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The Biomedical Engineering Major

The Biomedical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET; see http://www.abet.org.

Biomedical engineering is an interdisciplinary area of study that integrates knowledge from engineering with the biomedical sciences. It is a very diverse field, with biomedical engineers working in systems ranging from medical imaging to the design of artificial organs. Some major research advances in biomedical engineering include the left ventricular assist device (LVAD), artificial joints, kidney dialysis, bioengineered skin, angioplasty, computed tomography (CT), and flexible endoscopes. Students who choose biomedical engineering are interested in being of service to human health but do not routinely interact directly with patients.

The mission of the BS degree program of the Department of Biomedical Engineering is to combine exceptional teaching with state-of-the-art research for the advancement of technologies and computational techniques that meet medical and societal challenges. As a biomedical engineer, you can choose employment opportunities in industry, hospitals, academic research institutes, teaching, national laboratories, or government regulatory agencies.

The educational objectives of our program are that our graduates develop successful careers related to biomedical engineering or another area of the student's choosing, through employment in industry or government, or through pursuit of graduate or professional degrees; and contribute effectively to society through engineering practice, research and development, education, or in governmental, regulatory or legal aspects.

The biomedical engineering curriculum has been designed to provide a solid foundation in mathematics, life and physical sciences, and engineering, and to provide sufficient flexibility in the upper division requirements to encourage students to explore specializations within the field. Our instructional program is designed to impart knowledge of contemporary issues at the forefront of biomedical engineering research. Exclusive of General Education units, the minimum number of units required for the Biomedical Engineering degree is 157.

For information about graduate degree options, see Biomedical Engineering (A Graduate Group).

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Updated: March 22, 2017 10:38 AM