Biomedical Engineering

This program will provide a solid foundation in physical and life sciences as well as a strong background in multidisciplinary engineering courses in preparation for biomedical engineering core and elective courses. Coupled with excellent laboratory training, special concentrations will be offered in medical devices and systems, and clinical engineering. An integral part of this program is two semesters of cooperative experiential learning at hospitals, medical device companies, or research centers. Graduates of the program will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges in the globally growing broad spectrum of biomedical and healthcare opportunities. In addition to having abundant career opportunities, graduates will also have the necessary education to pursue advanced studies for professional careers.

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

Biomedical Engineering Objectives

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

  • MATH285 Engineering Calculus I
  • PHYS310 Engineering Physics I
  • BIOL130 Cell and Molecular Biology
  • BMED101 Intro to Biomedical Engineering
  • ENGL100 English I
  • Total Credits: 18

Spring Semester

  • MATH295 Engineering Calculus II
  • CHEM380 Engineering Chemistry
  • ENGR160 Intro to Engineering Design
  • ENGL130 English II
  • Total Credits: 16

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

  • PHYS320 Engineering Physics II
  • ELEC220 Electric Circuit Analysis & Design
  • COMP128 Computer Science I
  • BIOL280 Anatomy & Physiology I
  • Total Credits: 16

Spring Semester

  • MATH515 Multivariable Calculus
  • BIOL290 Anatomy & Physiology II
  • ELEC270 Integrated Electronics
  • BMED275 Biomedical Electronics & Instrumentation
  • ELECTIVE Humanities/Social Science (HUSS) Elective
  • Writing Competency Assessment
  • Total Credits: 20

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

  • CHEM410 Basics of Organic and Biochemistry
  • MATH615 Differential Equations & Systems Modeling
  • BMED Biomedical Elective I
  • HUSS Elective 
  • Total Credits: 16

Spring Semester

  • Cooperative Work Semester I
  • Total Credits: 0

Summer Semester

  • MECH415 Engineering Mechanics
  • ELECTIVE Engineering Elective 
  • BMED Biomedical Engineering Elective II
  • HUSS Elective
  • Total Credits: 16

Senior Year

Fall Semester

  • Cooperative Education II
  • Total Credits: 0

Spring Semester

  • BMED600 Senior Design I
  • BMED510 Signals and Systems for Biomedical Engineering
  • BMED500 Biomaterials/Tissue Engineering
  • BMED520 Biomechanics
  • HUSS Elective 
  • Total Credits: 17

Summer Semester

  • BMED650 Senior Design II
  • BMED499 Engineering in Biomedicine
  • BMED430 Biostatistics 
  • BMED Biomedical Engineering Elective III 
  • HUSS Elective
  • Total Credits: 16

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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