A History of Excellence
USC's Bachelor of Science program in Biomedical Engineering was launched in 1974. Since its inception, the BME program has attracted many of the highest-achieving students at USC, including University valedictorians and salutatorians, as well as School of Engineering valedictorians. Our department also claims a large share of all Trustee and Presidential Scholarships awarded to the brightest freshmen entering USC.
Our students receive rigorous training in both science and engineering, giving them a strategic advantage in today's healthcare industry. Graduates of our program have built successful and rewarding careers as medical doctors, engineers, and researchers. Whether progressing to the biomedical industry, medical school, or graduate school, they possess a versatile set of skills to creatively approach the ever-evolving challenges of medical care.
Through the Biomedical Engineering program, BME students and faculty work to comprehend the function and structure of the human body through the application of engineering principles and to use this understanding to improve human health and well-being. The Department's mission to provide the highest quality undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate education to prepare students for diverse professional careers at the interface of engineering, biology and medicine is reflected in our academic disciplines described herein.
BME Program Educational Objectives
Graduates of our undergraduate program are expected to:
* Be engaged in a professional career in the biomedical or other related industries, or enrolled in advanced graduate studies including medical school
* Work in a technically competent manner to address challenges in engineering or their chosen profession, taking into consideration ethical and societal concerns
* Work in multidisciplinary teams and communicate effectively with other engineers and professionals.
* Continue to develop their technical knowledge and professional skills, as evidenced by participation or leadership in relevant professional societies, continuing their education, or attendance at relevant workshops, meetings, or seminars.
BME Program Outcomes
Taking into consideration our Educational Program Objectives, the BME Undergraduate Committee drafted the BME program outcomes that describe the knowledge and skills students should have acquired when they graduate with a Bachelor's degree from our program. The faculty approved the program outcomes at the same time as the Educational Program Objectives. The BME program outcomes state that students successfully completing the program should have acquired:
* 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.
* an understanding of biology and physiology
* the capability to apply advanced mathematics (including differential equations and statistics), science, and engineering to solve problems at the interface of engineering and biology
* an ability to make measurements on and interpret data from living systems
* an ability to address problems associated with the interaction between living and non-living materials and systems
Objectives and Outcomes reviewed and updated 1/15/2010
All information contained here is summarized from the USC Catalogue and is considered non-official. For all rules, regulations, procedures, and outlines, please see the current academic year USC catalogue.