Undergraduate Studies


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 Educational Objectives and Learning Outcomes

The program educational objectives for the undergraduate biomedical engineering program are that our graduates will:
  1. Contribute to biomedical or related fields through employment, graduate school or professional school.

  2. Effectively facilitate the interaction of multidisciplinary teams.

  3. Demonstrate leadership in their chosen field.

The student learning outcomes for the undergraduate biomedical engineering program are:
  1. The ability to apply mathematics, science and engineering principles.

  2. The ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data.

  3. The ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within realist constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability.

  4. The ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.

  5. The ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.

  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.

  7. The ability to communicate effectively.

  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context.

  9. Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning.

  10. Exhibit knowledge of contemporary issues.

  11. The ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

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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