2015-2016 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Aug 17, 2018  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bioengineering, BS

Department Chair:

Radhakrishna Sureshkumar
329F Link Hall
315-443-1931; fax: 315-443-9175


Rebecca Bader, Jesse Bond, Katie Cadwell, Ruth Chen, Mandy Esch, Jeremy Gilbert, Julie Hasenwinkel, James Henderson, Ian Hosein, George Martin, Patrick Mather, Shikha Nangia, Dacheng Ren, Ashok Sangani, Pranav Soman, Radhakrishna Sureshkumar, Lawrence Tavlarides, Angela Zachman

Adjunct/Research Faculty:

Jurgen Babirad, Gino Duca, Bart Farell, Eric Finkelstein, Shelley Stephens, Kent Ogden, David Quinn, Dana Radcliffe, Suresh Santanam, Fred Werner

Affiliate Faculty:

Joseph Chaiken, Andria Staniec Costello, Martin Forstner, Juntao Luo, Yan-Yeung Luk, Cristina Marchetti

Emeritus Faculty:

Gustav Engbretson, John Heydweiller, Philip Rice, Klaus Schroder, Robert L. Smith, S. Alexander Stern, Chi Tien, Josef Zwislocki

Undergraduate Bioengineering Program Director:

Angela Zachman
361 Link Hall

The mission of the Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering is to provide students with mentoring, curricular experience, and extracurricular opportunities consistent with their individual career objectives in order to

  • prepare them to apply science, mathematics, and engineering knowledge to serve the needs of society;
  • instill in them a deep sense of respect for others and a strong foundation in professional and social ethics; and
  • develop in them the understanding that continued education will further their professional and leadership skills.

Program Educational Objectives

The objectives of the undergraduate bioengineering program are:

  • graduates will master engineering and biological fundamentals enabling them to apply critical thinking to solve problems at the interface of science or medicine and engineering;
  • graduates will have a broad education that develops their ability to make informed and ethical decisions and understand the engineer’s role in society;
  • graduates will be able to effectively communicate their work and ideas;
  • graduates will be prepared for success in the biomedical industry and postgraduate education in engineering, science, or professional studies.

The bioengineering program is designed for students interested in the application of physical science techniques to life-science problems, preparing them for graduate study in bioengineering or medicine as well as for careers in biomaterial design, biomedical instrument design, medical device design, orthopedic prosthesis design, or engineering support for healthcare services. Introduced in the student’s first semester and culminating in the senior year with a capstone project, the important topic of engineering design is an integral part of the curriculum. Fundamental concepts from courses across the entire curriculum are integrated with formally delivered design concepts to produce a project. The project is presented to the faculty in both oral and written forms.

The bioengineering curriculum provides a solid foundation in mathematics, physics, engineering, and biology in preparation for advanced specialized studies. In consultation with a faculty advisor, students can specialize their curriculum to emphasize preparation for industry, research, or premedical studies. This curriculum shares several courses with the chemical engineering program. These courses provide our students with a strong background in the engineering sciences so they can explore emerging topics at the interface of the two fields. Students interested in research with the possibility of continued study in graduate school are encouraged to elect one or more independent study projects and a graduate-level course in an area of research interest. Appropriate use of electives in this emphasis and strong academic performance can lead to graduation with University Honors.

With the careful selection of electives, a student can meet the entrance requirements established by the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Graduates from the program in bioengineering must achieve the following student outcomes:

  • 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 a desired need;
  • 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 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;
  • an understanding of biology and physiology, and the capability to apply advanced mathematics (including differential equations and statistics), science, and engineering to solve the problems at the interface of engineering and biology
  • the ability to make measurements on and interpret data from living systems, addressing the problems associated with the interaction between living and non-living materials and systems

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

Bioengineering Course Requirements

Third Year, Spring Semester (17)

Fourth Year, Fall Semester (16)

Fourth Year, Spring Semester (15)

Total 130