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Bioengineering (B.S.) 2015-2016 Catalog Year

U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering

Department of Bioengineering and Software Engineering
http://www.fgcu.edu/eng/BioDpt/biobs/index.asp
(239) 590-7390

Bioengineering plays an important role in transforming discoveries at the intersection of engineering, the life sciences, and health care into innovative products and capabilities by applying new technologies to biomaterials, biomechanics, and biomedical instruments and procedures. Bioengineering combines engineering principles with biology and physiology from the molecular, cell, and tissue level up to the human form. Bioengineers solve problems to help improve human health and quality of life. Bioengineers can work in the medical device and biotechnology industries, in health care and research, and for government agencies, such as the FDA.

The Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering emphasizes the application of new technology to biomaterials, biomechanics, and biomedical tools and procedures. Students learn how to solve problems associated with interactions between living and non-living materials and systems. Bioengineering students complete core courses common to all engineering majors as well as specialized courses in bioengineering. With the addition of another 4-credit general biology course, graduates will meet the pre-requisites for most medical schools.

Graduates of the FGCU B.S. Bioengineering degree program are expected to attain within a few years of graduation:

  • Competence as bioengineers and recognition as contributors in their communities as professionals or in the pursuit of advanced education.
  • Accomplishment in communicating and working collaboratively in a diverse, dynamic, multidisciplinary environment.
  • Proficiency in making use of entrepreneurial and/or learning skills to successfully adapt to a global society.

Program Admission Requirements

  Degree-seeking students are classified as pre-majors prior to formal acceptance into a U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering (WCE) major.  As pre-majors, students may enroll in lower level (1000-2999) courses to satisfy General Education and Common Prerequisite requirements, lower level electives, EGS 1006L, EGN 1041C, and EGM 3420C from the Engineering Common Core courses, if course pre-requisites are met.

Admission to Florida Gulf Coast University does not guarantee acceptance into a WCE major.  Students are accepted into a WCE major upon satisfaction of the following: admission to FGCU as a degree seeking student in good academic standing; attendance at a Freshman Transition Workshop or Transfer Student Orientation session: and completion of Calculus I with a grade of C or higher.  Exceptions may be made for AP/IB credit with approval of the WCE Academic Advisor.

Program Requirements

To prevent or minimize excess hours, select general education courses that satisfy common prerequisite requirements for your intended major.

  1. FGCU General Education Program (http://www.fgcu.edu/general_education/)

  2. Common Program Prerequisites
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course

    FGCU Course: BSC 1010C Gen’l Biology w/Lab I (4)
    Acceptable Substitute: [BSCX010 and (BSCX010L or BSCX044L)]

    FGCU Course: CHM 1045 General Chemistry I (3) and CHM 1045L General Chemistry I Lab (1)
    Acceptable Substitute: (CHMX045 and CHMX045L) or CHMX045C or (CHSX440 and CHSX440L) or (CHMX095 and CHMX095L)

    FGCU Course: CHM 1046 General Chemistry II (3) and CHM 1046L General Chemistry II Lab (1)
    Acceptable Substitute: (CHMX046 and CHMX046L) or (CHMX096 and CHMX096L)

    FGCU Course: CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry I (3) and CHM 2210L Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1)
    Acceptable Substitute: [CHMX210 or CHMX217 and (CHMX210L)]

    FGCU Course: MAC 2311 Calculus I (4) and MAC 2312 Calculus II (4) and MAC 2313 Calculus III (4)
    Acceptable Substitute: (MACX311 and MACX312 and MACX313) or (MACX281 and MACX282 and MACX283)

    FGCU Course: MAP 2302 Differential Equations (3)
    Acceptable Substitute: MAPX302

    FGCU Course: PHY 2048C General Physics w/Lab I (4)
    Acceptable Substitute: PHYX048 and (PHYX048L or PHYX064L)

    FGCU Course: PHY 2049C Gen'l Physics w/Lab II (4)
    Acceptable Substitute: PHYX049 and (PHYX049L or PHYX064L)

  3. Engineering Common Core (10 credits)
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course.

    EGS 1006L Intro to the Engineering Prof. (1)
    EGN 1041C Computational Tools for Eng (2)
    EGM 3420C Engineering Mechanics (4)
    EGN 3641C Engineering Entrepreneurship (3)

  4. Required Courses in the Major (53 credits)
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course.

    BME 3100C Introduction to Biomaterials (3)
    BME 3101C Bio Performance of Materials (3)
    BME 3261C Biofluid Mechanics (3)
    BME 3403C Human Physiology Engineers I (3)
    BME 3404C Human Physiology Engineers II (3)
    BME 3506C Circuits for Bioengineers (3)
    BME 3507C Signals Syst Bioengineers (3)
    BME 4211C Biomechanics (3)
    BME 4503C Biomedical Instrumentation (3)
    BME 4513C Bioengineering Data Acquisition & Control (3)
    BME 4632C Biotransport Phenomena (3)
    BME 4722 Health Care Engineering (3)
    BME 4800C Bioengineering Product Design (3)
    BME 4884 Bioengineering Senior Design I (2)
    BME 4885 Bioengineering Sr Design II (3)
    EGN 3433C Design for Manufacturing (3)

  5. Restricted Electives (6 credits)
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course.

    The Restricted Electives must total a minimum of 6 credit hours, are typically 2000, 3000 or 4000 level, and can include any of the following or other selected courses as approved by the Academic Advisor for engineering in consultation with the faculty (assuming all course prerequisites are fulfilled).  Restricted electives in general should provide increased depth in engineering, science, business, entrepreneurship, mathematics or another area that is pertinent to a career served by the B.S. Bioengineering degree.

    For depth in engineering and bioengineering -
    BME 4332C Cellular Tissue and Engineering (3)
    BME 4504C Bioelectricity (3)
    BME 4930 Bioengineering Special Topics (1-3)
    EGN 3343C Thermodynamics (3)

    For depth in biology and biotechnology -
    PCB 2336 Human Genetics (3)
    PCB 3023C Cell Biology (4)
    PCB 3063C Genetics (4)
    PCB 4233C Immunology (3)
    MCB 2010C Microbiology with Lab (4)
    MCB 3020C General Microbiology (4)

    For depth in chemistry and biochemistry -
    BCH 3023C Biochemistry (3)
    CHM 2211C Organic Chem w/Lab II (4)
    CHM 3120C Analytical Chemistry (4)

    For depth in mathematics, modeling, and computation -
    MAA 4211 Vector Analysis (3)
    MAD 3107 Discrete Mathematics (3)
    MAD 4401 Numerical Analysis (3)
    MAP 3161 Math for Science & Engineering (3)
    MAS 3105 Linear Algebra (3)
    MHF 2191 Mathematical Foundations (3)
    STA 2023 Statistical Methods (3)
    STA 2037 Statistics with Calculus (3)

    For depth in business and entrepreneurship -
    MAN 3025 Principles of Management (3)
    MAN 3103 Entrepreneurship & Creativity (3)
    MAN 3046 Team & Group Processes (3)
    MAN 3600 International Business (3)
    MAN 3781 Sustainable Business (3)
    MAR 3023 Introduction to Marketing (3) (junior standing required)

    Pre-med and other health professions students should typically take -
    BCH 3023C Biochemistry (3)
    CHM 2211C Organic Chem w/Lab II (4)

  6. University Requirements (3 credits)
    IDS 3920 University Colloquium (3)

  7. Additional Electives (as needed to reach total credit hours required for the degree)


TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED: 129

Additional Graduation Requirements
  • A minimum of 129 credits.
  • At least 48 of the 129 credits at the upper division (3000 and higher) level.
  • A minimum of 32 of the last 60 credits to be taken at FGCU, including 12 credits in the major. Also, BME 4884 and BME 4885 must be taken at FGCU.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all coursework attempted at FGCU.
  • Satisfaction of College-Level Skills and foreign language entrance requirements.
  • Satisfaction of the Service Learning requirement. See www.fgcu.edu/connect/

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