Engineering class


Undergraduate Biomedical Engineering Program

The Biomedical Engineering Program offers a strong undergraduate education leading to a BSBE degree in Biomedical Engineering. Within the one degree, students have three major options:

Biomedical Engineering Degree Program Educational Objectives

Within a few years of graduation, our graduates are expected to:

  1. Participate as a technical contributor and member of a design and/or development team.
  2. Communicate effectively with individuals and teams with a wide variety of backgrounds.
  3. Pursue professional or graduate degrees or employment in the biomedical industry.
  4. Understand the legal, ethical, economic, regulatory and social requirements of medical device design and biomedical engineering research.
  5. Define, solve and implement solutions to a problem.
  6. Progress in developing leadership skills.
  7. Engage in lifelong learning.

The biomedical engineering curriculum is interdisciplinary in nature, incorporating courses in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science and engineering.

A solid foundation in the mathematical, physical and life sciences is necessary for the engineer to function effectively in a medically or biologically oriented problem-solving environment.

Biomedical engineers must communicate with life scientists, physicians and other health care providers to describe and model complex biological systems; collect and analyze experimental or clinical data; understand the capabilities and limitations of sophisticated instrumentation; and understand the principles of design.

Biomedical Engineering Student Outcomes

The Biomedical Engineering Program has the following student learning outcomes for its undergraduates:

A: Apply knowledge of math, science and engineering to solve problems encountered in the biomedical field.

B: Design and conduct experiments; analyze and interpret data.

C: Design a system component or process to meet desired needs with realistic constraints.

D: Function on multi-disciplinary teams.

E: Identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.

F: Understand professional and ethical responsibility.

G: Convey technical information in written and oral form to technical and nontechnical persons.

H: Understand the impact of engineering solutions on people, cultures and environments.

I: Recognize need for and ability to engage in life-long learning.

J: Knowledge of contemporary issues.

K: Ability to use techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

While not specified as student outcomes, the program does assess student fulfillment of BME program criteria:

BME.1 Understand Biology and Physiology (BME program specific criteria)

BME.2 Apply Math, Science and Engineering to problems at the interface of engineering and biology (BME program specific criteria)

BME.3 Make measurements on and interpret data from living systems, addressing the problems associated with the interaction between living and nonliving materials and systems (BME Program specific criteria)



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Five-year bachelor's/master's program

The Five-Year BS/MS Program allows qualified students to receive a bachelor of science and a master of science in biomedical engineering in just five years. Students with qualifying grade point averages enroll in the program during their junior year. They begin their thesis research the summer between their junior and senior years. Their research laboratory experience will continue during the summer between their senior and fifth years and throughout their fifth year, culminating in the preparation of a written thesis and defense.


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College of Engineering
1515 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53233

Dean's office: (414) 288-6591
Prospective students: (414) 288-7302
Academic Advising Center: (414) 288-6000
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