Department Information


Message from the Department

Welcome to the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering. Established in February 2004, the department is housed in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building (AET). This department offers unique opportunities for collaboration, discovery, and learning. The vibrant growth of this Department is attributed to the enthusiastic and superb quality of the students, dedicated staff and faculty, and the interdisciplinary environment at UTSA.

In addition to the exciting interdisciplinary research, faculty from the Biomedical Engineering program are involved in the UTSA/UTHSCSA Joint Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering, in collaboration with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. We appreciate your interest in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering at UTSA and extend our warmest welcome to you from the Department.

Mission Statement

The Department of Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering is committed to providing a learning environment that encourages discovery and advancement for the betterment of its students and the community. Through its Biomedical Engineering educational programs, externally funded research and public service, the Department seeks to serve the professional training needs of San Antonio, south central Texas and beyond. It is committed to developing well-rounded, competitive biomedical engineering and chemical engineering professionals to support the University's mission.

The Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering Department is committed to developing well-rounded, competitive biomedical engineering and chemical engineering professionals to support the University's mission.

The Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate and Graduate programs are committed to:

  1. Provide high caliber BME education to students interested in the field of Biomedical Engineering.
  2. Provide opportunities for BME research to students with a unique combination of clinical and engineering experiences.
  3. Form collaborations in bioengineering-related educational and research opportunities that will be of significant benefit to the San Antonio and South Texas technical and business communities.
  4. Effectively support the University's mission by encouraging minority participation in graduate and undergraduate studies.


Program Educational Objectives

The Program Educational Objectives of this program are to prepare graduates who are expected to:

  1. Become professionals with careers in industry, government, healthcare, and/or pursue advanced graduate or professional degrees.
  2. Continue their professional development as required for their career advancement.
  3. Contribute to the socioeconomic development for Texas, the nation and the world through the professional and ethical practice of engineering.
  4. Demonstrate leadership positions in their chosen field with a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity.

These educational objectives are postulated with the rationale of achieving long-term specific technical skills and competency, and to conform to the ABET Criteria for Accrediting Engineering Programs. The process used for doing so involved inputs from the Biomedical Engineering faculty, the BME Program Advisory Board and current students.

Student Outcomes

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies
Academic Year Enrollment Year Total UG Total GR Degrees Awarded
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Associates Bachelors Masters Doctorate
2021-2022 FT 39 56 66 70 NA 231 29 NA 40 10 5
PT 6 8 10 33 NA 57 36
2020-2021 FT 61 62 47 69 NA 239 33 NA 39 14 5
PT 7 3 13 26 NA 49 25
2019-2020 FT 62 48 43 65 NA 218 23 NA 39 14 6
PT 1 5 7 21 NA 34 35
2018-2019 FT 77 52 45 58 NA 232 18 NA 30 11 3
PT 6 5 9 9 NA 29 36
2017-2018 FT 91 44 37 53 NA 225 26 NA 40 9 4
PT 1 3 4 25 NA 33 27