Biomedical engineering is the application of engineering principles and design concepts to medicine and biology for healthcare purposes. This field seeks to propel medicine into the future by combining the design and problem solving skills of engineering with medical and biological sciences to advance healthcare.
The focus of the coursework in biomedical engineering centers around problem solving through project-based learning. This often involves working in small teams to develop solutions to specific problems.
During the first year of Biomedical Engineering students learn and solve problems about:
- Bioinformatics - Working with some of the endless genetic data becoming available to us through research
- Bioethics - Considering what we can do vs. what we should do in this era of tremendous technological advances
- Personalized healthcare technologies
- Drug delivery systems beyond pills and injections
- Diagnostic imaging techniques such as MRI and ultrasound
- Prosthetic design