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Undergraduate Program: Mission Statement, Program Educational Objectives, and Student Outcomes

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The Fischell Department of Bioengineering at the University of Maryland offers an undergraduate program in bioengineering which is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. For more information, see www.abet.org.

Mission Statement

The Fischell Department of Bioengineering at is a forward thinking academic organization dedicated to utilizing engineering and scientific knowledge and methods to assist the citizens of Maryland and the nation. The Department intends to develop biologically based knowledge and products to promote ecological, human, and animal health, and to improve the quality of life while maintaining a healthy environment. The Department aims to quickly assume a leadership role in the field of bioengineering through educating an innovative student body and pioneering groundbreaking technologies.

The Fischell Department of Bioengineering's Mission Statement is documented both here and in the BIOE Undergraduate Student Handbook (PDF).

Program Educational Objectives

The undergraduate program in the Fischell Department of Bioengineering provides students with a broad and fundamental education relating engineering with the biological sciences.  The program has focuses in biomedical devices, human health, biotechnology, and ecosystems.  These focuses all contain components of fundamental sciences, design, and communications skills.  The students' educational achievements all contribute to enabling a wide range of career paths after graduation.

Our graduates are grounded in fundamentals that will serve them throughout their professional careers. They will have an understanding of human behavior, societal needs and forces, and the dynamics of human efforts and their effects on human health and that of our environment.  With these underpinnings and abilities, we have defined several Program Educational Objectives we expect our graduates to attain in 3-5 years after graduation:

  1. Prepare our graduates for continuing their education and for gaining employment in a bioengineering or related profession;
  2. Instill in our graduates a desire to participate in lifelong learning activities that will further their careers and their impact on society;
  3. Encourage our graduates to serve their profession and community.

The Program Educational Objectives are documented both here and in the BIOE Undergraduate Student Handbook (PDF).

Student Outcomes

Maryland bioengineers gain a broad-based education in which engineering approaches are used to understand and improve living systems and their environments.  We educate students to excel in the field of bioengineering and carry out research, development, and commercialization of bioscience systems and tools that will improve the lives of people throughout the world.  The specific Student Outcomes detailed by the Bioengineering Program are detailed below.

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. 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
  4. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. An ability to communicate effectively
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Additional Bioengineering Outcomes:

  1. applying principles of engineering, biology, human physiology, chemistry, calculus-based physics, mathematics (through differential equations), and statistics
  2. solving bio/biomedical engineering problems, including those associated with the interaction between living and non-living systems
  3. analyzing, modeling, designing and realizing bio/biomedical engineering devices, systems, components, or processes
  4. making measurements on and interpreting data from living systems

The Student Outcomes are documented both here and in the BIOE Undergraduate Student Handbook (PDF).

Enrollment and Graduation Rates:

  • Of the students who entered the Bioengineering program as freshmen in Fall of 2009 and completed their studies at the University, 82.5% graduated in four years with a B.S. in Bioengineering.
  • Of the students who entered the Bioengineering program as freshmen in Fall of 2009 and completed their studies at the University, 95.0% graduated in four years with a B.S. in any Engineering discipline.
  • Of the students who entered the Bioengineering program as freshmen in Fall of 2009 and completed their studies at the University, 100% graduated within six years.
  • Our current undergraduate enrollment is 390 students distributed over all four years of study.

The Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering degree program at the University of Maryland is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org