BMEN: BS in Biomedical Engineering, Emphasis in Electrical Engineering

All BME degrees combine high-level coursework from mathematics, the sciences, engineering, and USC’s general education program. The B.S. in Biomedical (Electrical) Engineering is an area of emphasis for students interested in the building of electronic biomedical devices. Your courses will begin with the BME core curriculum and then add a carefully selected course sequence that includes electrical engineering classes.

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


BMEN 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 BMEN: First Year: Fall

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

MATH 125: Calculus I – 4 units

CHEM 105a: General Chemistry – 4 units

ENGR 102: Engineering Freshman Academy – 2 units

WRIT 150: Writing and Critical Reasoning – 4 units

Total Units – 18

BS BMEN: 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 BMEN: Second Year: Fall

GE: GE Category C – 4 units

MATH 226: Calculus III – 4 units

PHYS 151L: Mechanics and Thermodynamics – 4 units

EE 109L: Introduction to Embedded Systems – 3 units

Total Units – 15

BS BMEN: Second Year: Spring

PHYS 152L: Electricity and Magnetism – 4 units

BME 210: Biomedical Computer Simulation Methods – 4 units

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

EE 209: Foundations of Digital System Design – 4 units

Total Units – 16

BS BMEN: Third Year: Fall

EE 202L: Linear Circuits – 4 units

BME 423: Statistical Methods – 3 units

PHYS 153L: Optics and Modern Physics – 4 units

BME 425: Introduction to Biomedical Imaging – 3 units

Total Units – 18

BS BMEN: Third Year: Spring

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

EE 338 or EE 354L: First Track Course – 3 or 4 units

BME 416: Dev. and Reg. of Medical Devices – 3 units

EE 301L: Linear Systems – 4 units

WRIT 340: Communication for Engineers – 3 units

Total Units – 17 or 18

BS BMEN: Fourth Year: Fall

BME 403: Physiological Systems – 3 units

CHEM 322aL: Organic Chemistry – 4 units

Technical Elective: Upper-Division Engineering class – 3 units

BISC 320L: Molecular Biology – 4 units

GE: GE Category C – 4 units

Total Units – 18

BS BMEN: Fourth Year: Spring

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

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

EE 348L or EE 454L: Second Track Course – 4 units

GE: GE Category B – 4 units

Technical Elective: The Analog Track requires an additional unit of technical elective – 1 units

Total Units – 15-16

BMEN Technical Electives Beginning Fall 2016

Three or four units of technical electives are required

The number of technical electives required depends on whether the student choose to follow the Analog or Digital track.

Analog Track

Students who choose the Analog Track (EE 338L and EE 348) are required to take four units of technical electives.

All four units must be taken within the engineering school.  At least three of the units must be upper division. The remaining unit can be lower division, and may be satisfied by ENGR 102, ENGR 100, or any lower-division engineering course.

Digital Track

Students who choose the Digital Track (EE 354L and EE 454L) are required to take three units of technical electives.

All three units must be taken within the engineering school.  All three of the units must be upper division.


BMEN Program Schedule 2008-2016

 

BS BMEN: First Year: Fall

BME 101: Intro to Biomedical Engineering – 3 units

MATH 125: Calculus I – 4 units

CHEM 105a: General Chemistry – 4 units

ENGR 102: Engineering Freshman Academy – 2 units

GE: GE Category VI – 4 units

Total Units – 17

BS BMEN: First Year: Spring

CHEM 105bL: General Chemistry – 4 units

MATH 126: Calculus II – 4 units

GE: GE Category VI – 4 units

WRIT 140: Writing and Critical Reasoning – 4 units

Total Units – 16

BS BMEN: Second Year: Fall

GE: GE Category V – 4 units

MATH 226: Calculus III – 4 units

PHYS 151L: Mechanics and Thermodynamics – 4 units

EE 101: Introduction to Digital Logic – 3 units

EE 150: Engineering Computational Methods – 3 units

Total Units – 18

BS BMEN: Second Year: Spring

PHYS 152L: Electricity and Magnetism – 4 units

BME 210: Biomedical Computer Simulation Methods – 3 units

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

EE 201L: Introduction to Digital Circuits – 4 units

Total Units – 15

BS BMEN: Third Year: Fall

CHEM 322aL: Organic Chemistry – 4 units

EE 202L: Linear Circuits – 4 units

BME 423: Statistical Methods – 3 units

PHYS 153L: Optics and Modern Physics – 4 units

Total Units – 15

BS BMEN: Third Year: Spring

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

EE 338: Physical Electronics – 3 units

EE 357: Basic Organization of Computer Systems – 3 units

EE 301L: Linear Systems – 4 units

MATH 445: Mathematics of Physics and Engineering II – 4 units

Total Units – 18

BS BMEN: Fourth Year: Fall

BME 403: Physiological Systems – 3 units

BME 425: Introduction to Biomedical Imaging – 3 units

EE 348L: Electronic Circuits I – 4 units

BISC 320L: Molecular Biology – 4 units

GE: Category I or II – 4 units

Total Units – 18

BS BMEN: Fourth Year: Spring

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

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

WRIT 340: Communication for Engineers – 3 units

Technical Elective: Choose from Approved List – 3-4 units

GE: Category BIV- 4 units

Total Units – 17-18

BMEN Technical Electives 2008-2016

Four units of technical electives are required

All four units must be taken within the engineering school.  At least three of the units must be upper division. The remaining unit can be lower division, and may be satisfied by ENGR 102, ENGR 100, or any lower-division engineering course.