4800: Biomedical Engineering

4800: Biomedical Engineering

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Biomedical Engineering is a highly interdisciplinary field of engineering which combines a fundamental understanding of engineering principles with an appreciation of the life sciences. Biomedical Engineers are prepared to solve problems in the health care industry and interact equally with other engineers and health care professionals. Students are prepared to embark on careers in research, design and development of medical devices, instrumentation, analysis tools, clinical evaluation methods, systems and processes, and other forms of medical technology.

The development of an in-depth understanding of the fundamentals of engineering is essential and therefore a degree in Biomedical Engineering focuses first on core engineering coursework, followed by advanced applications specific to the field of Biomedical Engineering. To maintain a core understanding of engineering, the program is divided into three tracks: Biomechanics; Instrumentation, Signals and Imaging; and Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering. The Biomechanics track is designed for those students who would pursue a Mechanical Engineering background with specialization in the areas of cardiovascular, orthopedic, rehabilitation engineering or system simulations. The Instrumentation, Signals and Imaging track is designed for those students who wish to pursue an Electrical Engineering background with specialization in biomedical instrumentation, signal and image processing, imaging devices, detectors, or system simulations. The Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering track is designed for those students who desire to focus on the cellular aspects of Biomedical Engineering with specialization in the areas of material interactions with the human body, design and development of biomaterials, including tissue engineering and drug delivery systems.

Students in the Department of Biomedical Engineering receive individual advising in their areas of interest. Graduates of the program will be prepared to apply their knowledge of engineering and medicine to design, test and evaluate systems or system components to be used in the health care industry, to design and develop research projects, including the analysis and interpretation of data and the dissemination of results, and to participate in other biomedical engineering problem solving activities. Graduates will also be well prepared to enter graduate study in Biomedical Engineering or Medical School.

The Biomedical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. The Biomedical Engineering program identifies program educational objectives that describe what their graduates are expected to attain within a few years of graduation. Accordingly, the educational objectives of the Biomedical Engineering program are to educate biomedical engineers who:

1. Are viewed as technically competent at the interface between engineering and medicine as evidenced by:

a. Creative and innovative problem solving
b. Performance as a contributing team member
c. Ethical and professional actions
d. An ability to interface with diverse constituencies
e. A knowledge of intellectual property and federal regulations

2. Possess an ability to communicate effectively with written, oral and visual means in both technical and non-technical settings

3. Exhibit continual professional development as evidenced by:

a. Attendance at conferences, workshops or other training courses
b. Enrollment in graduate, medical or other professional schools
c. Active participation in professional societies.

4. Exhibit continual professional service as evidenced by:

a. Active participation in professional societies
b. Service as a mentor

5. Are advancing on their chosen career path

Evaluation of the Bachelor's Degree Program in Biomedical Engineering is ensured through the use of exit-interviews and alumni tracking and survey procedures. The Department of Biomedical Engineering has established the following student outcomes. Graduates of the undergraduate program in Biomedical Engineering will possess:

  • The ability to demonstrate a basic knowledge of biology, anatomy, and physiology, fundamental engineering conservation laws and track-specific engineering principles as applied to biomedical engineering
  • The ability to devise, design, and conduct biomedical engineering experiments and analyze the results
  • The ability to design medical devices, systems or techniques to meet specific goals
  • The ability to participate effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team
  • The ability to recognize, define, evaluate and solve biomedical engineering problems
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility in biomedical engineering
  • The ability to communicate effectively with multi-disciplinary groups using written, oral and visual means
  • The ability to appreciate the impact of biomedical engineering on society
  • The ability to pursue/sustain active professional growth
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues in medicine and engineering, as well as an awareness of current developments in society and technology
  • An ability to use modern techniques, skills and tools for biomedical engineering practice
  • The ability to apply advanced mathematics (including differential equations and statistics), science and engineering to solve problems at the interface of engineering and biology
  • The ability to make measurements on and interpret data from living systems, and
  • The ability to address the problems associated with the interaction between living and non-living materials and systems

The Biomechanics track

General Education - 29 credits including:Credits
3250:244 Introduction to Economic Analysis 3
3600:120 Introduction to Ethics 3
MathematicsCredits
3450:221 Analytic Geometry-Calculus I 4
3450:222 Analytic Geometry-Calculus II 4
3450:223 Analytic Geometry-Calculus III 4
3450:335 Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations 3
3670:461 Applied Statistics 4
Natural ScienceCredits
3100:200 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3
3100:201 Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory I 1
3100:202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3
3100:203 Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory II 1
3150:151 Principles of Chemistry I 3
3150:152 Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory 1
3150:153 Principles of Chemistry II 3
3650:291 Elementary Classical Physics I 4
3650:292 Elementary Classical Physics II 4
Engineering CoreCredits
4300:201 Statics 3
4300:202 Mechanics of Solids 3
4400:307 Basic Electrical Engineering 4
4600:203 Dynamics 3
4600:300 Thermodynamics I 3
4600:315 Heat Transfer Process 3
4600:321 Kinematics of Machines 2
4600:420 Introduction to the Finite Element Method 3
Biomedical EngineeringCredits
4800:101 Tools for Biomedical Engineering 3
4800:111 Introduction to BME Design 3
4800:201 Sophomore Seminar in Biomedical Engineering 1
4800:220 Biomedical Computing 3
4800:305 Introduction to Biophysical Measurement 4
4800:310 Modeling & Simulation in Biomedical Systems 3
4800:360 Biofluid Mechanics 3
4800:365 Mechanics of Biological Tissues 3
4800:400 Biomaterials 3
4800:460/560 Experimental Techniques in Biomechanics 3
4800:491 BME Design I 2
4800:492 BME Design II 2
Electives - 9 Credits
Electives include three credits from Biomedical Engineering (4800) and six credits from a list of approved electives from Biomedical Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Polymer Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering

Total Credits: 137

The Instrumentation, Signals and Imaging track

General Education - 29 credits including:Credits
3250:244 Introduction to Economic Analysis 3
3600:120 Introduction to Ethics 3
MathematicsCredits
3450:221,2,3 Analytic Geometry-Calculus I, II, III 12
3450:335 Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations 3
3670:461 Applied Statistics 4
Natural ScienceCredits
3100:200,1,2,3 Human Anatomy and Physiology I, II and Labs 8
3150:151,2,3 Principles of Chemistry I, II/Lab I 7
3650:291,2 Elementary Classical Physics I, II 8
Engineering CoreCredits
4300:201 Statics 3
4400:230,1 Circuits I and Lab 4
4400:330,2 Circuits II and Lab 4
4400:340 Signals and Systems 4
4400:360 Physical Electronics 3
4450:220 Digital Logic Design 4
4600:305 Thermal Science 2
4600:203 Dynamics 3
Biomedical EngineeringCredits
4800:101 Tools for Biomedical Engineering 3
4800:111 Introduction to BME Design 3
4800:201 Sophomore Seminar in Biomedical Engineering 1
4800:220 Biomedical Computing 3
4800:305 Introduction to Biophysical Measurement 4
4800:310 Modeling & Simulation in Biomedical Systems 3
4800:325 Design of Medical Devices 3
4800:400 Biomaterials 3
4800:420 Biomedical Signals and Image Processing 3
4800:430/530 Design of Medical Imaging Systems 3
4800:491 BME Design I 2
4800:492 BME Design II 2
Electives - 9 Credits
Electives include three credits from Biomedical Engineering (4800) and six credits from a list of approved electives from Biomedical Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Polymer Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering

Total Credits: 140

The Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering track

General Education - 29 credits including:Credits
3250:244 Introduction to Economic Analysis 3
3600:120 Introduction to Ethics 3
MathematicsCredits
3450:221,2,3 Analytic Geometry-Calculus I, II, III 12
3450:335 Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations 3
3670:461 Applied Statistics 4
Natural ScienceCredits
3150:151,2,3 Principles of Chemistry I, II/Lab I 7
3150:154 Qualitative Analysis 2
3150:263,5 Organic Chemistry I, Lab 5
3650:291,2 Elementary Classical Physics I, II 8
3100:200,1,2,3 Human Anatomy and Physiology I, II, Labs 8
Engineering CoreCredits
4200:321 Transport Phenomena 3
4300:201 Statics 3
4300:202 Mechanics of Solids 3
4400:307 Basic Electrical Engineering 4
4600:203 Dynamics 3
4600:300 Thermodynamics I 3
Biomedical EngineeringCredits
4800:101 Tools for Biomedical Engineering 3
4800:111 Introduction to BME Design 3
4800:201 Sophomore Seminar in Biomedical Engineering 1
4800:220 Biomedical Computing 3
4800:305 Introduction to Biophysical Measurement 4
4800:360 Biofluid Mechanics 3
4800:365 Mechanics of Biological Tissues 3
4800:400 Biomaterials 3
4800:440 Advanced Biomaterials 3
4800:445 Experimental Techniques in Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering 3
4800:491 BME Design I 2
4800:492 BME Design II 2
Electives - 9 Credits
Electives include three credits from Biomedical Engineering (4800) and six credits from a list of approved electives from Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Polymer Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering

Total Credits: 139

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