BME: BS in Biomedical Engineering

All BME degrees combine high-level coursework from mathematics, the sciences, engineering, and USC’s general education program. The B.S. in Biomedical Engineering requires three to four technical elective courses which students fulfill by completing courses in a selected area of specialization.

The sample 4-year schedules show the recommended sequence of courses for the BS BME degree. 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 BME 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 BME 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.


BME Program Course Plan Beginning Fall 2016

This course plan is for students who started the program in Fall 2016 or later. If you are following an earlier set of course requirements, please click here.

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

BS BME: 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

Total Units – 18

BS BME: First Year: Spring

CHEM 105bL: General Chemistry – 4 units

MATH 126: Calculus II – 4 units

GE: GE Category A – 4 units

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

Total Units – 16

BS BME: Second Year: Fall

GE: GE Category B – 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 BME: 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: Electricity and Magnetism – 4 units

Total Units – 16

BS BME: Third Year: Fall

CHEM 322aL: Organic Chemistry – 4 units

EE 202L: Linear Circuits – 4 units

BME 423: Statistical Methods in Biomedical Engineering – 3 units

WRIT 340: Advanced Writing – 3 units

BME “Anchor” course: BME 404 or BME 430 or BME 451 or BME 452 – 3 units

Total Units – 17

BS BME: Third Year: Spring

CHEM 322bL: Organic Chemistry – 4 units

GE: GE Category C – 4 units

BME 302L: Medical Electronics – 4 units

Technical Elective: Choose from Approved List – 3 units

Total Units – 15

BS BME: Fourth Year: Fall

BISC 320L: Molecular Biology – 4 units

BME 425: Introduction to Biomedical Imaging – 3 units

BME 403: Physiological Systems – 3 units

Technical Elective: Choose from Approved List – 4 units

EE 301L: Linear Systems – 4 units

Total Units – 18

BS BME: Fourth Year: Spring

BME 402: Control & Communication in the Nervous System – 4 units

BME 410: Introduction to Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering – 3 units

BME 405L: Senior Projects: Measurement & Instrumentation – 4 units

Technical Elective: Choose from Approved List – 3 units

Total Units – 15

BME Technical Electives Beginning Fall 2016

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Ten technical elective units required

Select all 10 units from one of the following three specializations:

Bioelectronics/Computers

Bioelectronic/bioelectrical engineers apply the principles of circuit analysis, circuit design and information/signal processing to biological systems and/or clinical medicine. This specialization also provides the training and background for careers that revolve around physiological signal processing or biomedical imaging. Biomedical engineers who have this specialization would be well-suited for careers in industries that produce medical devices, hospital instrumentation and biomedical imaging equipment.

  • BME 201
    BME 416
    BME 430
    BME 451
    BME 452
    BME 453
  • CSCI 445
    EE 109L
    EE 209
    EE 338
    EE 348L
    EE 352L
  • EE 354L
    EE 454L
    EE 483
    ENGR 345
    ITP 308
Biomechanics

Biomechanics involves the application of engineering mechanics to biology and clinical medicine. Biomechanical engineers are involved in the design and development of medical implants and devices, as well as improving diagnostic and therapeutic methods in orthopedic, rehabilitation and sports medicine. Examples of products of biomechanical engineering design include prosthetic limbs, hip implants, and more recently, biomedical microelectromechanical systems (bio-MEMS).

  • AME 201
    AME 204
    AME 301
    AME 302
    AME 308 or ITP 308
  • AME 309
    BME 201
    BME 404
    BME 412
  • BME 414
    BME 416
    BME 453
    MASC 310
Biochemical Enginering

This area of specialization provides the BME student with the background and training important for careers in biotechnology, biomaterials and the pharmaceutical industry. Engineers in these industries develop and test new drug therapies, new materials that can be used for implants, and processes related to genomics and proteomics.

  • BME 201
    BME 412
    BME 414
    BME 430
  • BME 453
    CHE 330
    CHE 350
    CHE 460L
  • CHE 489
    ENGR 305
    ITP 308
    MASC 310

BME Program Schedule 2008-2016

 

BS BME: First Year: Fall

BME 101: Intro to Biomedical Engineering – 3 units

CHEM 105aL: General Chemistry – 4 units

MATH 125: Calculus I – 4 units

GE: Category I or II – 4 units

ENGR 102: Engineering Freshman Academy – 2 units

Total Units – 17

BS BME: First Year: Spring

CHEM 105bL: General Chemistry – 4 units

MATH 126: Calculus II – 4 units

GE: Category VI – 4 units

WRIT 140 Writing and Critical Reasoning – 4 units

Total Units – 16

BS BME: Second Year: Fall

BISC 120L: General Biology: Organismal Biology and Evolution – 4 units

EE 150L: Engineering Computational Methods – 3 units

MATH 226: Calculus III – 4 units

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

Total Units – 15

BS BME: Second Year: Spring

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

BME 210: Biomedical Computer Simulation Methods – 3 units

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

PHYS 152L: Electricity and Magnetism – 4 units

Total Units – 15

BS BME: Third Year: Fall

CHEM 322aL: Organic Chemistry – 4 units

EE 202L: Linear Circuits- 4 units

BME 423: Statistical Methods in Biomedical Engineering – 3 units

WRIT 340: Advanced Writing – 3 units

Technical Elective: Choose from Approved List – 3 units

Total Units – 17

BS BME: Third Year: Spring

CHEM 322bL: Organic Chemistry – 4 units

GE: CategoryII or I – 4 units

BME 302L: Medical Electronics – 4 units

Technical Elective: Choose from Approved List – 3 units

Total Units – 15

BS BME: Fourth Year: Fall

BISC 320L: Molecular Biology – 4 units

BME 425: Introduction to Biomedical Imaging – 3 units

BME 403: Physiological Systems – 3 units

GE: Category V – 4 units

EE 301: Linear Systems – 4 units

Total Units – 18

BS BME: Fourth Year: Spring

BME 402: Control & Communication in the Nervous System – 3 units

BME 410: Introduction to Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering – 3 units

BME 405L: Senior Projects: Measurement & Instrumentation – 4 units

Technical Elective: Choose from Approved List – 3 units

GE: Category IV – 4 units

Total Units – 17

BME Technical Electives 2008-2016

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Nine technical elective units required

Select all 9 units from one of the following four specializations:

Bioelectronics/Computers

Bioelectronic/bioelectrical engineers apply the principles of circuit analysis, circuit design and information/signal processing to biological systems and/or clinical medicine. This specialization also provides the training and background for careers that revolve around physiological signal processing or biomedical imaging. Biomedical engineers who have this specialization would be well-suited for careers in industries that produce medical devices, hospital instrumentation and biomedical imaging equipment.

  • BME 201
    CSCI 445
    EE 101
  • EE 254L
    EE 357
    EE 434L
  • EE 454L
    EE 483
Biomechanics

Biomechanics involves the application of engineering mechanics to biology and clinical medicine. Biomechanical engineers are involved in the design and development of medical implants and devices, as well as improving diagnostic and therapeutic methods in orthopedic, rehabilitation and sports medicine. Examples of products of biomechanical engineering design include prosthetic limbs, hip implants, and more recently, biomedical microelectromechanical systems (bio-MEMS).

  • AME 201
    AME 204
    AME 301
    AME 302
    AME 308 or
    ITP 499
  • AME 309
    BME 201
    BME 404
    BME 412
  • BME 414
    BME 416
    MASC 310
Biochemical Enginering

This area of specialization provides the BME student with the background and training important for careers in biotechnology, biomaterials and the pharmaceutical industry. Engineers in these industries develop and test new drug therapies, new materials that can be used for implants, and processes related to genomics and proteomics.

  • BME 201
    BME 412
    BME 414
  • CHE 430
    CHE 350
    CHE 460L
  • CHE 489
    ENGR 305
    MASC 310
Neuroengineering

Neuroengineering represents the intersection between engineering and neuroscience. This specialization provides biomedical engineers with the basic knowledge important for graduate work or industrial careers in the neurostimulator and neural implant industry. Examples of applications include heart pacemakers, cardiac defibrillators, cochlear (inner ear) implants, deep brain stimulators (for epilepsy treatment) and functional electrical stimulation of muscles (for reanimating paralyzed limbs). The courses that form the core of this specialization were introduced relatively recently, following the establishment of the Biomimetic Microelectronic Systems Engineering Research Center at USC.

  • BME 201
    BME 416
    BME 451
  • BME 452
    BME 453
    CSCI 445
  • EE 434L
    EE 483