The biomedical engineering (BME) curriculum consists of 24 hours of non-technical courses and 109 hours of science and engineering, of which 51 hours are total engineering hours and 38 hours are core BME courses. The undergraduate curriculum synthesizes engineering and molecular and cellular biology into a single undergraduate BME degree. The core consists of a solid basis in mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology, in addition to core engineering and BME courses.
The curriculum incorporates principles of vertical integration, followed by specialization tracks in Biomedical Imaging and Instrumentation, Cellular and Biomolecular Engineering, and Computational Biomedical Engineering, which lead to a team capstone design experience. As juniors and seniors, students elect a specialization track. Each track consists of 18 hours of coursework. These tracks provide students with depth in a specific area of biomedical engineering.
Senior Engineering Electives
All students must take two senior engineering electives for a total of six semester hours. The following may be counted toward this requirement:
- Any engineering course in any one of the three technical area options. A course may not be counted toward both the technical area requirement and the senior elective requirement.
- With the adviser's consent, any upper-division engineering course. A course may not be counted toward both the technical area requirement and the senior elective requirement.
- One of the following courses:
- Biomedical Engineering 377, Research
- Biomedical Engineering 377M, Medical Internship
- Biomedical Engineering 377P, Integrated Clinical Research Internship (Houston)
- Biomedical Engineering 377Q, Integrated Clinical Medical Internship (Houston)
- Biomedical Engineering 377R, Research Internship
- Biomedical Engineering 377S, Industrial Internship
If you would like to register for any BME X77(X) course, please visit the BME Academic Advising Office in BME 3.308 to complete and submit the appropriate contract/application.
Industrial Internship Program
- Students apply studies in a hands-on work environment at one of many partnering biomedical companies.
Research Internship Program
- Students perform biomedical research with biomedical engineering faculty at The University of Texas at Austin or affiliated institution.
Clinical Research Internship
- Students perform clinical research in laboratories.
Clinical Medical Internship
- Students work directly with practicing physicians, participating in in-patient rounds, outpatient visits, operating room procedures, and medical grand rounds, giving them experience with the medical needs that biomedical engineering can address.
Internship opportunities exist within the department as well as with our many partnering biomedical engineering companies and nearby hospitals and institutions, such as The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and the Texas Medical Center to name a few.