Data on the BME Core Curriculum Robert A.

Data on the BME Core Curriculum Robert A.

Data on the BME Core Curriculum
Robert A. Linsenmeier and 1,2David W. Gatchell
1
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
2
Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL

1

Supported by NSF EEC 9876363

Third Biomedical Engineering Education Summit Meeting, St. Charles, IL June, 2008

Number of programs over time

METHODS

INTRODUCTION

Data were curricula of BME programs posted on university
websites as being the most current information
Counted required courses in engineering and biology
Did not consider math, basic chemistry, physics,
humanities and social science
Counted identifiable courses, so might be undercounting
e.g. statistics may be taught in a lab course
Converted all curricula to semester credit hour system
Average curriculum = 128 credit hrs
71 programs had curricula that could be characterized
40 of 42 accredited programs
31 of 38 non-accredited programs

Courses required at ~75% of accredited BME programs.
Bars show fraction of programs requiring course (gray) and fraction
requiring that the course be taken from BE/BME department (yellow)

75

# of Programs

We were interested in the following questions:
How much do biomedical engineering programs have in
common?
What courses are required? What domains are covered?
How many credit hours are required in each domain?
Does a core undergraduate curriculum already exist?
How much room is devoted to specialization?
Are accredited and non-accredited (often newer)
programs different?

Total Programs
(Date of initiation from Whitaker)

60
45
30
15

Accredited Programs
(ABET data)

0
1960

1970

1980

1990

2000

2010

Year

Credit hours required at accredited BME programs
(mean and SD)

Required courses at accredited programs

Physiology
Mechanics

Additional courses required at accredited BME programs

BME Credit Hours
Total Credit Hours

Biology - Non-Phys
BME Credit Hours
Total Credit Hours

Physiology

Circuit Analysis
Computing

Mechanics

Curricular Subject

Thermodynamics
Modeling

Curricular Subjects

Biology - Non-Phys
Circuit Analysis
Computing
Statistics
Materials

Organic Chemistry
Imaging
Specialization Hours
Design

Instrumentation

Freshman Engineering

Signals & Systems

Other

Transport Phenomena
50%

75%

Instrumentation
Signals & Systems
Transport Phenomena
Thermodynamics

Organic Chemistry
25%

50%

75%

Imaging

100%

Design

100%

Freshman Engineering

Other includes courses in Ethics, Engineering Economics, Technical Communication, etc.

Percentage of Programs Requring Credit Hours

Total Credit Hours

Materials

Percentage of Programs Requring Credit Hours

25%

BME Credit Hours

Statistics

Modeling

0%

0%

There is a de facto core already, which most schools
approach, but few if any match exactly.
Courses in design, physiology, additional biology,
mechanics, circuits, instrumentation, computing,
statistics, and materials are all required by at least
75% of BE/BME accredited programs.
BME has a broad core; and this matches what both
industry and academia want based on survey data
(not shown).
Accredited and non-accredited programs have similar
but not identical curricula.
Beyond the core there is room for specialization.
Industry should be educated about the existence of
this core.

90

We analyzed biomedical engineering and bioengineering
undergraduate curricula in the US at the level of courses.

Curricular Subjects

SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS

0.00

3.00

6.00

9.00

Required Credit Hours

Differences between accredited and non-accredited programs

Courses required at accredited BME programs more
frequently than at non-accredited BME programs

Courses required at accredited BME programs less
frequently than at non-accredited BME programs

NonDelta (A N)
Accredited %

Mechanics

93%

71%

22%

Thermodynamic
s

63%

45%

17%

Materials

78%

61%

16%

Course Title

NonAccredited %

Accredited %

Signals &
Systems

73%

Delta (A N)

74%

- 2%

83%

71%

12%

Statistics

78%

81%

- 3%

Modeling

40%

29%

11%

Physiology

98%

87%

10%

Biology
non-Physiology

88%

97%

- 9%

Imaging

15%

6%

9%

Computing

78%

90%

- 13%

Transport
Phenomena

70%

68%

2%

Instrumentation

75%

74%

1%

Students should follow a BME track emphasizing
depth in a traditional engineering field (as above) or
in an emerging area (e.g., cellular engineering,
systems biology, tissue engineering).
Students should take advanced bioengineering,
guided by recommended sequences, but not
formalized as tracks.
Students should be free to choose advanced
courses from bioengineering, other branches of
engineering, and biology.

Organic
Chemistry

Instrumentation

Participants choosing
option

28%

Mechanics

Total Credit Hours

Transport Phenomena
Materials
Organic Chemistry
Thermodynamics
Modeling
Imaging

52%

- 24%

Freshman Engineering
0.00

3.00

6.00

9.00

12.00

Required Credit Hours

Percentage of programs offering different kinds of tracks
Electrical

Credit hours reserved for tracks or specialization courses
Accredited
programs
Mean (SD) credit hrs

12.9 7.3

Non-accredited
programs
12.8 6.7

26 (33%)

12 (15%)

BME Credit Hours

Design

23 (29%)

17 (22%)

Signals & Systems

Circuit Analysis

Specializations or Tracks beyond the core

Faculty and industry responses to survey
(Delphi study round 2)

Students should follow a BME track emphasizing
depth in a traditional engineering field

Physiology
Statistics

Circuit Analysis

Option

Computing

25 percentile
th

8

8

Imaging

Non-Accredited
Accredited

Materials Science

Tracks

Accredited %

Biology - Non-Phys

Curricular Subject

Course Title

Credit hours required at non-accredited programs
(Mean and SD)

Mechanical

Premedicine

Median credit hrs

12

12

Tissue, Cellular &
Molecular Engineering

75th percentile

16

18

Other
0%

25%

50%

Percentage of Programs

75%

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