The Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Miami offers an undergraduate program leading to the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. The undergraduate BME program was the first of its kind in Florida, with the first class of BSBE 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.
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 contexts
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