What is Biomedical Engineering?

Biomedical engineering (BME) is the application of engineering principles and design concepts to medicine and biology for healthcare purposes (e.g. diagnostic or therapeutic). This field seeks to close the gap between engineering and medicine, combining the design and problem solving skills of engineering with medical and biological sciences to advance health care treatment, including diagnosis, monitoring, and therapy. Biomedical engineering has only recently emerged as its own study, compared to many other engineering fields. Such an evolution is common as a new field transitions from being an interdisciplinary specialization among already-established fields, to being considered a field in itself. Much of the work in biomedical engineering consists of research and development, spanning a broad array of subfields (see below). Prominent biomedical engineering applications include the development of biocompatible prostheses, various diagnostic and therapeutic medical devices ranging from clinical equipment to micro-implants, common imaging equipment such as MRIs and EEGs, regenerative tissue growth, pharmaceutical drugs and therapeutic biologicals.


Program Summary

This Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering (BME) degree program will prepare engineering students at the University of Mississippi to have an understanding of biology and physiology and the capability to apply advanced mathematics, science, and engineering to solve the problems at the interface of engineering, biology, and medicine. Moreover, the curriculum will prepare graduates with the ability to make measurements on and interpret data from living systems, addressing the problems associated with the interaction between living and non-living materials and systems.

The graduates of the program will be able to pursue (i) employment in biomedical or related industries (ii) graduate studies in biomedical engineering or related discipline (iii) professional careers in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, or patent law.

The program will allow graduates the ability to partially meet the expected demand in biomedical industries in Mississippi and across the nation. It will also provide additional human resources for the practice of medicine and for addressing public health issues.

Specifically, the program offers students a choice of one of three tracks towards fulfilling the degree requirements. Those tracks are the following: Bioinformatics, Biomedical Systems engineering, and Biomolecular engineering. In addition to the core curriculum, which will be common to all emphases, students will gain additional knowledge in the chosen track area. Bioinformatics emphasis educates students to apply big data analytics to genome sequencing, medical imaging and large data management. Biomedical Systems provide students with an understanding of medical instrumentation/devices, biomechanics and signal analysis, and device design. Biomolecular engineering educates students in the applications of biomolecular technology to medicine and applied technology.