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The science elective required in the BSME degree table can be satisfied by any combination of approved science and mathematics courses totaling at least four (4) credits.

The Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering Department has developed a list of pre-approved science and mathematics electives based on the following definitions of basic science and mathematics:

  • Science courses satisfying the science elective include chemistry, physics, life, earth, and space sciences. Science courses must meet our required level of rigor to satisfy the science elective.
  • Mathematics courses must meet our required level of rigor to satisfy the science elective. Pre-calculus preparation courses do not provide the appropriate level of rigor for the science elective.
  • Courses required by the BSME degree, such as PHYS 211 or MATH 275, cannot also be used to satisfy the science-elective requirement.

Courses not on the pre-approved list may still be used to satisfy the Science and Mathematics required elective, as long as the following conditions are satisfied:

  • The course satisfies our definition of science or mathematics;
  • The student’s advisor approves the course; and
  • The course is not required for the BSME degree.


Pre-approved 4-credit Science and Math Courses


  • AP Biology credits (BIO 100XFN)
  • BIOL 100 – Concepts of Biology
  • BIOL 107 – Introduction to Human Biology
  • BIOL 109 – Plants and Society
  • BIOL 191 – Biology I: Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology
  • BIOL 192 – Biology II: Introduction to the Diversity of Life
  • BIOL 227 – Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIOL 228 – Human Anatomy and Physiology II


  • CHEM 112 – General Chemistry II & CHEM 112L – General Chemistry II Laboratory
  • CHEM307 – Organic Chemistry I & CHEM308 – Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
  • CHEM309 – Organic Chemistry II & CHEM310 – Organic Chemistry II Laboratory


  • GEOL 101 – Physical Geology


  • GEOS 101 – Global Environmental Science
  • GEOS 104 – Geoscience and Society
  • GEOS 200 – Evolution of Western North America
  • GEOS 212 – Water in the West
  • GEOS 220 – Seeing the Unseen: An Introduction to Geophysics


  • MATH 189 – Discrete Mathematics


  • PHYS 212 – Physics II with Calculus & PHYS 212L – Physics II with Calculus Lab
  • PHYS 301 – Analog and Digital Electronics
  • PHYS 309 – Introductory Quantum Physics with Applications & PHYS309L – Introductory Quantum Physics Lab
  • PHYS 341 – Classical Mechanics