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Bioengineering (B.S.) 2020-2021 Catalog Year

U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering

Department of Bioengineering
(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.

Progression and Additional Graduation Requirements

Students admitted to Florida Gulf Coast University as a degree seeking student in good academic standing may declare a major in engineering. All engineering majors must satisfy the academic milestones as described in the student guidebook. Refer to the Bioengineering (B.S.) Student Guidebook for further information on milestones.

  • In addition to the program requirements, students must complete:
  • 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
  • Satisfy Civic Literacy requirement.
Program Requirements
1. FGCU General Education Program (
To prevent or minimize excess hours, select general education courses that satisfy common prerequisite requirements for your intended major.

2. Common Program Prerequisites
For this major, common prerequisite courses with an asterisk (*) require prior knowledge and skills demonstrated through degree acceleration programs (e.g., the College Board's Advanced Placement Program [AP], International Baccalaureate Program [IB], College-Level Examination Program [CLEP], Advanced International Certificate of Education Program [AICE]); dual enrollment; placement exam; or college coursework.

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

FGCU Course: *CHM 1045 General Chemistry I (3) and CHM 1045L General Chemistry I Lab (1) Minimum grade of C
Acceptable Substitute: (CHMX045 and CHMX045L) or CHMX045C or CHSX440C or (CHMX095 and CHMX095L)
[Prerequisites of MAT 1033 minimum grade of C then MAC 1105 minimum grade of C; or relevant accelerated credit; or placement exam]

FGCU Course: CHM 1046 General Chemistry II (3) and CHM 1046L General Chemistry II Lab (1) Minimum grade of C
Acceptable Substitute: CHMX046C or (CHMX046 and CHMX046L) or (CHMX096 and CHMX096L)

FGCU Course: CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry I (3) and CHM 2210L Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1) Minimum grade of C
Acceptable Substitute: CHMX210C or (CHMX210 and CHMX210L)

FGCU Course: *MAC 2311 Calculus I (4) and MAC 2312 Calculus II (4) and MAC 2313 Calculus III (4) Minimum grade of C
Acceptable Substitute: (MACX311 and MACX312 and MACX313) or (MACX281 and MACX282 and MACX283)
[Prerequisites of MAT 1033 minimum grade of C then MAC 1105 minimum grade of C then MAC 1147 minimum grade of C; or relevant accelerated credit; or placement exam]

FGCU Course: MAP 2302 Differential Equations (3) Minimum grade of C
Acceptable Substitute: MAPX302 or MAPX305 or ECHX301

FGCU Course: PHY 2048 General Physics I (3) and PHY 2048L General Physics I Laboratory (1) Minimum grade of C
Acceptable Substitute: PHYX048C or [PHYX048 and (PHYX048L or PHYX064L)]

FGCU Course: PHY 2049 General Physics II (3) and PHY 2049L General Physics II Laboratory (1) Minimum grade of C
Acceptable Substitute: PHYX049C or  [PHYX049 and (PHYX049L or PHYX064L)]

FGCU Course: STA 2023 Statistical Methods (3) Minimum grade of C
Acceptable Substitute : STAX023

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 (47 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 -
ENT 3004 Entrepreneurship & Creativity (3)
MAN 3025 Principles of Management (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)


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