The Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Miami offers an undergraduate program leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. The undergraduate BME program was the first of its kind in Florida, with the first class of B.S.B.E. students graduating in 1993. The program has been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) since 1997.
Graduates of the biomedical engineering undergraduate program find employment in industry or continue their studies either in graduate school or in a professional school in medicine and other health-related disciplines (such as dentistry, optometry, orthotics), law or business.
Some special features of the program include the small class size and open-door policy of the faculty, which facilitates student-faculty interaction. The Department has very strong ties with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Undergraduate students have a wide range of research and internship opportunities in some of the leading research laboratories in their respective field. The Department strongly encourages undergraduate student participation in research and professional activities.
The Bachelor of Science Program in Biomedical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET — www.abet.org.
The educational objectives of the program are to graduate engineers who will apply their knowledge, technical skills, and ability to solve problems at the interface of engineering and life sciences. Within a few years after graduation they will be:
- Working as professionals in biomedical engineering or related fields.
- Continuing their education to advance their careers through professional development activities or through the pursuit of advanced degrees.
a: An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering
Apply knowledge of mathematics to formulate and solve relevant engineering problems and apply knowledge of science and engineering fundamentals to formulate and solve relevant engineering problems.
b: An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data
Demonstrate an ability to conduct laboratory experiments; demonstrate an ability to analyze and interpret experimental data, and demonstrate an ability to design experiments.
c: An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, health, and safety, manufacturability and sustainability
Demonstrate an ability to identify needs and realistic constraints and demonstrate an ability to design systems, components and processes encountered in engineering practice.
d: An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
Work effectively in teams comprised of individuals of different interests and personalities.
e: An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
Demonstrate an ability to identify engineering problems, demonstrate an ability to formulate engineering problems and demonstrate an ability to solve engineering problems.
f: An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
To know and understand professional and ethical codes; to demonstrate an ability to apply professional and ethical codes and know and understand safety/protection issues.
g: An ability to communicate effectively
The skill to convey ideas and thoughts using an appropriate medium speech, text, graphs, algorithms, charts. There are two levels of this skill: convey the ideas and thoughts correctly and do so in an easy to understand and attractive manner.
h: The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, environmental, and societal context
To be aware of and have an ability to predict the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context.
i: A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
This outcome is split into two parts as suggested by Mourots, 2003: recognition of the need for lifelong learning and ability to engage in lifelong learning.
j: A knowledge of contemporary issues
Has knowledge of contemporary technical, scientific, socio-economic, environmental and political issues, especially those that could influence engineering practice.
k: An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
Has the ability to use appropriate computer software to solve biomedical engineering problems and evaluate solutions. Ability to use of equipment and procedures that are used in biomedical engineering projects.