Biomedical Engineering

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in biomedical engineering is offered by the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering (ECBE), and is open to qualified students under the New England Regional Student Program.  The biomedical engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, Inc. ( Specialization in biomedical engineering is also available within the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs in electrical engineering.

Faculty: Professor He, Chairperson; Professor Ying Sun, Program Coordinator. Professors Besio and Ohley; Associate Professor Vetter; Assistant Professors Kennedy, Mankodiya, and Shahriari. Supporting Faculty: Professors Boudreaux-Bartels, Fischer, Swaszek, and Vaccaro. Adjunct Professor Chiaramida and Silver; Adjunct Assistant Professors Chabot, DiCecco, Liu, Salisbury, and Wu.

Program Educational Objectives.

Three to five years after graduation from the B.S. in biomedical engineering, graduates will:

  1. Successfully practice biomedical engineering to serve state and regional industries, hospitals, government agencies, or national and international industries.
  2. Work professionally in one or more of the following areas: biomedical electronics, medical instrumentation, medical imaging, biomedical signal processing, rehabilitation engineering, and neuroengineering.
  3. Achieve personal and professional success with awareness and commitment to their ethical and social responsibilities, both as individuals and in team environments.
  4. Maintain and improve their technical competence through lifelong learning, including entering and succeeding in an advanced degree program in a field such as engineering, science, business, or medicine.

Student Outcomes. Biomedical engineering students demonstrate knowledge in all outcomes required by ABET, Inc. which are listed in the college’s student outcomes section of this catalog.

Program Description. Biomedical engineering is an interdisciplinary area in which engineering techniques are applied to problem solving in the life sciences and medicine. Biomedical engineers design medical instruments for diagnosis and the treatment of various diseases as well as for research in biology. Examples of instruments for diagnosis include electrocardiographs, electroencephalographs, automatic blood analyzers, and medical imaging systems such as X-ray imaging, radio-nuclide imaging, ultrasound imaging, computer-assisted tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging. Examples of instruments for treatment include radiotherapy machines, pacemakers, cardiac-assist devices, intelligent drug delivery systems, and lasers for surgery. Biomedical engineers develop artificial organs for prosthesis and computer software and hardware systems to help provide high-quality, cost-effective health care.

Biomedical engineers are employed in the medical instrument industry, where they invent, design, manufacture, sell, and service medical equipment; hospitals, where they evaluate, select, maintain, and provide training for the use of complex medical equipment; and medical and biological research institutes, where they use unique analytical ability and instrumentation skills to conduct advanced research.

URI’s biomedical engineering program combines study in the biological sciences with the areas of engineering that are particularly important for the application of modern technology to medicine. This curriculum is designed to provide students with not only a general background in biomedical engineering but also a special focus on the skills in electrical engineering necessary for developing medical devices. With a few minor elective changes, the program also satisfies the entrance requirements of most medical schools, but students who plan to go on to medical school should consult the premedical advisor and the coordinator of the biomedical engineering program.

The biomedical engineering major requires 120–121 credits.

Freshman Year First semester: 15 credits
CHM 101 (3), 102 (1); ECN 201 (3); EGR 105 (1); MTH 141 (4); and general education outcome(s)1 (3).

Second semester: 14 credits
BME 181 (1); CHM 124 (3); EGR 106 (2); MTH 142 (4); and PHY 203 (3), 273 (1).

Sophomore Year First semester: 16 credits
BIO 121 (4); BME 281 (1); ELE 201 (3), 202 (1); MTH 362 (3); and PHY 204 (3), 274 (1).

Second semester: 15 credits
BIO 242 (3), 244 (1); BME 207 (3); ELE 212 (4), 215 (1); and MTH 243 (3).

Junior Year First semester: 16 credits
BIO 341 (3); BME 307 (3), 360 (3), 361 (1); ELE 313 (3); and general education outcome(s)1 (3).

Second semester: 16 credits
BME 362 (3), 363 (1); ELE 314 (3); ISE 311 (3) or STA 409 (3); general education outcome(s)1 (6).

Senior Year First semester: 14–15 credits
BME 461 (3), 464 (3), 465 (1), 484 (3) [capstone]; ELE 400 (1); and approved professional elective2 (3-4).

Second semester: 14 credits
BME 466 (3), 468 (3), 485 (2) [capstone]; and general education outcome(s)1 (6).

General Education Outcomes (A1-D1): if all outcomes are satisfied in fewer spaces than provided, you must take a course of your choice (Free Elective) to fill each remaining space in order to meet the required earned credit total of your degree plan. A complete detailing of these requirements are listed in the college’s curriculum requirements section of this catalog.

2 Professional Elective Requirement: One (1) course from the following: CHE 333, 347, 574; CSC 522; ELE 322, 338/339, 343/344, 435/436, 437, 438, 444/445, 447/448, 458/459, 470, 501, 506; ISE 304, 312; MCE 341, 354, 372; MTH 442, 451, 462, 471; with prior approval of the Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering department chairperson, any other 300-, 400-, or 500-level College of Engineering course not required by the BME major.

International Engineering Program (IEP)In conjunction with the College of Arts and Sciences, the COE offers a five-year program in which students earn two degrees: a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in engineering and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in a foreign language. The foreign languages currently offered by the IEP are Chinese, German, French, Italian, and Spanish. The five-year program includes a year studying abroad. The first semester abroad is spent at the IEP’s partner university taking engineering, language, and culture courses in the host language.  The second six months abroad are spent in a paid professional internship working at an international engineering company or engaged in a research institute in Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, or Asia. Upon graduation, students are well prepared to compete in the global marketplace and are highly sought after by employers both in the U.S. and abroad. Interested students should contact the IEP director at the Texas Instruments (TI) House on Upper College Road. The IEP has received several awards for excellence in international engineering education.

Accelerated Five-Year B.S./M.S. Degree Program. To qualify for this program, students must earn a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher while pursuing their B.S. degree. To ease the course load at the graduate level, candidates are encouraged to earn some graduate credits (e.g. one or two courses not required for their B.S. degree) during their senior year. Additional information about this program can be obtained by contacting the department chairperson.