Biomedical Engineering

Beverly K. Fine School of the Sciences

Description

The biomedical engineering program prepares students to solve important human health-related scientific problems through the application of engineering principles, ideas, methods, and inventions. The program emphasizes critical and creative thinking in addition to technical skills and knowledge and provides students with opportunities to apply these skills and knowledge to the solution of real world problems. A strong foundation in basic sciences and math, including biology, chemistry, physics, and data analysis, coupled with specific biomedical engineering coursework provides students with a broad interdisciplinary background for careers in a wide variety of fields including biomechanics, biotechnology, rehabilitation, medicine, and more.

In addition to science and engineering coursework that emphasizes teamwork and problem-solving, students in this program are immersed in the professional setting and gain practical experience through a required internship and a capstone experience that is tailored to their career interests. As a result, students in biomedical engineering are prepared to play a key role in the research, design, and development of innovations in biomedical procedures and devices. Graduates are also well-positioned to pursue continuing education in the health professions or graduate studies in engineering or science.

Objectives

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering, graduates will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering principles to the description and analysis of living systems.
  2. Design and conduct experiments, including the analysis and interpretation of data.
  3. Design a system, component, or process that meets desired needs within relevant constraints such as economic, environmental, ethical, safety, sustainability and others.
  4. Collaborate effectively to formulate, test and refine an engineering solution to a biomedical problem or issue.
  5. Evaluate scientific issues and findings using primary research literature.
  6. Communicate scientific and engineering findings or conclusions in written and oral formats appropriate to the audience.
  7. Conduct oneself in a manner consistent with the ethical and professional standards of the discipline.
  8. Apply academic preparation to professional experiences outside the classroom.

Policies

Students must earn a minimum GPA of 2.00 in the major. The lowest acceptable grade is a "C" in all courses listed in the catalog under "Program Requirements" for the major, including both courses in the major and SEE courses required by the major. No student, regardless of major, will be permitted to take a science or math course* unless he/she earns a grade of "C" or better in all prerequisite courses.

A student must maintain a science and math GPA of 2.0 or better in each semester in order to remain in good standing within the major. Grades are reviewed each semester and students are notified in writing of their academic status in the major, as appropriate:

-          Probation: The student who earns a science and math GPA less than 2.0 in one semester will be notified, in writing, by the Department Chair that he or she is on probation in the Fine School of the Sciences. Students who are on probation will be required to meet regularly with their Success Coach/Academic Advisor for at least one full semester after being put on probation.

-          Dismissal: The student who earns a science and math GPA less than 2.0 for a second semester will be notified, in writing, by the Department Chair that he or she is dismissed from the applied mathematics, biochemistry, biology, biomedical engineering, chemistry, or environmental science major.

* Science and mathematics courses are defined as courses with the designation: BIO, BIOCH, BME, CHEM, ENV, FSCI, MATH, PHYS, or SCI. 

Requirements

The courses listed below are required for completion of the bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering. Students must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson Educational Experience (SEE)

Major Requirements:

FYS 100First Year Seminar

1 credit

BIO 113General Biology I: Cell Biology and Genetics

3 credits

BIO 113LGeneral Biology I Laboratory: Cell Biology and Genetics

1 credit

BME 101Introduction to Biomedical Engineering

3 credits

BME 205Problem Solving and Design

4 credits

BME 210Thermodynamics

3 credits

BME 230Biofluids

3 credits

BME 313Biostatistics

3 credits

BME 315Biomaterials

4 credits

BME 320Biomedical Engineering Internship

3 credits

BME 335Instrumentation

3 credits

BME 340Systems Physiology

4 credits

BME 380Biomechanics

4 credits

CHEM 115General Chemistry I

3 credits

CHEM 115LGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory

1 credit

CHEM 116General Chemistry II

3 credits

CHEM 116LGeneral Chemistry II Laboratory

1 credit

MATH 220Calculus I

4 credits

MATH 221Calculus II

4 credits

MATH 222Calculus III

4 credits

MATH 321Introduction to Differential Equations

3 credits

PHYS 215General Physics I with Calculus

4 credits

PHYS 216General Physics II with Calculus

4 credits

SCI 215Writing in the Sciences

3 credits

Senior Capstone Experiences (Select One):

BME 450, BME 455, BME 460, BME 465

Basic Science Electives

Select two from the following list:

BIO 217Principles of Biochemistry

3 credits

BIO 222Human Anatomy

4 credits

BIO 230Genetics

4 credits

BIO 310Cell Biology

3 credits

BIO 322Human Physiology

4 credits

BIO 330Molecular Genetics

4 credits

BIOCH 327Biochemistry

3 credits

BIOCH 427Advanced Biochemistry

3 credits

CHEM 210Organic Chemistry I

3 credits

CHEM 210LOrganic Chemistry I Laboratory

1 credit

CHEM 211Organic Chemistry II

3 credits

CHEM 211LOrganic Chemistry II Laboratory

1 credit

Biomedical Engineering Electives

Select two from the following list:

BME 325Transport Processes

3 credits

BME 330Bioelectric Systems

3 credits

BME 365Independent Research in Biomedical Engineering

3 credits

BME 425Synthetic Biology

3 credits

Suggested Course Sequence

2019-2020 Biomedical Engineering SCS

Minor in Biomedical Engineering

A minor in biomedical engineering is not available.

Other Options

Other options are not available at this time.

Course Descriptions

See Biomedical Engineering Course Descriptions

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