The Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering prepares students to design and create medical devices and equipment.
The curriculum requires a series of courses in basic science and mathematics. These provide a firm understanding of fundamentals, help students develop analytical techniques, and serve as the basis for specialized engineering courses. The curriculum consists of courses that serve as an introduction to engineering, link the basic sciences and engineering, and introduce engineering analysis, synthesis and design. Woven throughout the curriculum are courses in the arts and humanities and the social sciences, which broaden perspectives, maintain and improve communication skills, and expose the engineering students to concepts of values and ethics.
The Biomedical Engineering curriculum consists of 126 credits of undergraduate courses. The initial track is in medical device design and manufacturing. Elective choices will also facilitate a BSE/MS option, with the MS in BMEBT. For details about the requirements visit the undergraduate academic catalog.
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Most BME students select this track. Medical Device Design I (BMEN.4030) is required to complete this track, with additional elective choices that include Medical Device Development Regulation I, Tissue Engineering, Respiratory Dynamic and Devices, and Solidworks.
This track is offered in conjunction with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. Signals and Systems (EECE.3620) is a pre-requisite for the track. Additional course options include Medical Diagnostic Imaging, Computer Vision & Digital Image Processing, and Biomedical Instrumentation.
This track is offered in conjunction with the Chemical Engineering Department. Biochemistry (BIOL.4190 or CHEM.4500) is a pre-requisite for most of the courses in the track. Additional electives include courses in Drug Delivery, Cell & Microbe Cultivation, and Isolation and Purification.
Students in the biomedical engineering program can complete the requirements for graduate education in one of the health professions, e.g. medicine, dentistry, veterinary, or physician’s assistant, with only a few additional courses.
Students take Principles of Biology I and II (BIOL. 1110 and 1120) along with Experimental Biology I and II (BIOL.1170L and 1180L) instead of Biology for Engineers and Lab (BIOL.2100 and 2120L). Students take and additional semester of Organic Chemistry with Lab (CHEM.2230 and 2300L). Students should alos take Biochemistry (BIOL.4190 or CHEM.4500 along with BIOL.2330L).
For more information, visit the Pre-Health Professions Information page.
The Co-op and Internships Program offers students the opportunity to apply their engineering knowledge in industry and develop the necessary skills to be successful engineers after graduation. The program is designed to be flexible, to include faculty oversight, and to be connected to other disciplines. Co-ops are 6-months in duration and include the summer and either Fall or Spring semester. Internships are summer only lasting for 3 months. The Professional Development course (ENGN.2100) is required as the first step in the co-op/internship process. Students will usually take this in the Spring of their Sophomore year. A reflections course is then required following the completion of the co-op or internships.
For more information, visit the Professional Co-op page.
Faculty that teach in that graduate BMEBT program, along with those that teach other engineering programs, teach in the BSBE program. See our list of Faculty.
The UMass System also offers the highly successful Biomedical Engineering & Biotechnology graduate program.