Biomedical Engineering

Mission of the Program

Wentworth's biomedical engineering program is intended to educate future practicing biomedical engineers through a practice-oriented education, so that the graduates will be able to utilize technological advancements, contribute to innovative biomedical engineering design solutions in a collaborative environment, and make appropriate decisions for their areas of professional responsibility.

Biomedical Engineering Outcomes

Graduates of Wentworth’s Biomedical Engineering program will have:

  1. Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. Ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. 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
  4. Ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  5. Ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. Ability to communicate effectively
  8. Broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. Recognize the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. Knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. Ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
  12. The capability to apply advanced mathematics (including differential equations and statistics), science, and engineering to solve the problems at the interface of engineering and biology.
  13. Analytical reasoning and creative insight into biomedical issues with technological solutions, and incorporate professional standards and ethics into biomedical engineering projects

Education Outcomes

Graduates of Wentworth’s Biomedical Engineering program will:

  • gain expertise in the basics of mathematics, physical sciences, life sciences, and engineering with applications to solve problems in biology and medicine
  • develop the skills to be able to design, build, test, report, and assess results for applications to biomedical engineering processes, designs, and projects
  • obtain the ability to use their multidisciplinary background to effectively engage in communication across disciplinary boundaries with the highest professional and ethical standards
  • gain the ability to take leadership roles in the expanding field of biomedical engineering at the regional, national, and global levels
  • obtain the knowledge to initiate self-directed continuous learning opportunities to excel and advance in the field of biomedical engineering
  • develop an understanding of the challenging needs of their client communities and contribute to providing solutions and improving human health

Curriculum

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

  • Engineering Calculus I
  • Engineering Physics I
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Intro to Biomedical Engineering
  • English I
  • Total Credits: 18

Spring Semester

  • Engineering Calculus II
  • Engineering Physics II
  • Engineering Chemistry
  • Intro to Engineering Design
  • English II
  • Total Credits: 19

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

  • Multivariable Calculus
  • Electric Circuit Analysis & Design
  • Computer Science I
  • Anatomy & Physiology I
  • Technical Communications
  • Total Credits: 19

Spring Semester

  • Differential Equations & Systems Modeling
  • Anatomy & Physiology II
  • Analog & Digital Electronics
  • Biomedical Electronics & Instrumentation
  • Social Science Elective (100 level)
  • Writing Competency Assessment
  • Total Credits: 19

Summer Semester

  • Optional Cooperative Education
  • Total Credits: 0

Note: Prior to entering junior year courses, students must have completed all admission requirements listed above and additional prerequisites or have received permission from the department to enroll in upper-level courses.

Junior Year

Fall Semester

  • Basics of Organic and Biochemistry
  • Microprocessors & Embedded Systems
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Biostatistics
  • Social Science Elective 
  • Total Credits: 19

Spring Semester

  • Cooperative Work Semester I
  • Total Credits: 0

Summer Semester

  • Engineering Thermodynamics
  • Biomechanics
  • Biomedical Engineering Elective I
  • Humanities / Social Science Elective
  • Total Credits: 16

Senior Year

Fall Semester

  • Cooperative Education II
  • Total Credits: 0

Spring Semester

  • BME Senior Design I
  • Engineering in Biomedicine
  • Biomaterials/Tissue Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering Elective II
  • Humanities/Social Science Elective
  • Total Credits: 15

Summer Semester

  • BME Senior Design II
  • Biomedical Ethics & Regulatory Affairs
  • Biomedical Engineering Elective III Special Topics
  • Humanities/Social Science Elective
  • Total Credits: 13

A total of 12 semester credit hours of engineering electives must be taken as a part of the concentration track in this program. Students may choose, after consultation with their faculty advisor, among the engineering electives offered by the department each semester. Engineering elective courses will include Medical Devices and Systems, Biomedical Optics & Imaging, Clinical Engineering Practice, Medical Informatics and Telemedicine, Signal Processing and Control Systems, and Design and Accreditation of Hospitals.

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