological and physiological data. The BS BME curriculum provides students with an interdisciplinary education that includes a strong background in math, science and electrical engineering. With a few additional courses, graduates of the program have the option to apply for admission to medical school. The Department of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering also cooperates with local industry to offer a number of summer internships for qualified undergraduate students. The curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering degree is listed below.

NOTE: The professional FE examination, administered by the state board of engineering registration, must be taken by all biomedical engineering students before graduation during the senior year of study.

Contact Information

Electrical and Biomedical Engineering Department 
332 Scrugham Engineering and Mines 
(775) 784-6927

Incoming students, freshmen and sophomores should contact the Engineering Advising Center
108 Edmund J. Cain Hall Building
(775) 682-7721

Juniors and seniors should contact their faculty advisor directly

Transfer to Nevada

Use the transfer agreement  and the degree planner (available by clicking Print degree planner icon at the top right of this page) to build your plan for graduation with your advisor. Course substitutions not identified on the transfer agreement require UNR advisor approval.

If a major-to-major transfer agreement is not available for your transfer institution, please check the General Core agreement  if available. If neither is available, access established transfer course equivalencies to assist in your planning.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements and procedures are available at Only students who are eligible to enroll in MATH 181   (as demonstrated through placement tests) may enter specific major programs within the College of Engineering. Others may enter the undeclared engineering program. Undeclared engineering students must be admissible to a specific major program within four regular semesters (fall and spring). 

Graduation Requirements

Total Units 129 
Cumulative GPA 2.0
University GPA 2.0
Major GPA 2.0
Residency Requirement 30 Upper-Division Units at UNR
Major Residency Requirement  15 Upper-Division Units in the major at UNR
Upper-Division Requirement 40 Upper-Division Units
Half Program Units/4 Year Institution  64-65 Units 


I. Silver Core General Education Requirements (27-30 units)

NOTE: Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter of this catalog for information regarding  the “Core English and Math Completion Policy  .”

Students in this major must meet all Silver Core Objectives (CO1 through CO14). Courses satisfying Core Objectives are designated (e.g., CO9) in General Catalog curricula and course descriptions.

A. Silver Core Writing and Prerequisite (3-6 units) - CO1, CO3

B. Silver Core Mathematics and Prerequisite (4 units) - CO2

  • (4 units) CO2 *
  • NOTE: Engineering students are expected to place in MATH 181 or higher. Students who do not place in MATH 181 may be required to take additional credits before declaring their major. 

D. Silver Core Social Sciences (3 units) - CO6

E. Silver Core Fine Art (3 units) - CO7

Students should choose an appropriate course that simultaneously fulfills both the Silver Core Fine Arts and Diversity & Equity CO10 requirement. Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO7 courses .

F. Silver Core Humanities (6 units) - CO5, CO8

II. Additional Silver Core Requirements (0 units maximum)

Students must take courses that satisfy the following Core Objectives. Some or all of these Silver Core Objectives may be satisfied in the Major Requirements (Section IV). Refer to the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog.

A. Science, Technology & Society Course - CO9

B. Diversity & Equity Course - CO10

Students should choose an appropriate course that simultaneously fulfills both the Silver Core Fine Arts and CO10 requirements. Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO10 courses . (units counted in General Education Requirement) 

C. Global Context Course - CO11

D. Ethics Course - CO12

E. Capstone Integration & Synthesis Course - CO13

F. Application Course - CO14

III. Additional College Requirements (0 units)

IV. Major Requirements (99 units)

V. Minor Requirements (0 units)

VI. Electives (0-3 units)

VII. Recommended Schedule

For Pre-Med Students: One more Fall semester is suggested for additional course work in genetics, immunology and biochemistry (15 units from the suggested Pre-Med electives).

First Year

Second Year

Third Year

Fourth Year

Fall Semester (15 units)

Spring Semester (13 units)

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