The School of Biomedical Engineering, Sciences and Health Systems offers an innovative undergraduate degree program in Biomedical Engineering in partnership with the College of Engineering.
Biomedical Engineers Make a Difference
The biomedical engineering (B.M.E.) bachelor of science (B.S.) degree program prepares students to conceive, design, and develop devices and systems that improve human health and quality of life. Biomedical engineering integrates the life sciences and engineering education that underlie the development of cost-effective technology for health care, including medical devices and diagnostics, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Graduates of the biomedical engineering B.S. program can go on to develop:
- Artificial skin for burn patients
- Ultrasound probes to accelerate wound healing
- Miniature pacemakers to prevent heart failure
- Functional artificial limbs for amputees
- Orthopedic implants for anatomical joint replacement
- Systems to enhance drug delivery
- New drugs with fewer side effects
- Medical imaging systems that make exploratory surgery obsolete
- Ultrasound imaging system to show parents three-dimensional images of their
baby at its earliest stages
- Surgical lasers to battle diseases that cause blindness
- Intraocular lens implants for patients with cataracts
- Artificial retinas to correct blindness
- Incubators to safeguard premature infants
The school enjoys close working relationships with select medical schools and institutes, health care institutions, and industries in the region that provide students with a broad array of research and employment opportunities. Drexel University recently entered into a merger with the former Allegheny medical school (a.k.a. MCP-Hahnemann) and launched several joint collaborative initiatives between the School of BME and the Drexel College of Medicine. One recent initiative of the School was to launch a Bioinformatics partnership with the Coriell Institute for Medical Research.
The School of Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Health Systems is a nationally recognized center for biomedical engineering education and research. Prior to the foundation of the new undergraduate program in Biomedical Engineering Science and Health Systems, an institute of Biomedical Engineering and Science administered Drexel's graduate program. The institute offered one of the oldest and most reputable graduate research programs of its kind in the US and worldwide. Ongoing research is focused on biomedical ultrasound, biomedical imaging, biomedical systems and signal processing, cardiovascular systems, biomechanics, biomaterials, and tissue and cellular engineering. New academic initiatives include biomedical sensors and optics, human performance, neuroengineering, bioinformatics and computational biomedicine, and health systems technologies. Active research is pursued in the Nano Technology Institute, Biomaterials Laboratory, Biomechanics Research Laboratory, Biomedical Signal Processing Laboratory, Calhoun Comparative Medicine Laboratory, Cardiovascular Laboratory, Chronobiology Research Laboratory, Imaging and Computer Vision Center, Scaling Signals and Systems Laboratory, Sensor / Bioelectrode Laboratory, and Ultrasound Laboratories.
The Major in Biomedical Engineering
The undergraduate biomedical engineering curriculum is designed to create a balance between academic breadth in biomedical engineering and specialization in more specific focus areas. Advanced senior courses or sequences are offered in areas such as neuroengineering, biomedical imaging, biosensors, biomaterials, biomechanics, tissue engineering, bioinformatics, and biomedical signals. Such courses / sequences enable students to specialize in the more specific focus areas.
Following the tDEC / Gateway model, the program provides innovative experiences in hands-on experimentation and engineering design, as well as opportunities for personal growth and development of leadership and communication skills. Working with a faculty advisor, students can select their core courses, and can choose elective courses from the curricula offered by the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Health Systems, as well as courses offered by the various departments in the College of Medicine, College of Arts and Science, College of Engineering, and the College of Information Science and Technology.
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