- Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering (B.S.Bm.E.)
Nature of Program
The biomedical engineering discipline is among the fastest growing engineering disciplines due to the rapid advancement of medical technologies and treatment and diagnosis strategies; in fact, many are claiming this century as the one that will revolutionize the biological sciences. These advancements will provide immense benefits for society globally. The biomedical engineering curriculum is designed to give graduates a broad background in the areas of biomedical engineering, including biomaterials, biomechanics and biomedical imaging. Students have the ability to design a set of technical electives based on interest and career aspirations. The goal for these electives is to enhance a student’s knowledge in one or more of the focus areas so they can be prepared for graduate school, any professional school, or a job in a specific industry.
The B.S.Bm.E. program is under enrollment management. Admission to the program is described in the Fundamentals of Engineering section of this catalog.
Program Educational Objectives
- Graduates will be successful in their professional careers and/or post graduate training as demonstrated by their abilities to solve important biomedical engineering problems, and to develop and implement new and valuable ideas with potential applications to healthcare.
- Graduates will be able to work competitively in diverse professional environments, as demonstrated by their abilities to work on teams, to work independently, to provide leadership, to mentor junior co-workers, and to communicate effectively.
- Graduates will behave professionally and ethically, pursue lifelong learning opportunities, be committed to responsible safety practices, and articulate the societal impact of their work.
Student will only be admitted to the Biomedical Engineering program after they have completed their Freshman year. Admissions will be limited to 40 per year, and these students will be chosen based on their overall GPA. To be considered for the program, students must complete the following courses.
|MATH 155||Calculus 1||4|
|CHEM 115||Fundamentals of Chemistry||4|
|ENGR 101||Engineering Problem Solving 1||2|
|ENGR 199||Orientation to Engineering||1|
|ENGR 102||Engineering Problem-Solving 2||3|
|ENGL 101||Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric||3|
Curriculum in Biomedical Engineering
General Education FOUNDATIONS
NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.
|General Education Foundations|
|F1 - Composition & Rhetoric||3-6|
|Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric|
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
or ENGL 103
|Accelerated Academic Writing|
|F2A/F2B - Science & Technology||4-6|
|F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills||3-4|
|F4 - Society & Connections||3|
|F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past||3|
|F6 - The Arts & Creativity||3|
|F7 - Global Studies & Diversity||3|
|F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)||9|
To receive a degree of bachelor of science in biomedical engineering, a student must meet the University’s undergraduate degree requirements, take all the courses indicated below, and attain a grade point average of 2.0 or better in all biomedical engineering courses. If a biomedical engineering course is repeated, only the last grade received is used to compute the major grade point average, and the course credit hours are counted only once. This requirement assures that the student has demonstrated overall competence in the major.
|Freshman Engineering Requirements|
|ENGR 101||Engineering Problem Solving 1||2|
|Engineering Problem Solving:||3|
|Introduction to Chemical Engineering|
|Engineering Problem-Solving 2|
|Introduction to Nanotechnology Design|
|Introduction to Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Design|
|ENGR 199||Orientation to Engineering||1|
|Math and Science Requirements|
|BIOL 115||Principles of Biology (GEF 8)||4|
|BIOL 235||Human Physiology||3|
|BIOL 236||Human Physiology: Quantitative Laboratory||1|
|Choose one of the following (GEF 2B):||8|
|Fundamentals of Chemistry|
and Fundamentals of Chemistry
|Principles of Chemistry|
and Principles of Chemistry
|CHEM 233||Organic Chemistry||3|
|CHEM 235||Organic Chemistry Laboratory||1|
|Calculus I (GEF 3):||4|
|Calculus 1a with Precalculus|
and Calculus 1b with Precalculus (Minimum grade of C- is required)
|Calculus 1 (Minimum grade of C- is required)|
|MATH 156||Calculus 2 (GEF 8 - Minimum grade of C- is required)||4|
|MATH 251||Multivariable Calculus (Minimum grade of C- is required)||4|
|MATH 261||Elementary Differential Equations||4|
|PHYS 111||General Physics (GEF 8)||4|
|PHYS 112||General Physics||4|
|STAT 215||Introduction to Probability and Statistics||3|
|Biomedical Engineering Core Requirements|
|A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in all courses|
|BMEG 201||Introduction to Biomedical Engineering||3|
|BMEG 310||Biomedical Imaging||3|
|BMEG 315||Transport Phenomena in Biological Systems||4|
|Choose one of the following:||3|
|BMEG 350||Biomedical Engineering Laboratory||2|
|BMEG 420||Biomedical Instrumentation||3|
|BMEG 421||Biomedical Engineering Seminar and Journal Club 1||1|
|BMEG 422||Biomedical Engineering Seminar and Journal Club 2||1|
|BMEG 455||Biomedical Engineering Senior Design 1 Fulfills Writing and Communication Skills Requirement||3|
|BMEG 456||Biomedical Engineering Senior Design 2||3|
|CHE 320||Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics||3|
|CHE 366||Materials Science||3|
|EE 221||Introduction to Electrical Engineering||3|
|EE 222||Introduction to Electrical Engineering Laboratory||1|
|Science Electives: Choose at least two from the following:|
|Introductory Biochemistry Laboratory|
|Introduction to Biochemistry Wet Laboratory|
|Applied Water Microbiology|
|Food Microbiology Lab|
|Introduction to Biochemistry|
|Safety Education Principles and Content|
|Hazardous Waste Training|
|Engineering Electives: Choose at least three from the following:|
|Cellular Machinery (Cellular Machinery)|
|Applied Bio-Molecular Modeling (Applied Bio-Molecular Modeling)|
|Introduction to Tissue Engineering (Tissue Engineering)|
|Introduction to Environmental Engineering|
|Introduction to Microfabrication|
|Polymer Science and Engineering|
|Chemical Process Safety|
|GEF Electives 1, 4, 5, 6, 7||18|
Suggested Plan of Study
It is important for students to take courses in the order specified in the Plan of Study as much as possible; all prerequisites and concurrent requirements must be observed. A typical B.S.Bm.E degree program that completes degree requirements in four years is as follows.
|BIOL 115 (GEF 8)||4||CHEM 116||4|
|CHEM 115 (GEF 2B)||4||ENGL 101 (GEF 1)||3|
|ENGR 101||2||ENGR 102||3|
|ENGR 199||1||MATH 156 (GEF 8)||4|
|MATH 155 (GEF 3)||4||PHYS 111 (GEF 8)||4|
|BMEG 201||3||BIOL 235||3|
|EE 221||3||BIOL 236||1|
|EE 222||1||CHE 366||3|
|ENGL 102 (GEF 1)||3||CHEM 233||3|
|PHYS 112||4||CHEM 235||1|
|MATH 251||4||MATH 261||4|
|GEF Course 4||3|
|BMEG 310||3||BMEG 315||4|
|BMEG 311||3||BMEG 340||3|
|CHE 320||3||STAT 215||3|
|GEF Course 5||3||Science Technical Elective||3|
|BMEG 350||2||GEF Course 6||3|
|BMEG 420||3||BMEG 422||1|
|BMEG 421||1||BMEG 456||3|
|BMEG 455||3||Science Technical Elective||3|
|Technical Elective||3||Technical Elective||3|
|Engineering Technical Elective||3||Two Engineering Technical Electives||6|
|GEF Course 7||3|
|Total credit hours: 131|
Major Learning Goals
Upon graduation, all Bachelors of Science students in Biomedical Engineering will have:
- an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering
- an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
- an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
- an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
- an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
- an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
- an ability to communicate effectively
- the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
- a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
- a knowledge of contemporary issues
- an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
These outcomes are achieved via rigorous individual courses in all basic areas of biomedical engineering, the natural and life sciences, mathematics, humanities, and social sciences. A flexible electives program allows specialization in areas such as biochemistry, biomechanics, biomaterials, and bioelectronics.
The chemical engineering department uses an outcomes-assessment plan for continuous program improvement, which is used in the biomedical engineering program. Course work and design projects, in conjunction with yearly interviews provide the measures of learning outcomes. These outcomes-assessment results provide feedback to the faculty to improve teaching and learning processes.
BMEG 201. Introduction to Biomedical Engineering. 3 Hours.
PR: MATH 156 and CHEM 116 and BIOL 115. An introduction to biomedical engineering principles using foundational resources from molecular and cellular biology and physiology, and relating them to various sub-specialties of biomedical engineering. Concrete examples of applying engineering knowledge to solve problems related to human medicine as well as concrete examples of recent technological breakthroughs.
BMEG 203. Biomedical Engineering Seminar. 1 Hour.
PR: BMEG 201. Discussion of current aspects related to biomedical engineering including on-going research directions, technical, logistical and ethical issues.
BMEG 310. Biomedical Imaging. 3 Hours.
PR: EE 221 and EE 222. Biomedical imaging is a rapidly growing discipline within the healthcare sector. This course is an introduction to the current biomedical imagining technology, methods and applications. The course will cover human and radiation biology, image processing and vision, computer vision and pattern recognition, and imaging applications for ionizing and non-ionizing radiation.
BMEG 311. Biomaterials. 3 Hours.
PR: BMEG 201 and (BIOL 235 or (BIOL 117 and PHYS 111)). Principles of materials science and cell biology underlying the design of medical implants and artificial organs. Properties of living tissue, biocompatibility of polymers, metals, and ceramics; implants for hard and soft tissue.
BMEG 315. Transport Phenomena in Biological Systems. 4 Hours.
PR: (BIOL 235 or BIOL 117) and MATH 261. Develop fundamental relationships for momentum and mass transfer from microscopic and macroscopic balance equations and the application to biological systems that include biochemical reactions, inter-phase transport, and transient phenomena.
BMEG 340. Biomechanics. 3 Hours.
PR: (BMEG 201 or MAE 243) and PHYS 111. Introduction to the basic approach of biomechanics and application in musculoskeletal, bone and human motion mechanics problems. Includes kinematics to analyze human motion, biomechanics of bone and skeletal system and biomechanical behavior of fibers.
BMEG 350. Biomedical Engineering Laboratory. 2 Hours.
BMEG 393A-B. Biomechanics. 1-6 Hours.
BMEG 421. Biomedical Engineering Seminar and Journal Club. 1 Hour.
PR: BMEG 203. Introduction to current research and topics pertinent to biomedical engineering through literature review and guest lectures by external and internal speakers.
BMEG 455. Biomedical Senior Design 1. 4 Hours.
PR: BMEG 310 and BMEG 311 and BMEG 315 and BMEG 340. Planning, designing, and reporting solutions to challenging biomedical engineering problems that have clinical implication. Also covers professional topics, including ethics, liability, safety, socio-legal issues.
BMEG 480. Cellular Machinery. 3 Hours.
PR: BIOL 115 or Consent. Fundamental understanding of how a cell operates like a chemical factory; understanding how self-sustaining capacity of the cell's complex chemical reaction networks and cellular components can be manipulated in a synthetic environment.
BMEG 481. Applied Bio-Molecular Modeling. 3 Hours.
PR: BMEG 201 and MATH 261 and (CHEM 231 or CHEM 233). This course provides an introduction to modern molecular- level computational methods for calculating properties of reaction systems and thermodynamic, transport, and structural properties of materials with a particular focus on biological applications.
BMEG 482. Introduction to Tissue Engineering. 3 Hours.
PR: BMEG 201 and BMEG 311. This course introduces biological principles and engineering fundamentals pertaining to cell behavior and substrate properties. The design and characterization of artificial tissues will be discussed using properties and function of native tissues as a guide.
BMEG 493A-C. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.
PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.
BMEG 495. Independent Study. 1-6 Hours.
BMEG 496. Senior Thesis. 1-6 Hours.
BMEG 497. Research. 1-6 Hours.
BMEG 498. Honors Research. 1-6 Hours.