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Program Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes

The Biomedical Engineering B.S. degree program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Program Goals

  • Deliver high quality biomedical engineering education.
  • Prepare students to take their place in globally competitive technical environment.
  • Educate students who can compete in new and emerging technologies and markets by teaching them problem-solving skills including: critical thinking, strategic planning, effective communication, awareness of societal and ethical issues in engineering and medicine, and awareness of the need for life-long learning.
  • Provide exemplary service for the benefit of the University, the Birmingham metropolitan community, the State of Alabama, business and industrial organizations, and the engineering professional.
Student demonstrating his design at the UAB BME Research Symposium Poster Session. Student demonstrating his design at the UAB Biomedical Engineering (BME) Research Symposium Poster Session.

Educational Objectives

Three to five years after graduation, graduates of the Biomedical Engineering undergraduate program will have:

  • gained admission to graduate or professional school, or employment in engineering and/or health related professions, and
  • pursued opportunities for professional growth, development, and service.

Student Outcomes

  • Graduates will be able to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering principles to biomedical engineering applications.
  • Graduates will be able to design and conduct experiments, and analyze and interpret data.
  • Graduates will be able to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs with realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  • Graduates will be able to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Graduates will be able to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • Graduates will understand professional and ethical responsibility.
  • Graduates will be able to communicate effectively, both in oral and written forms.
  • Graduates will have the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • Graduates will recognize the need for and be able to engage in life-long learning.
  • Graduates will have knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • Graduates will be able to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools for engineering practice.

Program Criteria for Biomedical Engineering

The structure of the curriculum must provide both breadth and depth across the range of engineering topics implied by the title of the program. The program (curriculum) must prepare graduates:

  • to have an understanding of biology and physiology, and the capability to apply advanced mathematics (including differential equations and statistics), science, and engineering to solve the problems at the interface of engineering and biology;
  • with the ability to make measurements on and interpret data from living systems, addressing the problems associated with the interaction between living and non-living materials and systems.