Biomedical Engineering is the application of engineering principles and technology to the solution of problems in the life sciences and medicine.  The Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) at UAB began with the approval of the master’s degree in 1979, grew to include the Ph.D. in 1983 and the undergraduate program in 2001.  The Biomedical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET).

Graduates create and apply knowledge at the interface of life sciences and engineering for the benefit of society.  The BME undergraduate program prepares graduates to be immediately productive and able to adapt to a rapidly changing environment.  The curriculum includes basic engineering core courses, mathematics, calculus based physics, biology and chemistry, fine arts, humanities, history, social and behavioral sciences, as well as biomedical engineering core course and electives.  The curriculum culminates in a capstone design experience where interdisciplinary teams apply knowledge to solve real-world engineering problems.  A bachelor’s degree in BME from UAB provides a foundation in medical devices, biomedical implants, biomaterials, and instrumentation to complete in an increasingly technical medial field, as well as preparing students for graduate or professional school such as medicine, optometry and dentistry.

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.

Educational Objectives

Graduates of the Biomedical Engineering undergraduate program will:

  1. Gain admission to graduate or professional school, or employment in engineering and/or health related professions and 
  2. Pursue opportunities for professional growth, development, and service

Student Outcomes

  1. Graduates will be able to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering principles to biomedical engineering applications.
  2. Graduates will be able to design and conduct experiment, and analyze and interpret data.
  3. 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.
  4. Graduates will be able to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  5. Graduates will be able to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.
  6. Graduates will understand professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. Graduates will be able to communicate effectively, both in oral and written forms.
  8. Graduates will have the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context.
  9. Graduates will recognize the need for and be able to engage in life-long learning.
  10. Graduates will have knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. 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:

  1. 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;
  2. 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.