Biomedical Engineering Bachelor of science degree

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Overview

Biocompatibility testing, designing artificial organs and tissues, developing new drug delivery systems, creating innovative medical devices, and enhancing medical imaging techniques are just a few of the ways biomedical engineers improve the health and well-being of others.


Biomedical engineering leverages the vast knowledge base of biology and medicine to solve problems focused on health care and the human body. Biomedical engineers design instruments, devices, and software; bring together knowledge from many technical sources to develop new medical procedures; and conduct research needed to solve clinical problems. They often serve a coordinating function, using their background in both engineering and medicine to collaborate with health care professionals on identifying a problem and designing a solution.

What is biomedical engineering?

Biomedical engineers are intimately involved in the development of devices and techniques to address issues to improve human health. The field is highly multidisciplinary, requiring expertise from a wide range of professionals, and in particular engineers from disciplines as diverse as chemical, electrical, and mechanical engineering. This is true whether in industrial, research, or clinical settings. A successful multidisciplinary team must have at least one member, a biomedical engineering, who possesses a comprehensive understanding of the highly variable and intricate nature of the biomedical system of interest, such as the heart or a prosthetic limb. Biomedical engineers must possess the quantitative and analytical engineering skills needed to precisely define the challenge that is being addressed and assess the effectiveness of any plausible solutions.

Educational objectives

The BS degree in biomedical engineering delivers a focused curriculum that targets the biomedical enterprise from a highly quantitative and analytically rigorous perspective. The goal is to enable participants to compete successfully for engineering-related positions immediately upon graduation or to pursue post-graduate education in engineering, science, or medicine. Students have the ability to contribute significantly to the development of new knowledge, understanding, and innovative solutions in the health care industry and across a wide variety of health care related research applications.

The bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering strives to produce graduates who will:

  • Draw upon the fundamental knowledge, skills, and tools of biomedical engineering to develop system-based engineering solutions that satisfy constraints imposed by a global society.
  • Enhance their skills through formal education and training, independent inquiry, and professional development.
  • Work well both independently and collaboratively, as well as demonstrate strong leadership skills, accountability, initiative, and ethical and social responsibility.
  • Be able to successfully pursue graduate degrees at the master’s and/or doctorate levels.

The program’s curriculum strives to achieve these objectives by:

  • Integrating cooperative education into the program for all students.
  • Providing a strong foundation in mathematics and science with a balance between liberal studies and technical courses.
  • Incorporating a strong laboratory component in the program with outstanding laboratory facilities.
  • Having a diverse faculty committed to engineering education.

Plan of study

Biomedical engineering is a five-year major consisting of one year of cooperative employment experience and the following course requirements:

  • Biomedical engineering core 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.
  • Professional technical electives – The program includes two free electives that allow you to choose courses from any college in the university. In the fourth or fifth year of the program, students choose two technical electives specifically related to some aspect of biomedical engineering, such as biomechanics, instrumentation and imaging, or tissue engineering. Technical and free electives can also be utilized to establish a minor course of study related to biomedical engineering.
  • Cooperative education – An important aspect of the biomedical engineering program is one year of cooperative education experience. Beginning the summer after your second year of the program, you’ll alternate semesters on campus with full-time, paid work experience in an area of biomedical engineering that interests you. These full-time experiences enable you to apply what you’ve learned in the classroom to real world situations. Students also benefit from the chance to network with professionals in the field.
  • Liberal arts courses – Courses that include writing, communications, and the humanities and social sciences comprise liberal arts course you’ll complete as part of the program. A three-course immersion is also required. The immersion can enhance your biomedical engineering studies, or be a topic of personal.
  • Free electives – Courses chosen by you, these free electives provide you with the opportunity to choose additional course work to enhance a personal or professional interest.
  • Multidisciplinary senior design – The biomedical engineering major culminates in the fifth year with a two-course multidisciplinary senior design experience. This capstone design course integrates engineering theory, principles, and processes within a collaborative environment that bridges engineering disciplines. Learn more by exploring multidisciplinary senior design.

Industries


  • Research

  • Biotech and Life Sciences

  • Medical Devices

  • Pharmaceuticals

  • Health Care

Typical Job Titles

Biomedical Technician Biomedical Equipment Technician (BMET)
Biomedical Engineer Biomedical Electronics Technician
Biomedical Engineering Technician Research Engineer
Professor Biomedical Engineering Director
Biomedical Manager Clinical Engineer

98%

outcome rate of graduates

$60k

median first-year salary of graduates

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Curriculum

Biomedical engineering, BS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
BIME-181
Introduction to Biomedical Engineering I
This course will provide an overview of the discipline. It will consist of the following components: 1) Overview of the discipline including an introduction to relevant literature, organizations, examples of successes, on-going challenges and possible new opportunities. 2) Introduction of an engineering methodology applicable to biomedical problems. 3) Opportunity to address a simple biomedical engineering related problem that necessitates problem statement, research, solution proposal and summary report and presentation of results. 4) Introduction to team dynamics, organization and interpersonal communication associated with working with a multidisciplinary team.
1
BIME-182
Introduction to Programming for Biomedical Engineering
Builds on the overview of the field of biomedical engineering presented in BIME-181 course with the following additional components: 1) Introduction to programming as an organized, problem solving method (MATLAB and LabVIEW or equivalent). 2) Application of programming for the purpose of removing artifacts from measured signals and analysis of signal properties including their statistical properties. 3) Addressing a simple biomedical engineering related problem that requires and necessitates a problem statement, research, solution proposal, data acquisition and processing, data analysis, and summary report and presentation of results
2
CHMG-141
General and Analytical Chemistry I
This is a general chemistry course for students in the life and physical sciences. College chemistry is presented as a science based on empirical evidence that is placed into the context of conceptual, visual, and mathematical models. Students will learn the concepts, symbolism, and fundamental tools of chemistry necessary to carry on a discourse in the language of chemistry. Emphasis will be placed on the relationship between atomic structure, chemical bonds, and the transformation of these bonds through chemical reactions. The fundamentals of organic chemistry are introduced throughout the course to emphasize the connection between chemistry and the other sciences.
3
CHMG-145
General and Analytical Chemistry I Lab
The course combines hands-on laboratory exercises with workshop-style problem sessions to complement the CHMG-141 lecture material. The course emphasizes laboratory techniques and data analysis skills. Topics include: gravimetric, volumetric, thermal, titration and spectrophotometric analyses, and the use of these techniques to analyze chemical reactions.
1
MATH-181
Project-Based Calculus I
This is the first in a two-course sequence intended for students majoring in mathematics, science, or engineering. It emphasizes the understanding of concepts, and using them to solve physical problems. The course covers functions, limits, continuity, the derivative, rules of differentiation, applications of the derivative, Riemann sums, definite integrals, and indefinite integrals.
4
MATH-182
Project-Based Calculus II
This is the second in a two-course sequence intended for students majoring in mathematics, science, or engineering. It emphasizes the understanding of concepts, and using them to solve physical problems. The course covers techniques of integration including integration by parts, partial fractions, improper integrals, applications of integration, representing functions by infinite series, convergence and divergence of series, parametric curves, and polar coordinates.
4
CHMG-142
General and Analytical Chemistry II
The course covers the thermodynamics and kinetics of chemical reactions. The relationship between energy and entropy change as the driving force of chemical processes is emphasized through the study of aqueous solutions. Specifically, the course takes a quantitative look at: 1) solubility equilibrium, 2) acid-base equilibrium, 3) oxidation-reduction reactions and 4) chemical kinetics.
3
CHMG-146
General and Analytical Chemistry II Lab
The course combines hands-on laboratory exercises with workshop-style problem sessions to complement the CHMG-142 lecture material. The course emphasizes the use of experiments as a tool for chemical analysis and the reporting of results in formal lab reports. Topics include the quantitative analysis of a multicomponent mixture using complexation and double endpoint titration, pH measurement, buffers and pH indicators, the kinetic study of a redox reaction, and the electrochemical analysis of oxidation reduction reactions.
1
PHYS-211
University Physics I
This is a course in calculus-based physics for science and engineering majors. Topics include kinematics, planar motion, Newton's Laws, gravitation, work and energy, momentum and impulse, conservation laws, systems of particles, rotational motion, static equilibrium, mechanical oscillations and waves, and data presentation/analysis. The course is taught in a workshop format that integrates the material traditionally found in separate lecture and laboratory courses.
4
ACSC-010
Year One
The Year One class serves as an interdisciplinary catalyst for first-year students to access campus resources, services and opportunities that promote self-knowledge, personal success, leadership development, social responsibility and life academic skills awareness and application. Year One is also designed to challenge and encourage first-year students to get to know one another, build relationships and help them become an integral part of the campus community.
0
 
LAS Perspective 1 (ethical)
3
 
First Year Writing
3
 
Wellness Education*
0
 
General Education Elective
3
Second Year
BIME-99
BME Career Seminar
0
BIME-200
Introduction to Musculoskeletal Biomechanics
This course is an introduction to the structures and components of the human body as well as their basic functionality. Essential elements of human anatomy and histology will be presented and students will be encouraged to correlate their structure and function with non-human structures and devices that might be considered as replacements or improvements. Fundamental concepts in biomechanics will be introduced and integrated with relevant topics from physics. Variability in dimensions and the concepts of normal and exceptional ranges of values in terms of populations will be introduced and how they need to be accounted for and accommodated.
3
BIME-250
Biosystems Process Analysis
A first course for biomedical engineers introducing units, physical properties, dimensions, dimensional analysis, data analysis and data presentation for engineering, stoichiometry of biological reactions, simple material and energy balances for batch and continuous systems in steady and unsteady states. This course provides the students with the essential skills required to analyze biosystems, and special focus is given to developing problem solving skills with a biological context.
3
BIME-391
Biomechanics and Biomaterials Lab
Laboratory experiments are conducted to explore and reinforce fundamental principles and concepts introduced in BIME-200 (Introduction to Musculoskeletal Biomechanics) and BIME-370 (Introduction to Biomaterial Science). The experimental procedures involve measuring results, analyzing and interpreting data and drawing objective conclusions. Emphasis is also placed on proper documentation and effective presentation of findings and results. Lab procedures involve manipulation and measurements of anatomical structures and samples as well as equipment and materials designed to simulate naturally occurring tissues and structures.
2
BIOG-140
Cell and Molecular Biology for Engineers I
This is the first course of a two-course sequence designed to introduce biomedical engineering students to the molecular and cellular basis of life with a particular emphasis on the integration of molecular systems that underscore human physiology. This course will start with the basic chemistry of biological macromolecules and then explore the cell starting from the nucleus and moving outward. Major topics will include: DNA replication; molecular basis of inheritance; the biology of RNA; gene expression; protein synthesis; the secretory pathways; and enzyme kinetics.
3
BIOG-141
Cell and Molecular Biology for Engineers II
This is the second of a two-course sequence designed to introduce biomedical engineering students to the molecular and cellular basis of life with a particular emphasis on the integration of molecular systems in human physiology. This course will continue exploring sub-cellular systems by touring the function of each cellular organelle and describing the pathologic consequences that result from interruption of its normal function. Major topics will include: cellular energy production; the cytoskeleton; the lysosome; the plasma membrane; vesicle transport; cell-cell communication; signaling pathways; the cell cycle; and cell division.
3
MATH-231
Differential Equations
This course is an introduction to the study of ordinary differential equations and their applications. Topics include solutions to first order equations and linear second order equations, method of undetermined coefficients, variation of parameters, linear independence and the Wronskian, vibrating systems, and Laplace transforms.
3
BIME-370
Introduction to Biomaterials Science
This course is intended to provide an overview of materials used in biomedical applications, both internal and external to the human body. The specific objective of this course is to present the principles which apply to the properties and selection of materials used in medical applications. Topics include an introduction to deformable mechanics and viscoelasticity; structure and properties of metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites; fundamental composition of biological tissues; and principles associated with the interaction between biological tissues and artificial materials.
3
BIME-320
Fluid Mechanics
This course exposes students to the fundamentals of static and flowing fluids at both large-scale (control volumes) and local differential scales. Student learn how to examine forces on solids due to static and flowing fluids, estimate head losses and pumping requirements in piping systems. The art of engineering approximation is examined through estimates of forces due to flow on solids, as well as limiting cases involving internal pipe flows with friction factors. Exact solutions of local differential equations of fluid mechanics are considered under both steady state and transient conditions, and these analyses are used to determine forces in control volume analysis of bodies. The important interplay between differential and control volume analyses in solving problems is emphasized. Lastly, students are taught to make analogies about the concepts learned in generic fluid mechanics and apply them to the circulatory system, while outlining appropriate limitations.
3
MATH-221
Multivariable and Vector Calculus
This course is principally a study of the calculus of functions of two or more variables, but also includes a study of vectors, vector-valued functions and their derivatives. The course covers limits, partial derivatives, multiple integrals, Stokes' Theorem, Green's Theorem, the Divergence Theorem, and applications in physics. Credit cannot be granted for both this course and MATH-219.
4
PHYS-212
University Physics II
This course is a continuation of PHYS-211, University Physics I. Topics include electrostatics, Gauss' law, electric field and potential, capacitance, resistance, DC circuits, magnetic field, Ampere's law, inductance, and geometrical and physical optics. The course is taught in a lecture/workshop format that integrates the material traditionally found in separate lecture and laboratory courses.
4
EGEN-099
Engineering Co-op Preparation
This course will prepare students, who are entering their second year of study, for both the job search and employment in the field of engineering. Students will learn strategies for conducting a successful job search, including the preparation of resumes and cover letters; behavioral interviewing techniques and effective use of social media in the application process. Professional and ethical responsibilities during the job search and for co-op and subsequent professional experiences will be discussed.
0
 
LAS Perspective 2 (artistic)
3
Third Year
BIME-499
Cooperative Education (fall)
One semester of paid work experience in biomedical engineering.
 Co-op
BIME-410
Systems Physiology I
This course begins a two-course sequence designed to provide students with a broad foundational understanding of physiological mechanisms from a systems perspective. This first course in the sequence is concerned with the fundamental aspects of cellular function including maintenance of homeostasis, molecular transport, and cellular signaling. The course covers the basics of electrophysiology, electrically excitable cells and tissue, the operation of the nervous system including the central, peripheral, somatic and autonomic systems, the special senses and the connection between the nervous system and the endocrine system. Differences and relationships between speed, specificity and sensitivity of signaling mechanism of the nervous system and the endocrine system will be discussed. Students will also be introduced to the basic principles of biomedical instrumentation used in cellular physiology research.
3
BIME-440
Biomedical Signals and Systems Analysis
Introduction to and application of signal processing techniques to evaluate and manipulate continuous and discrete time signals presumed to originate from systems that may be either linear or non-linear, time invariant or varying and random or deterministic in nature. Representative data sets will be used to characterize and process signals from physiological systems and processes. A multi-week project will be assigned that will consist of processing and analysis of a typical biomedical signal source to provide a robust and consistent evaluation of some aspect associated with the signal source based on methods discussed both in class and reported on in the literature.
4
STAT-251
Probability and Statistics for Engineers I
Statistics in engineering; enumerative and analytic studies; descriptive statistics and statistical control; sample spaces and events; axioms of probability; counting techniques; conditional probability and independence; distributions of discrete and continuous random variables; joint distributions; central limit theorem.
3
BIOG-142
Biocompatibility and the Immune System
This course combines a traditional basic immunology course with an introduction to principles of the human tissue response to biomaterial implantation. Information is presented in the context of common immune system pathologies to emphasize the relevance of immunology to biomedical engineering and human physiology. Major topics include the organization of the immune system and its myriad cells and cytokines, a review of bacterial and viral lifecycles, antibody/antigen specificity, inflammation, bacterial adhesion, biomaterial surface characterization and sterilization. Students explore biocompatibility testing, and learn the molecular basis for surface recognition and masking in implanted materials. The course emphasizes the interaction of various immune system components with engineered biological devices, implants, cells and tissues, and explores strategies and solutions for maximizing biocompatibility of engineered biomaterials with the immune system.
3
 
LAS Perspective 3 (global)
3
Fourth Year
BIME-411
Systems Physiology II (WI)
The second in a two course sequence involving the description and analysis of physiological mechanisms from a systems point of view. The focus of this course will be on the interaction between organ systems for the purpose of homeostasis. In particular, attention will be paid to feedback mechanisms that involve electrical and chemical feedback and control systems. Fluid and gas transport mechanisms associated with the cardiovascular and respiratory systems including their regulatory behavior and the function of the kidney are introduced by way of their contribution to fluid volume and pressures as well as its fundamental material exchange properties. Engineering analysis methods will be applied to an open-ended problem associated with pathological performance of some aspect of these systems and will be used to proposing a suitable compensatory mechanism to address or eliminate it. The interaction between the nervous, muscular, digestive, endocrine, immune, cardiovascular, renal and respiratory systems and how they affect growth and metabolism, movement, fluid and electrolyte balance, material exchange and disease processes will be discussed. Open-ended problems and weaknesses in these mechanisms will be discussed and addressed in a quantitative and analytical manner based on engineering analysis including simple statistics associated with population based variations. (Writing Intensive Course)
3
BIME-407
Medical Device Engineering
This course is an introduction to medical devices and includes engineering and regulatory issues that are unique to these devices. Course content includes applying engineering analysis skills from prior coursework to analyze the function of medical devices. Course content also includes some historical background, an overview of existing devices and Last revised 3/25/16 2 trends, material selection, interfaces of medical devices with biological tissues, product testing, reliability, and regulations specific to the design and validation of medical devices. A substantial part of the course is a project, in which students will be required to work in teams to complete a design iteration of an existing device, including appropriate analysis and documentation.
3
ISEE-325
Engineering Statistics and DOE
This course covers statistics for use in engineering as well as the primary concepts of experimental design. The first portion of the course will cover: Point estimation; hypothesis testing and confidence intervals; one- and two-sample inference. The remainder of the class will be spent on concepts of design and analysis of experiments. Lectures and assignments will incorporate real-world science and engineering examples, including studies found in the literature.
3
BIME-450
Numerical Analysis of Complex Biosystems
Numerical techniques necessary for engineering analysis are introduced that build upon concepts from core mathematics and engineering courses. Mathematical problems naturally arising in biomedical engineering are used to motivate the course topics and techniques taught. Tools such as MATLAB and Excel spreadsheets are used to implement numerical methods and examine data results. Topics include root-finding techniques for nonlinear equations, curve fitting using linear regression techniques, methods for solving systems of linear equations, numerical differentiation and integration methods, optimization techniques, and methods for reducing numerical error.
3
BIME-491
Quantitative Physiological Signal Analysis Lab
Laboratory experiments are conducted to explore and reinforce fundamental principles and concepts introduced in BIME-410 (Systems Physiology I) and BIME-440 (Biomedical Signals and Analysis). The experimental procedures involve measuring results, analyzing and interpreting data and drawing objective conclusions. Emphasis is also placed on proper documentation and effective presentation of findings and results. Laboratory experiments will be conducted to investigate pressure, volume and flow relationships of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems including the inherent variability and dynamic response to perturbations. Signal processing methods will be utilized to address ubiquitous artifacts found in measured physiological signals.
1
BIME-499
Cooperative Education (spring)
One semester of paid work experience in biomedical engineering.
Co-op
 
LAS Immersion 1
3
Fifth Year
BIME-497
Multidisciplinary Senior Design I
This is the first of a two course sequence oriented to the solution of real world engineering design problems. This is a capstone learning experience that integrates engineering theory, principles, and processes within a collaborative environment. Multidisciplinary student teams follow an engineering design process, which includes assessing customer needs, developing engineering specifications, generating and evaluating concepts, choosing an approach, completing systems and subsystems designs, and implementing the design to the extent feasible, for example by building and testing a prototype or implementing a chosen set of improvements to a process.
3
BIME-498
Multidisciplinary Senior Design II
This is the second of a two course sequence oriented to the solution of real world engineering design problems. This is a capstone learning experience that integrates engineering theory, principles, and processes within a collaborative environment. Multidisciplinary student teams follow an engineering design process, which includes assessing customer needs, developing engineering specifications, generating and evaluating concepts, choosing an approach, completing systems and subsystems designs, and implementing the design to the extent feasible, for example by building and testing a prototype or implementing a chosen set of improvements to a process.
3
BIME-460
Dynamics and Control of Biomedical Systems
Application of engineering analysis, modeling, problem solving and design skills to characterize and manipulate the operation of biomedical systems for the purpose of remediating, supplanting, replacing or enhancing the function of physiological processes. This presumes that those same tools and skills can be used to model the observed and/or known function of the physiological systems and processes under consideration. In addition to lectures, homework and examinations, the course will a project oriented assignment to design and evaluate a model that faithfully duplicates and predicts the operation of that process or system.
3
BIME-492
Systems Physiology Control and Dynamics Lab
Laboratory experiments are conducted to explore and reinforce fundamental principles and concepts introduced in BIME-411 (Systems Physiology II) and BIME-460 (Dynamics and Control of Biomedical Systems). The experimental procedures involve measuring results, analyzing and interpreting data and drawing objective conclusions. Emphasis is also placed on proper documentation and effective presentation of findings and results. Laboratory experiments and simulations will be conducted to enable the prediction, observation and characterization common physiological processes and systems.
1
 
Professional Electives
6
 
Free Electives
6
 
LAS Perspective 4 (social)
3
 
LAS Immersion 2, 3
6
Total Semester Credit Hours
129

Please see General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two different Wellness courses.

Accelerated dual degree option

BS in biomedical engineering/MS in science technology and public policy

Throughout history, technology has been a major driver of social, political, and economic change. Societies around the globe employ public policies to solve problems and achieve their social, economic, and environmental objectives. The spheres of public policy and technology overlap as society is challenged to consider not only the role of new technologies in its quest for improved quality of life, but also how policies affect the development, emergence, and choice of new technologies. Because of the role engineers play in creating new technology, they increasingly have an important role in helping to shape public policy. Moreover, policies affecting how we as a society live and work—such as environmental, industrial, energy, and national security policy, to name a few—demand that engineers be prepared to integrate policy issues into their engineering practice.

Biomedical engineering students may choose to pursue an accelerated dual degree in which they may complete the BS in biomedical engineering and an MS in science, technology and public policy in approximately five years. Many biomedical engineers combine their technical knowledge with the policy skills needed to analyze and advocate for policy change in both private and public organizations. The interdisciplinary nature of the program, in conjunction with the quantitative and qualitative approaches taken to understand and analyze policy, will contribute to your ability to gain exciting leadership roles in a range of the engineering fields.

Biomedical engineering, BS degree/Science, technology and public policy, MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
BIME-181
Introduction to Biomedical Engineering
This course will provide an overview of the discipline. It will consist of the following components: 1) Overview of the discipline including an introduction to relevant literature, organizations, examples of successes, on-going challenges and possible new opportunities. 2) Introduction of an engineering methodology applicable to biomedical problems. 3) Opportunity to address a simple biomedical engineering related problem that necessitates problem statement, research, solution proposal and summary report and presentation of results. 4) Introduction to team dynamics, organization and interpersonal communication associated with working with a multidisciplinary team.
1
BIME-182
Introduction to Programming for Biomedical Engineering
Builds on the overview of the field of biomedical engineering presented in BIME-181 course with the following additional components: 1) Introduction to programming as an organized, problem solving method (MATLAB and LabVIEW or equivalent). 2) Application of programming for the purpose of removing artifacts from measured signals and analysis of signal properties including their statistical properties. 3) Addressing a simple biomedical engineering related problem that requires and necessitates a problem statement, research, solution proposal, data acquisition and processing, data analysis, and summary report and presentation of results
2
PHYS-211
University Physics I
This is a course in calculus-based physics for science and engineering majors. Topics include kinematics, planar motion, Newton's Laws, gravitation, work and energy, momentum and impulse, conservation laws, systems of particles, rotational motion, static equilibrium, mechanical oscillations and waves, and data presentation/analysis. The course is taught in a workshop format that integrates the material traditionally found in separate lecture and laboratory courses.
4
CHMG-141
General and Analytical Chemistry I
This is a general chemistry course for students in the life and physical sciences. College chemistry is presented as a science based on empirical evidence that is placed into the context of conceptual, visual, and mathematical models. Students will learn the concepts, symbolism, and fundamental tools of chemistry necessary to carry on a discourse in the language of chemistry. Emphasis will be placed on the relationship between atomic structure, chemical bonds, and the transformation of these bonds through chemical reactions. The fundamentals of organic chemistry are introduced throughout the course to emphasize the connection between chemistry and the other sciences.
3
CHMG-142
General and Analytical Chemistry II 
The course covers the thermodynamics and kinetics of chemical reactions. The relationship between energy and entropy change as the driving force of chemical processes is emphasized through the study of aqueous solutions. Specifically, the course takes a quantitative look at: 1) solubility equilibrium, 2) acid-base equilibrium, 3) oxidation-reduction reactions and 4) chemical kinetics.
3
CHMG-145
General and Analytical Chemistry I Lab
The course combines hands-on laboratory exercises with workshop-style problem sessions to complement the CHMG-141 lecture material. The course emphasizes laboratory techniques and data analysis skills. Topics include: gravimetric, volumetric, thermal, titration and spectrophotometric analyses, and the use of these techniques to analyze chemical reactions.
1
CHMG-146
General and Analytical Chemistry II Lab
The course combines hands-on laboratory exercises with workshop-style problem sessions to complement the CHMG-142 lecture material. The course emphasizes the use of experiments as a tool for chemical analysis and the reporting of results in formal lab reports. Topics include the quantitative analysis of a multicomponent mixture using complexation and double endpoint titration, pH measurement, buffers and pH indicators, the kinetic study of a redox reaction, and the electrochemical analysis of oxidation reduction reactions.
1
MATH-181
Project-based Calculus I
This is the first in a two-course sequence intended for students majoring in mathematics, science, or engineering. It emphasizes the understanding of concepts, and using them to solve physical problems. The course covers functions, limits, continuity, the derivative, rules of differentiation, applications of the derivative, Riemann sums, definite integrals, and indefinite integrals.
4
MATH-182
Project-based Calculus II
This is the second in a two-course sequence intended for students majoring in mathematics, science, or engineering. It emphasizes the understanding of concepts, and using them to solve physical problems. The course covers techniques of integration including integration by parts, partial fractions, improper integrals, applications of integration, representing functions by infinite series, convergence and divergence of series, parametric curves, and polar coordinates.
4
ACSC-010
Year One
The Year One class serves as an interdisciplinary catalyst for first-year students to access campus resources, services and opportunities that promote self-knowledge, personal success, leadership development, social responsibility and life academic skills awareness and application. Year One is also designed to challenge and encourage first-year students to get to know one another, build relationships and help them become an integral part of the campus community.
0
 
LAS Perspective 1 (ethical)
3
 
General Education Elective
3
 
First Year Writing Seminar
3
 
Wellness Education*
0
Second Year
BIME-200 
Introduction to Musculoskeletal Biomechanics
This course is an introduction to the structures and components of the human body as well as their basic functionality. Essential elements of human anatomy and histology will be presented and students will be encouraged to correlate their structure and function with non-human structures and devices that might be considered as replacements or improvements. Fundamental concepts in biomechanics will be introduced and integrated with relevant topics from physics. Variability in dimensions and the concepts of normal and exceptional ranges of values in terms of populations will be introduced and how they need to be accounted for and accommodated.
3
BIME-250
Biosystems Process and Analysis
A first course for biomedical engineers introducing units, physical properties, dimensions, dimensional analysis, data analysis and data presentation for engineering, stoichiometry of biological reactions, simple material and energy balances for batch and continuous systems in steady and unsteady states. This course provides the students with the essential skills required to analyze biosystems, and special focus is given to developing problem solving skills with a biological context.
3
BIOG-140 
Cell and Molecular Biology for Engineers I
This is the first course of a two-course sequence designed to introduce biomedical engineering students to the molecular and cellular basis of life with a particular emphasis on the integration of molecular systems that underscore human physiology. This course will start with the basic chemistry of biological macromolecules and then explore the cell starting from the nucleus and moving outward. Major topics will include: DNA replication; molecular basis of inheritance; the biology of RNA; gene expression; protein synthesis; the secretory pathways; and enzyme kinetics.
3
BIOG-141 
Cell and Molecular Biology for Engineers II
This is the second of a two-course sequence designed to introduce biomedical engineering students to the molecular and cellular basis of life with a particular emphasis on the integration of molecular systems in human physiology. This course will continue exploring sub-cellular systems by touring the function of each cellular organelle and describing the pathologic consequences that result from interruption of its normal function. Major topics will include: cellular energy production; the cytoskeleton; the lysosome; the plasma membrane; vesicle transport; cell-cell communication; signaling pathways; the cell cycle; and cell division.
3
MATH-231 
Differential Equations
This course is an introduction to the study of ordinary differential equations and their applications. Topics include solutions to first order equations and linear second order equations, method of undetermined coefficients, variation of parameters, linear independence and the Wronskian, vibrating systems, and Laplace transforms.
3
BIME-370
Introduction to Biomaterials Sciences
This course is intended to provide an overview of materials used in biomedical applications, both internal and external to the human body. The specific objective of this course is to present the principles which apply to the properties and selection of materials used in medical applications. Topics include an introduction to deformable mechanics and viscoelasticity; structure and properties of metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites; fundamental composition of biological tissues; and principles associated with the interaction between biological tissues and artificial materials.
3
BIME-391
Biomechanics and Biomaterials Lab
Laboratory experiments are conducted to explore and reinforce fundamental principles and concepts introduced in BIME-200 (Introduction to Musculoskeletal Biomechanics) and BIME-370 (Introduction to Biomaterial Science). The experimental procedures involve measuring results, analyzing and interpreting data and drawing objective conclusions. Emphasis is also placed on proper documentation and effective presentation of findings and results. Lab procedures involve manipulation and measurements of anatomical structures and samples as well as equipment and materials designed to simulate naturally occurring tissues and structures.
2
BIME-320
Fluid Mechanics
This course exposes students to the fundamentals of static and flowing fluids at both large-scale (control volumes) and local differential scales. Student learn how to examine forces on solids due to static and flowing fluids, estimate head losses and pumping requirements in piping systems. The art of engineering approximation is examined through estimates of forces due to flow on solids, as well as limiting cases involving internal pipe flows with friction factors. Exact solutions of local differential equations of fluid mechanics are considered under both steady state and transient conditions, and these analyses are used to determine forces in control volume analysis of bodies. The important interplay between differential and control volume analyses in solving problems is emphasized. Lastly, students are taught to make analogies about the concepts learned in generic fluid mechanics and apply them to the circulatory system, while outlining appropriate limitations.
3
MATH-221
Multivariable and Vector Calculus
This course is principally a study of the calculus of functions of two or more variables, but also includes a study of vectors, vector-valued functions and their derivatives. The course covers limits, partial derivatives, multiple integrals, Stokes' Theorem, Green's Theorem, the Divergence Theorem, and applications in physics. Credit cannot be granted for both this course and MATH-219.
4
PHYS-212
University Physics II
This course is a continuation of PHYS-211, University Physics I. Topics include electrostatics, Gauss' law, electric field and potential, capacitance, resistance, DC circuits, magnetic field, Ampere's law, inductance, and geometrical and physical optics. The course is taught in a lecture/workshop format that integrates the material traditionally found in separate lecture and laboratory courses.
4
EGEN-099
Engineering Co-op Prep
This course will prepare students, who are entering their second year of study, for both the job search and employment in the field of engineering. Students will learn strategies for conducting a successful job search, including the preparation of resumes and cover letters; behavioral interviewing techniques and effective use of social media in the application process. Professional and ethical responsibilities during the job search and for co-op and subsequent professional experiences will be discussed.
0
BIME-099 
BME Career Seminar
The “BME Careers” seminar series helps students learn more about the field through the experiences of other students, faculty, alumni, and working engineers. The series provides resources that will help them succeed at RIT and in the work force. Questions such as “What can I do as a BME?” and “How does your company use BMEs?” are complicated. Rather than explore these questions in a single session, we’re using this seminar series to help students explore these questions over the course of the year.
0
 
LAS Perspective 2 (artistic)
3
Third Year
BIME-499
Cooperative Education (summer/fall)
One semester of paid work experience in biomedical engineering.
Co-op
BIME-410 
Systems Physiology I
This course begins a two-course sequence designed to provide students with a broad foundational understanding of physiological mechanisms from a systems perspective. This first course in the sequence is concerned with the fundamental aspects of cellular function including maintenance of homeostasis, molecular transport, and cellular signaling. The course covers the basics of electrophysiology, electrically excitable cells and tissue, the operation of the nervous system including the central, peripheral, somatic and autonomic systems, the special senses and the connection between the nervous system and the endocrine system. Differences and relationships between speed, specificity and sensitivity of signaling mechanism of the nervous system and the endocrine system will be discussed. Students will also be introduced to the basic principles of biomedical instrumentation used in cellular physiology research.
3
BIME-440
Biomedical Signals and Systems Analysis
Introduction to and application of signal processing techniques to evaluate and manipulate continuous and discrete time signals presumed to originate from systems that may be either linear or non-linear, time invariant or varying and random or deterministic in nature. Representative data sets will be used to characterize and process signals from physiological systems and processes. A multi-week project will be assigned that will consist of processing and analysis of a typical biomedical signal source to provide a robust and consistent evaluation of some aspect associated with the signal source based on methods discussed both in class and reported on in the literature.
4
STAT-251 
Probability and Statistics for Engineers I
Statistics in engineering; enumerative and analytic studies; descriptive statistics and statistical control; sample spaces and events; axioms of probability; counting techniques; conditional probability and independence; distributions of discrete and continuous random variables; joint distributions; central limit theorem.
3
BIOG-142
Biocompatibility and the Immune System
This course combines a traditional basic immunology course with an introduction to principles of the human tissue response to biomaterial implantation. Information is presented in the context of common immune system pathologies to emphasize the relevance of immunology to biomedical engineering and human physiology. Major topics include the organization of the immune system and its myriad cells and cytokines, a review of bacterial and viral lifecycles, antibody/antigen specificity, inflammation, bacterial adhesion, biomaterial surface characterization and sterilization. Students explore biocompatibility testing, and learn the molecular basis for surface recognition and masking in implanted materials. The course emphasizes the interaction of various immune system components with engineered biological devices, implants, cells and tissues, and explores strategies and solutions for maximizing biocompatibility of engineered biomaterials with the immune system.
3
 
LAS Perspective 3 (global)
3
Fourth Year
BIME-411
Systems Physiology II
The second in a two course sequence involving the description and analysis of physiological mechanisms from a systems point of view. The focus of this course will be on the interaction between organ systems for the purpose of homeostasis. In particular, attention will be paid to feedback mechanisms that involve electrical and chemical feedback and control systems. Fluid and gas transport mechanisms associated with the cardiovascular and respiratory systems including their regulatory behavior and the function of the kidney are introduced by way of their contribution to fluid volume and pressures as well as its fundamental material exchange properties. Engineering analysis methods will be applied to an open-ended problem associated with pathological performance of some aspect of these systems and will be used to proposing a suitable compensatory mechanism to address or eliminate it. The interaction between the nervous, muscular, digestive, endocrine, immune, cardiovascular, renal and respiratory systems and how they affect growth and metabolism, movement, fluid and electrolyte balance, material exchange and disease processes will be discussed. Open-ended problems and weaknesses in these mechanisms will be discussed and addressed in a quantitative and analytical manner based on engineering analysis including simple statistics associated with population based variations. (Writing Intensive Course)
3
BIME-407
Medical Device Engineering
This course is an introduction to medical devices and includes engineering and regulatory issues that are unique to these devices. Course content includes applying engineering analysis skills from prior coursework to analyze the function of medical devices. Course content also includes some historical background, an overview of existing devices and Last revised 3/25/16 2 trends, material selection, interfaces of medical devices with biological tissues, product testing, reliability, and regulations specific to the design and validation of medical devices. A substantial part of the course is a project, in which students will be required to work in teams to complete a design iteration of an existing device, including appropriate analysis and documentation.
3
BIME-450
Numerical Analysis of Complex Biosystems
Numerical techniques necessary for engineering analysis are introduced that build upon concepts from core mathematics and engineering courses. Mathematical problems naturally arising in biomedical engineering are used to motivate the course topics and techniques taught. Tools such as MATLAB and Excel spreadsheets are used to implement numerical methods and examine data results. Topics include root-finding techniques for nonlinear equations, curve fitting using linear regression techniques, methods for solving systems of linear equations, numerical differentiation and integration methods, optimization techniques, and methods for reducing numerical error.
3
BIME-491
Quantitative Physiological Signal Analysis Lab
Laboratory experiments are conducted to explore and reinforce fundamental principles and concepts introduced in BIME-410 (Systems Physiology I) and BIME-440 (Biomedical Signals and Analysis). The experimental procedures involve measuring results, analyzing and interpreting data and drawing objective conclusions. Emphasis is also placed on proper documentation and effective presentation of findings and results. Laboratory experiments will be conducted to investigate pressure, volume and flow relationships of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems including the inherent variability and dynamic response to perturbations. Signal processing methods will be utilized to address ubiquitous artifacts found in measured physiological signals.
1
STSO-710
Science Technology Policy
Examines how federal and international policies are developed to influence research and development, innovation, and the transfer of technology in the United States and other selected nations. Students in the course will apply basic policy skills, concepts, and methods to contemporary science and technology policy topics.
3
PUBL-701
Graduate Policy Analysis
This course provides graduate students with necessary tools to help them become effective policy analysts. The course places particular emphasis on understanding the policy process, the different approaches to policy analysis, and the application of quantitative and qualitative methods for evaluating public policies. Students will apply these tools to contemporary public policy decision making at the local, state, federal, and international levels.
3
PUBL-702
Graduate Decision Analysis
This course provides students with an introduction to decision science and analysis. The course focuses on several important tools for making good decisions, including decision trees, including forecasting, risk analysis, and multi-attribute decision making. Students will apply these tools to contemporary public policy decision making at the local, state, federal, and international levels.
3
ISEE-325
Engineering Statistics and DOE
This course covers statistics for use in engineering as well as the primary concepts of experimental design. The first portion of the course will cover: Point estimation; hypothesis testing and confidence intervals; one- and two-sample inference. The remainder of the class will be spent on concepts of design and analysis of experiments. Lectures and assignments will incorporate real-world science and engineering examples, including studies found in the literature.
3
 
LAS Immersion 1, 2
6
 
Public Policy Elective
3
 
LAS Perspective 4 (social)
3
 
Free Elective
3
Fifth Year
BIME-497
Multidisciplinary Senior Design I
This is the first of a two course sequence oriented to the solution of real world engineering design problems. This is a capstone learning experience that integrates engineering theory, principles, and processes within a collaborative environment. Multidisciplinary student teams follow an engineering design process, which includes assessing customer needs, developing engineering specifications, generating and evaluating concepts, choosing an approach, completing systems and subsystems designs, and implementing the design to the extent feasible, for example by building and testing a prototype or implementing a chosen set of improvements to a process.
3
BIME-498
Multidisciplinary Senior  Design II
This is the second of a two course sequence oriented to the solution of real world engineering design problems. This is a capstone learning experience that integrates engineering theory, principles, and processes within a collaborative environment. Multidisciplinary student teams follow an engineering design process, which includes assessing customer needs, developing engineering specifications, generating and evaluating concepts, choosing an approach, completing systems and subsystems designs, and implementing the design to the extent feasible, for example by building and testing a prototype or implementing a chosen set of improvements to a process.
3
BIME-492
Systems Physiology Control and Dynamics Lab
Laboratory experiments are conducted to explore and reinforce fundamental principles and concepts introduced in BIME-411 (Systems Physiology II) and BIME-460 (Dynamics and Control of Biomedical Systems). The experimental procedures involve measuring results, analyzing and interpreting data and drawing objective conclusions. Emphasis is also placed on proper documentation and effective presentation of findings and results. Laboratory experiments and simulations will be conducted to enable the prediction, observation and characterization common physiological processes and systems.
1
PUBL-703
Evaluation and Research Design
The focus of this course is on evaluation of program outcomes and research design. Students will explore the questions and methodologies associated with meeting programmatic outcomes, secondary or unanticipated effects, and an analysis of alternative means for achieving program outcomes. Critique of evaluation research methodologies will also be considered.
3
PUBL-700
Readings in Public Policy
An in-depth inquiry into key contemporary public policy issues. Students will be exposed to a wide range of important public policy texts, and will learn how to write a literature review in a policy area of their choosing.
3
BIME-460
Dynamics and Control of Biomedical Systems
Application of engineering analysis, modeling, problem solving and design skills to characterize and manipulate the operation of biomedical systems for the purpose of remediating, supplanting, replacing or enhancing the function of physiological processes. This presumes that those same tools and skills can be used to model the observed and/or known function of the physiological systems and processes under consideration. In addition to lectures, homework and examinations, the course will a project oriented assignment to design and evaluate a model that faithfully duplicates and predicts the operation of that process or system.
3
 
LAS Immersion 3
3
 
Free Elective
3
 
BIME Professional Elective or Public Policy Elective
3
 
Public Policy Elective
3
 
Thesis Research
3
Choose one of the following:
6
 
   Thesis Research
 
 
   Graduate Electives, Comprehensive Exam
 
Total Semester Credit Hours
150

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(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two different Wellness courses.

Accreditation

The BS program in biomedical engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org/. Visit the college's accreditation page for information on enrollment and graduation data, program educational objectives, and student outcomes.

Admission Requirements

Freshman Admission

For all bachelor’s degree programs, a strong performance in a college preparatory program is expected. Generally, this includes 4 years of English, 3-4 years of mathematics, 2-3 years of science, and 3 years of social studies and/or history.

Specific math and science requirements and other recommendations

  • 4 years of math required; including pre-calculus or above  
  • Chemistry and physics required
  • Biology required

Transfer Admission

Transfer course recommendations without associate degree

Pre-engineering courses such as calculus, calculus-based physics, chemistry, and liberal arts.

Appropriate associate degree programs for transfer

AS degree in engineering science

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