Biomedical Engineering is an interdisciplinary concentration designed for students interested in applying the methods and tools of engineering to the subject matter of biology and the life sciences. It is administered jointly by the School of Engineering and the Division of Biology and Medicine. The educational objectives of the biomedical engineering program are to graduate students who will: 1) Be employed in careers of useful service to society, including scientific and technical areas within medicine, industry, and health care delivery; 2) Demonstrate the ability to apply the basic principles of engineering and science, as well as problem solving skills and critical thinking, to a broad spectrum of biomedical engineering problems; 3) Demonstrate their ability to work in teams, and to effectively communicate and understand the broad social, ethical, economic and environmental consequences of their lifelong education.
Students in this concentration will:
- Gain fluency in contemporary biology
- Be able to apply the tools of an engineer (the ability to quantify, synthesize, and integrate) to living systems and other subject matter in biology
- Apply problem solving skills and critical thinking to a broad spectrum of biomedical engineering problems
- Work collaboratively
- Communicate effectively
- Engage in a capstone experience focusing on biomedical engineering, design, research and modeling
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Every student pursuing an Sc.B. in Biomedical Engineering must complete at least one semester of independent research. Students aspiring to receive Honors in Biomedical Engineering must complete a thesis project representing the culmination of two or more semesters of research. An oral presentation is also required. Students must have a research advisor, typically a Brown faculty member from the Division of Biology and Medicine. Upon completion of the research, the faculty advisor and a second reader provide an evaluation in which the student’s work must be assessed as satisfactory or better in order for Honors to be awarded. Quality grades (A, B, and/or S with distinction) within the concentration are also required for Honors. Please see the department's website for a complete description of program requirements.
This concentration allows you to address the following Liberal Learning goals:
- Collaborate fully
- Engage with your community
- Develop a facility with symbolic languages
- Experience scientific inquiry
Alumni have gone on to careers in biomedical engineering as well as medicine, law, business, and health care delivery.