BMCE: BS in Biomedical Engineering, Emphasis in Molecular-Cellular Engineering

All BME degrees combine high-level coursework from mathematics, the sciences, engineering, and USC's general education program. The molecular-cellular area of emphasis begins with the BME core curriculum and then adds a carefully selected course sequence that allows for more in depth work in these areas. The sample 4-year schedules show the recommended sequence of courses for the BS in Biomedical Engineering, Emphasis on Molecular-Cellular Engineering. The sequences listed ensure that all prerequisite and co requisite requirements are met and take into consideration the many courses which are only offered once a year, during either the spring or fall semester. In many cases, it is not possible for students to follow the recommended schedule exactly. Factors such as an academic minor, AP or transfer credits, participation in sports, or the need for preparatory courses may necessitate taking courses in a different order. When a student deviates from the recommended course schedule, he/she should make an alternative four-year plan along with their academic advisor to ensure a timely graduation. It is important in the planning of an alternative schedule to consider the following:
  1. Prerequisites and co requisites Many courses in the BMCE curriculum involve prerequisite and co requisite courses.
  2. Class Scheduling Not all classes are offered every semester. The catalog provides information in the course description about what term classes are being offered, but please refer to the Schedule of Classes issued during the pre-registration period.
Below you can find a sample four-year schedule for the BS BMCE degree, and a list of technical elective categories and courses. All information contained here is summarized from the USC Catalogue and is considered non-official. For all rules, regulations, procedures, and outlines, please see the current academic year USC catalogue.

BMCE Program Course Plan Beginning Fall 2020

This course plan is for students who started the program in Fall 2020 or later. If you are following an earlier set of course requirements, please check with your advisor.

A print-friendly version of this flowchart may be found in the Viterbi Undergraduate Bulletin.

BS BMCE: First Year: Fall

BME 101 or GE: Intro to Biomedical Engineering or GE Category B - 4 units

CHEM 105aL: General Chemistry - 4 units

MATH 125: Calculus I - 4 units

WRIT 150: Writing and Critical Reasoning - 4 units

ENGR 102: Engineering Freshman Academy - 2 units (Elective)

Total Units - 18

BS BMCE: First Year: Spring

CHEM 105bL: General Chemistry - 4 units

MATH 126: Calculus II - 4 units

BME 101 or GE: Intro to Biomedical Engineering or GE Category B - 4 units

GE: GE Category A - 4 units

Total Units - 16

BS BMCE: Second Year: Fall

BME 202: Control and Communication in the Nervous System - 4 units

GE: GE Category C - 4 units

MATH 226: Calculus III - 4 units

PHYS 151L: Fundamentals of Physics I: Mechanics & Thermodynamics - 4 units

Total Units - 16

BS BMCE: Second Year: Spring

BISC 220L: General Biology: Cell Biology and Physiology - 4 units

BME 210: Biomedical Computer Simulation Methods - 4 units

MATH 245: Mathematics of Physics & Engineering I - 4 units

PHYS 152L: Fundamentals of Physics I: Electricity and Magnetism - 4 units

Total Units - 16

BS BMCE: Third Year: Fall

CHEM 322aL: Organic Chemistry - 4 units

BISC 320L: Molecular Biology - 4 units

BME 423: Statistical Methods - 4 units

First Panel Course - 4 units

Technical Elective - 2 units

Total Units - 18

BS BMCE: Third Year: Spring

GE C - 4 units

CHEM 322bL: Organic Chemistry - 4 units

BISC 330L: Biochemistry - 4 units

Second Panel Course - 4 units

Technical Elective (if needed) - 2 units

Total Units - 18

BS BMCE: Fourth Year: Fall

BME 403L: Physiological Systems - 4 units

BME 413: Bioengineering Signals & Systems - 4 units

EE 202L: Linear Circuits - 4 units

Third Panel Course - 4 units

Total Units - 16

BS BMCE: Fourth Year: Spring

BME 415: Regulation of Medical Products - 2 units

CHE 489: Biochemical Engineering - 4 units

WRIT 340: Advanced Writing - 4 units

BME 405L: Senior Projects: Measurement and Instrumentation - 4 units

GE: GE Category B - 4 units

Total Units - 18

BMCE Panel Courses beginning Fall 2020

Students will choose three courses from a Panel of four options.

The four options are:
BME 406: Introduction to Bioengineering and Medicine - 4 units

BME 410L: Introduction to Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering – 4 units

BME 430: Principles and Applications of Systems Biology – 4 units

BME 459L: Nanomedicine and Drug Delivery - 4 units

BMCE Technical Electives Beginning Fall 2020

BMCE students are required to take 1-3 technical elective units. The required unit count is determined by whether the student takes BME 416L or BME 415.

All units must be upper-division engineering courses.

Courses may be offered by: