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Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Biomedical Engineering BS

Department of Biomedical Engineering

332 Bonner Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1920
716-645-8500
716-645-2207
www.engineering.buffalo.edu/biomedical
Albert H. Titus
Chair
(HEGIS: 09.05 BIO- BIOMEDICAL ENGINRNG, CIP: 14.0501 Biomedical/Medical Engineering)

Why study Biomedical Engineering BS at UB?

Biomedical engineers combine the problem-solving ability of engineers with the knowledge of the biological and medical fields to develop new solutions for improving human health, healthcare, and quality of life for all people. Biomedical engineers work in research and development, product design, manufacturing, operations, service, technical sales and marketing, consulting, education, and environmental problem solving. This program provides the scope of knowledge and training for employment in the field and also forms the basis for further study at the graduate level. The curriculum emphasizes four main areas (Imaging, Tissue Engineering, Sensor Materials and Devices, and Computation), and allows for students to obtain depth in areas of their choice through technical electives. The department brings together faculty members from many disciplines to provide an education that will enable our graduates to succeed.

Learning Outcomes

The curriculum is designed to meet several educational objectives. These broad statements describe what we expect our graduates to achieve within a few years of graduation. Our program educational objectives are:

  1. Graduates will use their scientific, technical, and communication skills to contribute to the achievement of the goals and objectives of employers of biomedical engineers.
  2. Graduates will continue their professional development in biomedical engineering or medicine, including professional licensure, continuing education, and/or graduate study.

In addition, the curriculum provides opportunities for students to develop the following knowledge, skills, and behaviors by the time of graduation:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. 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
  4. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. an ability to communicate effectively
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

The Learning Environment

The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences offers 9 engineering programs leading to the degree of bachelor of science (BS) degree: aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, industrial, and mechanical engineering.

5 combined BS/MBA programs are offered in conjunction with the School of Management. BA, BS, and BS/MS degrees in computer science are offered through the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. A BS degree in engineering physics is offered jointly with the Department of Physics.

The curricula allow students flexibility in their programs of study and encourages interaction between students and faculty. The undergraduate educational experience prepares students for professional practice and advanced study. Special programs provide professional development skills and experiences and facilitate placement of our graduates in high-quality engineering positions.

About Our Facilities

The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences occupies six buildings on UB's north campus: Bell, Bonner, Davis, Furnas, Jarvis and Ketter Hall. Barbara and Jack Davis Hall is the newest building, which opened in 2011 and features an environmentally friendly design and construction.

Together, these buildings form an outstanding educational and research facility, comprising 275,000 square feet of laboratory and office space.

The Department of Biomedical Engineering is located in Bonner Hall on the North Campus, although faculty in the Department are located on each of the three UB campuses. There are two primary laboratory spaces used in undergraduates education: our modern, well-equipped wet lab and dry lab that encompass over 2000 sq ft. These spaces are also available to students outside of class time for independent project work. Additionally, students have access to shared project spaces within the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Students who wish to engage in research will also find cutting-edge research labs.

About Our Faculty

With twelve full-time faculty members and numerous other affiliated faculty members, undergraduate BME students will interact with our faculty in the classroom and through research activities. Our faculty are engaged in cutting-edge research in the areas of nanomedicine, tissue engineering, biomedical imaging and biomedical devices, among others; this research activity is translated to the classroom so that undergraduate students understand the changes occurring in the field. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to engage with our faculty in research and design projects.

The Chair and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Albert H. Titus, may be contacted at ahtitus@buffalo.edu to answer questions about the program.

Visit the Department of Biomedical Engineering faculty page to see the full list of our faculty which includes details about their research.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Biomedical Engineering department website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

Biomedical engineers are employed in many areas. You can find biomedical engineers in:

  • companies designing and testing new devices and systems.
  • universities and hospitals as researchers and support personnel.
  • government regulatory agencies, helping to develop and standards for product testing and safety.

Because of their training in both the engineering and medical disciplines, biomedical engineers are often in the role of interfacing between these two fields.

Salary Information:

The mean starting salary for biomedical engineers is approximately $56,000 per year. Based on the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for biomedical engineers is $86,950, with a 10%-90% range of $52,680 to $139,350. Nationally about a third of biomedical engineering students go on to graduate school in engineering or related disciplines, about a third go on to medical school, and about a third go directly to industry.

Academic Advising

Students obtain academic advice and guidance from the academic advisors in the SEAS Office of Undergraduate Education (410 Bonner Hall) and from faculty advisors in their program of study. The Office of Undergraduate Education advises all students throughout their first two years of study. In the junior and senior years, students seek advisement primarily from departmental faculty advisors.

The Biomedical Engineering Department also offers one-on-one advisement by appointment. Contact the academic coordinator for details.

For students interested in medical or dental school, the University at Buffalo offers advice through the prehealth advising office.

Academic Advising Contact Information

SEAS Office of Undergraduate Education
410 Bonner Hall
North Campus, Buffalo, NY 14260-1900
Phone: 716-645-2774
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Website

Joelle Donius
Academic Coordinator
332B Bonner Hall
joellede@buffalo.edu
716-645-8869

Scholarships and Financial Support

There are many scholarships, fellowships and other funding opportunities available for students accepted into the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. These include recruitment scholarships and annual scholarships/awards for current students. There are both merit and need-based scholarships.

Published: September 20, 2017 02:36:16 PM