Engineering B.S. (Biomedical concentration)

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The B.S. in Engineering with a Biomedical Engineering concentration emphasizes the combination of biomechanics and manufacturing of biomedical devices. The concentration prepares students to contribute to the design and improvement of major health-related devices like artificial hearts and prostheses, health management and care delivery systems, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and devices for automating insulin injections or controlling body functions.

With the 4+1 integrated degree program, students can go on to earn an M.S. in Engineering Management with only one additional year of study. Graduates who earn a 3.5 GPA or higher and apply to the Biomedical Engineering graduate program at Carnegie Mellon University are eligible for a special streamlined application process and waived application fee.

The Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET has accredited the B.S. degree programs in Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering.

ABET

Contact Information

Won Joo, Ph.D. 
Department Head, Engineering  
joo@rmu.edu
412-397-4026 phone 

Rika W. Carlsen, Ph.D. 
Coordinator, Biomedical Engineering  
Director,  Center of Outreach and Innovation  
carlsen@rmu.edu
412-397-3531 phone 

4-Year Course Plan

Freshman Year, Fall

  • Intro to Engineering
  • Calculus w/Analytic Geometry I
  • Chemistry I with lab
  • Programming General Physics I with lab
  • Intercultural Communication/Reading & Writing Strategies

Freshman Year, Spring

  • Engineering Graphics
  • Calculus w/Analytic Geometry II
  • General Physics I with lab
  • General Physics I with lab
  • Fundamentals of Accounting

Sophomore Year, Fall

  • Statics & Strength of Materials
  • General Physics II with lab
  • Calculus w/ Analytic Geometry III or similar
  • Anatomy & Physiology I with lab

Sophomore Year, Spring

  • Biomedical Engineering Principles
  • Circuits & Electromagnetics
  • Thermodynamics & Energetics
  • Differential Equations
  • Anatomy & Physiology II with lab or Chemistry II with lab

Junior Year, Fall

  • Engineering Materials
  • Dynamics
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Survey of Economics
  • Professional Communication in Workplace

Junior Year, Spring

  • Value Design
  • Biomedical Engineering Elective
  • Management Theory & Practice
  • Biomechanics
  • Contemporary American Social Problems or similar

Senior Year, Fall

  • Engineering Practice
  • Biomedical Engineering Elective
  • Public Speaking & Persuasion
  • Humanities: Art & Music
  • World Literature or similar

Senior Year, Spring

  • Integrated Engineering Design
  • Biomedical Devices & Systems
  • Principles of Marketing
  • General Psychology
  • US History 1 or similar
Additional Program Details

Program Educational Objectives

Five years after graduation, the graduates should:

  • Be technically competent engineers.
  • Be hands-on practitioners of engineering.
  • Possess strong understanding of business and, strong team and communications skills.
  • Be well-prepared to embrace the continuous learning necessary to practice engineering over their entire professional lifetimes.
  • Have a strong understanding of engineering ethics.

Student Outcomes

Until 2018-2019 Academic year.

At the time of graduation, the graduate should have:

  • 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 multi-disciplinary 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 a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  • knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

From 2019-2020 Academic Year to Present 

At the time of graduation, the graduate should have:  

  • 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

Enrollment and Graduation Data (B.S. Engineering)

  • 2020: 78 enrolled, 87 graduated
  • 2019: 80 enrolled, 99 graduated
  • 2018: 95 enrolled, 149 graduated
  • 2017: 102 enrolled, 138 graduated
  • 2016: 108 enrolled, 90 graduated

Sample Courses:

These are some of the classes for students in this academic program:

Statics & Strength of Materials
Material Handling & Plant Layout
Human Factors Engineering
Major Credits
73
Engineering, Math, Physics
Core Credits
41
Communication Skills, Economics, Humanities, History, Sciences, etc.
Elective Credits
12

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