Bachelor of Science: Biomedical Engineering

University Requirements

General Education

UMKC Essentials is the university-wide curriculum that all undergraduate students will complete. The 30-credit hour program includes a First Year Experience course; three critical thinking courses in the areas of Arts & Humanities, Natural & Physical Sciences, and Social & Behavioral Sciences; a Culture and Diversity course; a Civic & Urban Engagement course; two courses in Written Composition and one course in Oral Communication; and a Math Pathway course. Transfer students entering UMKC will elect from the UMKC Essentials General Education Program or the Missouri Core 42 General Education Curriculum.  Academic advisors will meet with incoming transfer students to determine which option best serves the student’s educational needs. More information about General Education may be found here:

Constitution Course 

Every undergraduate student must take a course covering the United States Constitution and the Missouri State Constitution before graduation. Course options are included in the program requirements section below.

Exit Examinations

Information on exit examinations is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.

Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement Examination

In accordance with Missouri Senate Bill 807 (section 170.013.1), 'any student entering a public institution of higher education for the first time after July 2019 who is pursuing an associate's or bachelor's degree from such institution shall successfully pass an examination on the provisions and principles of American civics with a score of seventy percent or greater as a condition of graduation from such institution'.  To satisfy this requirement at UMKC, students access the exam through the Canvas site. This requirement will be listed in the degree audit system as, 'Take State Mandated Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement Examination', and listed on the transcript as 'Missouri Civics Examination'.   

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • use mathematics and biostatistical methods to solve problems;
  • analyze fluid flow properties of thermal-fluid systems;
  • design and implement biomedical engineering components;
  • analyze biomedical systems and solve systems problems;
  • investigate characteristics of biomaterials;
  • use measurements to solve biomedical engineering problems.


High school students planning to apply to this degree program are strongly encouraged to take a college preparatory program that emphasizes mathematics, science and communication skills.

First-time college student applicants to the undergraduate program in biomedical engineering will be automatically admitted if they obtain:

  1. An ACT mathematics score of at least 25 and
  2. An ACT composite score of at least 24 and
  3. A 3.0 Core High School GPA.

First-time college student applicants who do not meet the above criteria but do meet UMKC general admission requirements will have their applications reviewed for admission. Applicants who are not admitted to this degree program but do meet UMKC general admission requirements may be admitted to University College.

Students without the prerequisite preparation must take the needed coursework before enrolling in courses required for the bachelor's degree. Students seeking re-admission must have been in good academic standing when last enrolled. Otherwise, re-admission requires a formal review by the undergraduate program committee.

Transfer applicants must have at least 24 credits of transferable college credit, an overall 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale in all coursework, which includes repeated coursework, attempted at previous institutions. Transfer applicants without a 2.0 or higher college GPA must submit a petition for admission.

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering is a program in an engineering discipline that combines biological and chemical sciences with multiple fields of engineering, including mechanical and electrical. 

An approved Machine Shop Safety course must be completed prior to using tools in university sponsored activities and facilities.

A grade of  "C-" or higher must be earned in all major required coursework.

All UMKC students must take HEIghten after completing 90 credit hours and before applying for graduation ( 

UMKC Essentials

First Semester Experience Course (GEFSE)3
Written Communication:
ENGLISH 110Introduction to Academic Prose3
ENGLISH 225English II: Intermediate Academic Prose3
Oral Communication (choose one of the following):3
Fundamentals of Effective Speaking and Listening
Introduction to Communication
Argumentation And Debate
Interpersonal Communication
Math Pathway (Satisfied in program requirements below)
Critical Thinking in Arts & Humanities (GECRT-AH)3
Critical Thinking in Natural & Physical Sciences (GECRT-SC; Satisfied in program requirements below)
Critical Thinking in Social & Behavioral Sciences (GECRT-SS)3
Culture & Diversity Course (GECDV)3
Civic & Urban Engagement Course (GECUE; Satisfied in program requirements below)
Total Credits21

Constitution Course Requirement

Section 170.011.1 of the Missouri Revised Statutes, 2015, states that all candidates for a degree issued by a college or university in the state of Missouri must have “satisfactorily passed an examination on the provisions and principles of the Constitution of the United States and of the state of Missouri, and in American history and American institutions.” 

Courses at UMKC that satisfy this state requirement are:

Choose one of the following:3
The Supreme Court And The Criminal Process
U.S. History to 1877
U.S. History Since 1877
Honors American Government
American Government
Total Credits3

There are a few other ways this requirement can be satisfied for students transferring to UMKC:

  • Take an equivalent course from the list above at a regionally accredited institution.
  • Earn credit for one of the above courses through AP, IB, or CLEP.
  • Take a course that directly satisfies the Missouri Constitution Requirement at another Missouri institution.
  • Have a previous bachelors degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Have an Associate of Arts degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Complete the 42 Hour Core at a Missouri institution and have it listed on the official transcript.
Math Coursework
Precalculus (typically not required due to admission requirements)
MATH 266Accelerated Calculus I4
MATH 268Accelerated Calculus II3
MATH 250Calculus III4
MATH 345Ordinary Differential Equations3
BIOLOGY 304Biostatistics 13
Science Coursework
General Biology I
and General Biology I Laboratory
BIOLOGY 202Cell Biology3
BIOLOGY 316Principles of Physiology3
CHEM 211
General Chemistry I
and Experimental General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
and Experimental General Chemistry II
PHYSICS 240Physics For Scientists and Engineers I5
PHYSICS 250Physics For Scientists and Engineers II5
Total Credits47
Engineering Coursework
CIV-ENGR 275Engineering Statics (Satisfies GECRT-SC)3
E&C-ENGR 216Engineering Computation4
E&C-ENGR 276
E&C-ENGR 277
Circuit Theory I
and Circuit Theory I Lab
E&C-ENGR 380
E&C-ENGR 381
Signals and Systems
and Signals and Systems Lab
MEC-ENGR 285Engineering Dynamics3
MEC-ENGR 299Engineering Thermodynamics3
MEC-ENGR 406Introduction to Biomaterials3
MEC-ENGR 411Introduction to Biomechanics3
MEC-ENGR 492Mechanical Design Synthesis I (Satisfies GECUE)3
Total Credits30
Biomedical Engineering Coursework
BMD-ENGR 115Introduction to Biomedical Engineering1
BMD-ENGR 2153D Modeling and Printing1
BMD-ENGR 315Biomedical Instrumentation3
BMD-ENGR 325Biomedical Systems Physiology3
BMD-ENGR 335Biomedical Transport Phenomena3
BMD-ENGR 415Bioelectromagnetics and Bioelectricity3
BMD-ENGR 495WIBiomedical Capstone Design3
Total Credits17
Biomedical Electives 1,29
Introductory Anatomy 3
From Bench to Bedside: Translational Research
Biostatistics 2
Biochemistry 3
Bioinformatics 3
Organic Chemistry I 3
Analytical Chemistry I: Quantitative Analysis
Strength Of Materials
Fluid Mechanics
Legal Topics for Engineers
Electronic Circuits 3
Semiconductors and Devices 3
Topics In Electrical And Computer Engineering (Nano-electromagnetics & Plasmonics)
Neural and Adaptive Systems 3
Introduction to Computer Vision
Digital Signal Processing
Digital Image Processing
Pattern Recognition
Numerical Analysis
Fluid Mechanics
System Dynamics
Advanced Dynamics and Modeling 3
Experimental Biomechanics of Human Motion
Biomedical Device Design
Mechatronic System Design 3
Total Credits9

Minimum GPA: 2.0

Total Credit Hours: 127