2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
    
    Jan 17, 2022  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biomedical Engineering, B.S.


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Program Director:

Dr. Charles S. Tritt
Office: S-364
Phone: (414) 277-7421
Email: tritt@msoe.edu

Biomedical engineering (BE, also sometimes abbreviated BME) is the application of a variety of engineering principles and design processes to medicine and biology for the improvement of healthcare. It is a very broad field, the definition of which tends to vary from institution to institution. The BE program at MSOE balances fundamental electrical, mechanical and chemical engineering content with a solid grounding in basic and life sciences. MSOE’s BE program is designed to prepare students for immediate employment in the medical device and healthcare industries, for graduate study in engineering and other related fields, and for professional studies such as medical and law school.

The MSOE BE program incorporates several relatively unique aspects. The program includes explicit coverage of mechatronics - the computerized control of electrical and mechanical systems. It includes two combined laboratory courses in which topics from two or more lecture courses are used together to investigate practical technologies and solve real world problems. It incorporates an extended capstone design experience that lasts more than a year. This provides students with the time necessary to understand the medical, commercial, and regulatory context of the problem they have been asked solve. This capstone design experience also includes an industry simulation that provides students with practical preparation for entry into the medical device industry. Finally, our curriculum has a “minor friendly” course structure and ample electives. This allows students to customize their educations to match their interests and career goals with guidance from their faculty academic advisors.

Program Educational Objectives

The objective of this program is for graduates to attain within a few years of graduation:

  • Professional careers in the biomedical or related engineering fields,
  • Graduate study or degrees in biomedical engineering or related engineering or science fields, or
  • Other related professional endeavors such as education or practice in law, medicine, business or other fields.

Student Outcomes

The program’s student outcomes are:

  • 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 multidisciplinary 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 
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning 
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

 View Annual Student Enrollment and Graduation Data

Biomedical Engineering Model Full-time Track - V5.0


Year One


Total: 13 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 15 credits

Total: 14 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 16 credits

Total: 14 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 16 credits

Year Two


Total: 15 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 17 credits

Total: 15 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 17 credits

Total: 15 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 17 credits

Year Three


Year Four


Total: 14 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 16 credits

Total: 13 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 15 credits

Total: 13 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 15 credits

Note:


Thirty credit hours of electives must be taken distributed as follows:

  • 15 credit hours must be Humanities and Social Science (HU/SS) Electives, of which:
    • 6 credit hours (typically 2 courses) must be taken in the humanities area,
    • 6 credit hours (typically 2 courses) must be taken in the social science area, and
    • 3 credit hours (typically 1 courses) can be in either area.
  • 15 credit hours of Program Topical Electives must be taken, of which
    • 6 credit hours (typically 2 courses) must be Program Technical Electives from a pre-approved list or with prior BE program director approval,
    • 3 credit hours (typically 1 course) must be Program Professional Electives from a pre-approved list or with prior BE program director approval, and
    • 6 credit hours (typically 2 courses) can be in either area.

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