Bioengineering, also referred to as biomedical engineering, is the application of engineering tools and approaches to solve problems in biology and medicine. It is a broad and growing field that draws upon rapid advances in technology and computation, as well as on unprecedented growth in basic biological understanding.
This program concentrates on making measurements and analyzing complex data. It is challenging since it will provide a solid foundation in engineering or computer science, and also give in-depth exposure to the life sciences. The impact of engineering and computer science on biomedicine is wide, ranging from improved medical diagnosis through advanced imaging technologies, to enhanced biological understanding gained by computational models of protein function. With the growing demand for better health care while also containing its costs, the need for bioengineers is expected to be high.
The educational objectives of the Bioengineering undergraduate program are the following:
- Alumni electing to work after graduation (for example, in industry or government) will contribute to the development or application of new products or processes that are of benefit to society.
- Alumni electing to continue their formal education will have completed their studies, or will have made demonstrable progress toward an advanced degree in their chosen profession.
- Alumni will communicate and perform effectively as members or leaders of multi-disciplinary teams.
- Alumni will continue to enhance their skills and knowledge in a quest for further professional development
All bioengineering students are strongly advised to see their major advisor before course registration each semester. Students considering bioengineering who have not declared a major are also encouraged to obtain up-to-date information and advice from any of the faculty members involved in the program.
Students must complete each BENG, BIOL, ECE and ENGR course presented as part of the required 120 credits for the degree with a grade of C or better.
We currently offer three concentrations:
A. Biomedical Signals and Systems (BMSS). The BMSS concentration emphasizes the systems and methods for acquisition and integration of biomedical signals.
B. Bioengineering Health Care Informatics (BHI). The BHI concentration focuses on the management, analysis and visualization of data related to biomedical and healthcare applications.
C. Bioengineering Prehealth (BMPH). The BMPH concentration focuses on a career path as a health care professional in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, podiatry, etc.
The courses required for the BS in Bioengineering can be looked up in the University Catalog.