BME Undergraduate FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the BME BS program accredited? The University of Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelor, master, specialist, engineer, doctoral and professional degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Florida.

The process to collect data for ABET accreditation has started, but we cannot apply for accreditation until after the first student graduates.  We intend to request accreditation as soon as possible and if granted will be retroactive to the first graduate in Spring 2014.

How do I select the PRE-BME major? If you are admitted as a freshmen or sophomore at UF, you will be able to select the PRE-BME major during preview or during advising.

How do I select the BME major? The BME major is limited access and admission is made during the sophomore spring semester (see admissions). Once your are selected, your major will be changed.

When do I apply for the BME major? Current UF students will apply in the fall of their second year when they are completing their third term of the PRE-BME Semester Plan. A.A. Transfer students apply to the BME major after completing the Undergraduate Transfer Admission Application.

I am a freshman and already have credit for MAC2311, MAC2313, MAC2313, PHY2048, BSC2010, and their labs. Can I apply to upper-division BME in my first semester? Yes, you may apply for upper-division if you have completed the critical tracking courses. Please consult with your advisor in 204 Weil Hall if you are a freshman to see if you qualify for early application to uppder-division BME.

Am I at a disadvantage if I have AP/IB/Dual Enrolmment/Transient credit for critical tracking courses? Wil lthey count against me when I apply to upper-division BME? You are not at a disadvantage if you have AP credit, IB, Dual Enrollment, or Transient credit that occurred prior to your enrollment at the University of Florida. We consider this a sign of your ability to excel in high school.

What if I don’t get accepted into the BME major? Current UF students who declare PRE-BME as their major will be advised by the BME department. BME Advisors will work with these students to identify an alternate major of their interest. Students will be advised to track for their alternate major in addition to PRE-BME. This does not add a significant burden to the student because the first two years of all Engineering majors are very similar as this is the time in which students are completing the foundation for upper division courses. If a student is not selected for admission to the BME major at the end of their second year, the student will change their major to their alternate and will be on track to complete the upper division courses in that major.

I didn't pass one of my critical tracking classes and am retaking it. How does that affect my chances of being admitted to upper-division BME? Retaking a critical tracking course may place you slightly behind in your course sequence, but will not markedly affect your critical tracking GPA. We only consider the best of the two grades on a retake of a critical tracking course.

If I am not admitted to the BME Major does that mean I cannot pursue a career in Biomedical Engineering? No. Because Biomedical Engineering is very multidisciplinary, there are many paths to a career in this field. Biomedical Engineering is the application of traditional engineering expertise to analyze and solve problems in biology and medicine. This means that you do not have to major in BME to be a Biomedical Engineer. There are a number of Bio-related minors and tracks offered by traditional Engineering majors that can prepare students for a career or Graduate School in BME (e.g., Materials Science & Engineering has a Biomaterials track, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering has a Biomechanics minor, Chemical Engineering has a Biomolecular Engineering Minor). Students who major in one of the more traditional engineering majors (http://www.eng.ufl.edu/education/undergraduate/majors/) will not be at a disadvantage when applying to a Biomedical Engineering graduate program. Furthermore, a significant number of Affiliate Faculty who are primarily appointed in these traditional engineering departments are conducting Biomedical Engineering research. This provides students with the opportunity for undergraduate research in their area of interest even as a non-BME major.

Will there be a combined degree program offered for BME majors? A combined degree program BME B.S./BME M.S. is currently available. BME currently has combined degree programs established with five other engineering programs on campus (http://bme.ufl.edu/academics/combined).

What information will be considered when making admission decisions for the BME Major? The BME Undergraduate Affairs Committee will review applicants’ overall GPA, BME critical tracking GPA and an essay (see admissions for further details).

How many students do you anticipate will be applying for the BME major for Fall 2016? At this time, we expect to receive around 100-110 applications.

Will you be increasing the number of students you accept into the major? Yes, the number of admitted students will gradually increase each year. We will admit up to 100 students for Spring 2017.

Do I have to declare Pre-BME as a major in order to be eligible to apply? No, you can select a different major in which you track. You will have to also to track in BME. We will have a PRE-BME degree audit available in ONE.UF to help you with that.