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BME Undergraduate Program Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes

Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Program Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes

Dr Verbridge stands in the middle of a group -- his students -- in his biomedical engineering lab


The Bachelor of Science program in Biomedical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the General Criteria and Program Criteria for Bioengineering and Biomedical and Similarly Named Engineering Programs.  For questions regarding accreditation and curriculum, please contact:

Sara Arena

Collegiate Associate Professor and Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Program Chair
Virginia Tech  |  Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics (BEAM)
Collegiate Square Innovation Place (0151)
460 Turner Street, Suite 302
Blacksburg, VA 24060
540-232-8441  |

Program Educational Objectives

Biomedical Engineering is a multidisciplinary field, using engineering principles and design concepts to advance healthcare treatment and find innovative solutions. We strive to prepare our graduates to succeed in advanced graduate or professional study, industry, and government. Within 3-5 years after graduation, we expect our graduates to productively contribute to improving the human condition.

In these activities, our alumni will: 

  1. Develop and advance in their professional careers within industry, academia, and/or healthcare.
  2. Communicate and collaborate effectively across professional and disciplinary boundaries while exhibiting self-awareness of their role within the profession.
  3. Continually build knowledge and skills to successfully navigate the changing technology and healthcare challenges.
  4. Embody Ut Prosim through application of their engineering knowledge and experience in ethical service to local, national, and global communities.

Student Outcomes

These educational objectives are supported by a curriculum that seeks to have its graduates achieve the following student outcomes:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Note: the undergraduate program in Biomedical Engineering began enrolling students in the 2019/20 academic year, with a capped enrollment for four years.

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Note: The undergraduate program in Biomedical Engineering began enrolling students in the 2019-20 academic year, with a capped enrollment for four years. Enrollment numbers reflect full- and part-time students.