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2012-2013 Academic Catalog: Biomedical Engineering Department

Shankar Krishnan, Chair
Rubenstein Hall Room 202A



  • Shankar Krishnan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professors

  • Douglas Dow, Ph.D.
  • Weihui Li, Ph.D.

Department Mission Statement

Wentworth's biomedical engineering program is intended to educate future biomedical engineers through a practice-oriented education coupled with solid theoretical background, so that the graduates will be able 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 Program Objectives

Graduates of Wentworth’s Biomedical Engineering program will:

  • Gain expertise in the basics of mathematics, physical sciences, life sciences, and engineering with applications to solve problems in biology and medicine
  • Develop the skills to be able to design, build, test, report, and assess results for applications to biomedical engineering processes, designs, and projects
  • Obtain the ability to use their multidisciplinary background to effectively engage in communication across disciplinary boundaries with the highest professional and ethical standards
  • Gain the ability to take leadership roles in the expanding field of biomedical engineering at the regional, national, and global levels
  • Obtain the knowledge to initiate self-directed continuous learning opportunities to excel and advance in the field of biomedical engineering
  • Develop an understanding of the challenging needs of their client communities and contribute to providing solutions and improving human health.

Biomedical Engineering Program Outcomes:

Graduates of Wentworth’s Biomedical Engineering program will have:

  1. Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. Ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. 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
  4. Ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  5. Ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. Ability to communicate effectively
  8. Broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. Recognize the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. Knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. Ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
  12. The capability to apply advanced mathematics (including differential equations and statistics), science, and engineering to solve the problems at the interface of engineering and biology
  13. Analytical reasoning and creative insight into biomedical issues with technological solutions, and incorporate professional standards and ethics into biomedical engineering projects.

Degree Program

Biomedical Engineering: Leading to a Bachelor of Science degree

Freshman Year

Fall Semester Course R L C
BMED101 Intro. to Biomedical Engineering 1 2 2
ENGLISH English Sequence† 4 0 4
BIOL130 Cell and Molecular Biology 3 2 4
PHYS310 Engineering Physics I 3 2 4
MATH285 Engineering Calculus I 4 0 4
  Total 15 6 18
Spring Semester Course R L C
CHEM380 Engineering Chemistry 3 2 4
ENGR160 Intro to Engineering Design 2 4 4
PHYS320 Engineering Physics II 3 2 4
ENGLISH English Sequence† 3 0 3
MATH295 Engineering Calculus II 4 0 4
  Total 15 8 19


Sophomore Year

Fall Semester Course R L C
MATH515 Multivariable Calculus 4 0 4
COMP128 Computer Science I 3 2 4
COMM400 Technical Communications 3 0 3
BIOL280 Anatomy and Physiology I 3 2 4
ELEC220 Electric Circuit Analysis & Design 3 2 4
  Total 16 6 19
Spring Semester Course R L C
MATH615 Differential Equations and Systems Modeling 4 0 4
BIOL290 Anatomy and Physiology II 3 2 4
ELECTIVE Lower Level Social Science Elective 3 0 3
BMED275 Biomedical Electronics & Instrumentation 3 2 4
ELEC225 Analog and Digital Electronics 3 2 4
  Total 16 6 19
Summer Semester Course R L C
COOP300 Pre-Cooperative Work Term (Optional) 0    

Note: Prior to entering junior year courses, students must have completed all prerequisite courses above or have received permission from the department to enroll in upper-level courses.

Junior Year

Fall Semester Course R L C
CHEM410 Basics of Organic and Biochemistry 3 2 4
ELEC345 Microprocessors & Embedded Systems 3 2 4
MECH415 Engineering Mechanics 3 2 4
ELECTIVE Lower Level Social Science Elective 3 0 3
MATHXXX Biostatistics 3 2 4
  Total 15 8 19
Spring Semester Course R L C
COOP400 Co-op Work Semester I     0
Summer Semester Course R L C
MECH505 Engineering Thermodynamics 3 0 3
MECHXXX Biomechanics 3 2 4
ELECTIVE Biomedical Engineering Elective I 3 2 4
ELECTIVE Upper Level Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
  Total 13 4 15


Senior Year

Fall Semester Course R L C
COOP600 Co-op Work Semester II     0
Spring Semester Course R L C
BMEDXXX Biomaterials/Tissue Engineering 3 0 3
BMEDXXX BBME Senior Design I 1 4 3
ELECTIVE Biomedical Engineering Elective II 3 2 4
BMEDXXX Engineering in Biomedicine 1 0 1
ELECTIVE Upper Level Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
  Total 12 6 15
Summer Semester Course R L C
BMEDXXX BBME Senior Design II 1 4 3
ELECTIVE Biomedical Engineering Elective III 3 2 4
BMEDXXX biomedical Ethics & Regulatory Affairs 2 0 2
ELECTIVE Upper Level Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
  Total 10 6 13

R=Class Hours Per Week, L=Lab Hours Per Week, C=Semester Credit Hours

Please refer to the English sequence requirement.

*Please refer to the upper level humanities/social science elective requirement.

1Courses selected with the Faculty Advisor as necessary to complement and to broaden the student's background.

Three biomedical engineering electives must be taken as a part of the concentration track in this program. Students may choose, after consultation with their faculty advisor, among the engineering electives offered by the department each semester. Engineering elective courses will include Medical Devices and Systems, Biomedical Optics & Imaging, Clinical Engineering Practice, Medical Informatics and Telemedicine, Signal Processing and Control Systems, and Design and Accreditation of Hospitals.