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Biomedical Engineering Major

B.S. in Biomedical Engineering
Cullen College of Engineering

Degree Plan

Biomedical Engineering programs prepare students to become professionals that combine clinical medicine with medical technology. Students learn how to identify problems within the medical world, translating that problem into the language of engineering, and then developing a solution to the problem that meets the requirements of both the medical and engineering communities. Students in these programs learn various disciplines, including biological, medical, and engineering science. This area of study has expanded greatly and now encompasses clinical engineering, biomaterials, and medical electronics. Biomedical engineers create everything from wheel chairs to artificial hearts to contact lenses. Students in these programs learn about life sciences at the molecular level. They learn to become adept problem-solvers and to work effectively within a team environment. Throughout the programs, they integrate biology and engineering by focusing on design projects that have real-world implications.


Freshman Admissions

First, freshman applicants are required to meet general university freshman admission requirements .  In addition, you should also complete the following core courses.

Required High School Courses Unit/Credits
English 4
Social Studies 3
Physics 1
Mechanical Drawing (in the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade)* 1
Mathematics (including 2 units/credits in algebra, 1 in geometry, and 1/2 in either  elementary analysis or analytical geometry) 4

And obtain the following standardized test scores. 

Rank in Class Minimum Test Scores
SAT I Total and SAT Critical Reading or ACT Composite and ACT English
Top 10 % 970 and 480 22 and 19
I Quarter 970 and 480 22 and 19
II Quarter 1050 and 480 24 and 19
III Quarter 1180 and 480 26 and 19
IV Quarter Not Admissible

Transfer Admissions

First, applicants are required to meet general university transfer admissions requirements . In addition, applicants who have finished 15 semester hours or more need a 2.50 GPA for all college courses taken as well as a 2.50 GPA on all college-level mathematics, chemistry, physics, English, and engineering courses. Applicants should also attempt one college-level math course and at least one physics or chemistry course.  International Student applicants need a TOEFL score of 550 on the written examination, 213 on the computerized test, or 79-80 on the internet based test, unless they meet the terms of the exemption .


A Biomedical Engineer uses conventional engineering know-how to evaluate and solve problems in biology and medicine, providing an overall improvement of health care. The biomedical engineer works with other health care professionals including physicians, nurses, therapists and technicians. They may be called upon in a wide variety of capacities needed to solve clinical problems. UH biomedical engineering Alumni have received offers in a wide range of areas such as Medical Systems Engineers, Technical Professionals, and Medical Technology Sales and Marketing Experts. In addition, many alumni use this degree was a stepping stone toward admittance into advanced studies in areas such medical, graduate, business, or law school. More information regarding job titles, salary information of Cougar Alumni as well as national salary information can be found at Cougar Careers . For assistance in career planning and development, please visit University Career Services .

Contact Information

Department of Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering
S222 Engineering Building 1
Houston, TX 77204-4004
Phone: 713-743-4300
Fax: 713-743-4323

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