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2015-2016 Academic Catalog: Department of Biomedical Engineering

Shankar Krishnan, Chair
H.C. Lord Chair Professor
The Center for Sciences and Biomedical Engineering, Room 115


Wentworth's biomedical engineering program is intended to train future biomedical engineers through a practice-oriented education coupled with a solid theoretical background, giving graduates the ability to utilize technological advancements, contribute to innovative biomedical engineering design solutions in a collaborative environment, and make appropriate decisions for their areas of professional responsibility.


Biomedical Engineering (BBME)
Leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree

The biomedical engineering program focuses on designing, building, and supporting biomedical instrumentation and devices that provide solutions at the intersection of biology and medicine. The program will leverage the proximity and strength of the nearby medical community to allow students to engage in valuable learning experiences and prepare them for rewarding careers in healthcare-related industries, hospitals, academic and government research laboratories, regulatory agencies, and service agencies. It will also offer advanced studies for those students who may want to pursue graduate education. Students will learn and build skills and expertise in electronics, signals and systems, instrumentation, controls, and processing. The program is designed with emphasis on medical devices and systems.


Graduates of the Biomedical Engineering Program will be able to:

  • Advance in their careers or pursue higher education in biomedical engineering or a related field.
  • Apply the acquired comprehensive knowledge and engage in life-long learning opportunities to meet the needs of the profession.
  • Contribute responsibly and ethically towards impacting the biomedical engineering profession and improving human health.


Graduates of Wentworth’s Biomedical Engineering program will have:

  • Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • Ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • Ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  • Ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • Recognize the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  • Knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • Ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Total credits for degree: 136

This is a four-year program, starting in the fall of the student’s first year and ending in the summer semester of the student’s fourth year.

Please see Graduation Requirements – Undergraduate for information about the English and the humanities/social science elective requirement.

Three Biomedical Engineering elective courses must be taken in this program. The Biomedical Engineering elective courses will include courses such as Medical Devices and Systems, Biomedical Optics & Imaging, Clinical Engineering Practice, Telemedicine & Medical Informatics, Medical Robotics, Design of Healthcare Facilities, etc. In addition, students may choose a suitable engineering elective course. It is recommended that students discuss with their faculty advisor prior to registering for the courses.

Biomedical Engineering (BBME)

Freshman Year, Fall Semester (total credits 19)

ENGR1000, Introduction to Engineering
BIOL1100, Cell and Molecular Biology
MATH1750, Engineering Calculus I
PHYS1250, Engineering Physics
ENGLISH, English Sequence

Freshman Year, Spring Semester (total credits 17)

ENGR1500, Introduction to Engineering Design
CHEM1100, Engineering Chemistry
MATH1850, Engineering Calculus II. Prerequisite: MATH1750, Engineering Calculus I
ENGR1600, Fundamentals of CAD and CAM
ENGR1800, Programming with MATLAB
ENGLISH, English Sequence

Sophomore Year, Fall Semester (total credits 16)

BIOL1700, Anatomy and Physiology I
COMP1070, Computer Science I
ELEC2299, Electric Circuit Analysis and Design
PHYS1750, Engineering Physics II

Sophomore Year, Spring Semester (total credits 19)

BMED2500, Biomedical Electronics and Instrumentation
BIOL1750, Anatomy and Physiology II
ELEC2699, Integrated Electronics
MATH2025, Multivariable Calculus
ELECTIVE, Humanities/Social Science

Sophomore Year, Summer Semester

COOP3000, Pre-Cooperative Work Term (Optional)

Junior Year, Fall Semester (total credits 16)

CHEM2000, Basics of Organic and Biochemistry
MATH2750, Differential Equations and Systems Modeling
ELECTIVE, Biomedical Engineering
ELECTIVE, Humanities/Social Science

Junior Year, Spring Semester

COOP3500, Co-op Work Term I

Junior Year, Summer Semester (total credits 16)

MECH3599, Engineering Mechanics
ELECTIVE, Biomedical Engineering
ELECTIVE, Engineering
ELECTIVE, Humanities/Social Science

Senior Year, Fall Semester

COOP4500, Co-op Work Term II

Senior Year, Spring Semester (total credits 17)

BMED5000, Biomedical Senior Design I
BMED4300, Signals and Systems for Biomedical Engineering
BMED4400, Biomechanics
BMED4200, Biomaterials/Tissue Engineering
ELECTIVE, Humanities/Social Science

Senior Year, Summer Semester (total credits 16)

BMED5500, Biomedical Senior Design II
BMED4600, Biostatistics
BMED4500, Engineering in Biomedicine
ELECTIVE, Biomedical Engineering
ELECTIVE, Humanities/Social Science