Bioengineering

The Bioengineering Program provides a series of professional studies grounded in engineering fundamentals and arts and sciences and augmented by the development of interpersonal skills, experiential learning, and an appreciation of lifelong learning. Graduates are prepared to apply their knowledge to society’s needs and help shape the future.

Program Highlights

  • Exclusive undergraduate program featuring small class sizes
  • Interdisciplinary design projects and small laboratory groups that foster teamwork
  • Extensive computational and laboratory facilities
  • Opportunities for participation in funded undergraduate research programs including summer research
  • Reputation for a gender-neutral learning environment
  • Co-operative Education program with employment opportunities throughout the U.S.

Training in bioengineering prepares graduates to work in various fields, such as:

  • Surgical Robotics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Stem Cell Research
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Creation of Artificial Organs and Limbs
  • Development of Synthetic Drugs for Arthritis, Cancer, or Alzheimer’s Disease

Our graduates can expect to work in places like:

  • Biotech Companies
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Research Laboratories

The three different tracks in this program will prepare graduates for a variety of careers.  Among them are:

  • Project Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Research and Development
  • Professor/Teacher
  • Marketing
  • Patent Lawyer

PLANS

SEMESTER 1  
GE 100 Fundamentals of Engineering 2 Cr.
CORE 110 The Human Experience4 4 Cr.
MATH 131 Analytic Geom. & Calc. I 4 Cr.
PHYS 141 Newtonian Mechanics 3 Cr.
PHYS 141L Experimental Physics I 1 Cr.
KIN 100 Healthy Lifestyles 1 Cr.
   
   
SEMESTER 2  
ME 102 Computer-Aided Design 1 Cr.
ME 125 Computer Prog. for Mech. Eng. 1 Cr.
GE 109 Mechanics-Statics 3 Cr.
MATH 132 Calculus II 4 Cr.
PHYS 142 Physics: II E&M 3 Cr.
CORE 115 The Human Experience 4 Cr.
   
   
SEMESTER 3  
ME 209 Mechanics-Dynamics 3 Cr.
ECE 281 Fundamentals of Electrical Eng. 2.5 Cr.
ME 261 Analog Circuits Laboratory 0.5 Cr.
ME 201 Technical Writing 1 Cr.
BIO 151 Anatomy and Physiology I (lab) 4 Cr.
MATH 253 Calc. III 4 Cr.
CHEM 115 Chemistry (lab) 4 Cr.
   
   
SEMESTER 4  
ME 215 Mechanics of Materials 3 Cr.
BIO 152 Anatomy and Physiology II (lab) 4 Cr.
ME 270 Thermodynamics I 3 Cr.
MATH 270 Ordinary Diff. Equations 3 Cr.
MATH 260 Linear Systems and Matrices 1 Cr.
STAT 240 Statistical Analysis 3 Cr.
   
   
SEMESTER 5  
ME 352 Materials Science 3 Cr.
ME 333 Measurements 4 Cr.
ME 373 Fluid Mechanics 3 Cr.
THEO 200 The Christian Tradition 3 Cr.
Hum., Soc. Science, Theo. Elective 3 Cr.
   
   
SEMESTER 6  
BE 340 Bioelectricity 3 Cr.
BE 369 Biomechanics 3 Cr.
BE 320 Bioengineering Tech Lab 1 Cr.
ME 376 Heat Transfer 3 Cr.
GE 311 Financial Decisions in Engr. 1.5 Cr.
GE 312 Ethical Decisions in Engr. 1.5 Cr.
   
   
SEMESTER 7  
BE 415 Biomaterials 3 Cr.
ME 444 Controls 2 Cr.
GE 497 Sr. Design Proj. I 3 Cr.
BE Technical Elective 3 Cr.
BE Technical Elective 3 Cr.
   
   
SEMESTER 8  
GE 498 Senior Design Project II 3 Cr.
Foreign Lang./ Diversity Elective 3 Cr.
Hum., Soc. Science, Theo. Elective 3 Cr.
BE Technical Elective 3 Cr.
BE Technical  Elective 3 Cr.
   
Total credits required for graduation= 126Cr.  
SEMESTER 1  
GE 100 Fundamentals of Engineering 2 Cr.
CORE 110 The Human Experience 4 Cr.
MATH 131 Analytic Geom. & Calc. I 4 Cr.
PHYS 141 Newtonian Mechanics 3 Cr.
PHYS 141L Experimental Physics I 1 Cr.
KIN 100 Healthy Lifestyles 1 Cr.
   
SEMESTER 2  
ME 104 Computer-Aided Design 2 Cr.
ECE 100 Fund. of Elec. & Comp Eng. 3 Cr.
MATH 132 Calculus II 4 Cr.
PHYS 142 Physics: II E&M 3 Cr.
CORE 115 The Human Experience 4 Cr.
   
SEMESTER 3  
ECE 221 Digital Logic Design 3 Cr.
ECE 263 Linear Circuit Theory I (lab) 4 Cr.
BIO 151 Anatomy and Physiology (lab) 4 Cr.
MATH 260 Linear Algebra 1 Cr.
MATH 270 Differential Equations 3 Cr.
CHEM 115 Chemistry 4 Cr.
   
SEMESTER 4  
ME 125 Computer Prog. for Mech. Eng 1 Cr.
ME 201 Technical Writing for ME 1 Cr.
GE 109 Mechanics-Statics 3 Cr.
BIO 152 Anatomy and Physiology II (lab) 4 Cr.
MATH 253 Calculus III 4 Cr.
STAT 240 Statistical Analysis 3 Cr.
   
SEMESTER 5  
ME 352 Materials Science 3 Cr.
ME 333 Measurements (lab) 4 Cr.
ME 209 Mechanics-Dynamics 3 Cr.
ECE 251 Engineering Programming I 3 Cr.
Hum., Soc. Science, Theo. Elective 3 Cr.
   
SEMESTER 6  
BE 340 Bioelectricity 3 Cr.
BE 369 Biomechanics 3 Cr.
BE 320 Bioengineering Tech. Lab 1 Cr.
GE 311 Financial Decisions in Engr. 1.5 Cr.
GE 312 Ethical Decisions in Engr. 1.5 Cr.
BE Technical Elective 3 Cr.
   
SEMESTER 7  
BE 415 Biomaterials 3 Cr.
ECE 360 Signals and Systems 3 Cr.
GE 497 Sr. Design Proj. I 3 Cr.
ECE 322 Embedded Microcontrollers 3 Cr.
THEO 200 The Christian Tradition 3 Cr.
   
SEMESTER 8  
GE 498 Senior Design Project II 3 Cr.
Foreign Lang./ Diversity Elective 3 Cr.
Hum., Soc. Science, Theo. Elective 3 Cr.
ECE 452 Digital Signal Processing 3 Cr.
BE Technical  Elective 4 Cr.
   
Total credits required for graduation = 126 Cr.
SEMESTER 1  
GE 100 Fundamentals of Engineering 2 Cr.
CORE 110 The Human Experience 5 Cr.
MATH 131 Analytic Geom. & Calc. I 4 Cr.
PHYS 141 Newtonian Mechanics 3 Cr.
PHYS 141L Experimental Physics I 1 Cr.
KIN 100 Healthy Lifestyles 1 Cr.
   
SEMESTER 2  
ME 104 Computer-Aided Design 2 Cr.
ME 125 Comp. Prog. for Mech. Eng 1 Cr.
GE 109 Mechanics-Statics 3 Cr.
MATH 132 Calculus II 4 Cr.
PHYS 142 Physics: II E&M 3 Cr.
CORE 115 The Human Experience 4 Cr.
   
SEMESTER 3  
SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology 3 Cr.
ME 201 Technical Writing for ME 1 Cr.
ECE 281 Fundamentals of Electrical Eng. 2.5 Cr.
ME 261 Analog Circuits Laboratory 0.5 Cr.
BIO 171 Unity of Life (lab) 4 Cr.
CHEM 121 General Chemistry I (lab) 4 Cr.
MATH 253 Calculus III 4 Cr.
   
SEMESTER 4  
CHEM 122 General Chem. II (lab) 4 Cr.
BIO 172 Diversity of Life (lab) 4 Cr.
MATH 260 Lin. Systems & Matrices 1 Cr.
MATH 270 Differential Equations 3 Cr.
STAT 240 Statistical Analysis 3 Cr.
   
SEMESTER 5  
ME 352 Materials Science 3 Cr.
ME 333 Measurements (lab) 4 Cr.
ME 209 Mechanics-Dynamics 3 Cr.
CHEM 221 Organic Chemistry I (lab) 4 Cr.
Hum., Soc. Science, Theo. Elective 3 Cr.
   
SEMESTER 6  
BE 340 Bioelectricity 3 Cr.
BE 369 Biomechanics 3 Cr.
BE 320 Bioengineering Tech. Lab 1 Cr.
CHEM 222 Organic Chemistry II (lab) 4 Cr.
GE 311 Financial Decisions in Engr. 1.5 Cr.
GE 312 Ethical Decisions in Engr. 1.5 Cr.
   
SEMESTER 7  
BE 415 Biomaterials           3 Cr.
CHEM 315 Biochemistry 3 Cr.
GE 497 Sr. Design Proj. I 3 Cr.
BIO 270 Genetics (lab) 4 Cr.
   
SEMESTER 8  
GE 498 Senior Design Project II 3 Cr.
Foreign Lang./ Diversity Elective 3 Cr.
BIO 450 Molecular Biology (lab) 4 Cr.
THEO 200 The Christian Tradition 3 Cr.
BE Technical  Elective 3 Cr.
   
Total credits required for graduation =  126 Cr.

ACCREDITATION

The College of Engineering will seek accreditation for the Bioengineering program through ABET (The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) upon graduation of the first students in the program.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering provides a program of professional study grounded in engineering fundamentals and arts and sciences augmented by the development of interpersonal skills, experiential learning, and an appreciation of life-long learning. Graduates are prepared to apply their knowledge to society’s needs and help shape the future.

PROGRAM EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

Program Educational Objectives are broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years of graduation. They are based on the needs of the program’s constituencies. The Program Educational Objectives help to direct and measure the success of the Bioengineering Program in accomplishing its mission. Review of the Educational Objectives is an integral part of the annual assessment process.

Within a few years of graduation, bioengineering alumni will be expected to:

  1. Have a vocation/career
  2. Demonstrate growth or advancement in their chosen vocation/career
  3. Contribute to society through their endeavors in their chosen vocation/career

Student Outcomes

Student Outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation.  These relate to the skills, knowledge, and behaviors that students acquire as they progress through the program. The Student Outcomes help to direct and measure the success of the Biongineering Program in accomplishing its mission. Review of the Student Outcomes is an integral part of the annual assessment process.

Upon successful completion of the Bioengineering Program, graduates will have:

  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 context;
  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;
  8. Additionally, the structure of the curriculum must provide both breadth and depth across the range of engineering and science topics consistent with the program educational objectives and student outcomes.  The curriculum must prepare graduates with experience in:
    (a) Applying principles of engineering, biology, human physiology, chemistry, calculus-based physics, mathematics (through differential equations) and statistics
    (b) Solving bio/biomedical engineering problems, including those associated with the interaction between living and non-living systems
    (c) Analyzing, modeling, designing, and realizing bio/biomedical engineering devices, systems, components, or processes
    (d) Making measurements on and interpreting data from living systems