The discipline of Biomedical Engineering exposes students to the principles of biology, chemistry, and engineering, leading to careers in a wide range of industries, including biotechnology, health care and pharmaceuticals. In the Biomedical Engineering programs, students have the opportunity to take courses in a wide range of fields including biomaterials, biomechanics and bioelectromagnetics. Biomedical engineers combine engineering principles with the sciences to design medical equipment and systems to advance health care. They find work in a variety of industries, including hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and research. Graduate students in biomedical engineering perform life-improving research in a variety of areas, including dentistry, pharmaceuticals and orthopedics.
The program offers the bachelor’s degree and the master’s degree in biomedical engineering. The Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering offers students a broad education providing experience in many disciplines of biomedical engineering. The Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering has both thesis and non-thesis options providing students the opportunity to specialize in specific disciplines of biomedical engineering including Biomechanics and Computational Biology, Biomaterials, Bioelectronics and Medical Devices, and Biomedical Signal Processing.
Academic Regulations for Biomedical Engineering
Minimum Grade Requirement
A grade of "C" (2.0) or better must be earned in all major courses required in the biomedical engineering degree programs.
A student cannot take a course for audit and later expect to take the same course for credit in the degree program. For that reason, students must not audit any courses required in their program, unless credit has already been established. To audit an elective course, written consent from both the student’s advisor and the instructor of the course is required. After the first week of classes, a student cannot change from credit to audit or audit to credit.
To receive an exception from stated program guidelines or curriculum, the student must file a petition with the academic advisor. For transfer credit taken at another institution that is not articulated, a student may need to submit a petition to receive transfer credit. If the petition is denied by the Biomedical Engineering Degree Program Committee, the student may appeal the decision to the Dean of the School of Science & Engineering.
The University tries to assure that students progress satisfactorily toward their goals and receive clear warning when they do not. To this end, engineering adheres to a clear policy, but provides for exceptions in unusual cases. The interest of the student is paramount.
A student is in good academic standing when term and cumulative grade-point averages (GPA) from the University of Missouri system are 2.0 or higher in courses necessary for an engineering degree. Students will be placed on academic probation if, when in good academic standing, they earn a term GPA of less than 2.0 but greater than 1.0. Students may also be placed on academic probation at the time of initial admission or readmission because they do not fully meet the minimum standards. Students earning a term GPA of less than 1.0, or a term GPA of less than 2.0 while on academic probation become ineligible for continuation of studies. The academic standing statements found at the top of semester grade reports are defined as follows:
- Now In Good Standing - Term and cumulative GPA greater than 2.0.
- Now On Probation - Term or cumulative GPA less than 2.0.
- Academically Ineligible - Term GPA less than 1.0 or two consecutive semesters with term or cumulative GPA less than 2.0.
- When a student becomes academically ineligible, the student is not allowed to continue academic studies. Any pre-registration of course work will be canceled. In order to continue academic studies, the student must appeal to the Biomedical Engineering Degree Program Committee in writing.
Now in Good Standing
A student whose term and cumulative grade-point averages (GPA) from the University of Missouri system are 2.0 or higher in courses necessary for an engineering degree, is in good academic standing. A term is defined as a fall semester, spring semester or summer session.
Now on Probation
A student will be placed on academic probation if, when in good academic standing, the student earns a term GPA of less than 2.0 but greater than 1.0. A student may also be placed on academic probation at the time of initial admission or readmission because the student does not fully meet the minimum requirements.
After being placed on academic probation, the student’s next semester of enrollment (the probationary term) must result in the completion of at least 12 hours of course work necessary for an engineering degree. A student will be returned to good standing if, at the end of the probationary term, the student’s term and cumulative GPAs are 2.0 or higher in courses necessary for an engineering degree.
A student will become academically ineligible if any of the following apply:
- The student receives a term GPA of less than 1.0.
- The student receives a term GPA of less than 2.0 for the probationary term.
- The student receives a cumulative GPA of less than 2.0 for the probationary term.
- The student fails to complete at least 12 hours of course work necessary for an engineering degree during the probationary term.
Satisfactory Academic Progress
Students will be expected to maintain continuous satisfactory academic progress and can be removed from the biomedical engineering program after evaluation by the Biomedical Engineering Degree Program Committee if it finds that satisfactory academic progress is not being made.
If a student has become academically ineligible, the student may be allowed to continue academic studies, provided that the student successfully appeals to the Academic Appeals Committee. The primary concern of the Appeals Committee is the likelihood of the student’s future success. Accordingly, any appeal should include causes for the student’s past poor performance and reasons for expecting better performance in the future. When the Appeals Committee allows a student to re-enroll, it may set conditions such as courses to be taken, minimum grades, total hours, etc. to which the student must adhere. A grade-point average deficiency may be removed by repeating a course or by taking additional courses that qualify as eligible electives in the curriculum.
Kansas City is one of the premier engineering centers in the country. Numerous engineering and manufacturing firms with national and international reputation are headquartered in Kansas City. This offers a unique opportunity to our students, many of whom participate actively as interns or as employees with these firms during the course of their study, thereby getting a balanced blend of course work and practical experience.
Job opportunities abound for engineering majors. In terms of starting salaries and the number of job offers, engineering graduates compare favorably with all other graduates. In addition, the biomedical engineering curriculum at UMKC equips the graduate with the analytic decision-making skills necessary to pursue diverse technical, managerial and entrepreneurial career opportunities.