Students beginning the undergraduate program who have not been admitted to the program as freshmen, including transfer students, should choose the Pre-Biomedical Engineering category as their major for registration purposes. Pre-major students are eligible to register for all 1000 and 2000 classes listed in the freshman and sophomore years of the Suggested Biomedical Engineering Plan of Study in Section 4. Junior- and senior-year courses in the Biomedical Engineering program are usually open only to students with major status. Pre-majors may also apply for admission to upper division classes by special permission of the instructor and the department. 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.
A very small number of highly qualified students are admitted to the program as freshmen. Such admission is based on academic excellence and results from a careful screening of students' records upon there application for admission the University. No direct action is required from students wishing to be considered for freshman admission.
Admission to major status in the Biomedical Engineering program is limited by the availability of Department teaching and laboratory resources and based solely on academic achievement. Admission to major status is based on a specific grade point average made up of selected courses. See Application Form at the end of this document and check with the Undergraduate Advisory in the Department office for details. In order to register for Department upper-division courses (3000-level or higher), a student must have major status (or receive permission from the Department and course instructor for exceptional circumstances).
To be considered for admission to major status, a student must have completed the following courses:
|BIOEN 1101||Fundamentals of Bioengineering I|
|BIOEN 1102||Fundamentals of Bioengineering II|
|BIOEN 2000||Careers in Biomedical Engineering|
|BIOL 2020||Cell Biology (or equivalent)|
|CHEM 2310||Organic Chemistry I|
|CHEM 2315||Organic Chem Lab I|
|MATH 2250||Diff Eq/Lin Alg|
|PHYCS 2210||Physics for Scientists I|
with an overall grade point average (GPA) in these classes of 3.0 or better. Combining this score with the overall University GPA (including transfer credit) leads to a composite GPA (as calculated on the application form) which must be 3.25 or higher for automatic admission. Students with a composite GPA below 3.25 but above 3.0 will join an admission waiting list. Final decisions on applications in the waiting list will occur just before the spring semester of each year.
Note that students may substitute a ``C'' grade for any class not yet taken and be considered for admission as long as their composite GPA, as described above, meets the requirements for admission.
The duration of the BME major program is 5 semesters, starting in the spring semester of their entry year into the major. Thus, students are strongly encouraged to seek admission in time for the Spring semester of their sophomore year in order to best meet the prerequisite requirements and complete the program on time. The annual cycle of admission will end at the start of the spring semester and all students applying after this date in any given year will be accepted into the following year's class, e.g., students who apply after the start of spring semester in January, 2011 will be admitted into the program with a formal start date of January 2012. Students may take classes in the fall semester (in this case in fall, 2011) but only if they meet the associated prerequisites. In practice, students starting classes in the fall semester will face considerable challenges to finish within two years.
Students wishing to apply credit from another school for any technical class which is not included in the College of Engineering Articulation Agreement (available on the University of Utah web site and in the Department of Bioengineering Office) must submit a Petition for Transfer Credit or Variance (the ``tan sheet'') along with thorough supporting documentation. Only after the petition has been approved by the Department will transfer of technical credit by allowed toward completion of the BS degree in Biomedical Engineering. This requirement applies even to classes that have been accepted by the University for general transfer credit; the classes must still be submitted for Departmental acceptance for transfer credit toward the degree by petition (unless they appear on the Articulation Agreement, in which case approval is automatic). Note that any exception to the Department's academic policies must be requested by submission of this same form, and that such an exception is allowed only after the petition has been approved by the Department.
The Department, in cooperation with the College of Engineering, provides a limited number of scholarships to highly qualified applicants. Applications for scholarships are usually due on March 1. Contact the Department Office or see the Department web site for details.