Nov 20, 2019  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Biomedical Engineering, B.S.


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Program Director:

Dr. Jeffrey LaMack
Office: S-364
Phone: (414) 277-7535
Email: lamack@msoe.edu

Biomedical engineering (BME) is the application of a variety of engineering principles and design processes to medicine and biology for the improvement of healthcare and related applications such as sports biomechanics. It is a very broad field, the definition of which tends to vary from institution to institution. The BME program at MSOE balances fundamental electrical, mechanical, and chemical engineering content with a solid grounding in basic and life sciences. MSOE’s BME 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 BME program incorporates several relatively unique aspects. It includes two multidisciplinary 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 contexts of the problem they have been asked to 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, early in their careers, the ability to demonstrate leadership and teamwork, as well as apply knowledge and practical experience to independently solve challenging problems in a variety of career paths, including:

  • 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

Graduates of the biomedical engineering program will gain:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. 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
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

 View Annual Student Enrollment and Graduation Data

Biomedical Engineering Model Full-time Track - V5.2


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: 14 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 16 credits

Total: 16 lecture hours - 2 lab hours - 17 credits

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

Year Three


Total: 16 lecture hours - 2 lab hours - 17 credits

Total: 14 lecture hours - 6 lab hours - 17 credits

Total: 14 lecture hours - 6 lab hours - 17 credits

Year Four


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

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

Spring


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

Note:


1Twenty-seven 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 course) can be in either area.
  • 12 credit hours of which must be program topical electives, of which:
    • 6 credit hours must be courses on the pre-approved technical electives list, and
    • 6 credit hours can be any courses on the pre-approved flexible, technical or professional electives lists.

Students may request specific courses be added to the program elective lists but must do so prior to taking the course. 

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