Biomedical Engineering Educational Mission and Goals

Educational Mission of the Biomedical Engineering Program

The educational mission of the Biomedical Engineering Program at UC Irvine is to provide students with rigorous, multi-disciplinary training that enable graduates to be leaders and innovators in bioengineering and biomedical professions. This is accomplished by developing and offering curricula that integrate engineering sciences, life sciences, clinical medicine, research and engineering design in collaboration with local biomedical device and biotechnology companies.

Undergraduate Major in Biomedical Engineering

Program Educational Objectives: Graduates of the biomedical engineering program will: (1) promote continuous improvement in the field of biomedical engineering; (2) communicate effectively the relevant biomedical engineering problem to be solved across the engineering, life science, and medical disciplines; (3) apply critical reasoning as well as quantitative and design skills to identify and solve problems in biomedical engineering; (4) lead and manage biomedical engineering projects in industry, government, or academia that involve multidisciplinary team members. (Program educational objectives are those aspects of engineering that help shape the curriculum; achievement of these objectives is a shared responsibility between the student and UCI.)

Program Outcomes for undergraduate students in Biomedical Engineering:

  1. Apply fundamental knowledge of mathematics, including differential equations and statistics, biology, physiology, physical sciences, and engineering to solve the problems at the interface of engineering and biology.
  2. Design and conduct biomedically relevant experiments, to quantitatively analyze and interpret data from living and non-living systems, and to solve problems associated with interaction between living and non-living materials and systems.
  3. Design a system, component, or process to tackle biomedical engineering problems within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health, safety, regulation, manufacturability and sustainability.
  4. Function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  5. Apply the phases of design (need identification, problem definition, synthesis analysis, optimization, evaluation, and presentation) in order to propose a feasible solution to a variety of biomedical problems.
  6. Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility required of all engineering, and the unique ethical responsibilities of engineers working in health-related fields.
  7. Communicate effectively both orally and in writing on technical issues related to biomedical engineering
  8. Possess a 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. Demonstrate knowledge of contemporary issues related to biomedical engineering.
  11. Use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for solving biomedical engineering problems