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Curriculum and Courses

Bioengineering BS Program

You’ll take 120 credits including:

  • 66 credits in engineering (including general, electrical and bioengineering)
  • 7 credits in chemistry
  • 47 credits in an array of course work: Math (15), Physics (8), English (9), University Studies (15)

Bioengineering Major Curriculum and Flow Charts

Select the curriculum below based on your entering year to the University. Check with your faculty advisor or ES3 if you are unsure which requirements you are following. 

Catalog years 2019-20 to present:

Catalog years 2017-18 and 2018-19:

Biomedical Engineering (BME) Concentration

The Biomedical Engineering (BME) Concentration is offered to students who wish to expand their education on medical applications of bioengineering, including biomedical device development and tissue engineering. Students interested in the concentration can either apply as an incoming student or after they are admitted to the university, and are required to submit the BME Concentration Approval Form.

The BME concentration consists of a set of eight Biomedical Engineering Foundation Core courses, one Biomedical Engineering Core course, and two electives chosen from an approved list of either Cell & Tissue Engineering or Medical Devices & Manufacturing. Students in the BME concentration will also choose a related senior capstone design project. In order to graduate with the concentration, students must have a 2.000 bioengineering major GPA and a 2.700 BME GPA.

Catalog years 2019-20 to present:

Catalog year 2018-19:

Premedicine Track (or "Premed")

This undergraduate program in bioengineering is designed so that students can easily fulfill the requirements for medical school admission and at the same time receive an outstanding engineering education.

Students interested in the pre-medicine track should meet with the pre-health advisor and their faculty advisor early in the program to ensure appropriate courses are completed in a timely manner.

Student research opportunities are available at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Bioengineering Honors College

Minimum 24 credits with a grade B or higher in each course

Course Number

Course Title


REQUIRED (15/16 Credits)

EGR 111H

Introduction to Engineering and Computing


ENL 101H

Critical Writing and Reading I


ENL 102H

Critical Writing and Reading II


HON 301 (US 4C)

Research Across Disciplines (Thesis Preparation Seminar)


HON 490/EGR 497H + 498H

Thesis Project/Bioengineering Capstone Design


ELECTIVE (9 credits)


ENL 266H

Technical Communications


US 3A (or 3B)H

Approved “Literature” course


US 3B (or 3A)H

Approved “Visual and Performing Arts” Course


BNG 255H

Biology for Engineers


BNG 219H

Chemical Methods in Bioengineering


BNG 220H

Biochemical Thermodynamics


BNG 311H

Statistics for Bioengineering


BNG 315H



BNG 316H



HON 490 is recommended for students who will pursue graduate study

No more than six credits of "Honors contract"



By the time you have completed...


15 total credits (including transfer and AP credits), or one semester at UMD, whichever comes first.

At least three Honors credits.

30 total credits, or two semesters at UMD, whichever comes first.

At least six Honors credits.

60 total credits, or four semesters at UMD, whichever comes first.

At least twelve Honors credits.

90 total credits, or six semesters at UMD, whichever comes first.

At least eighteen Honors credits, including Honors 301, and submission of thesis project proposal.

120 total credits, or eight semesters at UMassD, whichever comes first.

All 24 credits with minimum GPA 3.2.


University Studies Requirements for BNG

BNG students are required to meet the University Studies requirements by choosing an approved course from the following University Studies Clusters:

Effective Fall 2014, students who transfer to the University with 24 or more transfer credits will follow the Transfer Substitution policy for University Studies.

Bioengineering Study Abroad Program

Click the link to know the details of opportunities for second-year, spring semester study in Cyprus, Spain, and South Korea.

BS-MD program

UMass Dartmouth also participates in the UMass Medical School Baccalaureate MD Pathway Program.‌