The Biomedical Engineering emphasis in the biological systems engineering major is a career path that connects the fields of engineering and medicine. Biomedical engineering is a rapidly expanding field of study encompassing a wide variety of subject matter and research. For example, the study of medical imaging, using ultrasound and MRI, is yielding new discoveries to help doctors and patients. Surgical tool design, tissue engineering, prosthetic design, and rehabilitation engineering are just a few of the emerging fields in this specialty.
Relevant issues: bioimaging, biological sensors, bioelectricity, biomechanics, cardiovascular mechanics, tissue engineering, biotechnology/bioinformatics, medical imaging.
Introduction to Biomedical Engineering:
Introduction to research areas and applications in biomedical engineering. Bioelectricity, biosensors, biomechanics, cardiovascular mechanics, tissue engineering, biotechnology, medical imaging.
Biomedical Signals and Biosystems Analysis
Mathematical modeling of biophysical systems. Learn how to interpret biological signals by understanding continuous and discrete signals, system classification, convolution, Fourier analysis, and basic filtering concepts.
Introduction to Biomaterials
Introduction to all types of biomaterials, metals, ceramics, polymers, and natural materials. Characterization of biomaterials, mechanical and physical properties, cell-biomaterials interactions, degradation, and host reaction to biomaterials. FDA testing and applications of biomaterials, implants, tissue engineering scaffolds, artificial organs, drug delivery, and adhesives.
Medical Imaging Systems
Learn the underlying physics, instrumentation, and signal analysis of biomedical and biological imaging modalities. MRI, X-ray, CT, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, and the human visual system. Energy-tissue interactions. Resolution, point spread function, contrast, diffraction, comparisons. Information content in images for biological systems.
Introduction to engineering biological substitutes that can restore, maintain or improve organ function in therapy of diseases. Engineering methods and principles to design tissues and organs, cell and tissue biology, tissue growth and development, biomaterial scaffolds, growth factor and drug delivery, scaffold-cell interactions, and bioreactors.
After completing a B.S. in Biological Systems Engineering with an emphasis in Biomedical Engineering many students will go on to medical school or other professional education such as veterinary, optometry, or law school. Additionally, students who have enjoyed the rigors of research often choose to pursue a graduate degree to become further specialized in a specific field of biomedical engineering. Industrial and commercial companies also hire biomedical engineers to work on projects ranging from medical device design to developing software for hospitals.