Overview: Interested in engineering with a more human touch? How about designing a better artificial heart or creating breakthrough technology for artificial limbs and joints?
Biomedical engineering combines Saint Louis University's strengths in medicine and life sciences with engineering - applying science and engineering principles to biological and medical sciences. Here, you'll also discover opportunities for collaborative research in areas such as biomechanics and orthopedics, cardiac electrophysiology, kinetics and metabolism, interventional cardiac catheterization, medical imaging and more.
Curriculum: A major component in undergraduate curriculum is a three-semester sequence of molecular physiology taught in the Biology Department. This is a new and unique approach to presenting the basic principles of the biological sciences to students in engineering. The classroom and laboratory experiences address principles and techniques at the level of cells, molecules and organs, with overall emphasis on the human.
Many laboratory experiences coincide with courses, as in the basic science and engineering courses. Some lab courses are built around a series of experiences in several different labs throughout campus. This variety gives the student insight and appreciation for the rich diversity and opportunities in biomedical engineering.
A final hands-on experience in the senior year is called the senior project. This year-long project may be explored as an individual, but more likely the projects involve groups of students from biomedical engineering, other engineering or computer science departments, biological or medical departments or engineers from corporations. Theory and performance, hypersonics or flight simulation will provide opportunities for greater depth of study. Well equipped laboratories emphasize measurement techniques and experimental methods.
Each Biomedical Engineering student's sequence of courses will vary according to credits taken in high school, ability level, individual preference and career goals.
Careers in the Field: As a biomedical engineer, there are a variety of career paths open to you including industrial or consulting positions, graduate school and professional schools such as medicine, veterinary or even business administration. Our curriculum allows you to focus your degree specifically to your interests in biomedical engineering while giving you a solid background in biological and physical sciences, mathematics and basic engineering.
Internship Opportunities: Summer internships and Cooperative Education Programs are available within regional health care industry and the University hospitals. Independent study on a Biomedical Engineering topic can be arranged under the direction of a faculty member. This opportunity encourages individual effort on theoretical or experimental research. Teaching assistantships are available for advanced undergraduates. These may involve assisting a faculty member in a course or laboratory. In addition to a stipend, assistants gain valuable teaching experience.