The Biomedical Engineering program has three options that all have a strong foundation in traditional engineering, with basic engineering courses required prior to biomedical coursework.
About the Major
Biomedical engineers speak two languages: that of the engineer and that of the health professional. They understand what is involved in examining people, evaluating their health, and understanding what is available to improve their quality of life. They also comprehend the science and mathematics behind these areas and can evaluate the potential of new devices and methods to improve on current technologies.
The standard program prepares students with a solid basis in a diverse variety of subjects related to biomechanics (bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, etc.); biofluids (blood flow, heart valves, airflow in the lungs, etc.); and bioinstrumentation, (the instruments and sensors used to measure physiological systems.)
The practice of medicine has seen accelerated incorporation of technical innovations. Biomedical Engineering has emerged as a specialty combining medicine and engineering to provide materials, tools, and techniques advancing health care research, diagnosis, and treatment. Highly motivated students who wish to focus their engineering careers on assisting in the struggle against illness and disease may concentrate their efforts on Biomedical Engineering.
The Biomedical Engineering Program encompasses three concentration options: the standard option, a premed option, and an electrical engineering option. The standard option presents the student with a solid and diverse background in solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, biomaterials, and instrumentation aspects of the field. The premed concentration modifies the standard option to include Organic Chemistry, to allow the student to pursue a career in the health professions. The electrical engineering concentration is designed for those who wish to focus on the design, evaluation, and maintenance of electronic medical instrumentation. Electrical Engineering concentration students who choose an appropriate professional elective, and achieve the required grades, will be granted a minor in Electrical Engineering upon graduation. All concentrations share the same basic program requirements, with additional courses for their special interests.
About the Minor
The Biomedical Engineering minor provides students matriculating into bachelor’s degree programs in other colleges of the University, especially the sciences and the other engineering majors, with an introduction to the discipline of biomedical engineering.
Biomedical Engineering Minor
The minor in biomedical engineering provides students matriculating into bachelor’s degree programs in other colleges of the University, especially the sciences and the other engineering majors, with an introduction to the discipline of biomedical engineering. The minor in biomedical engineering consists of four required courses in biomedical engineering and three courses from the list below.
All courses must be taken at the University of Hartford and may not be taken on a Pass/No Pass basis.
Course Requirements for the Biomedical Engineering Minor
All of the following:
BE 281 - Biomedical Engineering Seminar, 1 credit(s)
BE 301 - Biomechanics, 3 credit(s)
BE 302 - Biofluid Mechanics, 3 credit(s)
BE 401 - Bioinstrumentation, 3 credit(s)
Any three of the following:
BE 260W - Biomedical Engineering Materials 3 credit(s) OR equivalent
BE 402 - Biomedical Materials, 3 credit(s)
BIO 212 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I, 4 credit(s)
BIO 213 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II, 4 credit(s)
ES 212 - Mechanics of Materials, 3 credit(s)
ECE 360 - Circuits and Electronics, 4 credit(s)
ES 320 - Thermal-Fluids Engineering, 4 credit(s) OR equivalent
ME 405 - Mechatronics System Design, 3 credit(s)
PHY 250 - Materials Science, 3 credit(s)
Or with permission:
BE 480 - Biomedical Engineering Practicum, 3 credit(s)
BE 485W - Biomedical Engineering Research, 3 credit(s)
BE 260W - Biomedical Engineering Materials
BIO 212 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BE 301 - Biomechanics
BE 401 - Bioinstrumentation
BE 460 - Biomedical Engineering Design Project I
The pre-medicine option includes organic chemistry and other courses related to preparing a student for entry into graduate school programs in the health professions. This option also includes the university-wide sequence in pre-health professional seminar courses.
Electrical Engineering Concentration
The electrical option adds a focus on the electrical engineering principles behind biomedical devices with upper-level electrical engineering courses. This option assists students who wish to work with instrumentation upkeep and design in a hospital or industry setting.
Along with rigorous academic training, you will gain hands-on experience throughout your time as a student. You will present your work to your peers and instructors, as well as to the public, and because our faculty work closely with leading health-related institutions and industries, you have opportunities to work on research projects and participate in internships.
Our graduates go on to work at companies like Stryker, Flex, Hartford Healthcare, and Medtronic.
Gabriela had an opportunity to intern for the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Student - Biomedical Engineering: Simulation, Imaging and Modeling REU Program at East Carolina University in the summer of 2019. Ten students are chosen to work with an assigned faculty mentor to complete a graduate-level research project for ten weeks. Her project/job was to create a computer-generated model of the calf muscles to enable the study of Achilles tendon ruptures.
"This program has provided a lot of networking opportunities and clarity on the various career options in the BME field, and I get to present my work at the annual Biomedical Engineering Society Conference in October! It has been a lot of fun using my classroom knowledge and experience from the engineering and design classes at UHart to the biomechanics lab here at ECU."
Interested in enrolling in the Biomedical Engineering program under the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA)? Here is what you need to submit your application.
If you are applying for a program in Engineering, you should have standardized test scores, as well as 16 units of secondary subjects, including the following,
4 units of English
2 units of social studies
2 units of a language other than English
2 units of laboratory science (chemistry and physics are recommended)
3½ units of Mathematics (2 units Algebra, 1 unit Plane Geometry, ½ unit Trigonometry; Pre-Calculus or Calculus are recommended)
2½ units of other academic subjects
We also recommend additional units in computer programming, mechanical drawing, and industrial arts. Advanced Placement and transfer credits may be applied toward the degree program.
Engineering Technology and Architecture Requirements
If you are applying for a program in Engineering Technology, including Architectural Design + Technology, you should meet the following requirements:
4 units of English
1 unit of social sciences
1 unit of physics or 2 units of other laboratory sciences
2½ units of mathematics (algebra I and II and trigonometry are recommended)
In addition, high-school performance, the nature of the high-school program followed, submission of standardized test scores (preferred), special skills and talents relevant to engineering technology are considered. Advanced Placement and transfer credits may be applied toward the degree program.
4+1 Program (B.S. + M.Eng degrees)
The program is designed to allow full-time engineering students to earn their B.S. and M.Eng. degrees in five years of study. Two graduate-level courses taken in the undergraduate program may be applied to both undergraduate and graduate degree requirements. Students usually commit to the program at the start of the second semester of their junior year, and juniors who are interested should contact their department chair.
In order to be accepted into the program, students must have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average at the end of the junior year (below 3.0 will be considered on a case-by-case basis).
University of Hartford Alumna Thienly Nguyen '18, Biomedical Engineering, had an opportunity to collaborate with a fellow Computer Engineering student in CETA for an internship with Hartford Hospital to develop virtual reality medical applications.
The Biomedical Engineering program is accredited by ABET - Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC).
Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)
The Biomedical Engineering program seeks to prepare qualified students for productive, rewarding careers in the engineering profession, either for entry-level practice in biomedical engineering or for entrance into appropriate graduate programs. During their careers, our alumni:
Will become successful practicing engineers in biomedical engineering fields and will advance professionally by accepting responsibilities and, potentially, pursuing leadership roles;
In addition, those who enter the health professions will utilize their engineering knowledge in this pursuit;
Will advance their knowledge of engineering, both formally and informally, by engaging in lifelong learning experiences; and will,
As contributing members of multidisciplinary engineering teams, successfully apply the fundamentals of engineering analysis and engineering design to the formulation and solution of emerging technical problems.
The engineering design experience is distributed over the entire engineering curriculum. This experience begins in the first year with engineering and design and continues through and culminates in Senior Capstone Research II and the senior Biomedical Engineering Design Project I and II. The senior-level design work ensures that the students have mastered preparatory engineering and engineering science courses.
Basic concepts of physics, chemistry, and mathematics are the foundations on which all engineering education is built. Basic tools of engineering, such as graphic communications, computer usage, mechanics, and thermodynamics complete the introductory phase of the program.
All Biomedical Engineering program graduates are required to complete courses designed to give the students a grounding in anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, biofluids, bioinstrumentation, and the structure of materials used by biomedical engineers. Along with the engineering courses described above, students are required to obtain a background in electrical engineering.
Extensive laboratory experience enhances the course work. There are several required laboratory classes in the sciences, materials, engineering, and natural phenomena. Written communication of laboratory results is required.
Through participation in the All-University Curriculum and additional elective courses in the humanities and/or social sciences, students are given the opportunity to broaden their perspectives and to take part in the larger learning community of the University. It is imperative that engineers understand and appreciate the special role that technology plays in our society, as well as the interactions among the various components of our society.
The Biomedical Engineering program has two basic tracks: the standard track and one designed for those students who wish to enter medical school. Those students who wish to enter medical school are required to take a full year of organic' chemistry prior to their senior year. The requirements of this option are such that if a student wishes to graduate in four years, at least one engineering course must be taken during the summer. All students who are interested in the health professions are required to join the pre-health professions program. The Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee has developed an I-credit course for each of the first three undergraduate years to help students prepare for health professional graduate school applications.
The student learning outcomes of the Biomedical Engineering program leading to BSBE degree are aligned with the student learning outcomes of ABET EAC (1 through 7), and prepare graduates of the program to attain the program educational objectives.
Student outcomes 1 through 7 are articulated as follows:
An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
Program Specific Criteria are as follows. Graduates will have:
(PSC-1) An understanding of biology and physiology
(PSC-2) The capacity to apply advanced mathematics (including differential equations and statistics), science, and engineering to solve the problems at the interface of engineering and biology
(PSC-3) The ability to make measurements on and interpret data from living systems, addressing the problems associated with the interaction between living and non-living materials and systems.