Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering

Offered By: College of Science, Engineering, & Technology

BS in Biomedical Engineering

The Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering was developed with industry and clinical guidance to address the foundational knowledge and skills required to begin a career in the field of biomedical engineering and related biomedical professions. Biomedical engineering contributes to improved patient care through work in areas such as the design, development and manufacture of medical devices, tissue engineering and implantable design, government regulatory compliance, and biomedical research. This program integrates the engineering sciences with the biomedical sciences.

This program teaches topics and assesses competency in engineering design principles from mechanical and electrical engineering; linked with knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, materials properties/biocompatibility and clinical practice. This program also integrates math, chemistry, physics, and computer programming with an emphasis on critical thinking, problem solving, real-world clinical application. Students gain practical project management experience and familiarity with common business practices. In addition, students develop valuable workplace skills, including effective communication, teamwork, initiative, strong work ethic, analytical skills, adaptability, and self-confidence. Students learn professional and ethical practices associated with engineering through the lens of the University’s Christian worldview. For more information on GCU’s biomedical engineering program, refer to our Academic Catalog.

The Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering program is accredited by Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

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Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)

  • Graduates will meet or exceed the expectations of employers of Biomedical Engineers
  • Qualified graduates will pursue advanced learning if desired
  • Graduates will pursue leadership roles in their profession and/or communities
  • Graduates will apply Christian principles of stewardship and discipline with a commitment to professional and ethical standards

Student Outcomes (SOs)

  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

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Domains

  1. Mathematics Foundations -
    • Apply the fundamentals of mathematics in engineering disciplines.
    • Apply mathematics in the analysis, evaluation of problems and formulation of solutions.
    • Apply an appropriate area of mathematics in the planning or design of a portion of a facility, structure, system, or product.
  2. Science Foundations -
    • Design, conduct, and report experiments, analyze and interpret data.
    • Employ scientific method and associated inquiry processes to test basic theories as they apply to engineering projects.
    • Critically manipulate and analyze numerical data and observable facts.
  3. Professionalism and Ethics -
    • Analyze the social and professional context of biomedical engineering, and adhere to ethical codes of conduct.
    • Research the historical, social, professional, ethical and legal aspects of biomedical engineering.
    • Articulate and demonstrate how teamwork is integrated in the sciences, and how biomedical engineering supports an organization.
    • Recognize and demonstrate the importance of professional oral and written communication skills.
  4. Computer Aided Engineering -
    • Apply physical fundamentals to construct mathematical models.
    • Utilize software and programming tools to analyze and provide solutions to engineering problems.
    • Analyze and interpret results from computational analysis.
  5. Bioinstrumentation -
    • Develop instrumentation to measure or transmit physiological data.
    • Utilize instrumentation to measure or transmit physiological data.
  6. Regulatory Processes and Communications -
    • Select the appropriate regulatory pathways for specific medical technologies.
    • Utilize the correct framework for achieving regulatory compliance.
    • Report and communicate regulatory outcomes.
  7. Biomaterials -
    • Apply scientific principles to explain the characteristics and properties of biomaterials.
    • Apply engineering principles toward the construction/reconstruction of part of a living system.
    • Determine the compatibility of a material that comes in intimate contact with living tissue.
  8. Biomechanics -
    • Apply physical principles to analyze and describe the effects of applied forces on biomedical systems.
    • Apply the general principles of solid mechanics to biomedical or physiological systems.
  9. Transport Phenomena in Biomedical Systems -
    • Apply thermodynamic principles to transport, storage, and dissipation of energy, heat, and work in biomedical systems.
    • Analyze heat transfer phenomena and their constraints in biomedical systems.
    • Analyze mass transfer phenomena and their constraints in biomedical systems.
    • Apply the general principles of fluid mechanics to explain the complex movements of fluids in biomedical systems.
  10. Design and Manufacturing -
    • Design a biomedical system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
    • Identify, formulate, and solve biomedical engineering problems.
    • Examine the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
    • Utilize the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
    • Examine and assess contemporary issues and emerging challenges.
    • Explain the design for manufacturing principles for biomedical systems.

Enrollment Numbers

  Enrollment Data for BS in Biomedical Engineering:

 

Academic Year

Enrollment Year

Total

Undergrad

Total

Graduate

Degrees Awarded

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

Bachelors

 

Current Year

2020-21

FT

55

25

43

30

0

153

0

0

 

PT

3

2

1

3

0

9

0

0

 

2019-20

FT

55

43

33

25

0

156

0

15

PT

0

1

0

1

0

2

0

1

 

 

2018-19

FT

67

34

29

7

0

137

0

4

 

PT

1

1

1

2

0

5

0

0

 

2017-18

FT

45

32

19

1

0

97

0

0

 

PT

2

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

Note: The table above reflects enrollment and completion data as of 11/6/2020.

Faculty

GCU Engineering uses a multidisciplinary approach to engineering education, with collaboration across all programs. Faculty are typically assigned to a primary program but instruct across multiple disciplines according to their subject matter expertise.

  • Janet Brelin-Fornari, PhD, PE
    Associate Dean and Professor
    Engineering
  • Richard Mulski, EdD
    Assistant Dean and Assistant Professor
    Engineering
  • Jeffrey La Belle, PhD
    Professor
    Biomedical Engineering, Research
  • David Kwartowitz, PhD
    Professor
    Biomedical Engineering
  • C. Wright, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Biomedical Engineering
  • Donald Ellis, MEng, MS, MBA
    Associate Professor
    Electrical Engineering
  • Michael Awaah, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Electrical Engineering
  • Samantha Russell, MS
    Assistant Professor
    Electrical Engineering
  • Michael De Gregorio, PhD
    Instructor
    Mechanical Engineering
  • Kyle Jones, PhD
    Instructor
    Biomedical Engineering
  • Eugene Kong, PhD
    Instructor
    Mechanical Engineering
  • Kyle Staggs, PhD
    Instructor
    Biomedical Engineering
  • Kevin Williams, PhD
    Instructor
    Mechanical Engineering
  • Luciano Albuquerque, MEng
    Instructor
    Electrical Engineering
  • Greg Bullock, MS
    Instructor
    Mechanical Engineering
  • Dina Higgins, MS, PE
    Instructor
    Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Ed Koeneman, MT
    Instructor
    Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Jennifer Peterson, MS
    Instructor
    Mechanical Engineering
  • Craig Price, MS
    Instructor
    Mechanical Engineering
  • Li Tan, MS
    Instructor
    Mechanical Engineering
  • Christine Emily Tomforde, MS
    Instructor
    Mechanical Engineering

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