Admission requirements

BME program application decisions are made after university admission. Applications from students not admitted to the university will not be considered.

In addition to the standard university application, a personal statement is required.

Please upload a personal statement that describes why you have selected BME as a major, the factors that influenced this choice, and outlines your current professional goals.


Anticipated minimum admissions criteria for incoming freshmen are:

  • Minimum High School Math/Science GPA: 3.5
  • Minimum Math Score:
    • ACT: 29
    • SAT: 670
  • Minimum Composite/Total Score:
    • ACT: 24
    • SAT:1160

The department does not have absolute cut-offs for admission. Applications are considered holistically.

Students who wish to be considered for all university merit scholarships should apply by December 1. Merit scholarship decisions are made by the university and are independent of the BME program admission process.

All first-year students in the program are expected to place into at least Calculus I (MAT 2010) and General Chemistry (CHM 1225). Math placement is accomplished through testing (ACT, SAT, or Math Placement Exam: testmaterial) or transfer credit. Chemistry placement is accomplished through the Chemistry Placement Exam (testmaterial), or transfer credit. Transfer credit can be earned through a course at another college, or passing the appropriate AP or IB exam.

Transfer students

Students may apply as transfer students after completing college-level coursework at Wayne State University or other post-secondary institutions.

Transfer students will be admitted each year on a space available basis. Students joining the second-year cohorts may be required to take courses during the spring/summer semester. Transfer applications are due by March 15 for full consideration. Admitted students will be notified by April 15 so that they may register for the required spring/summer classes.

Students may also apply to join the program as first-year students if they have not completed sufficient coursework to join the second-year cohort.

Transfer students are expected to have a minimum overall GPA of 3.3 with a math/science GPA of 3.5.

For students transferring from other institutions, the appropriate course requirements can be determined by reviewing the BSBME curriculum and referring to the WSU transfer equivalency tables. If courses are not listed in the transfer tables, an evaluation for equivalency has not yet been made. In such cases, students are encouraged to submit course syllabi with their application for a preliminary review.

BME undergraduate program transfer guides

The undergraduate BME program at Wayne State is a four-year, cohort-based curriculum. Therefore, in order to prepare for admission as a transfer student, prospective students must complete a minimum set of courses so that they can join the cohort at the appropriate point in the program. Students who do not meet the full set of prerequisites may request consideration for admission at an earlier point in the program.

Wayne State transfer and AP credit evaluation

Prerequisite coursework

The following minimum requirements must be met for each of the entry points into the program:

Year 1: This is the preferred point of entry into the BSBME program as it provides the best course plan. Students may apply to enter directly from high school or as a transfer student to begin in the Fall semester. Transfer students should have completed the following coursework:

  • Math: Algebra and pre-calculus classes allowing placement in MAT 2010 (Calc I) or higher
  • Chemistry: CHM 1040 or placement into CHM 1225 or higher
  • English: ENG 1010 or placement into ENG 1020 or higher

Year 2: Students who want to join the program for the second year will actually complete some coursework over the preceding summer in order to join the 2nd year cohort at the appropriate place in the curriculum. The following courses must be completed before transferring into the program:

  • Math: MAT 2010 and MAT 2020
  • Chemistry: CHM 1225/1230
  • Physics: PHY 2175
  • English: ENG 1020
  • Biology: BIO 1510 (with lab)
  • Engineering: BE 1300 and BE 1500

Students admitted to the second year of the BSBME program will then complete BME 1925 (2 cr) during the intervening Spring/Summer semester. Students who have not completed one or two of the above courses may be able to take the courses during the Spring/Summer semester, but this option should be discussed with a BME advisor as early as possible to facilitate planning. Not all listed courses are available during the Spring/Summer semester at Wayne State.

Visit the Transfer Credit website for more information on how to transition to Wayne State University.

Questions regarding admissions procedures and requirements for both freshmen and transfer students should be referred to BME Academic Advisor Namrata Murthy at