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 eight 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.
- Additional advising information is available to support decision making for both current and future students.
Information for Admitted Students
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 2016, there are 89 students enrolled in the BSBME Program divided over four cohorts plus super-seniors (1).
- The first cohort of students graduated in May 2014, and a total of 59 students have been conferred BSBME degrees since program inception.
- 17 students graduated in 2014
- 19 students graduated in 2015
- 23 students graduated in May and August 2016
- 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, the BME Undergraduate Program is designed to produce graduates who are able to:
(a) apply knowledge of math, science, and engineering
(b) design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data from those experiments
(c) design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints
(d) function on multidisciplinary teams
(e) identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
(f) demonstrate an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
(g) communicate effectively
(h) understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
(i) recognize the need for and ability to engage in life-long learning
(j) demonstrate a knowledge of contemporary issues
(k) use techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
(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 then revisiting the information in later courses.