Biomedical Engineering

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Program Description 

The Biomedical Engineering track is at the crossroads of physics, medicine, engineering and mathematics. This track emphasizes physics as applied to medical careers along with problem-solving as taught in the Engineering and Physics programs. Biomedical Engineering graduates leave Rockhurst with the critical thinking, problem-solving and communication skills in high demand in the healthcare device industry. Graduates have the flexibility to choose from a wide variety of careers, from graduate school in biomedical engineering or biomechanics to direct entry into the healthcare device industry. Having these options allows students to diversify their coursework and experiences at Rockhurst. 

Rockhurst's program is the only undergraduate Biomedical Engineering program in the region. Statistically, Biomedical Engineering students who seek entry into medical school score the highest on the MCAT by percentage. 

The Biomedical Engineering track is an excellent program for students interested in engineering and medicine, medical school, or non-clinical careers in the health industry. The Biomedical Engineering track is not suited for students seeking professional engineering licensure. 

Learning Outcomes 

  • Students will demonstrate their conceptual understanding of a wide range of applications of physics to the human body and healthcare devices. 
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to quantitatively analyze a wide range of situations using their understanding of selected topics from physics, biology, chemistry and engineering. 
  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in oral and written scientific communication, and will demonstrate that they can think critically and work independently.

Course Map 

Prospective Students 

Current Students 

Experiences 

  • Students experience unique curriculum at the intersection of medicine, engineering and mathematics to prepare them for graduate programs and employment in the fast-growing, high-demand biomedical engineering industry.
  • By percentage, Biomedical Engineering students have the highest score on the MCAT
  • Students have the opportunity to join the Society of Physics Students  
  • Students can become involved in Sigma Pi Sigma, the national physics honor society 

Outcomes 

  • Graduate school in Biomedical Physics, Biomechanics, Bioengineering, Medical Physics or other non-technical areas (e.g., business) 
  • Industry careers with a medical device or healthcare device engineering firm 
  • Medical school