Program Educational Objectives
The overall educational objective of our program is to develop effective practitioners in biomedical engineering and associated fields. We expect that our graduates will contribute to the advancement of their chosen field, while remaining mindful of the ethical and social implications of their work. They will confidently apply knowledge in the basic sciences, mathematics, engineering analysis, and design to address problems in medicine and biology. In keeping with the continuously evolving nature of the field of biomedical engineering, we expect that our alumni will effectively communicate, engage in lifelong learning, and that many of them, inspired by research experiences as undergraduates, will continue their education in advanced degree programs.
1. Students should be able to draw upon basic knowledge in science and mathematics to address engineering problems in a biomedical context.
a. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the basic principles of chemistry, physics, calculus through differential equations and linear algebra, and biology, and demonstrate intermediate knowledge in a focused area within the biological sciences.
b. Demonstrate ability to apply basic science concepts as foundations to biomedical engineering analysis or design.
2. Students should be able to apply principles of engineering analysis to solve problems at the interface of engineering and biomedicine.
a. Demonstrate ability to solve general engineering analysis problems and problems related to medicine and biology.
b. Demonstrate ability to use computational tools (e.g., spreadsheets, structured programming languages, analysis and data acquisition software, and simulation software) and to write logical algorithms.
c. Demonstrate ability to solve problems associated with the interaction between living and non-living materials and systems.
3. Students should have knowledge of fundamental methods of engineering design and be able to apply design principles to solve problems in medicine and biology, within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
a. Demonstrate ability to design a process, component, or system to meet a specific biomedical need.
b. Demonstrate ability to identify, formulate, and solve open-ended problems.
4. Students should be able to apply the scientific method as a means to obtain a mechanistic understanding of biomedical processes.
a. Demonstrate ability to make measurements on living and non-living systems, record results, and interpret data.
b. Demonstrate ability to analyze results of measurements for statistical significance.
c. Demonstrate awareness of common sources of error in experimental measurements.
d. Demonstrate ability to generate a hypothesis, and to design and/or use experimental procedures to test hypotheses.
5. Students should display good team-working skills and be able to make coherent public presentations of their work.
a. Demonstrate ability and willingness to use teamwork in problem solving.
b. Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in oral and poster presentations.
c. Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in written reports of an engineering or scientific analysis or experiment.
d. Demonstrate ability to use research tools such as electronic databases of scientific articles.
6. Students should understand and practice professionalism and have well-defined career plans.
a. Articulate a workable plan of action to achieve a career as a practicing engineer or to achieve admission to graduate or professional school.
b. Demonstrate an appreciation of social responsibilities, ethics, professionalism, and contemporary issues, including an understanding of the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context.
7. Students should demonstrate an awareness of the process, value, and potential of research in biomedical engineering.
a. Make effective use of the research literature in projects and reports.
b. Participate in research activities.