Dec 10, 2023  
2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
2021-2022 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biomedical Engineering, BS

The Department of Biomedical Engineering  is home to dynamic BS and MS engineering programs. Being located in the heart of Silicon Valley, we have developed strong ties and long-standing collaborations with the wide variety of biomedical engineering industries that surround us. These include the spectrum from mature companies that are household names enjoying world-wide recognition to startups that are at the brink of the next revolution in technology. The reputation of our educational programs as providing a unique practical approach built on a strong academic foundation continues to attract students. The department also offers a combined Biomedical Engineering BS + MS   program. 

Summary of Degree Units

University Graduation Requirements 15
Major Preparation 45
Major Requirements 60
Total 120

Program Roadmaps

The 4-Year and 5-Year Roadmap are available online. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your academic advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example, course grade minimums). 

Major-Specific Graduation Requirements

All courses required in the major, including all electives, must be completed with a grade of C- or better. This includes all courses in the following sections: Preparation for the Major, Requirements of the Major Core Courses, Biomedical Engineering Required Courses. Note that ENGR 100W , BME 198A , BME 198B , ENGR 195A , AND ENGR 195B  must be completed with a grade of C or better. 

Prerequisite Requirements

Enrollment in any chemistry course requires that the prerequisite courses be passed with a grade of “C or better” (C- not accepted). Exceptions may be made only with instructor consent or if not explicitly stated in the course description. Refer to the SJSU Course Catalog for specific information regarding course prerequisites.

University Requirements

Students must satisfy all of the major and Undergraduate University Graduation Requirements , which includes unit, GPA, and residency requirements as well as the below identified General Education , American Institutions, Graduation Writing Assessment and Physical Education requirements. Courses that meet Undergraduate University Graduation Requirements are noted with an area designation (see Course Abbreviations ).

Exceptions for University Graduation Requirements  apply to this major.

Core Lower Division General Education (9 units)

Of the 39 units required by the university, 30 units may be satisfied by the coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a “C-” or better to meet the requirement. Consult with GE advisor at the Engineering Student Success Center (ESSC)  for details.

Upper Division General Education

Of the 9 units required by the university, 9 units may be satisfied by the coursework outlined below. Consult with GE advisor at the Engineering Student Success Center (ESSC) for details.

American Institutions (6 units)

Complete one 6 unit sequence of American Institutions (US123) courses, which also satisfies GE Area D. Students may also satisfy the American Institutions Requirement  with other courses, but these may not satisfy other GE areas.

The American Studies (AMS 1A /AMS 1B ; 12 units) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A /HUM 1B /HUM 2A /HUM 2B ; 24 units) sequences satisfy the American Institutions Requirement and additional GE Areas (see the course description for details).

Consult with a major advisor to select the appropriate sequence.

Physical Education

The Physical Education Requirement is waived for this major. See the Exceptions for University Graduation Requirements .

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) .

A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.

Major Preparation (45 units)

Major Requirements (60 units)

Total Units Required (120 units)