Biomedical engineering is the application of engineering principles and methods to define and solve problems in medicine and biology. Students choose the biomedical engineering field to be of service to people, for the challenge of working with living systems and to apply advanced technology to healthcare delivery.
Satisfying biomedical engineering careers can be found in industrial, healthcare, academic and government settings. The typical biomedical engineer will work in a team environment that may include engineers, clinicians and specialists in both the physical sciences and the life sciences.
Engineering education requires strong high school preparation. Students interested in a biomedical engineering path should have at least one semester of trigonometry and at least one year each of elementary algebra, intermediate and advanced algebra, plane geometry, chemistry and physics, to develop their competencies to the highest possible levels to prepare them to move into demanding college courses in calculus, calculus-based physics and chemistry for science majors. It's also essential that students have the competence to read and comprehend rapidly, and to write clearly and correctly.
A degree in biomedical engineering provides students with a strong foundation in engineering, mathematics, chemistry and biology and teaches them how to solve complex engineering problems in medicine. Rigorous lecture courses provide students the knowledge necessary to succeed in biomedical engineering careers, medical school and graduate school. Laboratory courses engage students to solve complex biomedical engineering problems, communicate effectively and work in complex and dynamic teams.
A career in biomedical engineering offers the opportunity to work in an exciting and rapidly changing technical world while directly impacting the quality of life for millions suffering from a host of medical conditions. Biomedical engineers connect teams of clinicians, researchers, and traditional engineers to translate patient needs into engineering solutions.
"Few professions require individuals with the intellectual capacity, creativity, technical understanding, and social skills to succeed like biomedical engineering," said Dr. Robert Rennaker, Bioengineering Department Head and Texas Instruments Distinguished Chair in Bioengineering. "The best and brightest are needed to solve the healthcare challenges facing us. Biomedical engineers working with health care providers, corporate leaders, researchers, and government officials will solve these problems, making biomedical engineering one of the most rewarding and challenging careers one could choose to pursue."
The Erik Jonsson School operates one of the largest internship and cooperative education programs of its kind, averaging more than 1,100 undergraduate and graduate student placements a year at Dallas-area high-tech companies, including Texas Instruments, Intel, Raytheon, Alcatel-Lucent and IBM.
The Fast-Track Program enables exceptionally gifted undergraduate students to include up to 15 hours of master's level courses in their undergraduate degree plans.
When Fast-Track students graduate with a bachelor's degree, they are automatically admitted to graduate school at UT Dallas.The hours required to complete the master's degree are reduced by up to 15 hours by the number of Fast-Track graduate hours completed. So a Fast-Track undergraduate who passed 12 hours of graduate coursework would have only 21 hours of graduate coursework left in order to complete a master's degree.
Strategically located in the Telecom Corridor, home of the second-largest high-tech economy in the U.S., the Jonsson School recently completed a major public-private initiative that greatly expanded its capabilities and included construction of a new state-of-the-art 220,000-square-foot interdisciplinary research building.
With nearly 150 tenured/tenure-track faculty members, 5,800 students, and almost $47 million in research funding, the Jonsson School has six academic departments:
In addition, the school offers a minor in nanoscience and technology.
Bachelor of Science: Biomedical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, software engineering
Master of Science: Biomedical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering, software engineering, systems engineering and management, telecommunications engineering
Doctor of Philosophy: Biomedical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering, software engineering, telecommunications engineering
Research efforts under way at the school involve such cutting-edge technology as:
Department of Bioengineering
Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, EC-39
The University of Texas at Dallas
800 West Campbell Road
Richardson, TX 75080-3021