Program Educational Objectives
Biomedical Engineering undergraduates at the Johns Hopkins University integrate the knowledge core of traditional engineering disciplines and modern biology to solve problems encountered in living systems. Living systems present a number of conceptual and technological problems not encountered in physical systems. Biomedical engineering education must allow engineers to analyze a problem from both an engineering and biological perspective; to anticipate the special difficulties in working with living systems and to evaluate a wide range of possible approaches to solutions. The graduate should be able to advance both traditional engineering disciplines and biology.
The undergraduate program in Biomedical Engineering provides a strong foundation in the basic sciences, mathematics, engineering and life sciences. The educational foundation, coupled with opportunities for extracurricular experiences, research/internship opportunities, teaching, advising and mentoring, provides a broad pathway for students to pursue a wide variety of post-graduate opportunities.
Our fundamental aim is to instill a passion for learning, scientific discovery, innovation, entrepreneurial spirit, and societal impact in an extraordinary group of graduates who, because of their experiences in our program, will:
- Continue to utilize and enhance their engineering and biological training to solve problems related to health and healthcare that are globally relevant and based on ethically sound principles,
- Demonstrate leadership in their respective careers in biomedical engineering or interrelated areas of industry, government, academia, and clinical practice,
- Engage in life-long learning by continuing their education in graduate or professional school or through opportunities for advanced career or professional training, and
- Practice and advocate for equitable access to the field and the technology it produces by advancing diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility for all in their profession.
Upon completion of the B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, students will demonstrate:
- an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
- an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
- an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
- an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
- an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
- an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
- an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
The B.S. in Biomedical Engineering degree program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET under the commission’s General Criteria and Program Criteria for Bioengineering and Biomedical and Similarly Named Engineering Programs.