In biomedical engineering, students can work on interdisciplinary projects. My senior project was sponsored by a company to design and build a concept model of a medical device.

Jeffery Ziemba

The demand for the life-enhancing and innovative medical technologies and services that biomedical engineers create is expected to increase dramatically, particularly as the 77 million baby boomers enter their 60s and beyond. The aging of this generation is also likely to spark developments in the care of the elderly that will require the expertise of biomedical engineers.

SUMMARY

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Biomedical engineers work alongside doctors, nurses, and other medical caregivers to develop and improve such technologies as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computer-aided tomography (CAT), ultrasound, artificial knees and hips, and tissue engineering, as well as cardiac pacemakers and artificial hearts, electro-surgical and laser-surgery instruments, electrocardiogram machines, defibrillators, and dialysis equipment, among many others.

Biomedical engineers combine a sound foundation in engineering with a working knowledge of the life sciences. These two areas together enable biomedical engineers to design procedures and devices that assist in the diagnosis and treatment of disease and injury, make medical testing less intrusive, enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities, and otherwise improve the practice of medicine.

WHY LTU? 

As a biomedical engineering student at Lawrence Tech, you’re exposed to the University’s signature “theory and practice” approach to learning. Extensive laboratory work and opportunities for co-op positions and internships in hospitals, health care institutions, and the medical equipment industry provide valuable hands-on experiences, and dedicated faculty bring current industry knowledge and cutting-edge research to the classroom.

biomed-2-sm.jpgYou’ll gain additional insight from presentations given by researchers, industry and health care professionals, and consultants who study the “best practices” in the industry, such as responsible conduct in research, protection of human subjects, and professional behavior. Building on the entrepreneurial mindset, you’ll also complete a two-semester design project sequence that can further prepare you to enter a competitive workforce or to pursue advanced engineering or medical degrees.
 
At Lawrence Tech, you’ll benefit from engaging classes in a high-tech learning environment. Laptop computers, provided to all undergraduates, allow you access to valuable industry-standard software – a unique benefit valued up to $15,000. You are also exposed to the University’s Leadership Program, integrated into all undergraduate curricula, preparing you with the marketable skills that employers seek.

Lawrence Tech’s program can position you for a career in biomedical engineering, as well as in the traditional areas of engineering. It can also offer excellent preparation for working professionals who require expertise in biomedical engineering.

The BS in Biomedical Engineering requires 132 credit hours, focused on the areas of biomechanics, bioelectronics, biomaterials, and biofluids. The curriculum also includes advanced courses from the biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and natural sciences programs. In addition, the coordination of programs at Lawrence Tech makes it easy to earn a dual degree in either biomedical and electrical engineering or biomedical and mechanical engineering.

Designed to accommodate your busy schedule, classes are offered both during the day and in the evening.

CURRICULUM 

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TOTAL SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS: 132

Students seeking the Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering degree must complete all courses in
the core curriculum. This includes six (6) approved technical elective credits and six (6) BME elective
credits.

 

Freshman Year

FIRST SEMESTER

   
Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
COM 1001 University Seminar 1
COM 1103 English Composition 3
BIO 1213 Biology 1 3
BIO 1221 Biology 1 Lab 1
MCS 1414 Calculus 1 4
EGE 1102 Engr. Computer Applications Lab 2
EGE 1001 Fund. of Eng. Design Projects 1
    TOTAL 15
     

SECOND SEMESTER

   
Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
SSC 2413 Foundations of Amer. Exp. 3
LLT 1213 World Masterpieces 1 3
MCS 1424 Calculus 2 4
CHM 1213 University Chemistry 1 3
CHM 1221 University Chemistry 1 Lab 1
BME 1002 Intro. to Biomedical Engr. 2
BME 1201 Computer Graphics Lab 1

 

  TOTAL 17
Sophomore Year

FIRST SEMESTER

   
Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
SSC 2423 Development of Amer. Exp. 3
LDR 2001 Leadership Models & Practices 1
MCS 2414 Calculus 3 4
PHY 2413 University Physics 1 3
PHY 2421 University Physics 1 Lab 1
BME 2103 Biochemistry for Engineers 3
BME 2101 Biochemistry for Engineers Lab 1
    TOTAL 16
     

SECOND SEMESTER

   
Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
LLT 1223 World Masterpieces 2 3
MCS 2423 Differential Equations 3
PHY 2423 University Physics 2 3
PHY 2431 University Physics 2 Lab 1
BME 2203 Anatomy & Physiology 3
BME 2201 Anatomy & Physiology Lab 1
EGE 2013 Statics 3

 

  TOTAL 17
Junior Year

FIRST SEMESTER

   
Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
COM 2103 Technical & Prof. Communication 3
COM 3000 Writing Proficiency Exam 0
MCS 3403 Probability and Statistics 3
EEE 2123 Circuits & Electronics 3
BME 3303 Intro. to Biomechanics 3
BME 3301 Biomechanics Lab 1
BME 3213 Biomaterials 3
    TOTAL 16
     

SECOND SEMESTER

   
Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
SSC 2303 Principles of Economics 3
LDR 3000 Leadership Seminar Series 0
EGE 3012 Engineering Cost Analysis 2
BME 3002 Biomedical Best Practices † 2
BME 3103 Bioinstrumentation 3
BME 3101 Bioinstrumentation Lab 1
BME 3703 Biotransport 3
  Technical Elective 3

 

  TOTAL 17
Senior Year

FIRST SEMESTER

   
Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
LLT/SSC/ PSY 3XX3/4XX3 Junior/Senior Elective 3
LDR 4000 Leadership Capstone 0
BME 4XX3 Elective 3
BME 4013 BME Projects 1  3
BME 4103 Foundations of Medical Imaging 3
BME 4803 Tissue Engineering 3
BME 4801 Tissue Engineering Lab 1
  Technical Elective 3
    TOTAL 19
     

SECOND SEMESTER

   
Course Number Subject Cr. Hrs.
BME 4XX3 Elective 3
BME 4022 BME Projects 2 2
BME 4313 Tissue Mechanics 3
BME 4203 Intro. to MEMS 3
BME 4201 Intro. to MEMS Lab 1
BME 4113 Medical Device Design 3

 

  TOTAL 15


† Sophomore standing required
# Senior standing required and minimum of 12 credits from BME 3XXX courses
## Must be enrolled/have completed all BME 3XXX courses

A list of eligible technical elective courses is available from the Biomedical Engineering Program.

Dual majors will be permitted a number of substitutions as approved by the program director consistent
with accreditation requirements.

Biomedical Engineering Advisors
All students should have an advisor-approved Plan of Work. Students should contact the Biomedical
Engineering Program, 248.204.2600, Room E98, for their assigned faculty advisor.

OUTCOMES + OBJECTIVES 

Educational Objectives

In consultation with program constituencies, the Life Science Industrial Advisory Board, alumni, employers, and current students, the faculty established educational objectives for the biomedical engineering program. They are: 

  1. Graduates of the BSBME program apply foundational sciences and a wide range of engineering principles in order to lead cross-functional teams developing, designing, and verifying the function of medical technologies and services.
  2. Graduates of the BSBME program conduct translational biomedical engineering research while adhering to government compliance requirements and regulatory protocols.
  3. Graduates of the BSBME program demonstrate integrity and responsible ethical behavior in their research and profession.
  4. Graduates of the BSBME program are contributing members of the profession and society, and stay informed of current research and professional developments through advanced graduate studies and lifelong education. 

Student Outcomes

To enable graduates to achieve the accomplishments described by the aforementioned educational objectives, the program cultivates specific skills, knowledge, and behaviors. In particular, upon graduation, students must have obtained the following outcomes:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
  3. 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;
  4. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
  6. an understanding of professional ethical responsibility;
  7. an ability to communicate effectively;
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to, engage in lifelong learning;
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues;
  11. an  ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice;
  12. applying principles of engineering, biology, human physiology,chemistry, calculus-based physics, mathematics (through differential equations), and statistics;
  13. solving bio/biomedical engineering problems, including those associated with the interaction between living and non-living systems;
  14. analyzing, modeling, designing and realizing bio/biomedical engineering devices, systems, components, or processes;
  15. making measurements on and interpreting data from living systems.

 

Key Performance Indicators in support of ABET Student Outcomes 

 SO

 KPI


(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering

a-1 (L3): Implement mathematical algebra, geometry, calculus, probability techniques, differential equations and/or statistics
a-2 (L3): Apply biology, chemistry, calculus-based physics or human physiology principles
a-3 (L3): Generate a solution for a system, device, or process using engineering principles
 

(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data

b-1 (L3): Conduct experimental procedures to measure and record data.
b-2 (L4): Examine data using appropriate analytical techniques
b-3 (L3): Compose a scientific hypothesis and test the hypothesis using experimental data
   
(c) 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 c-1 (L3): Use the engineering design process to generate potential solutions to a biomedical need
c-2 (L4): Examine realistic constraints related to the proposed solution
c-3 (L3): Implement, test and demonstrate that an engineered solution meets design specifications
   
(d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams d-1 (L3): Demonstrate personal responsibilities in a team
d-2 (L3): Share responsibilities and collaborate in a cross-functional team
   
(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems e-1 (L3): Write a problem statement for a biomedical engineering problem
e-2 (L3): Produce a solution to a biomedical engineering problem
   
(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility f-1 (L2): Demonstrate knowledge of the professional code of ethics and government regulations
f-2 (L2): Explain the ethical dimensions of a biomedical engineering problem
   
(g) an ability to communicate effectively g-1 (L2): Construct and deliver a logical and articulate communication based on independent work
g-2 (L4): Create a plan, and document methods, observations, and results of an experiment or a project
g-3 (L3): Organize and represent data collected in a form such that it clarifies and enhances the ability to interpret it
   
(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context h-1 (L2): Recognize the contribution of science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics to society
   
(i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning i-1 (L3): Collect relevant technical information, data, and ideas from multiple sources
i-2 (L2): Recognize opportunities that enhance professional career development
   
(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues j-1 (L2): Explain contemporary issues in biomedical professions
j-2 (L2): Describe state-of-the-art and new trends in biomedical engineering
   
(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice k-1 (L3): Employ engineering and science techniques, skills, and tools relevant to biomedical systems
   
(l) applying principles of engineering, biology, human physiology, chemistry, calculus-based physics, mathematics (through differential equations), and statistics Addressed by  a-1 and a-2
   
(m) solving bio/biomedical engineering problems,  including those associated m-1 (L2): Describe the challenges associated with interactions between living tissues or cells and engineered devices or materials

m-2 (L3): Identify unmet medical needs and propose an engineering solution

Addressed by c-1

   
(n): analyzing, modeling, designing and realizing bio/biomedical engineering devices, systems, components, or processes n-1 (L3): Analyze or model biomedical problems

n-2 (L3): Implement design of biomedical engineering devices, systems, components, or processes

Addressed by c-3

   
(o) making measurements on and interpreting data from living systems o-1 (L3): Conduct investigational protocols and procedures to measure and record signals and data from living systems responding to environmental conditions
o-2 (L3): Interpret data and observations from living systems subjected to environmental conditions
   


GRADUATES WITH A DEGREE IN BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING HAVE MANY CAREER OPTIONS:

Governmental regulatory agencies
(Food and Drug Administration,
Environmental Protection Agency, etc.)
Hospitals
Medical device companies
Medical schools
Pharmaceutical companies
Public and private research institutions
Universities.

 

For more information visit the Career Services page.



GET STARTED

The Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering program is open to qualified high school graduates. It is also appropriate for those working in the medical field who have completed an undergraduate degree in a related field, such as biology, and who want to expand their engineering knowledge, and for working professionals who would like to enhance their career opportunities.

Getting Started
For more information, contact Lawrence Tech’s Office of Admissions at 800.225.5588 or admissions@ltu.edu.

 

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This program is accredited by the 
Engineering Accreditation Commission
of ABET, http://www.abet.org

Learn more about ABET accredited programs in the College of Engineering