The Catholic University of America

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at CUA is to educate men and women who can bridge engineering with life sciences in the service of human health and represent the biomedical profession with distinction. Our department serves as a conduit for better understanding of biology through engineering concepts and for utilizing the complex organization of life systems in developing new technologies.

Objectives and Outcomes

Educational Objectives

The Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) at CUA has adopted the following educational objectives. These objectives are consistent with the mission of the University, School of Engineering and BME department.  The educational objectives of the biomedical engineering undergraduate program are that the graduates will:

  1. Work in careers in biomedical engineering or related fields (e.g. other engineering disciplines, medicine, law, etc.) and will continue developing the necessary skills to obtain leadership positions and other positions of increasing responsibilities.
  2. Work in research careers pursuing advanced degrees by applying their background and knowledge towards the advancement of technology and the betterment of society by contributing to educational and social institutions.
  3. Continue to learn and to expand and develop their knowledge and skill sets so as to be able to adapt and thrive in a rapidly changing global environment.

Educational Outcomes

The department of Biomedical Engineering at CUA has adopted the following educational outcomes. This list provides a good framework for rigorous evaluation of our educational objectives and maps directly to the ABET Criteria 3 (a-k). A more detailed description of some of the outcomes are provided in italics.

  1. Ability to understand and apply the fundamentals of life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics and engineering.
  2. Ability to design experiments for, make measurements on, and interpret data from living systems.
  3. Ability to identify appropriate design specifications and to design solutions at the system, component, and/or process level to satisfy biomedical needs.
  4. Ability to work in integrative teams involving engineers from various disciplines and when applicable, heath-care professionals.
  5. Ability to identify, formulate and solve biomedical engineering problems and challenges.
  6. Understand professional and ethical responsibility related to biomedical engineering practice.
  7. Ability to communicate effectively, in oral and written form, to interdisciplinary audiences.
  8. Have an understanding of bioethics, philosophy, religion, and other broad areas to assess the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context.
  9. Have the recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning.
  10. Have a working knowledge of contemporary issues in biomedical engineering.
  11. Ability to use classical and modern engineering, mathematics, and biological tools for biomedical engineering practice.

Enrollment and Graduation Data

The enrollment and graduation data in the Department of Biomedical Engineering during the 2010-2014 period is shown in Figures 1 and 2, respectively.

Figure 1. Total undergraduate enrollment in Biomedical Engineering from 2010-2014.

 

Figure 2. Total number of awarded degrees in Biomedical Engineering from 2010-2014.