The Biomedical Engineering Department at Columbia University is dedicated to preparing our graduating students for the following:
- Professional employment in areas such as the medical device industry, engineering consulting, biomechanics, biomedical imaging, and biotechnology
- Graduate studies in biomedical engineering or related fields
- Attendance at medical or dental school
As an ABET-accredited engineering program, we must define a set of specific student outcomes that relate to our educational objectives. We strive to ensure that our students successfully attain the following:
- An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering
- An ability to design and conduct experiments as well as to analyze and interpret data
- An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs
- An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
- An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
- An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
- An ability to communicate effectively
- The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context
- A recognition of the need for an ability to engage in life long learning
- A knowledge of contemporary issues
- An ability to use techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering
- An understanding of biology and physiology, and the capability to apply advanced mathematics (including differential equations and statistics), science, and engineering to solve the problems at the interface of engineering and biology.
- An ability to make measurements on and interpret data from living systems.
- An ability to address the problems associated with the interaction between living and non-living materials and systems.
Graduates of our program go on to graduate studies, medical school, and employment. Students have gone onto sectors including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, diagnostics, governmental oversight organizations (FDA, NIH, OSHA, etc.), and even finance. Through the program, students can meet entrance requirements for graduate training in the various allied health professions. For instance, no more than three additional courses are required to satisfy entrance requirements for most U.S. medical schools, and can be chosen to also fulfill elective requirements for graduation.