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 identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
- an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
- an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
- an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
- an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
- an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
- an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
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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