Accreditation

​Mission of the Department of Bioengineering

The Department of Bioengineering bridges the fields of engineering and medicine with a core mission of applying engineering principles and analyses to improving human health. The department will fulfill this mission by providing opportunities for training, research, and service in bioengineering to faculty, students, and residents of Colorado and the greater Rocky Mountain region.

Program Objectives

The bioengineering bachelor of science program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org/.

Bioengineering Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)

Graduates of the undergraduate program in bioengineering are expected to attain at least one of the following objectives within a few years after graduation:

  • Be employed as a professional in the biomedical engineering field or related industry using knowledge and skills obtained in the program.
  • Be progressing toward an advanced degree in: a) health sciences or medical school; b) graduate school; c) business or law school, or other advanced professional program.

Student Outcomes

The department follows standard ABET (a) – (k) criteria for Student Outcomes:

  1. Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering. 
  2. Ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data. 
  3. Ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability. 
  4. Ability to function on multidisciplinary teams. 
  5. Ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems. 
  6. Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility. 
  7. Ability to communicate effectively. 
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context. 
  9. Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning. 
  10. Knowledge of contemporary issues. 
  11. Ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

In addition, the department follows bioengineering-specific criteria:   

  • m1. Applying principles of engineering, biology, human physiology, chemistry, calculus-based physics, mathematics (through differential equations) and statistics. 
  • m2. Solving bio/biomedical engineering problems, including those associated with the interaction between living and non-living systems. 
  • m3. Analyzing, modeling, designing, and realizing bio/biomedical engineering devices, systems, components, or processes. 
  • m4. Making measurements on and interpreting data from living systems. 

Graduate Student Outcomes

Advanced Knowledge: Students will know how to take advantage of cutting edge tools, information and knowledge to address complex problems in bioengineering.  The graduate student evaluates models and hypotheses using the appropriate experimental, mathematical and statistical approaches.

Ethical Conduct: Students will be able to recognize ethical issues, consider multiple points of view, and use critical and ethical reasoning to determine the appropriate behavior to follow in the practice of biomedical engineering in a global context.

Research and Development: Students will creatively synthesize theory, literature, and personal experience to: 1) generate new ideas or hypotheses in bioengineering, and 2) devise critical tests of hypotheses and/or develop unique solutions to bioengineering problems.

Multi-disciplinary Communication (written & oral communication): Students will convey ideas or arguments in clear, concise, well-organized papers, presentations and proposals.

Multi-disciplinary Communication (interpersonal communication): Students will demonstrate the ability to work with other professionals in their own fields and to collaborate with colleagues of diverse scientific backgrounds.

Clinical Knowledge: The students will possess a significant command of medical terminology/knowledge in the areas of anatomy, physiology, pathology, medical procedures and technology in order to communicate effectively with clinical staff over opportunities to improve patient comfort/longevity through new and improved devices, drugs, surgical procedures or planning.