10: School of Engineering and Applied Science

General Information | Degree Programs | Curricula | Course Descriptions | Faculty

Aerospace Engineering | Applied Mathematics | Biomedical Engineering | Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering | Computer Science | Computer Engineering (Computer Science) | Electrical Engineering
Computer Engineering (Electrical Engineering) | Engineering Science | Materials Science and Engineering
Mechanical Engineering | Systems Engineering | Division of Technology, Culture, and Communication

Biomedical Engineering

Engineers and physicians share the view that science best serves mankind through its applications. In both professions, deepening understanding is producing a flood of new applications in the form of devices, materials, and techniques. The vigorous hybrid field of biomedical engineering has sprung from such shared outlooks and growing capabilities. Focusing on technology for problems of living systems, it makes synergistic use of the physical, mathematical, engineering, and biological sciences. The Department of Biomedical Engineering offers graduate degrees at the masters and doctoral levels, and an undergraduate minor that can be taken in conjunction with any of the majors within the School of Engineering and Applied Science

A biomedical engineering track in the Engineering Science Program offers undergraduates the opportunity to design a course of study with a strong biomedical component. In addition to taking biomedical engineering courses, students who select this track are expected to work on a senior thesis project under the supervision of a BME faculty member. This undergraduate biomedical engineering track prepares students to pursue advanced graduate degrees in biomedical engineering or in medicine, as well as a career in one of the traditional engineering disciplines, but with a strong interest in biomedical applications of engineering and technology.

Judicious selection of a senior thesis topic that can continue onto a master of science thesis and of biomedical engineering electives in the fourth year may allow graduation with the bachelor of science in four years and the master of science or master of engineering in one additional year. Students interested in this option are strongly urged to plan early in their third year and to thoroughly discuss this plan with appropriate faculty in biomedical engineering.

Active research areas in the department include genetic engineering targeting vascular disease, cellular mechanisms of wound healing, biomechanics, bioelectricity, biotransport (emphasizing cardiovascular, respiratory, orthopaedic and neurological systems), and technology in medicine, particularly ultrasound, X-ray, and MR imaging. Interdepartmental research collaboration links the Department of Biomedical Engineering with most other engineering departments and many clinical and basic science departments in the School of Medicine.

Preferred preparation for graduate study in the Department of Biomedical Engineering is a degree in biomedical, chemical, electrical, or mechanical engineering. Electives in life sciences should be taken to the extent possible, at least through cell biology (BIOL 301). The goal in course selection should be a solid foundation in math and science within a traditional engineering field. Additional electives that are relevant include partial differential equations, linear algebra; statistics; solid or fluid mechanics; and signals and systems courses in electrical engineering.

Minor   A minor in biomedical engineering is 18 credits consisting of required courses: BIOM 301, BIOM 304, and MSE 512 plus 3 approved electives which may include CHE 447, BIOM 411, and BIOM 484.

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