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 apply knowledge of advanced mathematics (including differential equations and statistics), chemistry, biology, physics, physiology, and engineering to solve the problems at the interface of engineering and biology
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data from living and non-living systems
  • An ability to analyze, model, and design a biomedical engineering device. system, component, or process to meet desired needs within multiple realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability while incorporating appropriate engineering standards
  • An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities
  • An ability to communicate effectively
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
  • An understanding of biology and physiology
  • An ability to address the problems associated with the interaction between living and non-living materials and systems

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