Program Details

Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering

Offered By: College of Science, Engineering, & Technology
Next Start Date:
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ProgramLength:
Total Program Credits: 128
Campus: 15 weeks
Transfer Credits:
Up to 90 credits, only 84 can be lower division
Program Tuition Rate:
Campus: $8250 per semester. [More Info]

Overview

Prepare to Work in Biomedical Professions

The healthcare industry continues to grow each year. As the demand for advancement in medical technology rises, the need for biomedical engineers also continues to increase. Biomedical engineers contribute to improved patient care by conducting biomedical research and designing, developing and manufacturing medical devices, among other things.

Grand Canyon University's (GCU) Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering was developed with industry guidance to help you find a purposeful career in the field of biomedical engineering and related biomedical professions. Our biomedical engineering degree helps you prepare to solve real-world problems in the healthcare industry, such as creating medical devices that resolve issues in developing areas. This biomedical engineering degree program is offered by the College of Science, Engineering and Technology.

Degree Outcomes

Biomedical Engineering Curriculum

GCU's biomedical engineering program incorporates elements of mechanical, electrical and chemical engineering to help you learn the fundamental knowledge needed to design safe and reliable medical equipment. The program also integrates math, biology, chemistry, physics and computer programming with an emphasis on critical thinking and problem solving.

This Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering degree program focuses on topics such as the importance of FDA regulatory compliance when developing medical devices, entrepreneurship, formal project management and developing therapeutic and diagnostic medical devices with the consumer in mind. A capstone project focuses on both local and global developing areas; this helps you learn to develop a heart for all people.

What You Will Learn

Gain Skills to Help You Solve Healthcare Issues

In addition to studying challenging curriculum relevant to the 21st century, you focus on developing workplace skills, including:

  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Strong work ethic
  • Professional and ethical practices associated with engineering through the lens of GCU's Christian worldview

Career Outcomes

Biomedical Engineering Careers

The Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering helps prepare you for a fulfilling career in a variety of fields. You may consider seeking employment in scientific research and development, medical and diagnostic device development or regulatory affairs. Employment of biomedical engineers is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations.*



*Information obtained from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Course List

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General Education Requirements:
34-40 credits
Major:
88 credits
Open Elective Credits:
0-6 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
128 credits

General Education Requirements

General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University's General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.

Requirements

Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.

Course Options

  • UNV-112, Success in Science, Engineering and Technology & Lab: 4 credits
  • UNV-103, University Success: 4 credits
  • UNV-303, University Success: 4 credits
  • UNV-108, University Success in the College of Education: 4 credits

Requirements

Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.

Course Options

  • UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4 credits
  • ENG-105, English Composition I: 4 credits
  • ENG-106, English Composition II: 4 credits

Requirements

Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.

Course Options

  • CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4 credits
  • CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4 credits

Requirements

Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, physical geography, ecology, economics, theology, logic, philosophy, technology, statistics, accounting, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of intermediate algebra or higher.

Course Options

  • MAT-154, Applications of College Algebra: 4 credits
  • MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4 credits
  • PHI-105, 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: 4 credits
  • MAT-134, Applications of Algebra: 4 credits
  • BIO-220, Environmental Science: 4 credits

Requirements

Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, crosscultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.

Course Options

  • HIS-144, U.S. History Themes: 4 credits
  • PSY-100, Psychology in Everyday Life: 4 credits
  • SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4 credits

Required General Education Courses

Course Description

This is the first course of a two-semester introduction to chemistry intended for undergraduates pursuing careers in the health professions and others desiring a firm foundation in chemistry. The course assumes no prior knowledge of chemistry and begins with basic concepts. Topics include an introduction to the scientific method, dimensional analysis, atomic structure, nomenclature, stoichiometry and chemical reactions, the gas laws, thermodynamics, chemical bonding, and properties of solutions. Prerequisite: MAT-134 or MAT-154. Co-Requisite: CHM-113L.

Course Description

The laboratory section of CHM-113 reinforces and expands learning of principles introduced in the lecture course. Experiments include determination of density, classification of chemical reactions, the gas laws, determination of enthalpy change using calorimetry, and determination of empirical formula. Prerequisite: MAT-134 or MAT-154. Co-requisite: CHM-113.

Course Description

This course presents the fundamentals of algebra and trigonometry with an applied emphasis; it provides the background and introduction for the study of calculus. Topics include review of linear equations and inequalities in one and multiple variables; functions and their graphs; polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions; vectors and complex numbers. Slope and rate of change are introduced to set up the concepts of limits and derivatives. There is an emphasis on both an understanding of the mathematical concepts involved as well as their application to the principles and real-world problems encountered in science and engineering. Software is utilized to facilitate problem analysis and graphing. Prerequisite: MAT-134 or MAT-154.

Course Description

This course will enhance student skills in working with others, communication, project management, self-discipline, and creativity. The TIE is an inquiry-based learning course and lab that integrates multiple academic disciplines to develop and demonstrate a student's critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Students will have the opportunity to examine and work on real world problems. The team project selected will be managed like a business and/or research project; objectives will be set and teams will develop strategies and action plans. Training modules will be conducted for understanding of hypothesis-based research, business and work processes, team effectiveness skills, team diversity, learning style differences, and effective oral and written communications. Co-requisite: STG-110L

Course Description

This lab course is designed to reinforce principles learned in STG-110. The laboratory reinforces and expands learning of principles introduced in the lecture. Hands-on activities focus on teamwork and cross-disciplinary problem solving. Co-requisite: STG-110.

Course Description

This course is a study of biological concepts emphasizing the interplay of structure and function, particularly at the molecular and cellular levels of organization. Cell components and their duties are investigated, as well as the locations of cellular functions within the cell. The importance of the membrane is studied, particularly its roles in controlling movement of ions and molecules and in energy production. The effect of genetic information on the cell is followed through the pathway from DNA to RNA to protein. Co-requisite: BIO-181L.

Course Description

This lab course is designed to reinforce principles learned in BIO-181 through experiments and activities which complement and enhance understanding of macromolecules, cell membrane properties, cellular components, and their contribution to cell structure and function. Assignments are designed to relate cellular processes such as metabolism, cell division, and the flow of genetic information to cell structure. Co-requisite: BIO-181.

Course Description

This course provides an insight into professional communications and conduct associated with careers in science, engineering and technology. Students learn about the changing modes of communication in these disciplines recognizing the advances in digital communications. They gain practical experience in developing and supporting a thesis or position in written, oral and visual presentations. Students will explore concepts and issues in professional ethics and conduct such as privacy, discrimination, workplace etiquette, cyber-ethics, network and data security, identity theft, ownership rights and intellectual property. This is a writing intensive course.

Program Core Courses

Course Description

This is the second course of a two-semester introduction to chemistry intended for undergraduates pursuing careers in the health professions and others desiring a firm foundation in chemistry. Upon successful completion of this course, students demonstrate knowledge and/or skill in solving problems involving the principles of chemical kinetics, chemical equilibrium, and thermodynamics; understanding chemical reactions using kinetics, equilibrium, and thermodynamics; comparing and contrasting the principal theories of acids and bases; solving equilibrium involving acids, bases, and buffers; describing solubility equilibrium; describing terms associated with electrochemistry and solving problems associated with electrochemistry; and describing fundamentals and applications of nuclear chemistry and organic chemistry. Prerequisite: CHM-113. Co-requisite: CHM-115L.

Course Description

The laboratory section of CHM-115 reinforces and expands learning of principles introduced in the lecture course. Experiments include determination of rate law, examples of Le Châtelier’s principle, the use of pH indicators, buffer preparation, experimental determination of thermodynamic quantities, the use of electrochemical cells, and qualitative and quantitative analysis. Prerequisites: CHM-113 and CHM-113L. Co-Requisite: CHM-115.

Course Description

This course provides a rigorous treatment of the concepts and methods of elementary calculus and its application to real-world problems. Topics include differentiation, optimization, and integration.  Software is utilized to facilitate problem analysis and graphing.  Prerequisite: MAT-261.

Course Description

This course provides students with the basic concepts of programming. Students will solve engineering problems by designing and modularizing solutions with proper use of functions and objects. They will understand good techniques of programming style, as well as have the ability to design, code, debug, and document program solutions. Prerequisite: MAT-261.

Course Description

This course provides a rigorous treatment of the concepts and methods of integral, multivariable, and vector calculus and its application to real-world problems. Prerequisite: MAT-262.

Course Description

This course is a calculus-based study of basic concepts of physics, including motion; forces; energy; the properties of solids, liquids, and gases; and heat and thermodynamics. The mathematics used includes algebra, trigonometry, and vector analysis. A primary course goal is to build a functional knowledge that allows students to more fully understand the physical world and to apply that understanding to other areas of the natural and mathematical sciences. Conceptual, visual, graphical, and mathematical models of physical phenomena are stressed. Students build critical thinking skills by engaging in individual and group problem-solving sessions. Co-requisites: PHY-121L and MAT-264.

Course Description

This calculus-based course utilizes lab experimentation to practice concepts of physical principles introduced in the PHY-121 lecture course. Students are able to perform the proper analysis and calculations to arrive at the correct quantifiable result when confronted with equations involving gravity, sound, energy, and motion. Co-requisites: PHY-121 and MAT-264.

Course Description

This course introduces CAD features, including fundamentals of 3D modeling for design. Includes overview of modeling, graphical manipulation, part structuring, coordinate system, and developing a strategy of modeling. CAD software enables students to make the transition from 2D drafting to 3D modeling. Students use symbolic math software and 3D modeling tools to visualize and solve engineering problems. The course emphasizes industry practices for modeling parts, extracting drawings, and creating assemblies. Prerequisite: MAT-261.

Course Description

This course focuses on solutions and qualitative study of linear systems of ordinary differential equations, and on the analysis of classical partial differential equations. Topics include first- and second-order equations; series solutions; Laplace transform solutions; higher order equations; Fourier series; second-order partial differential equations. Boundary value problems, electrostatics, and quantum mechanics provide the main context in this course. Prerequisite: MAT-253 or MAT-264.

Course Description

This calculus-based course is the second in a 1-year introductory physics sequence. In this course, the basics of three areas in physics are covered, including electricity and magnetism, optics, and modern physics. The sequence of topics includes an introduction to electric and magnetic fields. This is followed by the nature of light as an electromagnetic wave and topics associated with geometric optics. The final topic discussed in the course is quantum mechanics. Prerequisites: PHY-121 and PHY-121L. Co-requisite: PHY-122L.

Course Description

This course utilizes lab experimentation to practice concepts of physical principles introduced in the PHY-122 lecture course. Some of the topics students understand and analyze involve the relationship between electric charges and insulators/conductors, magnetism in physics, energy transformations in electric circuits, the relationship between magnetism and electricity, and how they relate to the medical industry. Prerequisites: PHY-121 and PHY-121L. Co-requisite: PHY-122.

Course Description

This course includes DC and AC electrical circuit analysis methods, and analog and digital circuit design and analysis, including operational amplifier linear circuits, and digital combinational logic circuits. Computer interface circuits which combine both digital and analog devices for interfacing physical systems will be introduced in the context of computer based hardware. Prerequisites: PHY-122 and PHY-122L. Co-requisite: ESG-202L.

Course Description

The laboratory section of ESG-202 supports and extends principles learned in the lecture course. Students will design and create circuits then test the input-output characteristics and compare to analysis. In addition, they will design circuits to interface with computer based electronic boards. Prerequisites: PHY-122, and PHY-122L. Co-Requisite: ESG-202.

Course Description

This course covers the principles of thermodynamics, including properties of ideal gases and water vapors, and the first and second laws of thermodynamics. Additional topics include closed systems and control volume, basic gas and vapor cycles, basic refrigeration, entropy, and an introduction to thermodynamics of reacting mixtures. Students will analyze simple to complex thermodynamic problems. Prerequisites: PHY-121 and PHY-121L.

Course Description

This course covers the role of statistics in engineering, probability, discrete random variables and probability distributions, continuous random variables and probability distributions, joint probability distributions, random sampling and data description, point estimation of parameters, statistical intervals for a single sample, and tests of hypotheses for a single sample. Prerequisite: MAT-253 or MAT-264.

Course Description

This course introduces students to a continuum approach to solid biomechanics. Engineering statics is reviewed. Generalized stress and strain relationships are mathematically derived and physically justified. For material behaviors that are linear, elastic, homogeneous and isotropic, universal solutions are developed and explored for axial loading of rods, pressurization of hollow cylinders and spheres, extension of rods and torsion of cylinders, bending of beams, and buckling of columns. Finally, the universal solutions are applied to and tested in biological systems ranging from the cellular to organ level. Prerequisites: BIO-181, BIO-181L, MAT-364, PHY-122 and PHY-122L.

Course Description

This course focuses on the normal function of human cells, tissues, and organ systems. Emphasis is placed on the interconnections and biochemical functions between systems of the body and maintenance of homeostasis. Minor emphasis is placed on the dysfunctions and resulting pathologies. Prerequisites: One of the following combinations: 1) BIO-182; or 2) BIO-181 and BIO-181L. Co-requisite: BIO-360L.

Course Description

This course involves the exploration of normal function of human cells, tissues, and organ systems through hands-on laboratory experimentation. Students develop a deeper understanding of the materials learned in BIO-360 using simulation software for human functions, systems, and pathologies. Prerequisites: One of the following combinations: 1) BIO-182; or 2) BIO-181 and BIO-181L. Co-requisite: BIO-360.

Course Description

This course is a study of fluid mechanics and heat and mass transfer. Topics include principles of momentum, energy, and mass transport, stress and strain rate descriptions, diffusion, calculation of transport coefficients, problems in viscous flow, dimensional analysis, and turbulence. Similarities and differences of the various phenomena are also examined. Prerequisites: PHY-122, PHY-122L, STG-330, and MAT-364.

Course Description

This course introduces students to the guiding principles involved in biomaterials. Students will learn about the materials that are used to replace or come in contact with living systems. They also examine biocompatibility – the reaction of the human body to materials that are introduced. Additionally, a specific emphasis on the regulatory guidance of new biomaterials will be covered. Prerequisite: CHM-115, CHM-115L, PHY-122, PHY-122L. Co-Requisite: BME-356L.

Course Description

This is the lab section of BME-356. Students engage in hands-on activities to experience how materials can be used to replace or come in contact with living systems. They also examine biocompatibility – the reaction of the human body to materials that are introduced. Additionally, students practice drafting regulatory-compliant documents. Prerequisite: CHM-115, CHM-115L, PHY-122, PHY-122L. Co-Requisite: BME-356.

Course Description

This course covers agile aspects of project management including agile principles, best practices, and tools and techniques across major agile methodologies.

Course Description

This course provides an overview of designing a marketable medical device. Students will design a biomedical system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints. This includes the design process from problem definition through concept design. FDA regulation, human factors, system safety consideration, and medical product liability will be covered.

Course Description

The first capstone course provides students the opportunity to work in teams to tackle real world applied research and design projects in their chosen area of interest. Students develop a project proposal, conduct a feasibility study, learn to protect intellectual property, develop teamwork skills, budgets, and a schedule for completing the project. Students conduct extensive research, integrate information from multiple sources, and work with a mentor through multiple cycles of feedback and revisions. Students use this course to further develop technical writing and business presentation skills. This is a writing intensive course.

Course Description

This course introduces students to the processes of mathematical modeling and analysis of dynamic systems with mechanical, thermal, electrical and fluid elements. Topics covered include: time domain solutions, analog computer simulation, linearization techniques, block diagram representation, numerical methods and frequency domain solutions. Hands-on lab activities enhance students’ ability to mathematically analyze components and systems for mechanical performance. Prerequisites: MAT-364, ESG-202, and ESG-202L.

Course Description

This course introduces theory of measurement and analysis from biological systems. It explores the principles and use of transducers, data recording and analysis systems, and signal processing techniques. Students will develop and utilize instrumentation to measure or transmit physiological data using computer based data acquisition. Prerequisites: BIO-360, BIO-360L, ESG-202, ESG-202L, and MAT-364.

Course Description

The second capstone course provides students the opportunity to implement and present the applied research project designed, planned, and started in the first capstone course. The capstone project is a culmination of the learning experiences while a student in the Computer Science program. Students conduct extensive research, integrate information from multiple sources, and work with a mentor through multiple cycles of feedback and revision. This is a writing intensive course. Prerequisite: ESG-451.

Course Description

This course is a continuation of Biomedical Design Elements I. It provides a comprehensive view of designing a marketable medical device. This includes the design process from prototype, and clinical testing for market readiness. Topics covered include FDA regulation, human factors, system safety consideration, and medical product liability. Prerequisite: BME-471.

Course Description

This course applies the knowledge and skills obtained from BME 460: Biomedical Instrumentation and Devices & Lab to measurements for specific organs – blood, cardiac, and respiratory. Clinical instrumentation, therapeutic and prosthetic devices, biotechnology equipment, and medical imaging systems are analyzed according to their design, manufacture and use. Finally, accessing the risk and safety associated with these devices and instrumentation is explored. Practicum/field experience hours: None. Fingerprint clearance not required. Prerequisite: BME-460.

Course Description

This course is a comprehensive study of the composition, structure, energetics, regulation, and growth of eukaryotic cells. Other topics include the essential processes of cells including the correlation of structure and function at the organelle and cellular levels. As well as, principles of molecular biology including recombinant DNA technology and other approaches and method used to investigate cell structure, development, chromosome organization, gene expression, and gene regulation. Prerequisites: BIO-181 and BIO-181L.

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Join Grand Canyon University’s vibrant and growing campus community, with daytime classes designed for traditional students. Immerse yourself in a full undergraduate experience, complete with curriculum designed within the context of our Christian worldview. New modern classrooms, suite-style residence halls, popular dining options, resort-style swimming pools and a focus on creating a dynamic student life make GCU a top choice for high school graduates and transfer students. Exciting events, well-known guest speakers and Division I athletics round out the traditional student experience. Our welcoming campus community is the perfect place to find your purpose.

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