Catalogue 2017 - 2018

Biomedical Engineering Major

General Information

Biomedical engineers have the unique ability to serve as a bridge between engineering and medicine. The rapid advancement of high technology into all medical specialties has increased the demand for engineers who have a depth of knowledge in both engineering and physiology. Biomedical engineers make significant contributions to society by improving patient care and ultimately improving the quality of life for others.

Western New England University provides Biomedical Engineering students with a solid engineering background and an in-depth understanding of human physiology, anatomy, and biology necessary to be a successful biomedical engineer. The curriculum is designed for maximum flexibility, allowing students to choose elective courses that are of most interest. In the junior and senior year, students choose four “sequence electives,” two technical electives, as well as a series of five general education courses that fulfill the University’s requirement for a perspective on ethics, history, aesthetics, integrated liberal and professional learning, cultural studies, and social and behavioral issues. Students are exposed to the major physiological systems during each of the final four semesters through laboratory work, courses, and through the capstone Senior Design Project.

The program leading to the B.S.B.E. degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. Accreditation affirms our quality.

Career Opportunities

The Biomedical Engineering program at Western New England University is designed to prepare students for either immediate employment or for admission to graduate or medical school. Demand for biomedical engineers is growing as more and more technology is finding its way into all branches of medicine. Since the field of biomedical engineering is so broad, many of our graduates choose to specialize their knowledge in graduate or professional school by pursuing an M.S., Ph.D, or M.D. degree. Our graduates are working in the medical instrumentation and device industry, pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, research facilities, and hospitals.

Biomedical Engineering Faculty


Mission

The mission of the Biomedical Engineering program is to provide students with a supportive environment that facilitates learning to solve engineering problems related to medicine and biology in an ethically responsible manner.

The Biomedical Engineering program is committed to excellence in student learning. Graduates of the program will be problem solvers, able to apply engineering principles to the interface between living and non-living systems. The faculty and staff of the BME program use their diverse background in teaching, research, and industry to prepare students to be successful leaders in biomedical engineering as they move into the workforce, graduate school, or professional school.

Defining Characteristics

The Biomedical Engineering program:

  • provides students opportunities to learn and apply core engineering principles to solve problems related to medicine or biology, emphasizing the need for interdisciplinary approaches;
  • gives students opportunities to apply theory with practice-oriented laboratory, industrial or clinical experiences;
  • produces engineers who can communicate well at all levels within an organization;
  • delivers a dynamic curriculum that is continuously updated with input from practitioners and researchers in the field of biomedical engineering;
  • promotes biomedical engineering as a career choice; and
  • serves both the biomedical engineering community and society.

Program Educational Objectives

Graduates of the Western New England University Biomedical Engineering Program will, in their professional endeavors,

  • function successfully in a variety of environments including industry, hospitals/clinics, government, graduate school or professional school;
  • function as productive team members and leaders to solve engineering problems, including those at the interface of medicine and engineering;
  • have an awareness of safety, ethics, sustainability and/or societal concerns,
  • communicate complex technical concepts, both in written and oral communication, to diverse audiences; and
  • be actively engaged in life-long learning such as participating or leading in relevant professional societies, continuing their education, or attending relevant workshops, meetings, or seminars.

    Program Outcomes

    The outcomes for the Biomedical Engineering program were chosen so that graduates will be prepared to meet the program objectives. Thus, graduates of the Biomedical Engineering program will have:

    • 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 desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability;
    • 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, economic, environmental, and societal context;
    • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning;
    • a knowledge of contemporary issues; and
    • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

    See College of Engineering Requirements and General University Requirements.

    Degree Requirements

    Freshman Year - Fall Semester

    ENGL 132English Composition I

    3 cr.

    ENGR 102First Year Engineering Seminar

    1 cr.

    ENGR 103Introduction to Engineering

    4 cr.

    MATH 133Calculus I

    4 cr.

    PEHR 151Personal Health and Wellness

    1 cr.

    PHYS 133Mechanics

    4 cr.

    Total Credit Hours:17

    Freshman Year - Spring Semester

    ENGL 133English Composition II

    3 cr.

    ENGR 110Data Acquisition and Processing

    3 cr.

    MATH 134Calculus II

    4 cr.

    ENGR 105Computer Programming for Engineers

    2 cr.

    PEHR 153-199Lifetime Activity

    1 cr.

    PHYS 134Electricity and Magnetism

    4 cr.

    Total Credit Hours:17

    Sophomore Year - Fall Semester

    BME 201Foundations of Biomedical Engineering

    3 cr.

    BIO 107General Biology I

    3 cr.

    CHEM 105General Chemistry I

    4 cr.

    EE 205Electrical Engineering I

    4 cr.

    MATH 236Differential Equations

    3 cr.

    Total Credit Hours:17

    Sophomore Year - Spring Semester

    BME 202Biomedical Systems

    3 cr.

    BME 206Biomedical Sophomore Laboratory

    1 cr.

    BME 240Biomaterials

    3 cr.

    CHEM 106General Chemistry II

    4 cr.

    IE 212Probability and Statistics

    3 cr.

    MATH 235Calculus III

    3 cr.

    LBC XXXLearning Beyond the Classroom

    No cr.

    Total Credit Hours:17

    Junior Year - Fall Semester

    BME 301Engineering Physiology I

    3 cr.

    BME 305Biomedical Engineering Laboratory I

    1 cr.

    BME 331Bioinstrumentation

    3 cr.

    MATH 350Engineering Analysis I

    3 cr.

    BME xxxSequence Elective

    3 cr.

    SBP XXXSocial/Behavioral Perspective

    3 cr.

    Total Credit Hours:16

    Junior Year - Spring Semester

    BME 302Engineering Physiology II

    3 cr.

    BME 306Biomedical Engineering Laboratory II

    1 cr.

    BME 350Biomedical Thermal Systems

    3 cr.

    BME 351Biomechanics I

    3 cr.

    BME xxxSequence Elective

    3 cr.

    HIST XXXHistorical Perspective

    3 cr.

    Total Credit Hours:16

    Senior Year - Fall Semester

    BME 405Biomedical Engineering Senior Laboratory

    1 cr.

    BME 437Senior Design Projects I

    3 cr.

    BME 451Biomechanics II

    3 cr.

    BME xxxSequence Elective

    3 cr.

    BME xxxTechnical Elective

    3 cr.

    PH XXXEthical Perspective

    3 cr.

    Total Credit Hours:16

    Senior Year - Spring Semester

    BME 440Senior Design Projects II

    4 cr.

    xxxTechnical Elective

    3 cr.

    BME xxxSequence Elective

    3 cr.

    CUL XXXCultural Studies Perspective

    3 cr.

    ILP XXXIntegrated Liberal Professional Perspective

    3 cr.

    LBC XXXLearning Beyond the Classroom

    No cr.

    Total Credit Hours:16

    1. General Education courses must be selected in such a way to insure that all “perspective of understanding” requirements have been satisfied. 

    2. Premedical students and those students interested in upper-level biology courses need to take BIO 117 concurrently with BIO 107 and overload to 18 credit hours for this semester.  See premedical students for additional requirements.

    Total Credit Hours: 132

    The 2.0 required minimum grade point average in the major is based upon all BME courses pursued as a part of the student’s degree program.

    Biomedical Engineering Technical Elective

    Any course labeled BME xxx that is not part of the required curriculum may be used to fulfill the BME technical elective.

    Technical Elective

    Any 200-level or above math or science course or any 300-level or above engineering course may be used to fulfill the technical elective.