Bioengineering is a field rooted in physics, chemistry, mathematics, and the life sciences. These areas are applied in quantitative and integrative ways to approach problems in the biological systems, medical research, and clinical practice. The objective is to advance fundamental concepts, create knowledge from the molecular to organ to system levels, and develop innovative processes for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. In short, bioengineering seeks to improve the health and life of humankind on many levels.
Bioengineers specialize in those products and processes made from, used with, or applied to biological organisms. In addition to engineering science and design, bioengineers study cell biology, physiology, bioinformatics, bioimaging, and biomechanics. The synthesis of engineering and biology gives bioengineers unique capabilities in our modern world.
For more information about the Bioengineering major, please visit www.bioe.umd.edu/undergraduate.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Bioengineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.
The undergraduate program in the Fischell Department of Bioengineering provides students with a broad and fundamental education relating engineering with the biological sciences. The program has focuses in biomedical devices, human health, biotechnology, and ecosystems. These focuses all contain components of fundamental sciences, design, and communications skills. The students' educational achievements all contribute to enabling a wide range of career paths after graduation.
Our graduates are grounded in fundamentals that will serve them throughout their professional careers. They will have an understanding of human behavior, societal needs and forces, and the dynamics of human efforts and their effects on human health and that of our environment. With these underpinnings and abilities, we have defined several Program Educational Objectives we expect our graduates to attain in 3-5 years after graduation:
- Produce graduates with the educational depth, technical skills, and practical experiences to be competitive for placement in bioengineering careers or post-graduate educational pursuits;
- Produce graduates with an awareness of their field and an understanding of how they can address the biomedical and biotechnological challenges facing society in both the near and long term;
- Produce graduates with a foundation in professional ethics who will actively seek to positively impact their profession, community, and society.
Program Learning Outcomes
Maryland bioengineers gain a broad-based education in which engineering approaches are used to understand and improve living systems and their environments. We educate students to excel in the field of bioengineering and carry out research, development, and commercialization of bioscience systems and tools that will improve the lives of people throughout the world. The specific Student Outcomes detailed by the Bioengineering Program are detailed below.
- An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
- An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
- An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
- An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
- An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
- An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
- 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 lifelong learning.
- A knowledge of contemporary issues.
- An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
- Applying principles of engineering, biology, human physiology, chemistry, calculus-based physics, mathematics (through differential equations), and statistics.
- Solving bio/biomedical engineering problems, including those associated with the interaction between living and non-living systems.
- Analyzing, modeling, designing and realizing bio/biomedical engineering devices, systems, components, or processes.
- Making measurements on and interpreting data from living systems.
Following is the list of the course requirements for the Bioengineering Undergraduate Program. Each student following the course template should be able to graduate in four years. Each student will meet with his/her Faculty Advisor every semester to plan the schedule of courses for the subsequent semester. Some of the students in the bioengineering program may elect to pursue professional degrees such as Medical, Dental, Law, etc., thus they may need certain courses that those professional schools require and should discuss their plans with their Faculty Advisor. Some of these courses may count as electives towards the major. Students interested in health professions may also view the requirements at www.prehealth.umd.edu.
|General Education Requirement I||3|
|General Education Requirement II||3|
|Biological Science Elective I (BSCI 2xx)||4|
|General Education Requirement III||3|
|BIOE Foundational I||3|
|BIOE Elective I||3|
|BIOE Foundational II||3|
|BIOE Elective II||3|
|General Education Requirement IV||3|
|BIOE Elective III||3|
|General Education Requirement V||3|
|General Education Requirement VI||3|
|BIOE Elective IV spring||3|
|Biological Science Elective II||3|
|General Education Requirement VII1||3|
|Oral Communications Requirement||3|
|Total Credits 132|
See http://bioe.umd.edu/undergraduate/electives for details on courses approved for BIOE Foundational courses and for BIOE, Biological Science, and Breadth electives. Students are advised to take advantage of Gen Ed courses that double-count for more than one distributive studies requirement
Students pursuing the major should review the academic benchmarks established for this program. See: www.4yearplans.umd.edu. Students will be periodically reviewed to insure they are meeting benchmarks and progressing to the degree. Students who fall behind program benchmarks are subject to special advising requirements and other interventions.