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The Biomedical Engineering Department offers curriculum that leads to a bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering. Within this one degree, students may choose between four distinct majors. Learn more below.
This major integrates computer engineering and the life sciences with a solid foundation in mathematics, physics, chemistry and engineering methods. The curriculum combines foundational computer engineering knowledge with biocomputer engineering applications, integrating biology, physiology, medicine, biomedical software design, biosignal processing and bioinstrumentation. In the senior year, the training culminates with a comprehensive biocomputer engineering design laboratory experience that incorporates engineers from industry and emphasizes medical device design and methods for biomedical informatics. In addition, a senior capstone design course places students in a multidisciplinary team working with industry to solve a biocomputer design problem.
The bioelectronics track includes rigorous education in electrical engineering within the interdisciplinary framework of the curriculum. This includes one full year of courses in electric circuits and one semester each of analog electronics and digital electronics. This curriculum supports interests focused on the measurement of bioelectric signals and biomedical instrumentation design. In the senior year, the curriculum features intensive biomedical instrument design and computer laboratories emphasizing modern bioelectric applications. In addition, the senior year capstone design course places the student on a multidisciplinary design team to solve an actual industrial design problem.
The biomechanics track includes rigorous education in mechanical engineering within the interdisciplinary framework of the curriculum. This includes courses in materials, metallurgy, thermodynamics, fluids, transport phenomena and design. This curriculum, which includes courses in electrical circuits and computers, supports interests focused on biomechanics and biomaterials. In the senior year, the curriculum features intensive biomedical instrumentation design and computer laboratories emphasizing modern experimental applications. In addition, the senior year capstone design course places the student on a multidisciplinary team to solve an actual industrial design problem.
Five-year Bachelor's/Master's Program
The five-year B.S./M.S. program allows qualified students to receive a bachelor of science and a master of science in biomedical engineering in just five years. Students with qualifying grade point averages enroll in the program during their junior year. They begin their thesis research the summer between their junior and senior years. Their research laboratory experience will continue during the summer between their senior and fifth years and throughout their fifth year, culminating in the preparation of a written thesis and defense.
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