Department Information - Biomedical Engineering (BME)

The Department of Biomedical Engineering offers the major in Biomedical Engineering, leading to the Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) degree. The Department also offers a minor in Bioengineering designed for non-engineering students. (See the entry in the alphabetical listings of Approved Majors, Minors, and Programs for the requirements for the minor in Bioengineer­ing.) In a rigorous, cross-disciplinary training and research environment, the major program provides an engineering education along with a strong background in the biological and physical sciences. It is designed to enhance the development of creativity and collaboration through study of a specialization within the field of biomedical engineering. Teamwork, communication skills, and hands-on laboratory and research experience are emphasized. The curriculum provides students with the underlying engineering principles required to understand how biological organisms are formed and how they respond to their environment. The Biomedical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Core courses provide depth within the broad field of biomedical engineering. These are integrated with, and rely upon, course offerings from both the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the College of Arts and Sciences. To achieve the breadth of engineering experience expected of Biomedical Engineer­ing graduates, additional elective courses from the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences are required of all Biomedical Engineering students.

The Department also offers a five-year accelerated B.E./M.S. degree, which can be completed within one additional year of studies beyond the Bachelor's degree.

The accelerated B.E./M.S. is intended to prepare high-achieving and highly-motivated undergraduate BME students for either doctoral studies or a variety of advanced professional positions. The program is highly selective with admission based on academic performance as well as undergraduate research. Juniors can be admitted into the accelerated degree program if they satisfy the requirements outlined in the Graduate Bulletin. The requirements for the accelerated program are the same as the requirements for the B.E. and M.S. degree, except that two graduate 500-level courses replace two 300-level electives, so that six graduate credits are counted toward the undergraduate degree.

Graduates are prepared for entry into professions in biomedical engineering, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and medical technology, as well as careers in academia and government. Potential employers include colleges and universities, hospitals, government, research institutes and laboratories, and private industry.

Program Educational Objectives

The undergraduate program in biomedical engineering has the following four specific program educational
objectives:

  • Our graduates will apply skills and insight gained from a curriculum integrating
    engineering and biology to biomedically related fields in sectors including academia,
    industry, medicine, law, and/or government.
  • Our graduates will strive to become inspirational leaders who make socially and ethically
    responsible decisions that beneficially impact health and society from local communities
    to the global population.
  • Our graduates will use scientific research and collaborations to develop biomedical
    technologies that can be translated into cost-effective clinical solutions to enhance
    diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of health issues.
  • Our graduates will remain lifelong learners, continue to grow professionally and
    personally throughout their careers, and be partners to grow future generations of
    biomedical engineers.

Student Outcomes

The students will demonstrate the following:

A.  an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
B.  an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
C.  an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic  constraints
such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety,  manufacturability, and
sustainability
D.  an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
E.  an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
F.  an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
G.  an ability to communicate effectively
H.  the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global,
 economic, environmental, and societal context
I.  a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
J.  a knowledge of contemporary issues
K.  an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering
 practice