Biomedical Engineering


The Biomedical Engineering Profession

Biomedical engineering (BME), like any branch of engineering, uses scientific and mathematical principles to solve relevant problems facing the world. BME is focused on improving human health and encompasses many distinct areas such as:

  • biomedical optics
  • biomaterials
  • orthopedic biomechanics
  • biophysical interactions
  • drug delivery
  • biosensor development

Career opportunities for engineers are growing.

On a national level, the Occupational Outlook Handbook 2014 - 2024 (US Bureau of Labor Statistics) indicates the field is growing much faster than average. Biomedical engineers are also among the Fastest Growing Occupations in Pennsylvania 2008-2018.


BME Program Educational Objectives and Outcomes

Graduates of the Biomedical Engineering major at Duquesne University will have:

  • Found productive and satisfying employment in a biomedical engineering-related field if desired
  • Obtained entry into a graduate or professional-degree granting program if desired
  • Maintained professional competence within their industry
  • Conducted themselves in a professional and ethical manner with an attentiveness to service

Upon graduation, our students will have acquired:an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. 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
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

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