BMEC: BS in Biomedical Engineering, Emphasis in Biochemical Engineering

All BME degrees combine high-level coursework from mathematics, the sciences, engineering, and USC’s general education program. The biochemical 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 chemistry.

The sample 4-year schedules show the recommended sequence of courses for the BS in Biomedical Engineering, Emphasis on Biochemical 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 BMEC 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 BMEC 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.

 

BMEC 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 BMEC: 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 BMEC: 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 BMEC: 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 BMEC: 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 BMEC: Third Year: Fall

CHEM 322aL: Organic Chemistry – 4 units

CHE 330: Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics – 3 units

BISC 320L: Molecular Biology – 4 units

EE 202L: Linear Circuits – 4 units

BME 423: Statistical Methods – 3 units

Total Units – 18

BS BMEC: Third Year: Spring

CHEM 322bL: Organic Chemistry – 4 units

BISC 330L: Biochemistry – 4 units

CHE 350: Introduction to Separation Processes – 3 units

GE: GE Category C – 4 units

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

Total Units – 15

BS BMEC: Fourth Year: Fall

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

BME 403: Physiological Systems – 3 units

BME 430: Principles and Applications of Systems Biology – 3 units

MASC 310: Materials Behavior and Processing – 3 units

WRIT 340: Advanced Writing – 4 units

Total Units – 17

BS BMEC: Fourth Year: Spring

BME 416: Development and Regulation of Medical Products – 3 units

CHE 489: Biochemical Engineering – 3 units

CHE 460L: Chemical Process Dynamics and Control – 3 units

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

GE: Category IV – 4 units

Total Units – 17

BMEC Technical Electives Beginning Fall 2016

Three units of technical electives are required.

Select 3 units of upper-division engineering courses.

Courses may be offered by:

ASTE, AME, BME, CHE, CE, CSCI, EE, ENE, ENGR, ISE, MASC, and PTE


BMEC Program Schedule 2008-2016

 

BS BMEC: 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 BMEC: 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 BMEC: 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 BMEC: 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: Fundamentals of Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism – 4 units

Tech Elective: Any two units of engineering coursework (if needed)

Total Units – 15

BS BMEC: Third Year: Fall

CHEM 322aL: Organic Chemistry – 4 units

CHE 330: Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics – 3 units

BISC 320L: Molecular Biology – 4 units

EE 202L: Linear Circuits – 4 units

BME 423: Statistical Methods – 3 units

Total Units – 18

BS BMEC: Third Year: Spring

CHEM 322bL: Organic Chemistry – 4 units

BISC 330L: Biochemistry – 4 units

CHE 350: Introduction to Separation Processes – 3 units

GE: GE Category V – 4 units

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

Total Units – 18

BS BMEC: Fourth Year: Fall

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

BME 403: Physiological Systems – 3 units

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

WRIT 340: Advanced Writing – 3 units

GE: Category I or II – 4 units

Total Units – 17

BS BMEC: Fourth Year: Spring

BME 416: Development and Regulation of Medical Products – 3 units

CHE 489: Biochemical Engineering – 3 units

CHE 460L: Chemical Process Dynamics and Control – 3 units

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

GE: Category IV – 4 units

Total Units – 16

BMEC Technical Electives 2008-2016

Two units of technical electives are required.

Select 2 units of engineering courses. These units may be upper- or lower-division.

BME 201, ENGR 100 and ENGR 102 can be used to satisfy this requirement, as can courses offered by:

ASTE, AME, BME, CHE, CE, CSCI, EE, ENE, ENGR, ISE, MASC, and PTE