BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING OVERVIEW
Over the past half century we have seen computer technology advance at a rapid speed. However the application of this technology within the human body has failed to keep pace. One of the greatest challenges of this new century is the development of highly technical solutions to medical conditions. The Biomedical Engineering program at UT Dallas is designed to create the next generation of engineers whom are as proficient at working with advanced electronics as they are with biological tissue and organisms. Biomedical engineering integrates engineering problem solving with medicine and biology. Students who choose this exciting and challenging major will go on to engineer and innovate medical solutions that will reduce health care costs, improve human health and increase the quality of life for all human kind.
Undergraduate students in Biomedical engineering will seek careers in industrial, health care, and academic, government, and private laboratories. Many will find that their professional careers are filled with great challenges and even greater rewards as they experience the profound difference their efforts can make in improving human lives. The typical biomedical engineer will play a critical role in translating medical needs into engineering specifications. These engineers will work in team environments that will include scientists, engineers, clinicians and life scientists.
Engineering education requires a strong high school preparation. Pre-biomedical-engineering students should have high school preparation of at least one-half year in trigonometry and at least one year each in elementary algebra, intermediate and advanced algebra, plane geometry, biology, chemistry and physics, thus developing their competencies to the highest possible levels and preparing to move immediately into demanding college courses in calculus, calculus-based physics and chemistry for science majors. It is also essential that pre-engineering students have the competence to read rapidly and with comprehension, and to write clearly and correctly.