Biomedical Engineering

Undergraduate Studies

Curriculum

The Bachelor of Science offered by VCU’s Department of Biomedical Engineering is a comprehensive and well-rounded curriculum in all aspects of the biomedical industry.

Students learn general sciences such as chemistry and physics in the first two years of study. By the third and fourth year, students progress into taking biomedical instrumentation, biotransport processes and ethics courses, to name a few. Senior year, students take the biomedical engineering senior design studio along with their choice of technical electives. 

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Hands-On Learning

Biomedical engineering at VCU is based on real-world, hands-on learning experiences. Examples include the following:

  • Freshman participation on medical and clinical rounds throughout VCU hospitals, including surgeries where the students are scrubbed and gowned

  • Opportunities to test tissues, bones and biomaterials with state-of-the-art equipment and computers in the biomechanics lab

  • Experiments using biomedical sensors and biomedical/clinical instrumentation with state-of-the-art equipment and computers in the biomedical instrumentation lab

  • Opportunities to use state-of the-art equipment and computer simulation systems to examine the human body, including the heart, lungs, kidneys and other organs in the physiology labs

  • Yearlong biomedical-devices and system-design projects in leading biomedical and clinical labs

Students also get the training and materials necessary to design and construct:

  • A novel artificial circulatory system

  • Novel tissue engineering replacement body parts

  • Space shuttle physiological test equipment

  • Emergency room resuscitation equipment

  • Training systems for surgical knot tying

  • Devices to aid the disabled

  • Dental implant systems

Program Objectives and Learning Outcomes

The undergraduate curriculum of the VCU Department of Biomedical Engineering focuses on four broad areas of student achievement and knowledge. Our graduates’ career paths are enhanced by the practical use of these skills during undergraduate study.

  1. Analytical and technical skills for careers in clinical practice, biomedical industry or biomedical research

  2. Knowledge of life sciences for careers in clinical practice, biomedical industry or biomedical research  

  3. Communication skills for careers in clinical practice, biomedical industry or biomedical research

  4. Interdisciplinary approaches for careers in clinical practice, biomedical industry or biomedical research

Students emerge from our rigorous, dynamic program with the skills and knowledge to master the following learning outcomes:

  1. Apply STEM Knowledge

  2. Experimental Skills

  3. Design Skills

  4. Teamwork

  5. Solve Engineering Problems

  6. Professional Responsibility

  7. Communication

  8. Understand the Impact of Engineering Solutions

  9. Lifelong Learning

  10. Knowledge of Contemporary Issues

  11. Ability to Use Modern Techniques

Biomedical Engineering (B.S.)

Biomedical engineering applies engineering expertise to analyze and solve problems in biology and medicine in order to enhance health care. Students involved in biomedical engineering learn to work with living systems and to apply advanced technology to the complex problems of medical care.

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