Biomedical Engineering

Brief Description of Concentration

biomedical engineeringBiomedical Engineering lies at the intersection of the physical and life sciences, incorporating principles from physics and chemistry to understand the operation of living systems. As in other engineering fields, the approach is highly quantitative: mathematical analysis and modeling are used to capture the function of systems from subcellular to organism scales. An education in Biomedical Engineering, and engineering more broadly, enables students to translate abstract hypothesis and scientific knowledge into working systems (e.g., prosthetic devices, imaging systems, and biopharmaceuticals). This enables one to both test the understanding of basic principles and to further this knowledge, and it places this understanding in the broader context of societal needs. 

Learning Objectives

The overarching intellectual goal of biomedical engineering is to apply quantitative engineering analysis to understand the operation of living systems and design novel systems to satisfy unmet needs in medicine and industry. Specific objectives for students undertaking the A.B. in Biomedical Engineering are:

  • Utilize mathematical analysis and modeling to capture the function of systems from subcellular to organism scales.
  • Understand and apply the fundamental engineering disciplines (thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, kinetics); sciences (physics, biology, chemistry); and mathematics (statistics, differential equations) to solve biomedical problems.
  • Translate scientific knowledge into working systems (e.g., prosthetic devices, imaging systems, and biopharmaceuticals).
  • Gain depth of knowledge in chemical, biological, materials, and engineering science aspects of bioengineering.

Gateway Courses

  • ENG-SCI 53: Quantitative Physiology as a Basis for Engineering, Fall
  • LS 1A: An Integrated Introduction to the Life Sciences, Fall (LPS A can also meet this requirement)
  • Math, begin according to placement (Math Ma, Mb, 1a, b; Math 21a, b; or Applied Math 22a, b)
  • Physics (Applied Physics 50a, b or Physical Sciences 2, 3 or Physical Sciences 12a, b or Physics 15a, b)

Alumni

https://www.seas.harvard.edu/alumni/alumni-news-profiles?degree%5B703%5D=703

 

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