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Volume XCII – July 2008
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UT Arlington Undergraduate Catalog Fall 2008
The Department of Bioengineering

The Department of Bioengineering

220 Engineering Laboratory Building • Box 19138 • 817-272-2249 •
Faculty - Course Descriptions

The Department of Bioengineering conducts two programs: a graduate-level course of studies leading to master's and doctoral degrees in Biomedical Engineering and a five-year course of studies leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering. However, undergraduate students in other engineering disciplines may develop a fundamental knowledge of the field of biomedical engineering. Students having permission from their department's undergraduate advisor may enroll in the courses listed below and obtain an emphasis in biomedical engineering. Ordinarily, the student will take these courses as technical electives, free electives and science electives. Interested students should contact the graduate advisor of the Department of Bioengineering for additional information.

Elective courses for students who wish to obtain an emphasis in biomedical engineering:

BE 1225: Introduction to Biomedical Engineering
BE 4325: Fundamentals of Biomedical Engineering

Recommended lists of courses for non-engineering majors are available from the program graduate advisor. Information can also be found on the BE Web pages.

Combined Degree Plan: Bachelor of Science in Biology and Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering

This five-year curriculum prepares students for careers in the fast growing biotechnology and biomedical engineering industries. The curriculum also prepares students for medical school and advanced study. Students are required to take courses from engineering, life sciences and liberal arts, culminating in a five-year Master of Science Degree in Biomedical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. The curriculum is offered jointly by the College of Engineering and the College of Science.


Biomedical engineers use quantitative methods and innovation to analyze and to solve problems in biology and medicine. Students choose the biomedical engineering field to be of service to people, to partake in the excitement of working with living systems, and to apply advanced technology to complex problems of medical care.

Through this program, students learn the essentials of life science, engineering theory, and the analytical and practical tools that enable them to be successful in the biotechnology and biomedical engineering industries. The program includes course work in the basic sciences, core engineering, biomedical engineering, and advanced biotechnology disciplines. Both didactic classroom lectures and hands-on laboratory experience are emphasized. Additionally, students are required to take general educational courses in literature, fine arts, history, political science, and social science.

Career Opportunities

The program prepares students as biomedical engineers for careers in industry, in hospitals, in research facilities of educational and medical institutions, and in government regulatory agencies. It also provides a solid foundation for those wishing to continue for advanced degrees. For those planning to pursue a medical degree, this cross-disciplinary curriculum offers a solid foundation in engineering, which is an advantage in preparing for a medical career.


After completion of 83 semester credit hours of the undergraduate courses from the list below and prior to taking any graduate course, the student must apply to the UT Arlington Graduate School for admission to the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in the 83 semester credit hours as well as a minimum average of 3.0 in the required English courses (1301 and 1302) and a minimum average of 3.0 in the required Mathematics courses (1426, 2425, 2326, and 3319) is required for admission to the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program. The student should also submit two letters of recommendation, one from the Bioengineering five-year program advisor or a faculty member and one from the Biology undergraduate advisor.


1301, 1302.


1426, 2425, 2326, 3319.

Natural Science other than Biology

PHYS 1443, PHYS 1444, CHEM 1441, CHEM 1442, CHEM 2181, CHEM 2182, CHEM 2321, CHEM 2322, CHEM 4311.


1441, 1442, 3444, 3301, 3310, 3312, 3315, 4346, 5314.

Core Engineering

CE 2312, CSE 1310, EE 2320, MAE 2381, MAE 2314, MAE 3183, MAE 3310, MAE 3317, MAE 3319, MAE 4345.

Biomedical Engineering

1225, 4325, 5293, 5300-002, 5335, 5361, 5364, 5365, 5366, 5382, 5390.

Human Physiology

BME 5309.

Other General Educational Courses


Three hours of English or modern and classical languages literature.

Liberal Arts/Speech

BIOL 3305 or COMS 3302.

Fine Arts

Three hours from art, dance, music, architecture, or theatre arts.

Political Science

2311, 2312.


1311, 1312.

Social/Cultural Studies

Three hours from social or cultural anthropology, archaeology, social/political/cultural geography, economics, sociology, classical studies, psychology, or linguistics.

Total (for degrees)

163 semester hours.

Suggested Course Sequence

Freshman Year

First Semester: BE 1225; MATH 1426; BIOL 1441; CHEM 1441; POLS 2311-Total Credit 17 hours.

Second Semester: MATH 2425; BIOL 1442; CHEM 1442; POLS 2312; ENGL 1301-Total Credit 18 hours.

Sophomore Year

First Semester: MATH 2326; PHYS 1443; CHEM 2321; CHEM 2181; HIST 1311; ENGL 1302-Total Credit 17 hours.

Second Semester: MATH 3319; PHYS 1444; CHEM 2322; CHEM 2182; HIST 1312; 3 hours of fine art-Total Credit 17 hours.

Junior Year

First Semester: CE 2312; MAE 3310 or CHEM 3321; CSE 1310; BIOL 3301, 3 hours of social/cultural studies-Total Credit 15 hours.

Second Semester: MAE 2314; EE 2320; MAE 2381; BIOL 3444; BIOL 3315; 3 hours of literature-Total Credit 19 hours.

Summer Session: BE 5309-Total Credit 3 hours.

Senior Year

First Semester: MAE 3183; MAE 3317 or EE 3317; BE 5364; BIOL 3312; CHEM 4311; BIOL 3305 or COMS 3302-Total Credit 16 hours.

Second Semester: MAE 3319; BE 5382; MAE 4345 or EE 4315; BIOL 3310; BIOL 4346-Total Credit 15 hours.

Summer Session: BE 5365-Total Credit 3 hours.

Fifth Year

First Semester: BE 5300-002; BE 5361; BE 4325; BIOL 5314-Total Credit 12 hours.

Second Semester: BE 5335; BE 5366; BE 5390; BE 5293-Total Credit 11 hours.

Department of Bioengineering Faculty


Professor Behbehani


Chuong, Liu, Tang

Assistant Professors

Alexandrakis, Dave, Nguyen, Yang, Zuzak

Adjunct Professor


View Course Descriptions for: Biomedical Engineering (BE)