What is Biomedical Engineering?

What is biomedical engineering? It’s an exciting field that is concerned with the application of engineering and science methodologies, to the analysis of biological and physiological problems and to the delivery of health care. Biomedical engineering involves developing devices and procedures that solve medical and health-related problems by combining their knowledge of biology and medicine with engineering principles and practices. The biomedical engineer requires the analytical tools and broad physical knowledge of modern engineering and science, fundamental understanding of the biological or physiological system, and familiarity with recent technological breakthroughs.

What do Biomedical Engineers do?

Graduates in biomedical engineering work with medical scientists, to develop and evaluate systems and products such as artificial organs, prostheses (artificial devices that replace missing body parts), instrumentation, medical information systems, health management and care delivery systems using his/her knowledge of engineering to create new equipment or environments for such purposes as maximizing human performance, or providing non-invasive diagnostic tools.

The education experience is enriched through design courses where students work as teams to solve biomedical engineering problems and interact with local practicing physicians through internship opportunities. For students planning to attend medical school, this curriculum includes courses in the sciences that satisfy the entrance requirements of most medical schools with the selection of Organic Chemistry 2 and Biochemistry as technical electives.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of biomedical engineering jobs is projected to grow 23 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growing technology and its application to medical equipment and devices, along with an aging population, will increase demand for the work of biomedical engineers.

Why Biomedical Engineering at FIT?

  • Small classes and a strong community of ambitious undergraduate & graduate students working together with the faculty & staff
  • Opportunities to be involved in meaningful research projects working hand in hand with graduate students and faculty
  • Opportunity to interact with local medical community and become engaged in high-level medical research or clinical immersion experience
  • Working on Senior Year Design projects to build practical prototypes / devices in conjunction with Florida Tech faculty and practicing physicians
  • BS, MS, and Ph.D. programs with pre-med, co-op, and fast track (combined BS and MS degree) options
  • Balanced curriculum that prepares students for employment in industry, medical or graduate school, and lifelong learning

Premed and Biomedical Engineering

One of the major objectives of the BS in Biomedical Engineering is to prepare students with an interest in medical careers for medical school. Biomedical Engineering is one of many majors offered at Florida Tech that serve as preparation for further training in medical, veterinary, or allied health professions. Currently there are five other majors specifically designed for Florida Tech pre-medical students. The programs of study are biology, chemistry, physics, biochemistry, and molecular biology. Students interested in the Premed Program will be co-advised by Chair of Pre-Med Studies.

So what is biomedical engineering? It is a field of study that combines the love of science and engineering resulting in an exciting cutting-edge career.