Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering
In 2010, the College of Engineering initiated an undergraduate program in biomedical engineering. This academically intensive program integrates engineering and biomedical sciences throughout the four-year curriculum. The program features seven semesters of engineering design and problem solving focused on challenges at the interface of biology, medicine and engineering, as well as traditional classroom and laboratory learning. The design sequence culminates with the senior year Capstone design project, where students partner with an industry or clinic professional to design a solution to a real-world problem.
The strong, broad foundation in engineering and biomedical sciences in the first two years is followed by in-depth study in an area of each student's choosing. Three general areas of concentration are available:
- biomedical instrumentation
Students have the opportunity to participate in biomedical engineering research during their undergraduate program.
- The Undergraduate Handbook (PDF) is the overall guide to the baccalaureate program.
The Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
Enrollment and Graduation Statistics
- As of Fall 2020, there are 108 students enrolled in the BSBME Program divided over four cohorts plus super-seniors.
- The first cohort of students graduated in May 2014, and a total of 119 students have been conferred BSBME degrees since program inception.
- 17 students graduated in 2014
- 19 students graduated in 2015
- 23 students graduated in May, August and December 2016
- 15 students graduated in May, August and December 2017
- 25 students graduated in May, August and December 2018
- 20 students graduated in May 2019
- 18 students graduated in May and December 2020
- Detailed information on enrollment and graduation can be obtained through the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).
Based on discussions with stake holders and national expectations of the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, the BME Undergraduate Program is designed to produce graduates who are able to:
- identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
- apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
- communicate effectively with a range of audiences
- recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
- function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
- develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
- acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
(bme1) apply principles of engineering, biology, human physiology, chemistry, calculus-based physics, mathematics (through differential equations), and statistics
(bme2) solve biomedical engineering problems, including those associated with the interaction between living and non-living systems
(bme3) analyze, model, design, and realize biomedical engineering devices, systems, components, or processes
(bme4) make measurements on and interpret data from living systems
The BME curriculum builds throughout the four years, introducing students to the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to meet these outcomes and revisiting the information in later courses.