Academic Catalog

4800: Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering is a highly interdisciplinary field of engineering which combines a fundamental understanding of engineering principles with an appreciation of the life sciences. Biomedical Engineers are prepared to solve problems in the health care industry and interact equally with other engineers and health care professionals. Students are prepared to embark on careers in research, design and development of medical devices, instrumentation, analysis tools, clinical evaluation methods, systems and processes, and other forms of medical technology.

The development of an in-depth understanding of the fundamentals of engineering is essential and therefore a degree in Biomedical Engineering focuses first on core engineering coursework, followed by advanced applications specific to the field of Biomedical Engineering. To maintain a core understanding of engineering, the program is divided into three tracks: Biomechanics; Instrumentation, Signals and Imaging; and Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering. The Biomechanics track is designed for those students who would pursue a Mechanical Engineering background with specialization in the areas of cardiovascular, orthopedic, rehabilitation engineering or system simulations. The Instrumentation, Signals and Imaging track is designed for those students who wish to pursue an Electrical Engineering background with specialization in biomedical instrumentation, signal and image processing, imaging devices, detectors, or system simulations. The Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering track is designed for those students who desire to focus on the cellular aspects of Biomedical Engineering with specialization in the areas of material interactions with the human body, design and development of biomaterials, including tissue engineering and drug delivery systems.

Students in the Department of Biomedical Engineering receive individual advising in their areas of interest. Graduates of the program will be prepared to apply their knowledge of engineering and medicine to design, test and evaluate systems or system components to be used in the health care industry, to design and develop research projects, including the analysis and interpretation of data and the dissemination of results, and to participate in other biomedical engineering problem solving activities. Graduates will also be well prepared to enter graduate study in Biomedical Engineering, Medical School or other professional professionals.

The Biomedical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. The Biomedical Engineering program identifies program educational objectives that describe what their graduates are expected to attain within a few years of graduation. Accordingly, the educational objectives of the Biomedical Engineering program are to educate biomedical engineers who:

  1. Are viewed as technically competent at the interface between engineering and medicine as evidenced by:
    1. Creative and innovative problem solving
    2. Performance as a contributing team member
    3. Ethical and professional actions
    4. An ability to interface with diverse constituencies
    5. A knowledge of intellectual property and federal regulations
  2. Possess an ability to communicate effectively with written, oral and visual means in both technical and non-technical settings
  3. Exhibit continual professional development as evidenced by:
    1. Attendance at conferences, workshops or other training courses
    2. Enrollment in graduate, medical or other professional schools
    3. Active participation in professional societies.
  4. Exhibit continual professional service as evidenced by:
    1. Active participation in professional societies
    2. Service as a mentor
  5. Are advancing on their chosen career path

Evaluation of the Bachelor's Degree Program in Biomedical Engineering is ensured through the use of exit-interviews and alumni tracking and survey procedures. The Department of Biomedical Engineering has established the following student outcomes. Graduates of the undergraduate program in Biomedical Engineering will possess:

  • The ability to demonstrate a basic knowledge of biology, anatomy, and physiology, fundamental engineering conservation laws and track-specific engineering principles as applied to biomedical engineering
  • The ability to devise, design, and conduct biomedical engineering experiments and analyze the results
  • The ability to design medical devices, systems or techniques to meet specific goals
  • The ability to participate effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team
  • The ability to recognize, define, evaluate and solve biomedical engineering problems
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility in biomedical engineering
  • The ability to communicate effectively with multi-disciplinary groups using written, oral and visual means
  • The ability to appreciate the impact of biomedical engineering on society
  • The ability to pursue/sustain active professional growth
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues in medicine and engineering, as well as an awareness of current developments in society and technology
  • An ability to use modern techniques, skills and tools for biomedical engineering practice
  • The ability to apply advanced mathematics (including differential equations and statistics), science and engineering to solve problems at the interface of engineering and biology
  • The ability to make measurements on and interpret data from living systems, and
  • The ability to address the problems associated with the interaction between living and non-living materials and systems