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.

In What Kinds of Jobs Will You Find Biomedical Engineers?

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. Department of Labor, the number of biomedical engineering jobs will increase by 31.4 percent through 2010—double the growth rate of all other jobs combined and triple the rate of other engineering disciplines.

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 Biomedical Engineering 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.