2017-2018 General Catalog 
    Mar 20, 2018  
2017-2018 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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College of Engineering
Department Office: Suite 3100 Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Building
Mailing Address: 36 S. Wasatch Dr.,Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9202
Phone: 801-581-8528
Fax: 801-585-5361
Website: www.bioen.utah.edu.

Department Chair: David Grainger, Ph.D.

Bioengineering is the application of science and engineering to problems in medicine and biology. The Department of Bioengineering is the academic center of an interdisciplinary program of research and training in the area of biomedical engineering. Many of the faculty have joint appointments with the School of Medicine, the College of Pharmacy, and other departments in the College of Engineering.

Undergraduate Program

The Biomedical Engineering undergraduate program is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

The mission of the Undergraduate Biomedical Engineering degree is to advance human understanding, health, and the quality of life through:

  • internationally recognized research, discovery, and invention in the area of biomedical engineering;
  • education of world-class Ph.D. scientists and engineers for accomplishment in research, academics, medicine, and industry;
  • education of nationally-recognized B.S. and M.S. graduates for success and leadership in industry and in preparation for future study in medicine, science and engineering;
  • transfer of scientific discoveries and biomedical technology to the private sector nationwide;
  • training of students throughout the College of Engineering in biobased solutions to traditional engineering problems and in the application of their specialty to biological and biomedical science.

Please see the Biomedical Engineering B.S. and H.B.S. listed in the Program and Course Offerings section.

Pre-Major Status

Students beginning the undergraduate program, including transfer students, should choose the Pre-Biomedical Engineering category as their major for registration purposes. Pre-major students are eligible based upon meeting course prerequisites to register for all classes listed in the freshman and sophomore years of the Suggested Undergraduate Program of Study. Pre-majors are strongly encouraged to meet early with the pre-major advisor in the Department to outline a course of study that will prepare them to apply for major status in a timely manner. To be admitted to major status, students must meet certain admissions standards, maintain certain performance standards, and complete a minimum number of required courses.

Admission Requirements

There are additional admissions requirements for this program. See the program page for more information.


The College of Engineering provides a limited number of scholarships to highly qualified applicants. Contact the department office or department website for details.

Duplication of Credit

No single course may be counted more than once to fulfill the requirements.

Continuing Performance

Students must maintain a cumulative GPA above 3.0. Each course taken to satisfy departmental requirements listed above must be passed with a grade of C or better. A student may repeat upper-division courses (3000-level or above) only  once, and the second grade received will be counted for the requirement. All mathematics, science, and bioengineering core and technical electives should be taken for a letter grade whenever this option is available. Students are expected to complete all degree requirements within four years of acceptance to major status. Students who are not making satisfactory progress may be dropped from the program and declared inactive. To be reinstated to active status, students must submit a written petition to the Bioengineering Director of Undergraduate Studies. Reinstated students matriculate under the latest graduation requirements.


A student admitted to major status whose GPA falls below 3.0 is placed on academic probation and given written instructions for a return to good standing. Normally, these conditions must be met during the ensuing semester. Students who fail to meet  probationary conditions are dropped from the program. Reinstatement requires a written petition to the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Reinstated students matriculate under the latest graduation requirements.

Graduate Program

Please see the Bioengineering M.S., and Ph.D. listed in the Program and Course Offerings section.

Admissions Requirements

There may be additional admission requirements for these programs. Please see the program pages for more information.

Program and Course Offerings



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