Undergraduate Program Accreditation, Mission, Educational Objectives, and Student Outcomes
The Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering’s B.S. BME program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. Accreditation is a peer review process which ensures educational quality. The accrediting body for applied science, computing, technology, and engineering programs is ABET. Accreditation through this body ensures that the Biomedical Engineering undergraduate program meets the quality standards established by the BME profession for which it prepares its students. The Biomedical Engineering undergraduate program received ABET accreditation in 2008.
The Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering is the premier source of scientific discoveries and of well-educated biomedical engineers in the broad fields of biomedical devices, systems, materials, and tissue constructs, fostering strong academic, industrial, and clinical ties.
To meet this mission, the faculty and staff of the Weldon School, have defined educational objectives that are intended to guide the development, implementation and continuous improvement of our B.S. BME degree program in order to meet the needs of our constituents, which include our current students, alumni, and industrial advisory board members. The educational objectives are regularly reviewed and assessed for their continued relevance and effective implementation by our constituents, faculty, and staff. To learn more about our continuous assessment and improvement plan, please read our Continuous Improvement Guide.
The educational objectives for our B.S. BME degree program describe the expected accomplishments of our graduates during the first few years after graduation.
Within a few years of graduation, graduates of the BME engineering program will have:
- Demonstrated their technical and practical skills by solving open-ended engineering problems with biological, medical, or healthcare systems relevance in their field of expertise.
- Demonstrated their ability to understand, respect, and integrate contributions from multiple disciplines to address problems with biological, medical, and healthcare systems relevance.
- Demonstrated their ability to practice engineering in biological, medical and healthcare systems related fields or to continue their training in relevant professional and graduate school programs.
In order to fulfill the program educational objectives we have defined and implemented specific student performance outcomes (listed below) to be met at the time of graduation. These performance outcomes were defined from the general requirements set forth by ABET for Biomedical Engineering undergraduate programs and are supported by performance indicators that are used to measure the knowledge and capabilities of students at the time of graduation.
ABET EAC General Student Performance Outcomes
- An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
- An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
- An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
- An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
- An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
- An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
- An ability to communicate effectively
- The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
- A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
- A knowledge of contemporary issues
- An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
Weldon School Program Specific Student Performance Outcomes
- The capability to apply advanced mathematics (including differential equations and statistics), science, and engineering to solve the problems at the interface of engineering and biology
- An understanding of biology and physiology
- The ability to address problems associated with the interaction between living and non-living materials and systems
- The ability to make measurements on and interpret data from living systems