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  Nov 18, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog

Bioengineering


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BS Degree

Students must consult with their academic advisor prior to registering for any classes. Transfer students should be aware of possible scheduling problems, due to the sequential nature of the department’s curricula that may cause a delay in meeting graduation requirements. Transfer students are therefore especially encouraged to meet with their academic advisor early in order to satisfy prior-year requirements as soon as possible. In any case, final responsibility for keeping pace with the curriculum and taking the required courses in sequence rests with each student.

Calculation of GPA in the Bioengineering major

Students must have a minimum 2.000 cumulative GPA for all courses taken at the university in order to graduate. Students must also have a minimum 2.000 cumulative GPA in the major. For purposes of this computation:

  1. All courses with a BNG prefix (except BNG 162) as well as EGR 497 and EGR 498 count in calculating the GPA;
  2. Courses required for the major but taken outside the major discipline are not counted in the calculation of the major cumulative GPA;
  3. If a course is repeated, only the most recent course grade (whether higher or lower) shall be used to calculate the major cumulative GPA.

Requirements


First Year


Second Year


First Semester: 17 credits


  • University Studies requirement - 3 credits (see Footnote 1 below)

Third Year


Second Semester: 13 credits


  • University Studies requirement - 3 credits (see Footnote 1 below)

Fourth Year


First Semester: 14 credits


  • Specialization requirement - 6 credits (see below)
  • University Studies requirement - 3 credits (see Footnote 1 below)

Second Semester: 14.5 credits


  • Specialization requirement - 6 credits (see below)
  • University Studies requirement - 3 credits (see Footnote 1 below)

Total credits: 120


Footnote


[1] See University Studies requirements, three credits each in Clusters 3A, 3B and 4A, 4B, and 4C.

Specialization Courses


Specialization courses are courses that allow bioengineering students to broaden or deepen their engineering knowledge in one or more technical areas. Students should speak with their advisor before selecting specialization courses. Courses outside the department may be used with prior consultation with the advisor and approval by the chairperson.

Pre-Medical Track


A pre-medical track is available. The prerequisites for these advanced degree programs are varied and students should discuss an interest in a pre-medical track with their advisor as early as possible. Often upper-level (300/400) courses required for admission to health degree programs can be used as a specialization requirement listed above. Substituting an upper-level course requires prior consultation with the advisor and approval by the department chairperson. 

University Studies Requirements for Bioengineering


Degree candidates for the BS degree in Bioengineering must satisfy the University Studies requirements, as described in the Academic Policies section of this Catalog.

  • University Studies requirements in Clusters 1, 2, and 5 are automatically satisfied by the courses shown as required for this major.
  • The University Studies requirements in Clusters 3 and 4 may be fulfilled by selecting courses from the approved lists in each cluster, using the University Studies electives shown in the course requirement tables for each major.

University Studies Departmental Requirements


Students majoring in Bioengineering will meet their departmentally-controlled University Studies requirements as follows:

Alternative Paths Program Requirements


Students not starting in Calculus (MTH 153) will be placed in Pre-Calculus (MTH 150) or Pre-Calculus Enhanced (MTH 150E) in the first semester. This delays the start of Calculus to the spring semester, which may then extend the program beyond four years.

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