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The Undergraduate Program at the Marquette University and Medical College of Wisconsin Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering prepares students to solve engineering problems related to the field of medicine, providing exposure to such in-demand subspecialties as medical device design, orthopaedic engineering, neural engineering, nanotechnology, tissue engineering and more. In this program, students may prepare for careers designing items such as surgical tools, cancer-detecting devices, imaging technologies such as CT scanners, orthopaedic braces, cardiovascular implants, drug-delivery systems, brain-computer interfaces, and biological compounds and tissues. With a degree in biomedical engineering, the possibilities are virtually limitless!
To become prepared for a career in a medically or biologically oriented problem-solving environment, students must have a solid foundation maths, sciences and principles of engineering. In addition, students must learn to communicate with life scientists, physicians and other health care providers; collect and analyze experimental or clinical data; understand the capabilities and limitations of sophisticated instrumentation; and understand the principles of design. To achieve this, students in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering receive an interdisciplinary education, incorporating courses in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science and engineering. In addition, the degree program culminates in a two-semester interdisciplinary design experience, allowing students to translate their knowledge and problem-solving skills into real-world solutions while gaining critical experience in the research and design process, project management and collaborative teamwork.
Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, under the General Criteria and the Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering program criteria.
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The undergraduate program in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering offers three distinct majors. Developed in collaboration with active industry professionals, these majors enhance career building opportunities for graduates, who find themselves prepared for specific competitive roles within the biomedical engineering community upon graduation.
The Biocomputing Major integrates a life sciences education with training in computer engineering, including a solid foundation in mathematics, physics, chemistry and engineering methods. In their senior year, students participate in a comprehensive biocomputer engineering design laboratory experience that incorporates engineers from industry and emphasizes computer applications for medical device design and Biomedical Informatics. In addition, a senior capstone design course places students in a multidisciplinary team working with industry to solve a computationally focused design problem.
This major is for students interested in Biomedical Imaging software applications, Computational Modeling including human modeling and simulation, or Metabolic or Cellular Engineering. This major also incorporates elements of Systems Biology and Systems Engineering.
Current BME faculty conducting related research include retinal imaging, CT Imaging artifact reduction, and metabolic drug delivery simulations.
The Bioelectronics Major integrates life sciences education with training in electrical engineering, including analog and digital electronics. In their senior year, students participate in an intensive biomedical instrument design program in laboratories emphasizing modern bioelectric applications.
This major is perfect for students interested in Biomedical Imaging hardware applications including Biophotonics and Optics. This major is also for students interested in Medical Devices, Biomedical Sensors, Medical Robotics, Neural Engineering or Neurorehabilitation.
Current BME faculty conducting related research specialize in neural engineering, brain-computer interfaces, stroke rehabilitation, and cancer tumor imaging.
The Biomechanics Major integrates life sciences education with training in mechanical engineering, including materials, thermodynamics, fluids, transport phenomena and human modeling and simulation. In their senior year, students complete an intensive laboratory component emphasizing measurement of biomechanical loading in both static and dynamic environments. In addition, the senior year capstone design course places students in the Biomechanics Major on a multidisciplinary team to solve an actual industrial design problem.
This major is perfect for students interested in Biomaterials, Orthopaedic Rehabilitation, and Tissue Engineering.
Current BME faculty conducting related research specialize in orthopedic rehabilitation, cardiovascular stent design, implantable joints, and trauma biomechanics.
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Focus on Design
Every student needs the opportunity to translate all of their hard-earned knowledge into a real-world solution before the end of their undergraduate education. That is why the undergraduate program at the MU-MCW Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering has incorporated a year-long capstone design project into its core curriculum. As a student in the MU-MCW Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering, you will have the opportunity to work in a multi-disciplinary team to find real-world solutions to biomedical engineering problems presented by industry, academia and patients.
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Life in the Joint Department
Hosted by Marquette University's Opus College of Engineering, the Undergraduate Program at the MU-MCW Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering affords students all of the educational opportunities and rich campus experience enjoyed by all students at Marquette University. In addition, undergraduate students in the Joint Department will have access to libraries, laboratories, lectures, faculty, and clinical settings provided by the Medical College of Wisconsin and its clinical partners.
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If you’re ready to take the first steps toward becoming an undergraduate student in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering, including evaluating the majors and reviewing the aid available to help you finance your education, we’re here to support you!