(College of Engineering)
Steven George, Ph.D., Chairperson of the Department
Soichiro Yamada, Ph.D., Vice Chair for Education
Department Office. 2303 Genome & Biomedical Sciences Facility; 530-752-1033; https://bme.ucdavis.edu
The Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Major
The Biomedical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET; see http://www.abet.org.
Biomedical engineering is an interdisciplinary field of study that integrates knowledge of engineering principles with the biomedical sciences. It is a very diverse field with biomedical engineers working in areas ranging from medical imaging to regenerative medicine. Some major contributions of Biomedical Engineering include the left ventricular assist device (LVAD), artificial joints, hemodialysis, bioengineered skin, coronary stents, computed tomography (CT), and flexible endoscopes. Students who choose biomedical engineering are interested in contributing to human health and quality of
The mission of the BS degree program of the Department of Biomedical Engineering is to combine exceptional teaching with state-of-the-art research for the advancement of technologies and computational techniques that meet medical and societal challenges.
The educational objectives of our program are that a B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering should prepare students to:
1) Be successfully engaged in their chosen career through engineering practice, academic or clinical research, healthcare, education, service, or related activities, or through pursuit of graduate or professional degrees; and 2) Contribute effectively to society through responsible professional practice, fostering of cross-disciplinary collaboration, generation of innovative solutions to problems, and continuous pursuit of knowledge for personal and technological advancement.
The biomedical engineering curriculum has been designed to provide a solid foundation in mathematics, life and physical sciences, and engineering, and to provide sufficient flexibility in the upper division requirements to encourage students to explore specializations within the field. Our instructional program is designed to impart knowledge of contemporary issues at the forefront of biomedical engineering research. Employment opportunities exist in
For information about graduate degree options, see Biomedical Engineering (Graduate Group).
Areas of Specialization
Biomechanics. This is a broad subfield that includes orthopedic/rehabilitation engineering (including the design of wheelchairs and prosthetics) and the study of mechanical forces produced by biological systems. Biomechanics allows a better understanding of the fluid dynamics of blood flow and the forces acting on tissue in the artery to allow the design of better cardiovascular interventional devices. This field involves more intensive study of mechanics, dynamics
Cellular & Tissue. This focus area applies biomedical engineering principles to control behavior at the gene, protein, cell, and tissue level. Engineers in this area work with cellular therapies, protein production, gene therapy, tissue engineering and regeneration, and biomaterials development. This subfield draws heavily from the chemical and biological sciences and can involve studying biomedical transport, natural or synthetic biomaterials, pharmacokinetics
Imaging. Visualizing anatomical structure, physiological processes, metabolic activity and molecular expression in living tissues is essential for the diagnosis of disease, development of new therapeutics, evaluation of the response to therapeutics, and guidance of interventional procedures. Our program has a particular strength in molecular imaging, which involves detecting molecular-scale events within living systems. An imaging biomedical engineer can develop instruments for imaging, create algorithms for three-dimensional reconstruction of imaging data, and generate new contrast agents to enhance image quality. Depending upon the area of interest, this field can require further study in electronics, signal processing, chemistry or computer programming.
Medical Devices. This is a diverse area that can include the development of devices, instruments
Systems & Synthetic Biology. In this area, students apply engineering principles to better understand, design and build biological systems at the cellular level. They integrating cellular, biochemical, genetic, electromechanical and computational approaches in their work, which can be applied to health and other applications. Systems and synthetic biology specialists can build engineered or artificial cells for fighting cancer or antibiotic resistance, improve tissue engineering and drug production approaches and study how complex and dynamic molecular systems control cellular behavior.
Pre-Medical Student. As engineering is playing an increasing role in the practice of medicine, students can focus on the intersection of engineering and medicine for future careers as physician-scientists. Please note that to meet admission requirements for medical school, students must complete extra coursework in addition to the listed Department of Biomedical Engineering curriculum requirements.
The Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering. Doctoral and master's degrees in Biomedical Engineering are offered through the