Engineering (B.S.)

The Marymount Engineering program provides students with the skills and tools necessary to develop technologies that enable individuals and communities to improve their quality of life.  Through a dual degree partnership with the University of North Dakota (UND), interested students can obtain a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics or Liberal Studies in person at Marymount University while completing remote/online coursework towards a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering through UND.  This is an excellent program for students who value the flexibility of online degrees and thrive in such an environment. 

For students who wish for an in person engineering experience, Marymount will offer a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical or Mechanical Engineering from Marymount University (enrolling now for a Fall 2022 start date*).  In these programs, students will create technological solutions that promote an individual’s ability to be active and engaged members of their community and society at-large.

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 engineering program at Marymount University.  We offer Bachelor of Science degrees in Mechanical or Biomedical Engineering with a specialization in assistive technology (pending SACSCOC approval).  A hallmark of both degrees is Marymount’s commitment to high-quality undergraduate education with small-class sizes, personal attention and opportunities for all students to conduct undergraduate research.

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.

The Curriculum

All engineering students will complete 10 foundational courses in engineering along with a highly flexible core that encourages breadth and depth across all disciplines in the liberal arts.

Biomedical engineering students complete an additional 6 courses in biomedical engineering for a total of 120 credits upon graduation.

Mechanical engineering students complete an additional 10 courses in mechanical engineering for a total of 129 credits upon graduation. 

Students receiving a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering will complete a core curriculum in foundational engineering with further study in the areas of medical wearable device development, biomaterial technology (e.g. bioprinting) and biomechanics.  Details on the curriculum can be found here.

Students receiving a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering will complete a core curriculum in foundational engineering with further study in the area of mechatronics engineering.  Details on the curriculum can be found here.

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.

Future Outlook for Engineering Students

Engineering in general is a rapidly growing field, particularly in the DC/MD/VA region.  Anticipated job growth and salaries in the area of mechanical and biomedical engineering are promising.  Mechanical engineers in the region can anticipate 4% job growth while 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).  Additionally, mechanical and biomedical engineers command competitive salaries in the area with 2019 median pay for a mechanical engineering in the region being $117,570 annually and biomedical engineer salaries 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 particularly 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 and the tenth highest region of employment for mechanical engineers, with a mean annual wage of $11,750.  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 either a mechanical or 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. 

*Programs will commence in Fall 2022 pending SACSCOC approval

Engineering (B.S.)
Eric Bubar, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(703) 284-6536
ebubar@marymount.edu