The Undergraduate Bioengineering Program offers four tracks that provide a depth component in bioengineering complementary to the breadth of the core curriculum. Each track consists of 6 courses, required or drawn from a list of suggested courses, that provide a cohesive, focused, and in-depth area of study within the track. For complete track descriptions please refer to the Undergraduate Bioengineering Program Handbook.
Bioimaging and Signals Track
The Bioimaging and Signals Track is designed for flexibility so that students are able to tailor their degree within the broad fields of biological signal acquisition and processing. Track students pursue coursework in focus areas such as:
- Bioimaging, including sensing, rendering, interpreting biological images, and imaging devices;
- Biological signal processing, modeling, measurement, and analysis;
- Control and dynamic systems; and
- Neural engineering.
Biomechanics is the application of mechanical principles to biological systems. The track curriculum was designed for flexibility so that students are able to tailor their degree into a focus area that is of interest to them. Examples of such areas include cell biomechanics, tissue/organ biomechanics, orthopaedic biomechanics, design, biomaterials, whole-body biomechanics, human factors, rehabilitation biomechanics, motor control and robotics.
Cellular Engineering Track
This track provides students with the opportunity to focus in areas related to cellular, tissue, and organ engineering. The track is designed for students interested in a quantitative understanding of the native biological structure/function at various levels of organization (molecules-cells-tissues-organs) and in leveraging that understanding to manipulate processes and/or engineer artifacts for biomedical applications.
Medical Product Engineering Track
Students choosing this track will leverage the medical product design process to identify unmet clinical needs and develop products that contribute to human health and welfare. Facets of this process include customer discovery, design conceptualization and prototyping, identification of appropriate regulatory and reimbursement pathways, and application of key elements of the FDA Quality System Regulation with particular focus on the Design Controls. In addition, the track requires student exposure to other elements unique to the medical product design process including clinician, patient, and caregiver interaction, risk identification and management, economic considerations, and implementation of computer-aided design and simulation tools.