Feb 29, 2024  
2023-2024 University of Wyoming Catalog 
    
2023-2024 University of Wyoming Catalog

Biomedical Engineering Minor


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Biomedical Engineering is an interdisciplinary field that combines principles of biology and medicine with engineering design to produce healthcare innovations. Biomedical engineers contribute to medical technologies in a variety of areas including diagnostics, therapeutics, imaging, bioinformatics, and rehabilitation.

Learning Outcomes:


A student who has completed the Biomedical Engineering Minor will have: 

  1. Experience and proficiency in applying principles of engineering, biology, human physiciology, chemistry, calculus-based physics, differential equations, and statistics; 
  2. Experience and proficiency in solving biomedical engineering problems, including those associated with the interaction between living and nonliving systems; 
  3. Experience and proficiency in analyzing, modeling, designing, and realizing medical (biomedical engineering) devices, systems, components, or processes; 
  4. Experience and proficiency in making measurements on and interpreting data from living systems; 
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics. 
  6. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  7. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  8. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts. 
  9. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  10. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  11. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Biomedical Engineering is an interdisciplinary field that combines principles of biology and medicine with engineering design to produce healthcare innovations. Biomedical engineers contribute to medical technologies in a variety of areas including diagnostics, therapeutics, imagins, bioinformatics, and rehabilitation. Accordingly, biomedical engineers typically possess a broad biology background and strong engineering design and problem-solving principles. The purpose of this minor in Biomedical Engineering is to prepare students studying engineering or the life sciences for careers in industries that develop technologies to advance medicine. 

The following curriculum is accessible to students from any major degree program in the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS). Major-specific tracks anticipating the most appropriate groupings of electives are provided to the CEAS advising center. Specialized, more comprehensive programs of study are proposed for students with a particular interest in medical school preparation. 

Coursework:


The minimum required coursework consists of 18 credits of electives. The course of study can be self-direct or tailored to a student’s major degree program. Example coursework tracks are provided below for students pursuing specific engineering majors.

Chemical Engineering


Chemical Engineering draws upon the fundamentals of chemistry, physics, and biology to analyze and design processes. Chemical Engineers work in a variety of biomedical disciplines including pharmaceutical production, biomedical devices, tissue engineering, and medical sensing. The following coursework covers biological fundamentals and materials with a focus on process and device design.

Mechanical Engineering


With a focus upon biomaterials and biomechanics, this minor combines biology and physiology with mechanical engineering. This coursework helps students apply mechanical engineering principles to biological challenges including prosthetics, robotic surgery instruments, and medical device design.

Medical School Preparation


With a focus upon biomaterials and biomechanics, this minor combines biology and physiology with mechanical engineering. This coursework helps students apply mechanical engineering principles to biological challenges including prosthetics, robotic surgery instruments, and medical device design.

Additional Approved Courses:


In addition to the suggested tracks above, individual programs may be customized or augmented by selecting from any of the following approved credits, which may be counted in fulfillment of technical elective requirements within the major degree program.

Select 18 credit hours from the following:

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