Biomedical Engineering

Major: Biomedical Engineering
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering (BSBE)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 196.5 - 203.5
Co-op Options: Three Co-op (Five years); One Co-op (Four years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 14.0501
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 17-2031

About the Program

Biomedical Engineering is an innovative Bachelor of Science degree program developed and delivered in collaboration with the College of Engineering, the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Computing & Informatics. It prepares students to conceive, design, and develop devices and systems that improve human health and quality of life. Biomedical engineering is the convergence of life sciences with engineering. From child car seats and football helmets to drug-delivery systems, minimally invasive surgery, and noninvasive imaging technology, the work of the biomedical engineer makes a difference in everyone’s life.

The undergraduate biomedical engineering curriculum is designed to strike a balance between academic breadth in biomedical engineering and specialization in one of five concentration areas: biomaterials and tissue engineering, biomechanics and human performance engineering, biomedical bioinformatics, biomedical devices and imaging, and neuroengineering.

This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,


The undergraduate biomedical engineering curriculum is designed to strike a balance between academic breadth in biomedical engineering and specialization in an area of concentration. Each concentration has its own degree requirements for graduation, and its own plan of study:

The degree program provides innovative experiences in hands-on experimentation and engineering design as well as opportunities for personal growth and development of leadership and communication skills.

Working with a faculty advisor, students can select their core and elective courses from the curricula offered by the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Health Systems and the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the College of Computing & Informatics.

Additional Information

More information about the School’s undergraduate program can be found at the School of Biomedical Engineering, Sciences and Health Systems' Academic Program web page.

Students are also encouraged to contact the School's Director for Student Services:

Caryn Glaser
Director of Student Services
School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems

Career and professional counseling is provided independently by the student's staff and faculty advisors. Information regarding undergraduate faculty advisors is available on the School's Undergraduate Advising page.

Program Educational Objectives

Graduates from the School’s undergraduate biomedical engineering program are expected to achieve success in their professional lives and contribute to the good of the global community. The School’s specific objectives for its alumni include the following:

Objective 1: Professional Presence

As a result, within a few years, the graduate has established an Internet presence, either through professional organizations, social networking and/or other activities which demonstrate an appreciation and use of modern technological capabilities.

Objective 2: Workforce Skilled in Integrating Engineering, Design, and Life Sciences

As a result, graduates will identify opportunities to contribute to society from a variety of positions, ranging from biomedical engineering, biotechnology design and development to practicing physicians, lawyers, innovators, entrepreneurs and business managers. The graduate may also pursue further education in the form of graduate and professional degrees.

Objective 3: Leadership in Research, Innovation and Design

As a result, within a few years of graduation, the graduate will have made significant or meaningful contributions in his or her chosen field, either thorough research publications and/or presentations, the development of a product or process, obtaining patents for new products and/or processes, or other evidence of contributing to the advancement of knowledge, particularly in fields integrating engineering and the life sciences.

Objective 4: Ethical Reasoning, Behavior and Professionalism

As a result, within a few years of graduation, the graduate will demonstrate adherence to the professional codes of conduct appropriate to his or her field of study and/or practice, as well as exhibit behavior consistent with accepted standards of fiduciary responsibility, risk/benefit analysis and professional accountability.

Objective 5: Communication

As a result, graduates will have outstanding communication skills as evidenced by their professional presentations, and in their productive interactions with co-workers. The graduates may also use their communication skills to foster collaborative effort among co-workers and/or may represent his or her company, institution and/or laboratory to other interested parties.

Objective 6: Personal Engagement

As a result, within a few years, the graduate will be working independently and in diverse groups to effectively and efficiently achieve personal and organizational goals, engage in community or public service, create a product or process that fills a social need, and/or participate in educating individuals about an issue of societal concern.

Student Learning Outcomes

To support our graduates in achieving success in the program educational objectives, the biomedical engineering program is designed to facilitate student learning and achievement on the following Student Learning Outcomes, which indicate our students’ skills sets at the time of graduation.

Outcome 1: Communication

The graduate employs an understanding of audience, purpose and context to communicate effectively in a range of situations using appropriate media while displaying a significant aptitude for presenting scientific and technical materials to diverse audiences.

Outcome 2: Engagement

The graduate uses his or her knowledge and skills, including those associated with engineering and life science, to make a positive difference on issues of public concern.

Outcome 3: Ethical Reasoning, Behavior, and Professionalism

The graduate recognizes ethical issues, considers multiple points of view, and uses critical ethical reasoning to determine the appropriate behavior to follow. The graduate thus demonstrates a high level of integrity and a positive work ethic combined with a thorough understanding of the ethical implications and obligations associated with the practice of biomedical engineering.

Outcome 4: Innovation and Design

The graduate often asks questions and makes observations that lead to new ideas or hypotheses. He or she formulates highly original solutions while moving beyond the conventional to new methods blending creative and practical approaches, methods and designs which may involve pioneering applications along the interface of engineering and biology. The graduate has the ability to create quality products and processes that are state-of-the-practice in his or her field.

Outcome 5: Leadership

The graduate is able to articulate a vision or goal in such a manner as to promote collaboration and successful implementation. The graduate displays a willingness to overcome adversity and work diligently in pursuit of goals, thus serving as a role model for others.

Outcome 6: Problem-Solving Abilities

The graduate is able to creatively solve problems from both analytic and synthetic perspectives using multiple approaches, integrating the life sciences, engineering, and the humanities. The graduate is able to recognize, incorporate and adapt to the limitations and consequences of applying various problem solutions.

Outcome 7: Research Abilities

The graduate is able to collect and process data, information and knowledge to answer specific questions or generate new conceptual models and hypotheses. The graduate evaluates these models and hypotheses using the appropriate experimental, mathematical and statistical approaches.

Outcome 8: Human Resources and Interactions

The graduate is able to work either independently or in diverse groups to effectively and efficiently respond to academic and work requirements.

Outcome 9: Technological Skills

The graduate makes appropriate use of technologies to communicate, collaborate, solve problems, make decisions, and conduct research, as well as foster creativity and life-long learning. The graduate is able to use state-of-the-art technological resources and tools and keeps up on advancements in her or her field of study and/or practice.

Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems Faculty

Fred D. Allen, PhD (University of Pennsylvania) Associate Director, Undergraduate Education. Assistant Professor. Tissue engineering, cell engineering, orthopedics, bone remodeling, wound healing, mechanotransduction, signal transduction, adhesion, migration.
Hasan Ayaz, PhD (Drexel University). Research Associate Professor. Optical brain imaging, cognitive neuroengineering, brain computer interface (BCI), functional ner infrared (fNIR), and near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS).
Sriram Balasubramanian, PhD (Wayne State University). Assistant Professor. Structural characteristics of the pediatric thoracic cage using CT scans and developing an age-equivalent animal model for pediatric long bones.
Kenneth A. Barbee, PhD (University of Pennsylvania) Associate Dean for Research. Professor. Cellular biomechanics of neural and vascular injury, mechanotransduction in the cardiovascular system, mechanical control of growth and development for wound healing and tissue engineering.
Paul Brandt-Rauf, ScD, MD, PhD (Columbia University) Dean. Distinguished Professor. Environmental health, particularly the molecular biology and molecular epidemiology of environmental carcinogenesis.
Donald Buerk, PhD (Northwestern University). Research Professor. Biotechnology, physiology, systems biology, blood flow, microcirculation, nitric oxide, oxygen transport
Jamie Dougherty, PhD (Drexel University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Brain-computer interface, neural encoding, electrophysiological signal acquisition and processing.
Lin Han, PhD (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) School of Biomedical Engineering Science & Health Systems. Assistant Professor. Nanoscale structure-property relationships of biological materials, genetic and molecular origins soft joint tissue diseases, biomaterials under extreme conditions, coupling between stimulus-responsiveness and geometry.
Uri Hershberg, PhD (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel). Assistant Professor. Bioinformatics, immunology, neural computation, system biology, somatic selection, autoimmunity, genetic stability, germline diversity, dendritic cell, transcription elements, pathogens, computational and mathematical modeling, complex systems, cognition and inflammation.
Kurtulus Izzetoglu, PhD (Drexel University) Associate Research Professor. Cognitive neuroengineering, functional brain imaging, near infrared spectroscopy, medical sensor development, biomedical signal processing, human performance assessment, and cognitive aging
Meltem Izzetoglu, PhD (Drexel University). Associate Research Professor. Cognitive neuroengineering, biomedical signal processing, statistical signal analysis, optimal artifact removal, information processing, optical brain imaging, functional near infrared spectroscopy, working memory, attention, learning, reading and mathematical disabilities, cognitive aging, anesthesia awareness, and social anxiety disorders.
Dov Jaron, PhD (University of Pennsylvania) Calhoun Distinguished Professor of Engineering in Medicine. Professor. Mathematical, computer and electromechanical simulations of the cardiovascular system.
Andres Kriete, PhD (University of Bremen Germany) Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Associate Teaching Professor. Systems biology, bioimaging, control theory, biology of aging, skin cancer.
Steven Kurtz, PhD (Cornell University). Associate Research Professor. Computational biomechanics of bone-implant systems and impact-related injuries, orthopaedic biomechanics, contact mechanics, orthopaedic biomaterials, large-deformation mechanical behavior and wear of polymers, and degradation and crosslinking of polyolefins in implant applications.
Ryszard Lec, PhD (University of Warsaw Engineering College). Professor. Biomedical applications of visoelastic, acoustoptic and ultrasonic properties of liquid and solid media.
Peter Lewin, PhD (University of Denmark, Copenhagen-Lyngby) Richard B. Beard Professor, School Of Biomedical Engineering, Science & Health Systems. Professor. Biomedical ultrasonics, piezoelectric and polymer transducers and hydrophones; shock wave sensors.
Hualou Liang, PhD (Chinese Academy of Sciences). Professor. Neuroengineering, neuroinformatics, cognitive and computational neuroscience, neural data analysis and computational modeling, biomedical signal processing.
Donald L. McEachron, PhD (University of California at San Diego) Coordinator, Academic Assessment and Improvement. Teaching Professor. Animal behavior, autoradiography, biological rhythms, cerebral metabolism, evolutionary theory, image processing, neuroendocrinology.
Michael Neidrauer, PhD (Drexel University). Assistant Research Professor. Wound healing, near infrared, spectroscopy, cell culture, data analysis, optical coherence tomography (OCT), matlab, life sciences assay development, confocal microscopy, biomaterials, in-vivo, medical devices
Banu Onaral, PhD (University of Pennsylvania) H.H. Sun Professor; Senior Advisor to the President, Global Partnerships. Professor. Biomedical signal processing; complexity and scaling in biomedical signals and systems.
Kambiz Pourrezaei, PhD (Rensselaer Polytechnic University). Professor. Thin film technology; nanotechnology; near infrared imaging; power electronics.
Ahmet Sacan, PhD (Middle East Technical University). Assistant Professor. Indexing and data mining in biological databases; protein sequence and structure; similarity search; protein structure modeling; protein-protein interaction; automated cell tracking.
Joseph J. Sarver, PhD (Drexel University). Associate Professor. Neuromuscular adaptation to changes in the myo-mechanical environment.
Patricia A. Shewokis, PhD (University of Georgia). Professor. Roles of cognition and motor function during motor skill learning; role of information feedback frequency on the memory of motor skills, noninvasive neural imaging techniques of functional near infrared spectroscopy(fNIR) and electroencephalograpy (EEG) and methodology and research design.
Adrian C. Shieh, PhD (Rice University). Assistant Professor. Contribution of mechanical forces to tumor invasion and metastasis, with a particular emphasis on how biomechanical signals may drive the invasive switch, and how the biomechanical microenvironment interacts with cytokine signaling and the extracellular matrix to influence tumor and stromal cell behavior.
Wan Y. Shih, PhD (Ohio State University). Associate Professor. Piezoelectric microcantilever biosensors development, piezoelectric finger development, quantum dots development, tissue elasticity imaging, piezoelectric microcantilever force probes.
Kara Spiller, PhD (Drexel University). Assistant Professor. Macrophage-biometerial interactions, drug delivery systems, and chronic would healing. Cell-biomaterial interactions, biomaterial design, and international engineering education.
Marek Swoboda, PhD (Drexel University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Cardiovascular engineering, cardiovascular system, diagnostic devices in cardiology, piezoelectric biosensors, and pathogen detection.
Amy Throckmorton, PhD (University of Virginia). Associate Professor. Computational and experimental fluid dynamics; cardiovascular modeling, including transient, fluid-structure interaction, and patient-specific anatomical studies; bench-to-bedside development of medical devices; artificial organs research; prediction and quantification of blood trauma and thrombosis in medical devices; design of therapeutic alternatives for patients with dysfunctional single ventricle physiology; human factors engineering of mechanical circulatory assist devices
Margaret Wheatley, PhD (University of Toronto) John M. Reid Professor. Ultrasound contrast agent development (tumor targeting and triggered drug delivery), controlled release technology (bioactive compounds), microencapsulated allografts ("ex vivo" gene therapy) for spinal cord repair.
Ming Xiao, PhD (Baylor University). Associate Professor. Nanotechnology, single molecule detection, single molecule fluorescent imaging, genomics, genetics, genome mapping, DNA sequencing, DNA biochemistry, and biophysics.
Yinghui Zhong, PhD (Georgia Institute of Technology). Assistant Professor. Spinal cord repair, and engineering neural prosthesis/brain interface using biomaterials, drug delivery, and stem cell therapy.
Leonid Zubkov, PhD, DSc (St. Petersburg State University, Russia). Research Professor. Physiology, wound healing, physiologic neovascularization, near-infrared spectroscopy, optical tomography, histological techniques, computer-assisted diagnosis, infrared spectrophotometry, physiologic monitoring, experimental diabetes mellitus, penetrating wounds, diabetes complications, skin, animal models, radiation scattering, failure analysis
Catherin von Reyn, PhD (University of Pennsylvania). Assistant Professor. Cell type-specific genetic engineering, whole-cell patch clamp in behaving animals, modeling, and detailed behavioral analysis to identify and characterize sensorimotor circuits.

Emeritus Faculty

Rahamim Seliktar, PhD (University of Strathclyde, Glasgow). Professor Emeritus. Limb prostheses, biomechanics of human motion, orthopedic biomechanics.
Hun H. Sun, PhD (Cornell University). Professor Emeritus. Biological control systems, physiological modeling, systems analysis.
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