The biomedical engineering BS degree is a five-year program consisting of the following course requirements: biomedical engineering core (44 credit hours), professional technical electives (6 credit hours), science and mathematics (43 credit hours), liberal arts (30 credit hours), free electives (6 credit hours), wellness education and First-Year Enrichment (0 credit hours), and approximately 50 weeks of cooperative education. The program culminates in the 5th year with 2 semesters of multidisciplinary senior design, a capstone experience that integrates engineering theory, principles, and processes within a collaborative environment that bridges engineering disciplines.
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Core Engineering and Biomedical Science courses
The curriculum consists of a core set of courses in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) that address the essential aspects of engineering as a discipline and biomedical applications in particular. Recognizing that biological systems generally possess a significant degree of random behavior, a three course sequence in statistical analysis including design of experiments is an essential component of the curriculum. There are foundation courses in general and analytic chemistry as well as cell and molecular biology, immunology, and biocompatibility.
Correlating applications with theory
The core biomedical engineering courses associated with the program ensure that biomedical and engineering fundamentals are constantly correlated with each other, i.e., biomedical applications are utilized as examples for engineering topics and engineering and mathematical techniques such as statistical analysis are brought to bear on concepts presented in fundamental biomedical subjects such as system physiology.
Problem solving, experiments and design
There is significant emphasis placed on engineering methods associated with problem statement and solution as well as critical thinking directed specifically at applications in the biomedical realm. To emphasize a methodical approach to problem solving, the second and third year of the curriculum are bracketed by courses expressly focused on engineering analysis that speak directly to the appropriate application of the foundation STEM knowledge base. A significant component of experiential course work associated with the design and development process takes place in a capstone multidisciplinary design project at the conclusion of the fifth year of the program.
Integrating engineering principles and biomedical science
The curriculum combines engineering integrated with the biomedical sciences that emphasizes precise problem determination and solution of potentially open-ended design challenges. This integration teaches students to apply foundation concepts to a wide variety of biomedical applications. Students also develop the ability to carefully and systematically determine and/or recognize the appropriate resources and skills that would be necessary to achieve a particular objective.
Solid foundation for elective flexibility
A deep understanding of human physiology and is augmented with fundamental engineering course work. Courses are infused with a wide variety of relevant biomedical applications. Free and technical elective courses can be tailored to a student's interests and objectives upon graduation.
Technical and free electives provide depth and breadth
The program includes provisions for two free electives that allows course selection from any college in the institute. In the fourth or fifth year of the program, students choose two technical electives specifically related to some aspect of biomedical engineering. Technical and free electives can also be utilized to establish a minor course of study related to some aspect of biomedical engineering. The free and technical electives are in addition to liberal arts course requirements that include writing, communications, the humanities and social sciences; and a three-course immersion in an area of interest to the student. Free electives also provide students the opportunity to choose additional coursework to enhance a personal or professional interest, and liberal arts courses help to develop students’ broader understating of society, the humanities, and the arts.
Cooperative employment is integral and an essential part of the program
An important aspect of the curriculum is the incorporation of approximately one year of cooperative employment (taken a semester at a time and alternating with academic study) starting after the second year of academics. These full-time, paid experiences enable students to apply what they have learned in the classroom to real work scenarios. Students also benefit from the chance to network with professionals in the field and learn in a hands-on environment.