(College of Engineering)
Alyssa Panitch, Ph.D., Chairperson of the Department
Anthony Passerini, Ph.D., Vice Chair for Education
Department Office. 2303 Genome and 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 area 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 but do not routinely interact directly with patients, as do physicians. Due to the need to complete additional coursework beyond BME degree requirements, this major is not a primary route for pre-medical studies.
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 our graduates 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 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
As Biomedical engineering is defined so broadly, specializing in a subfield of engineering can provide more in-depth expertise in a focus area. Through the judicious selection of upper division engineering and science electives, students can create this depth in one of our suggested areas of specialization or in an area of the student's choosing. One of the strengths of the UC Davis program is the flexibility to design one's own emphasis
Biomechanics. This is a broad subfield that includes orthopedic/rehabilitation engineering (including the design of wheelchairs and prosthetics) as well as 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 interventions. This field involves
Cellular and Tissue. This focus area applies biomedical engineering principles to control behavior at the gene, protein, cell, and tissue level. Scientists in this area can work in diverse areas including cellular therapies, protein production, gene therapy, tissue engineering and regeneration, and biomaterials development. This field can require study in biomedical transport, natural or synthetic biomaterials, pharmacokinetics
Imaging. The visualization of
Medical Devices. This is a diverse area that can include the development of instruments, apparatuses, machines, implants, or in-vitro reagents intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment or prevention of disease. Biomedical engineers have begun to combine technologies including pharmaceuticals, electronics and mechanical devices in the development of combination medical treatments.
Systems & Synthetic Biology. In this area, concepts, principles
Pre-Medical Student. Engineering is playing an increasing role in the practice of medicine, and students interested in medicine can focus on the intersection of engineering and medicine. To meet admission requirements for medical school, students must complete extra
The Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering. Doctoral and master's degrees in Biomedical Engineering are offered through the