Bioengineering (BS)


Incoming Student Admission Criteria

High School Curriculum Requirements: All schools require graduation from an accredited high school and completion of the Kentucky Pre-College Curriculum requirements. In addition, Speed School requires successful completion of the following courses in high school:

  • Calculus or pre-calculus
  • Chemistry

Students with ACT / SAT Scores

  • ACT composite and math scores of 25 OR SAT combined CR+M score of 1200 and math score of 590. A 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale


  • ACT composite and math scores of 24 OR SAT combined CR+M score of 1160 and math score of 570. A 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale

Students without ACT / SAT Scores

  • HS GPA of 3.0 (or better) on a 4.0 scale
  • Comprehensive transcript evaluation
  • Review of Student Resume

Transferring to Engineering BS degree programs

Students with 24 hours or more transferable semester hours will have a minimum college grade point average of 2.8 and at least B-minus grades in each of the following courses: ENGR 181 (or equivalent) and Intro to Chemistry (CHEM 101 or equivalent).

It is recommended students successfully complete Physics I (PHYS 298 or equivalent) before transferring to the J.B. Speed School of Engineering.

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements31
The following courses are required by the program and satisfy the respective General Education Requirement(s):
General Chemistry I - S
Introduction to Chemical Analysis I - SL
Introduction to Public Speaking - OC
Business and Professional Speaking - OC
Introduction to College Writing - WC
Intermediate College Writing - WC
Engineering Analysis I - QR
Introductory Mechanics, Heat and Sound - S

All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program (link provided above).  To complete the degree in the minimum number of hours listed on the Overview tab, some hours from the General Education Requirements must be satisfied by courses defined by the unit and/or program.

College/School Requirements

Speed School Core 1
CHEM 201General Chemistry I - S 13
CHEM 207Introduction to Chemical Analysis I - SL 11
Select one of the following: 13
Introduction to Public Speaking - OC
Business and Professional Speaking - OC
ENGL 101Introduction to College Writing - WC 1,23
ENGL 102Intermediate College Writing - WC 1,23
ENGR 101Engineering Analysis I - QR 14
ENGR 102Engineering Analysis II4
ENGR 110Engineering Methods, Tools, and Practice I2
ENGR 111Engineering Methods, Tools and Practice ll2
ENGR 201Engineering Analysis III4
ENGR 205Differential Equations for Engineering2
PHYS 298Introductory Mechanics, Heat and Sound - S 14
Minimum Total Hours35

Program/Major Requirements

Bioengineering Department 3, 4
BE 101Introduction to Bioengineering1
BE 288Bioengineering Co-op Education Seminar0
BE 289Bioengineering Co-op Education I1
BE 310Biotransport Phenomena3
BE 322Circuits and Devices for Bioengineers3
BE 340Computational Methodologies in Bioengineering3
BE 354Anatomy and Physiology3
BE 359Cell and Molecular Biology for Bioengineers3
BE 360Biomechanics Principles3
BE 389Bioengineering Co-op Education II1
BE 420Biosystems & Signals3
BE 423Bioengineering Measurements Laboratory2
BE 430Biosystems Controls3
BE 450Biomaterials & Biocompatibility3
BE 489Bioengineering Co-op Education III1
BE 491Capstone A3
BE 497Capstone B - CUE3
Bioengineering Electives (select 9 credit hours from the following): 49
Introduction to Molecular Bioengineering
Biomechanics of Tissues and Organs
Biomedical Device Design
Special Topics in Bioengineering
Biomedical Acoustics
LabVIEW for Bioengineers
Machine Learning in Python
Machine Learning in Medicine
Medical Image Computing
Computer Tools for Medical Image Analysis
Artificial Intelligence Techniques in Digital Pathology
Introduction to Tissue Engineering
Nanoscale Bioengineering: Application and Methodology of Nanobiomaterials in Bioengineering
Advanced Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing for Bioengineers
Independent Study in Bioengineering
Cellular Mechanobiology in Cancer
Biochemistry I
Advanced Biochemistry II
Advanced Biochemistry I
Advanced Biochemistry II
Metabolic Biochemistry
Organic Chemistry II
Biochemistry I
Biochemistry II
Advanced Biochemistry I
Advanced Biochemistry II
Quality Control
Quality of Care and Patient Safety
Health IT and Clinician Support
Machine Design I
Introduction to Human Factors Engineering and Ergonomics
Bioengineering Core
CHEM 202General Chemistry II - S3
CHEM 208Introduction to Chemical Analysis II - SL1
CHEM 209Introduction to Chemical Analysis III1
Minimum Total Hours53
Supporting Courses
BIOL 240Unity of Life - S3
CEE 205Mechanics I: Statics3
CHEM 341Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 343Organic Chemistry Laboratory I2
IE 360Probability and Statistics for Engineers3
ME 206Mechanics II: Dynamics3
ME 251Thermodynamics I3
PHYS 295Introductory Laboratories I - SL1
PHYS 299Introductory Electricity, Magnetism and Light4
ENGR 151Engineering Graphics Technology1
ENGR 330Linear Algebra for Engineering2
Minimum Total Hours28

Candidates for the Bachelor of Science degree must be in Good Standing (university GPA ≥ 2.25) and must attain a grade point average of at least 2.25 for all courses used to satisfy degree requirements. 

Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)
Requirement fulfilled by completing:
Capstone B - CUE

This course is a General Education requirement for the program; see for the listing, by academic year, of AH/D1/D2/SB/SBH Electives which satisfy the University-wide General Education requirements.  Note that the 12-hour total for the AH/D1/D2/SB/SBH  electives assumes the use of double counting of D1/D2 with another category.


Students completing ENGL 105 in lieu of ENGL 101 or ENGL 102 satisfy the General Education and Engineering Fundamentals requirements for Written Communication.  However, an additional 3-hr Writing (WR) course or honors Written Communication (WC) course may be needed to satisfy program credit hour requirements.  


A student is allowed to accumulate no more than two D+ or lower grades in BE prefixed courses (including BE approved elective courses) to graduate with a baccalaureate degree.  If a student accumulates any D+ or lower grade, it is strongly recommended that the course be repeated to earn a better grade before proceeding to the next course in the sequence.  If a student accumulates a third D+ or lower grade, the student is required to repeat the course to earn a better grade.


A maximum of one non-BE course can be taken as an elective.  Students must meet all course prerequisites.  The courses chosen to fulfill this elective requirement cannot be used to satisfy any other program or degree requirements.

Flight Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
CHEM 201 General Chemistry I - S 3
CHEM 207 Introduction to Chemical Analysis I - SL 1
CHEM 208 Introduction to Chemical Analysis II - SL 1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
ENGR 101 Engineering Analysis I - QR 4
ENGR 110 Engineering Methods, Tools, and Practice I 2
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities, Social & Behavioral Sciences, or Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Persepective US Diversity - AHD1, SBD1, or SBHD1 3
BE 101 Introduction to Bioengineering 1
CHEM 202 General Chemistry II - S 3
CHEM 209 Introduction to Chemical Analysis III 1
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
ENGR 102 Engineering Analysis II 4
ENGR 111 Engineering Methods, Tools and Practice ll 2
PHYS 298 Introductory Mechanics, Heat and Sound - S 4
CEE 205 Mechanics I: Statics 3
ENGR 151 Engineering Graphics Technology 1
ENGR 201 Engineering Analysis III 4
PHYS 295 Introductory Laboratories I - SL 1
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities, Social & Behavioral Sciences, or Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Persepective - AH, SB, or SBH 3
Year 2
BIOL 240 Unity of Life - S 3
CHEM 341 Organic Chemistry I 3
ENGR 205 Differential Equations for Engineering 2
ME 206 Mechanics II: Dynamics 3
ME 251 Thermodynamics I 3
PHYS 299 Introductory Electricity, Magnetism and Light 4
BE 288 Bioengineering Co-op Education Seminar 0
BE 310 Biotransport Phenomena 3
BE 354 Anatomy and Physiology 3
BE 359 Cell and Molecular Biology for Bioengineers 3
BE 360 Biomechanics Principles 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities, Social & Behavioral Sciences, or Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Persepective - AH, SB, or SBH 3
BE 322 Circuits and Devices for Bioengineers 3
BE 340 Computational Methodologies in Bioengineering 3
BE 450 Biomaterials & Biocompatibility 3
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Public Speaking - OC
Business and Professional Speaking - OC
Year 3
BE 289 Bioengineering Co-op Education I 1
BE 420 Biosystems & Signals 3
BE 423 Bioengineering Measurements Laboratory 2
Bioengineering Elective I 3
CHEM 343 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 2
ENGR 330 Linear Algebra for Engineering 2
IE 360 Probability and Statistics for Engineers 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities, Social & Behavioral Sciences, or Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Persepective - AH, SB, or SBH 3
BE 389 Bioengineering Co-op Education II 1
Year 4
BE 430 Biosystems Controls 3
BE 491 Capstone A 3
BE 497 Capstone B - CUE 3
Bioengineering Elective II 3
Bioengineering Elective III 3
BE 489 Bioengineering Co-op Education III 1
 Minimum Total Hours128

The Flight Plan outlined above is intended to demonstrate one possible path to completing the degree within four years.  Course selection and placement within the program may vary depending on course offerings and schedule, elective preferences, and other factors (study abroad, internship availability, etc.). Please consult your advisor for additional information about building a flight plan that works for you.

Degree Audit Report
Degree Audit reports illustrate how your completed courses fulfill the requirements of your academic plan, and which requirements are still outstanding. Degree audits also take transfer credits and test credits into account. "What-if" reports allow you to compare the courses you have completed in your current academic plan to the courses required in another academic plan.  Should you have questions about either report, please consult with your academic advisor.

Flight Planner
The Flight Planner tool is available for you to create a personalized Flight Plan to graduation.  Advisors have access to review your Flight Planner and can help you adjust it to ensure you remain on track to graduate in a timely manner.

To create these reports:

  1. Log into your ULink account.
  2. Click on the Academic Progress tile.
  3. Select the appropriate report.
    1. To run a Degree Audit report, click on "View my Degree Audit."
    2. To create a What-if report, click on "Create a What-if Advisement Report."
    3. To run a Flight Planner report, click on "Use My Flight Planner."

Click here to run a Degree Audit report, create a What-if report, or run a Flight Planner report.