Biomedical Engineering (B.S.)

Engineering to Assist

As the population ages the need for assistive technologies will be increasing worldwide.  The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that by 2030 more than 2 billion people worldwide will need at least 1 assistive product in their lives.  Furthermore, they note more than 90% of those in need of these assistive technologies lack the access to them.  Current models for medical care and treatment are insufficient to meet these growing needs, necessitating the development of new programs to address this global need.  The design and implementation of these technologies provides the core structure of the biomedical engineering program at Marymount University.  A hallmark of engineering is Marymount’s commitment to high-quality undergraduate education with small-class sizes, personal attention and opportunities for all students to conduct undergraduate research.

Engineering in Service

Students pursuing a BS in Biomedical Engineering complete a core curriculum in the liberal arts, 10 foundational courses in engineering and 6 courses in biomedical engineering for a total of 120 credits upon graduation.

Bachelor’s of Science in Biomedical Engineering Program Highlights

Students will obtain a foundation in mechanical, electrical and computer engineering centered around making an impact on healthcare.  Students will complete foundational projects involving use of both traditional and additive manufacturing technologies and basic electronics to rapidly innovate solutions to challenges faced by aging populations and individuals with disabilities or impairments that can be countered with technological solutions.  Highlights of the program include a variety of design projects interspersed throughout the curriculum that all students will complete to build their foundational knowledge of engineering.  These projects include:

  • Building upper limb exoskeletons and body-powered prosthetics devices to be donated internationally.
  • Building lower limb exoskeletons and myoelectric prosthetics to be donated internationally.
  • Designing custom electronic wearables.
  • Exploring virtual and augmented reality technologies.
  • Developing computer-vision-based machine-learning/AI tracking systems for clinical practices.
  • Partnering with clinical mentors and postgraduate students within the Department of Physical Therapy program to create innovative new technologies to improve and extend clinical.
  • A robust partnership with faculty and community partners to develop technologies to conduct research and service in support of the Center for Optimal Aging.

Goals of the Program

Students in the Marymount University Engineering degree programs will G.I.V.E. back to their worldwide community by:

  • Gaining foundational knowledge in physical, health and/or life sciences.
  • Innovating technological solutions that address the barriers that limit participation in society.
  • Valuing research opportunities towards further graduate study in science, engineering and/or healthcare.
  • Extending skills to professional practice in industry, research and government agencies.

Student Learning Outcomes

In obtaining a degree in engineering from Marymount students will develop:

  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.

Career Outlook for Biomedical Engineering Students

Biomedical Engineering (B.S.)

Engineering in general is a rapidly growing field, particularly in the DC/MD/VA region. Anticipated job growth and salaries in the area of biomedical engineering are promising. Biomedical engineers are anticipated to experience 5 % job growth from 2019-2029, according to the bureau of labor and statistics (Bioengineers and Biomedical Engineers : Occupational Outlook Handbook).

 

Biomedical Engineering (B.S.)

Additionally, biomedical engineers command competitive salaries in the area with 2019 median pay for a biomedical engineer salary equating to $91,410 per year. This is significantly higher than the total median across all occupations tracked by BLS ($39,810). Bioengineering, in particular, is a high area for employment, with the metropolitan DC/VA/MD/WV region being the third highest area of employment in the United States for bioengineers, with a mean annual wage locally of $114,360. In addition, the state of Maryland is the state with the fifth highest concentration of jobs for bio/biomedical engineers in the nation with a location quotient equal to 2.36 (where a quotient of greater than 1 indicates a higher share of employment than average).  Students with a biomedical engineering degree will be able to pursue advanced degrees or employment in a diverse range of high-growth industries such as healthcare, biomedical device design, wearable technology, prosthetics/orthotics, biomaterials, computational modeling, data sciences, etc.

Curriculum Snapshot:

BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING
Number Course Name Broad Purpose of Course
BIOE 102 Intermediate Engineering Design – Biomedical Applications Biomedical engineering involves applying engineering principles and materials to medicine and health care. This course builds on principles of Introduction to Engineering Design and provides students with an introduction to biomedical engineering. The course begins with a review of core engineering principles, expanding to specializations within the field of biomedical engineering and connecting the concepts to real-world examples in medicine and health care.
BIOE 201 Introduction to Biological Systems in Engineering Introduction to Biological Systems in Engineering. The cell is the principle unit of the human body. In this course, students will explore how the cell works from an engineering perspective. Students will learn the essential functions of cells, the components of cells and terminology related to cell biology. The course will also introduce key concepts in engineering, and students will learn how to apply these concepts to cells.
BIOE 202 Anatomy and Physiology for Engineers This course introduces the concepts of mathematical models and describes physiological systems using applied mathematics and engineering principles. Physiological systems will include a comprehensive study of muscle, nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine and musculoskeletal, beginning with applied biophysical concepts in cell anatomy and physiology leading into the various physiological systems. This course also incorporates a laboratory that uses the knowledge-based tools gained through lecture and implements them in practice using exercises in biochemical and physiological calculations, osmosis, electrical network simulation of diffusion, EEG, blood pressure, ECG, spirometry and musculoskeletal anatomy.
BIOE 311 Medical Wearable Development Covers microcomputer applications (both hardware and software) as applied to biomedical science and biomedical engineering. Basic hardware components of open source microcomputers (primarily Arduino) are discussed with particular reference to configurations needed for analyzing biomedical events. Software applications including data encoding, data storage, app-based GUI’s and real-time data processing are explored for analysis of physiological and biomedical signals. Students will develop algorithms using Arduino and MIT AppInventor to solve problems and develop solutions for biomedical sensing of motion and force sensing through IMU’s, heart-rate sensing with optical heart monitors and EMG signal reduction and analysis with low-cost biomedical sensors.
BIOE411 Biomaterial Engineering Principles of materials science as it relates to the use of materials in the body. Characterization of biomaterials. Study of the properties of biomedical materials used as implants, prostheses, orthosis and as medical devices in contact with the human body. Analysis of physical, chemical, thermal and physiological response factors associated with materials and implant devices used in the human body.
BIOE 412 Biomechanics A study of the forces, stresses and strains in the human body during normal function. Emphasis is placed on the mechanics of various components of the body including hard (bone) and soft (skin, vessels, cartilage, ligaments, tendons) tissues from a structure-function perspective. Stress and strain relationships for these biomaterials will be analyzed based upon the fundamentals of engineering mechanics. In addition, the distinctive features of biological materials will be studied with respect to their differences from nonliving materials and elaborated upon in laboratory exercises using material evaluation protocols.

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