BS in Biomedical Engineering

General

Program Description

The exciting field of biomedical engineering involves developing devices and procedures that solve medical and health-related problems by combining a knowledge of biology and medicine with engineering principles and practices.

Whether you want a career in medicine, public health, or in the rapidly growing biotechnology industry, a biomedical engineering degree from Florida Tech gives you a strong background in biology and engineering with experience in biomedical instrumentation and biomechanics.

Gain Practical Experience

Our biomedical engineering program integrates biological sciences, engineering, and applied technical training—perfect preparation for medical school and professional careers. Collaborative efforts between Florida Tech faculty and the local medical community offer unique research learning experiences for students working toward a biomedical engineering degree. In addition, the biomedical engineering learning experience is enriched through design courses, where students work as teams to solve biomedical engineering problems and interactions with local practicing physicians through internships.

Other opportunities students seeking a biomedical engineering degree find at Florida Tech include:

  • A six- to seven-week clinical immersion experience for select undergraduate students (see below).
  • A senior design project in collaboration with a team of your peers that involves interaction with local physicians, medical institutes, and hospitals such as those for Veteran Affairs. Together, you’ll conceptualize, design, construct, and present a machine, gadget, or structure that fulfills a real-world need. You’ll also present your project to industry leaders and employers, and may participate in international events.
  • Learning in labs dedicated to experimentation and research in lasers, instrumentation, medical imaging, microscopy, neural imaging, physiology, biomaterials, and biomechanics.

These activities give you practical experience, an expanded professional network, and perhaps even a pre-graduation job offer.

The biomedical engineering program at Florida Tech is a close-knit community with faculty members who are passionate about student success. As one of the top biomedical engineering schools, our students benefit from one-on-one guidance from professors and industry leaders, made possible by small class sizes, research and internship opportunities, and the dedication of our faculty and industry partners to mentor students.

Accreditation

The undergraduate biomedical engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

An Internationally Recognized Faculty

Our low student-to-faculty ratio encourages close collaboration and mentorship as well as individual creativity and leadership.

Florida Tech’s faculty is the main reason we’re one of the top biomedical engineering schools. Many faculty members are involved in research related to biomedical engineering and are experts in mechanical and aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, and computer science.

These same professors showcase their biomedical engineering expertise in a variety of areas, including optical tomography for cancer detection, blast-related injury research, speech production, artificial intelligence, and orthopedics, and medical trauma prevention.

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State-Of-The-Art Laboratories And Facilities

The many resources and facilities on campus help make Florida Tech one of the top biomedical engineering schools—supporting student research and projects in numerous areas of biomedical engineering. These include:

  • Machine shop
  • Electronic shop
  • Laser, optics, and instrumentation laboratory
  • Structural testing laboratory
  • Applied perception laboratory
  • Materials laboratory

In addition, students can make use of the High-Resolution Microscopy and Advanced Imaging Center in the Department of Biological Sciences, which also houses facilities for the culture of eukaryotic cells.

Location, Location, Location

Florida Tech is the perfect place for a biomedical engineering degree. The 130-acre campus is located on the Space Coast (so named because of the presence of NASA and the Kennedy Space Center on Cape Canaveral just north of us), minutes away from the Indian River Lagoon, the most diverse estuary in North America.

The area has the fifth-largest high-tech workforce in the country, with more than 5,000 high-tech corporations and government and military organizations located nearby. This workforce also provides a variety of internship and employment opportunities.

Florida Tech is just over the causeway from the Atlantic Ocean with its 72 miles of beautiful beaches, and is a short trip to the Florida Keys or the Orlando theme parks. We also have a rich campus life that includes a wide range of intramural and collegiate sports, clubs, and social activities.

Build Lasting Professional Relationships Through Campus Organizations

Beyond the classroom, biomedical engineering degree majors build career experience through participation in academic organizations like Tau Beta Pi (the engineering honor society), the Premed Club (campus chapter of the American Medical Student Association), athletics, and over 100 other campus-wide student organizations.

Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta) is a biology honor society that teaches students from all disciplines about biology and its importance and recognizes students for outstanding academic achievements. This active group holds events such as guest lectures, as well as social events such as BBQs, fishing outings, and more. Membership is the perfect way to network with other biological sciences students to learn about biology internships, research students, and hands-on activities.

Educational Objectives

The educational objectives of the biomedical engineering program are that a few years after graduation, alumni can demonstrate they will (1) function in a technically competent manner to address challenges in biomedical engineering; (2) use their broad-based interdisciplinary education and effective communication skills to advance in their profession; (3) be prepared for successful advanced study in biomedical engineering or entry to graduate professional programs such as medicine, dentistry or business; and (4) be engaged in the design of biomedical products, processes, and systems within the context of ethical, societal and environmental factors.

Curriculum

Candidates for a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering must complete the minimum course requirements as outlined in the following curriculum. For definitions of electives for engineering programs, see Undergraduate Academic Information.

Freshman Year

Fall (15 credit hours)

  • BME 1045 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering
  • CHM 1101 General Chemistry 1
  • COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
  • FYE 1000 University Experience
  • MTH 1001 Calculus 1

or 

  • MTH 1010 Honors Calculus 1

Spring (17 credit hours)

  • BIO 1010 Biological Discovery 1
  • BIO 1030 Introduction to Biotechnology
  • CHM 1102 General Chemistry 2
  • MTH 1002 Calculus 2

or 

  • MTH 1020 Honors Calculus 2
  • PHY 1001 Physics 1
  • PHY 2091 Physics Laboratory 1

Sophomore Year

Fall (18 credit hours)

  • BIO 3201 Anatomy and Physiology 1
  • CHM 2001 Organic Chemistry 1
  • COM 1102 Writing About Literature
  • MTH 2001 Calculus 3

or

  • MTH 2010 Honors Calculus 3
  • PHY 2002 Physics 2

Spring (18 credit hours)

  • BIO 3202 Anatomy and Physiology 2 (Q)
  • BME 2081 Rigid Body Biomechanics
  • BME 3260 Biomaterials
  • ECE 4991 Electric and Electronic Circuits
  • MTH 2201 Differential Equations/Linear Algebra

or

  • MTH 3200 Honors Differential Equations
  • PHY 2092 Physics Laboratory 2

Junior Year

Fall (16 credit hours)

  • BME 3030 Biofluid Mechanics
  • BME 3081 Biomechanics
  • BME 3240 Computational Methods for Biological Systems
  • BME 3261 Biomechanics and Biomaterials Lab
  • COM 2223 Scientific and Technical Communication
  • MTH 2401 Probability and Statistics

Spring (17 credit hours)

  • BME 3222 Biological Signals and Applications
  • BME 4191 Design Methodologies and Practice
  • BME 4241 Transport in Biological Systems
  • BME 4252 Biomedical Measurement and Instrumentation
  • BME 4253 Biomedical Imaging and Instrumentation Laboratory
  • Technical Electives Credit Hours: 3

Select first HUM Core Course:

  • HUM 2051 Civilization 1: Ancient Through Medieval
  • HUM 2053 Introduction to Asian Civilization
  • HUM 2141 World Art History 1: Pre-History to Early Global Awareness
  • HUM 2211 British Literature and Culture
  • HUM 2212 British and American Literature 1
  • HUM 2331 American History: Pre-Columbian to Civil War Era
  • HUM 2551 Survey of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy

Senior Year

Fall (18 credit hours)

  • AEE 4014 Control Systems

or

  • ECE 4231 Control Systems

or

  • MEE 4014 Control Systems
  • BME 4292 Biomedical Engineering Design 1 (Q)
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Social Science Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Technical Elective Credit Hours: 3

Spring (15 credit hours)

  • BME 4293 Biomedical Engineering Design 2 (Q)
  • HUM 2570 Bioethics
  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Technical Elective Credit Hours: 3

Select second HUM Core Course:

  • HUM 2052 Civilization 2: Renaissance Through Modern
  • HUM 2054 Introduction to Asian Civilization 2
  • HUM 2142 World Art History 2: Early Modern to Post-Colonial
  • HUM 2212 British and American Literature 1 (may not be repeated for credit)
  • HUM 2213 British and American Literature 2
  • HUM 2332 American History: From Reconstruction to the Present
  • HUM 2552 Survey of Modern and Contemporary Philosophy

Electives

Students choose technical and restricted elective relative to their area of interest. A list of approved electives is available from the department. Areas of interest may include biomechanics; biomedical instrumentation, imaging, or computational or neural engineering; biomaterials; or tissue engineering. Only one 3000-level course may be used as a technical elective.

Students interested in or planning to attend medical school are recommended to use CHM 2002 Organic Chemistry 2, CHM 2011 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1, BIO 4010 Biochemistry 1, PSY 1411 Introduction to Psychology, and one Psychology elective in consultation with the premedical director for their Technical and Social Science electives.

Total Credits Required: 134

Career Options

Because careers in biomedical engineering are still relatively new, this field provides an opportunity to be on the cutting edge of not only the work performed but also in defining the profession itself.

Careers in biomedical engineering include:

  • Biomedical engineer
  • Design engineer
  • Product engineer
  • Plant engineer
  • Medical scientist
  • Physician and surgeon
  • Health care policy advisor
  • Health care consultant
  • Clinical engineer
  • Medical imaging specialist
  • Rehabilitation engineer
  • Systems physiologist
  • Biomechanical engineer
Last updated Aug 2020

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