University of Minnesota
Department of Biomedical Engineering

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Undergraduate Program

Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering (B.Bm.E.)

The Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering (B.Bm.E.) is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Biomedical Engineers apply the fundamentals of mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology to solve medically-relevant problems. Examples of biomedical engineering activities include medical device design fabrication and testing, prosthesis fabrication, ergonomics and human factors, physiological function monitoring, home health care technology development, biomedical informatics, functional imaging and tomography, biomaterial development and biocompatibility, artificial tissue and organ fabrication, cell- and biomolecule-based sensors and therapeutics, gene therapy development, and biomedical microsystems.

While these examples represent current areas of interest, biomedical engineering continues to change rapidly with advances in biology, medicine, and technology. Therefore, it is a goal of the program to ensure that students have sufficient breadth in their studies to be able to adapt and develop new opportunities and areas of application during their professional career. At the same time the program seeks to promote sufficient depth in one area of biomedical engineering that students can develop particular expertise in an area of their choosing.

Key features of our undergraduate program are:

These features are consistent with our Program Educational Objectives (PEOs):

Graduates of the B.Bm.E. program are expected to be able to attain at least one of the following within a few years of graduating:

1) Be employed as a biomedical engineer, or engineer, scientist, or professional in a related field, using knowledge and skills learned in the program.

2) Be progressing toward an advanced degree in one of the following: a) biomedical engineering, or related field of science or engineering; b) medicine, or other health professional program; or c) law, business, or other professional degree program.

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These PEOs are consistent with our Student Outcomes:

(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering

(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data

(c) 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

(d) an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams

(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

(g) an ability to communicate effectively

(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context

(i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning

(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues

(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

(l) an understanding of biology and physiology, and the capability to apply advanced mathematics (including differential equations and statistics), science, and engineering to solve problems at the interface of engineering and biology

(m) an ability to make measurements on and interpret data from living systems, addressing the problems associated with the interaction between living and non-living materials and systems

Which serve our constituencies:

1) Current students in the B.Bm.E. program

2) Alumni of the B.Bm.E. program

3) Practicing engineers in the biomedical device industry

4) Science and engineering graduate faculty at other universities

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Prospective Students

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Current Students

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