Program Education Objective


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 Description

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Biomedical Engineering (BME)

A Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Biomedical Engineering (BME) at UTSA is an interdisciplinary program that combines engineering principles, approaches, and methodologies with biological, chemical and physical sciences in order to define and solve problems in medicine. Students will be trained in the fundamentals of science and engineering and is expected to be able to apply this knowledge to investigate fundamental biomedical engineering questions associated with complex living systems as well as with the diagnosis and treatment of human diseases. A broad understanding of sciences and engineering principles is provided in the first two years of the program, with students having the option to choose two concentrations as in-depth focus areas of study in the last two years of the program. Critical thinking and innovative design skills are integrated throughout the program to aid students in developing solutions and in solving biomedical engineering-related problems. Design projects throughout the program and Senior BME Design courses provide students the opportunity to integrate their design, critical thinking and communication skills with the scientific and engineering knowledge they acquired throughout the Biomedical Engineering program. The regulations for this degree comply with the general University regulations (refer to Chapter 1, Bachelor’s Degree Regulations).

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

Additionally, the program curriculum ensures that the following requirements designated for Bioengineering and Biomedical and Similarly Named Engineering Programs:

The curriculum prepares graduates with experience in:

  1. Applying principles of engineering, biology, human physiology, chemistry, calculus-based physics, mathematics (through differential equations) and statistics;
  2. Solving bio/biomedical engineering problems, including those associated with the interaction between living and non-living systems;
  3. Analyzing, modeling, designing, and realizing bio/biomedical engineering devices, systems, components, or processes; and
  4. Making measurements on and interpreting data from living systems.

Position Openings

Job Opportunities for Biomedical Engineering Dept.The Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) at the University of Texas at San Antonio invites applications for two tenured/tenure-track positions at the Assistant, Associate or Full Professor levels. Candidates with research programs in the areas of biomechanics, regenerative medicine, neural engineering or cancer are encouraged to apply. Required qualifications for the positions include a doctorate more...

*Freshman students considering Fall admission to the Biomedical Engineering program must also submit the following supplemental documents by end of July*