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 health-care delivery.
Satisfying biomedical engineering careers can be found in industrial, health care, 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, biology, chemistry and physics, thus developing their competencies to the highest possible levels and prepared 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.
The undergraduate program in biomedical engineering provides a foundation in mathematics, chemistry and biology before students advance to courses in physiology, biomechanics, electronics and instrumentation.
Many students see biomedical engineering as both a fascinating area in which to specialize and a way to contribute to people's overall quality of life. The steady need for biomedical engineers in Texas in particular is directly related to the fact that Texas is home to leading facilities for both clinical care and medical research.
"Among all engineering disciplines, the need for bioengineers is expected to grow the fastest," said Dr. Mathukumalli Vidyasagar, head of the Bioengineering Department and holder of the Cecil and Ida Green Chair of Systems Biological Sciences. "We believe our graduates will play a major role in applying engineering technology to improve disease diagnostics and treatment, and to enhance health care and people's overall well-being."
The Erik Jonsson School operates one of the largest internship and cooperative education programs of its kind, averaging more than 500 student placements a year at Dallas-area high-tech companies, including Texas Instruments, Research In Motion, Raytheon, Alcatel-Lucent and Tektronix.
The Fast-Track Program enables exceptionally gifted undergraduate students to include 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 is reduced 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 192,000-square-foot interdisciplinary research building.
With more than 130 faculty, 4,000 students, and $47 million in research funding, the Jonsson School has six academic departments:
In addition, the school recently added a minor in nanoscience and technology.
Bachelor of Science: Biomedical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, software engineering, telecommunications engineering
Master of Science: Biomedical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, materials science and engineering, mechanical 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:
Read what recent Jonsson School graduates think about their education and how it prepared them to be successful in their subsequent careers:
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
Bioengineering Undergraduate Program