BiomedE offers a four year undergraduate degree along with a recommended one year masters degree in a Sequential Undergraduate/Graduate Studies (SUGS) program. Qualified undergraduates may pursue a combined undergraduate/graduate program in one of three concentrations: biochemical, bioelectrics, or biomechanics, leading to a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree (B.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering). Six graduate concentrations: bioelectrics, biomaterials, biomechanics, biotechnology, biomedical imaging, and medical product development, leading to a Master of Science in Engineering degree (M.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering).
B.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering
The Biomedical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. Please see the PDF version of the sample schedule here. Additional information can be found on the department advising website: http://www.bme.umich.edu/programs/undergrad/current.php.
The undergraduate program is divided into three concentrations: the biochemical, bioelectrical and biomechanical concentration. Organization of the undergraduate curriculum into concentrations allows students to gain deeper preparation in a chosen subarea of BiomedE. The concentrations are structured similarly, and each concentration consists of a set of required concentration courses as well as a list of concentration electives from which students must fulfill their credit requirements.
Advances in cellular and molecular biology have changed and expanded the ways that therapeutic devices and drugs are designed. Modern biotechnology depends on scientists and engineers who study the fundamental properties of cell, molecular and tissue biology and apply this to engineer chemicals and materials to interact with living systems. Goals include production of improved biomaterials for medical implants and prosthetics, tissues engineered for specific functionality and new therapeutic drugs. The biotechnology curriculum emphasizes critical areas of chemistry, molecular biology, and cell biology, but also exposes students to a broad range of engineering approaches necessary for this interdisciplinary field. Graduates of this concentration are well prepared for jobs in the pharmaceutical or medical device industries, to attend professional schools, or study for a Ph.D. in BiomedE.
The bioelectrical area has a long history as a part of BiomedE program. This concentration allows students to study electrical and systems engineering in an integrated fashion. A goal of this concentration is to produce students who can see the interdependence of different engineering disciplines in the development of modern medical devices and analysis systems. Individuals completing this program will be able to work as engineers in the rapidly expanding medical diagnostic, therapeutic and systems industry. Students are prepared to pursue Ph.D. programs in Electrical Engineering, Systems Science or other biomedical fields, and this concentration also provides the foundation for advanced degrees in medicine or basic medical science.
Biomechanics permeates a wide range of fields that affect our everyday lives. Examples include designing work tasks to reduce physical stresses, designing surgical devices to withstand loads and developing advanced prostheses and surgical procedures to ensure proper physiological function. Biomechanics is a hybrid discipline requiring a thorough understanding of classic engineering mechanics, physiology and cell biology, as well as the interfaces between these fields. The goal of the biomechanical concentration is to provide students with a rigorous background in the mechanics and dynamics of solids and fluids, as well as physiology, cell biology and molecular biology. Graduates are prepared for a wide range of professions including the medical device industry, automotive safety and biotechnology industries concerned with mechanically functional tissue. Students graduating from this concentration also have excellent preparation to attend medical school or pursue a Ph.D. in BiomedE or related fields.