Biomedical engineering encompasses the creation, design, and operation, of processes / technology related to the broad field of human healthcare. The profession traditionally has focused on applications related to the development of instrumentation and diagnostic equipment, discovery of novel treatment options, production of new therapeutics, and the elucidation of underlying biophysical phenomena. Newer applications of bioengineering take advantage of the ever deepening understanding of human physiology and molecular genetics, as related to prevention, detection, and treatment of medical conditions. The program objectives of the Biomedical Engineering undergraduate program are to produce graduates who are capable of:
- Succeeding in practice at the interface between life science and engineering, or in other professional activities, or in post-baccalaureate studies, and
- Utilizing their engineering education/experience in creating new knowledge or enabling technologies for improvement of human health and healthcare, and
- Conducting themselves with high standards of professional ethics and integrity, and
- Being aware of the limits of their knowledge and initiate self-directed learning to create future professional opportunities for themselves in biomedical engineering.
Completion of the degree requirements provides for the following educational outcomes:
- an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
- an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
- an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
- an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
- an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
- an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
- an ability to communicate effectively
- the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
- a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
- a knowledge of contemporary issues
- an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
These educational outcomes are experienced within the context of biology and physiology appropriate to solving problems at the interface of engineering and biology.
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