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Biomedical Design Minor

Description

Biomedical Design bridges the disciplines of engineering, biology and medicine to design and implement systems or devices capable of enhancing human function and meeting patient needs. Demand for biomedical design expertise is growing due to rapid advances in biomedical technology and an aging population.  The Biomedical Design minor, administered by the Mechanical Engineering department, is an 18-credit program primarily designed for Engineering and Biology majors but is available to students in other programs. Some (especially non-engineering) students may need to take several prerequisite courses. Students completing the minor will graduate with the technical expertise of engineering accompanied by a thorough understanding of how technical skills can be applied to biological systems.

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    Program Learning Outcomes

    Graduates of this program will be able to:

    1. apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to solve problems involving biomedical systems
    2. design and conduct biomedical experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
    3. design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints
    4. function on multidisciplinary teams
    5. identify, formulate, and solve biomedical engineering problems
    6. understand professional and ethical responsibility related to biomedical research
    7. communicate effectively
    8. understand the impact of biomedical engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
    9. discuss contemporary biomedical issues
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    Biomedical Design Minor Requirements - 18 credits

    The Biomedical Design Minor, administered by the Mechanical Engineering department, is an 18-credit program primarily designed for Engineering and Biology majors but is available to students in other programs.  Some (especially non-Engineering) students may need to take several prerequisite courses. 

    Required Courses

    • ENGR 1400 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering (3 credits)
    • BIO 2300 Principles of Human Anatomy & Physiology Lecture (3 credits) (or BIO 2600 or BIO 4630 or another Anatomy and/or Physiology course approved by program administrator)
    • ETH 3580 Health Care Ethics (3 credits)
    • MENG 4930 Prototype Design I (2 credits) + MENG 4990 Independent Study and Research (1 cr)  or MENG 4950 Prototype Design II (3 credits) [Engineering majors] or ENGR 4000 Advanced Topics in Engineering [non-Engineering majors] (3 credits)

    Two Elective Courses (6 credits) from the following options:

    • BIO 1040 Fundamentals of Bioinformatics (3 credits)
    • CSSE 4620 Introduction to Bioinformatics (3 credits)
    • ELEE 3800 Signals and Systems (3 credits)
    • ELEE 4400 Computational Intelligence Techniques (3 credits)
    • MENG 4400 Occupational Biomechanics (3 credits)

    At most, six credits that are required by the students’ major can count towards the minor, at least nine credits will be upper division (3000+ level) courses, no courses will be taken on a pass/fail basis, and a minimum of 12 credits will be taken at Detroit Mercy.

Program Contact Information

Program Director: Megan Conrad, Ph.D.
Engineering 274
Telephone: (313) 993-1506
Fax: (313) 447-2044
Email: 
conradmo@udmercy.edu
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