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2017-2018 Academic Catalog: The Center for Sciences and Biomedical Engineering

Shankar Krishnan, Ph.D. Chair, Room 115

The Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET ( 

Department Mission Statement

Wentworth's Biomedical Engineering program is intended to train future biomedical engineers through a practice-oriented education coupled with a solid theoretical background, providing graduates with 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.

Degree Program

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

Program Overview

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 leverages 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 an emphasis on medical devices and systems.

Biomedical Engineering Program Objectives

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 lifelong learning opportunities to meet the needs of the profession.
  • Contribute responsibly and ethically towards impacting the biomedical engineering profession and improving human health.
Biomedical Engineering Program Outcomes

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 multidisciplinary 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.
Degree Details

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.

Three Biomedical Engineering elective courses are required for this program. The Biomedical Engineering electives include courses such as: Medical Devices and Systems, Biomedical Optics & Imaging, Clinical Engineering Practice, Telemedicine & Medical Informatics, Medical Robotics, and Design of Healthcare Facilities. In addition, students may choose a suitable engineering elective course from a discipline outside of Biomedical Engineering for their Engineering Elective. It is recommended that students discuss with their faculty advisor prior to registering for courses.

Biomedical Engineering (BBME)

Freshman Year, Fall Semester (total credits 19)

  • ENGR1000, Introduction to Engineering, 3cr.
  • BIOL1100, Cell and Molecular Biology, 4cr.
  • MATH1750, Engineering Calculus I, 4cr.
  • PHYS1250, Engineering Physics I, 4 cr.
  • ENGLISH, English Sequence, See ENGL/HSS note below *

Freshman Year, Spring Semester (total credits 17)

  • ENGR1500, Introduction to Engineering Design, 3cr.
  • CHEM1100, Engineering Chemistry, 4cr.
  • MATH1850, Engineering Calculus II, 4cr. 
  • ENGR1600, Fundamentals of CAD and CAM 1cr.
  • ENGR1800, Programming with MATLAB, 1cr.
  • ENGLISH, English Sequence, See ENGL/HSS note below *

Sophomore Year, Fall Semester (total credits 16)

  • BIOL1700, Anatomy and Physiology I 4cr.
  • COMP1000, Computer Science I 4cr.
  • ELEC2299, Electric Circuit Analysis and Design 4cr.
  • PHYS1750, Engineering Physics II 4cr.

Sophomore Year, Spring Semester (total credits 19)

  • BMED2500, Biomedical Electronics and Instrumentation 4cr.
  • BIOL1750, Anatomy and Physiology II 4cr.
  • ELEC2699, Integrated Electronics 3cr.
  • MATH2025, Multivariable Calculus 4cr.
  • HSS ELECTIVE,  See ENGL/HSS note below *

Sophomore Year, Summer Semester

  • COOP3000, Pre-Cooperative Work Term (Optional)

Junior Year, Fall Semester (total credits 16)

  • CHEM2000, Basics of Organic and Biochemistry 4cr.
  • MATH2750, Differential Equations and Systems Modeling 4cr.
  • ELECTIVE, Biomedical Engineering 4cr.
  • HSS ELECTIVE,  See ENGL/HSS note below *

Junior Year, Spring Semester

  • COOP3500, Co-op Work Term I

Junior Year, Summer Semester (total credits 16)

  • MECH3599, Engineering Mechanics 4cr.
  • ELECTIVE, Biomedical Engineering 4cr.
  • ELECTIVE, Engineering 4cr.
  • HSS ELECTIVE,  See ENGL/HSS note below *

Senior Year, Fall Semester

  • COOP4500, Co-op Work Term II

Senior Year, Spring Semester (total credits 17)

  • BMED5000, Biomedical Senior Design I 3cr.
  • BMED4300, Signals and Systems for Biomedical Engineering 3cr.
  • BMED4400, Biomechanics 4cr.
  • BMED4200, Biomaterials/Tissue Engineering 3cr.
  • HSS ELECTIVE,  See ENGL/HSS note below *

Senior Year, Summer Semester (total credits 16)

  • BMED5500, Biomedical Senior Design II 3cr.
  • BMED4600, Biostatistics 4cr.
  • BMED4500, Engineering in Biomedicine 1cr.
  • ELECTIVE, Biomedical Engineering 4cr.
  • HSS ELECTIVE,  See ENGL/HSS note below *

Day program students are required to complete:  

  • At least one course in Humanities  
  • At least one course in the Social Sciences  
  • The remaining courses from either the Humanities or Social Sciences category

Students with a three-English course sequence may use the third English course to satisfy a Humanities requirement.