Biomedical Engineering Specializations
As a broad and diverse discipline, biomedical engineering encompasses several different specializations, or tracks. At the undergraduate level, these specializations help to streamline and expedite course and project planning. The following specializations have been defined:
Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering
Biomaterials integrates engineering fundamentals in materials science with principles of cell biology, chemistry, and physiology to aid in the design and development of medical devices. Tissue engineering brings together the principles and methods of engineering and the fundamentals of life sciences for the development of biological substitutes to restore, maintain, or improve tissue/organ function.
Biomechanics and Mechanobiology
This discipline applies engineering mechanics to the study of biological tissues and physiological systems. The focus of biomechanics is on the way the body moves or the strength of bones, but includes many other aspects.
Bioinstrumentation and Biosignal Processing
Here the focus is on training students to design, test, and use sensors and biomedical instrumentation in humans and animals to further enhance the quality of health care.