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Department of Biomedical Engineering

About Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineering encompasses biological, physiological, medical and social systems, design, and development of complex, knowledge-intensive systems. Biomedical engineering educates individuals in the art of product and process development for the improvement of human health and quality of life.

The field is excellent for those considering healthcare, agricultural, aquaculture, bioprocesses, biotechnology, environmental, food, microbial system, and rehabilitation engineering.

Graduates are employable in oversight organizations such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), medical centers, and research institutions.

The biomedical engineering curriculum builds upon the base provided by the freshman-year engineering program in the Watson School. More on curriculum >>


The mission of the biomedical engineering department is to advance human health and aid in the economic development of the region, state, and country by providing state-of-the-art, accessible, and affordable education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. We seek to prepare our students for lives of skilled and ethical service to their communities by creating a free and open learning environment that fosters their intellectual growth, advances the frontiers of scientific inquiry, and contributes with distinction to the international community of scholarship.

Specifically, the department strives to train biomedical engineers for careers that will bridge present knowledge into the next generation of technology, cultivate leaders, and foster entrepreneurship to advance human health and wellbeing in a new era of medicine. This is accomplished through the integration of engineering principles, the physical sciences, and biology towards an improved understanding of biophysical phenomena, disease prevention, diagnostics, disease treatment, and health care systems and regulatory considerations. We engage motivated and talented students in the classroom, laboratory and clinic, imparting to them the spirit of our mission as we prepare them for future careers as effective, knowledgeable, and ethical leaders in corporate, professional, and academic communities.

Our students can earn a Bachelor of Science (BS), Master of Science (MS), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), or a 4+1 accelerated BS/MS combined degree in biomedical engineering.


Program Educational Objectives

The Biomedical Engineering Program educates well-rounded students, preparing them to be leaders in industry, academy, business, education and entrepreneurship and to succeed in a global environment within a few years of graduation. In particular, they will:

  • Succeed in the practice of engineering or other professional activities by drawing upon their biomedical science and engineering foundations.
  • Advance science discoveries and technology innovations by applying problem-solving abilities and multidisciplinary perspectives.
  • Succeed in post-baccalaureate studies and professional advancement.

The program will be assessed by the constituents we serve, including alumni and current students, as well as and representatives from industries, medical schools, healthcare industries, and graduate schools.

Program Educational Outcomes

There are outcomes that must be satisfied by students before graduating:

ABET Outcomes

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 or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints.
d. An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
e. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve bioengineering 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, lifelong learning.
j. A knowledge of contemporary issues.
k. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

BME-specific Outcomes

l. Applying principles of engineering, biology, human physiology, chemistry, calculus-based physics, mathematics (through differential equations), and statistics.
m. Solving bio/biomedical engineering problems, including those associated with the interaction between living and non-living systems.
n. Analyzing, modeling, designing and realizing bio/biomedical engineering devices, systems, components, or processes. Making measurements on interpreting data from living systems.
o. Making measurements on interpreting data from living systems.

Student Enrollment, Graduate Rate

Total undergraduate student enrollment (as of Fall 2016; full- and part-time): 191

Undergraduate degrees granted (2015-16): 44

Last Updated: 9/28/17