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2019-2020

Biomedical engineering

College of Engineering

 
Program description

Biomedical engineering provides in-depth study in a variety of specialization areas including biomedical imaging systems, orthopaedic biomechanics, tissue and cellular engineering, biomaterials, artificial organs, human-computer interfaces, cardiovascular devices, rehabilitation and human factors engineering. The programs allow students to participate in cutting-edge research in one of the nation’s most advanced engineering facilities. The department has ongoing collaborations with numerous industries, federal laboratories, the VCU science departments, the university’s MCV Campus, the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the Virginia BioTechnology Research Park and numerous biomedical and clinical programs throughout the VCU Medical Center’s MCV Hospitals.

Career opportunities

Biomedical engineers develop devices and procedures that solve medical and health-related problems by combining their knowledge of biology and medicine with engineering principles and practices. Many do research, along with medical scientists, to develop and evaluate systems and products such as artificial organs, prostheses (artificial devices that replace missing body parts), instrumentation, medical information systems, and health management and care delivery systems. Biomedical engineers also may design devices used in various medical procedures, imaging systems such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and devices for automating insulin injections or controlling body functions. Most engineers in this specialty need a sound background in another engineering specialty, such as mechanical or electronics engineering, in addition to specialized biomedical training. Some specialties within biomedical engineering are biomaterials, biomechanics, medical imaging, rehabilitation engineering, and orthopedic engineering.   

Change of major requirements

VCU GPA of 3.6 or greater, with a minimum of 12 VCU credit hours earned. Completion of MATH 200, MATH 201, BIOL 151, and BIOZ 151, all with grades of "B" or higher. If attempted, CHEM 101, CHEZ 101, MATH 301, MATH 310, and PHYS 207 all must be completed with a grade of "B" or higher. All requirements must be completed in fewer than 56 VCU credit hours.


Bachelor-level job titles
  • Business consultant
  • Clinical engineer
  • Human factors engineer
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Patent examiner
  • Policy analyst
  • Product development engineer
  • Quality engineer
  • Regulatory affairs specialist
  • Research and development engineer
  • Sales engineer
Graduate and professional level job titles
  • College Professor
  • Device Engineer
  • Director of Clinical Research
  • Medical Equipment Design & Development Engineer
  • Project Leader
  • Research & Development Engineer
  • Research Scientist
Degree requirements in Bulletin
Plan of study in Bulletin
Highest level of math required
    Science required
      Foreign language requirements
      Additional tuition/fees
      GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
      • 2.0
      Department name:
      Department of Biomedical Engineering
      Building/room location:
      Institute for Engineering and Medicine, 601 West Main Street
      Campus (where 75% of courses are taken):
      Monroe park
      Phone:
      (804) 828-7958
      Email:
      biomedicalengr@vcu.edu

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      Explore
      MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
      GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
      BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
      GET REAL EXPERIENCE
      PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
      • Explore “What Can I Do With This Major” to learn about employers in your field of study.
      • Build a LinkedIn profile, connect to at least 10 people, and check out the VCU alumni page.
      • Join Students Today Alumni Tomorrow (STAT) to connect to VCU traditions, networking opportunities, and fellow Rams.
      • Access your free credit report and begin making responsible credit choices to prepare for your future.
      • Attend Engineering Internship/Career Fairs.

      Experience
      MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
      • Get familiar with the research process with the VCU Libraries Research Basics Guide. Ask questions about how to use the library.
      • Schedule an appointment with your advisor and explore minors, certificates, and skills-based value added courses.  
      • Talk to your professors about research interests, picking future classes, and strategies for success in your program.
      • Continue progression in engineering and mathematics coursework.
      GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
      BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
      • Consider short-term, semester and year-long Study Abroad opportunities.
      • Get to know other VCU students and meet new friends from all over the world at a monthly Global Café.
      • Join a cultural or identity-related organization.
      • Identify ways in which you are culturally uninformed. Begin to learn the historical and current events that have shaped cultures to which you have been underexposed.
      GET REAL EXPERIENCE
      • Complete a “Gap Analysis” Strategic Plan with your academic or career advisor.
      • Gain practical experience related to career goals through internships, shadowing, part-time work, or independent skill building.
      • Create an ePortfolio to document academic/professional experiences, accomplishments, and reflections.
      • Attend Career & Internship Fairs and other professional development events. 
      • Apply for internships, co-ops, and VIP Teams.
      PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
      • Get plugged into VCULink to connect with students and alumni.
      • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
      • Consider who you would ask to serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.   
      • Meet with a coach at The Money Spot to set financial goals, understand student loans, and create spending plans.
      • Attend Engineering Internship/Career Fairs.
      • Consider attending a national career fair (SWE, SHPE, NSBE) for employer exposure.

      Experience
      MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
      • See your academic and career advisors regularly to discuss your progress towards graduation and career planning.
      • Enhance your business, software, technology and creative skills using LinkedIn Learning.
      • Deepen your expertise at finding information in your discipline by working with your subject expert librarian & using research guides.
      • Attend or present a poster at a scientific meeting or conference.
      • Begin consideration of your technical elective and preferred program “track.”
      GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
      BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
      • Apply to be a Diversity Ambassador with the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.
      • Richmond is known for hosting a wide array of festivals! Learn about new cultures, food, and music by attending one of these events.
      • Update your resume to include how you have developed your communication and interpersonal skills for future work on multidisciplinary and multicultural teams.
      • Attend culturally diverse events like art, music, and food festivals and exhibitions at VCU and beyond.
      • Practice communication and interpersonal skills that embrace cultural differences, particularly in professional settings.
      GET REAL EXPERIENCE
      PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
      • Talk to advisors, faculty, and Career Services about graduate school versus a job.
      • Research graduate/professional schools at least 1 year in advance of deadlines. Study for and complete any exams the summer before senior year. 
      • Prepare for job offer negotiation by researching salaries, benefits, and other opportunities for flexibility.
      • Research graduate programs to determine the competitive applicant profile, including GPA, prerequisite coursework, and entrance exam scores.
      • Attend Engineering Internship & Career Fair.

      Excel
      MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
      • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor a semester before your anticipated graduation to ensure all graduation requirements will be met. 
      • Choose courses teaching content and skills most relevant to your preferred post-graduation opportunities.
      • Declare any outstanding minors for which you may already have credit (Math, Chemistry (premed), Physics).
      GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
      • Serve in a leadership role on campus or as a board member of a local community organization.
      • Apply for a year-long service or fellowship opportunity after graduation through programs like Peace Corps, Fulbright Student Scholars, Literacy Lab, Richmond Teacher Residency, or AmeriCorps.
      • Attend professional conferences that offer student rates or scholarships (see professional organizations listed above).
      • Participate in civic organizations related to your interests; like tutoring and engineering outreach with local schools.
      • Volunteer at an organization devoted to the arts, environment, education, or policy.
      BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
      • Read scholarly articles about diversity in your field.
      • Reflect on your own cultural competency, and be prepared to answer interview questions that outline how you have worked with diverse populations.
      • Continue to explore cultures beyond your own through scholarly and recreational avenues.
      • Visit the Museum District’s many offerings, such as the VMFA and the Virginia Museum of History and Culture.
      GET REAL EXPERIENCE
      PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
      • Complete exams, applications, or self-marketing activities for after graduation.
      • Consider training to become an educator through programs like RTR, which prepares graduates from a variety of majors to become effective teachers in high-need schools.
      • Research prospective employers and create a job or graduate school search strategy at least 8 months before graduation.
      • Have a personal statement or cover letter reviewed and do a mock interview with your Career Services office. 
      • Engage with the VCU Alumni Association at Grad Fair, Grad Bash, and by joining a VCULink Industry Network and alumni chapter as you prepare to graduate.
      • Attend Engineering Internship/Career Fairs.
      Visit majormaps.vcu.edu for the online version with links.
      Sponsored by the Office of the Provost
      Major map compass icon [View Image]
      2019-2020

      Biomedical engineering

      College of Engineering

      Concentration(s):
      No concentration
      MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNINGGET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITYBUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCEGET REAL EXPERIENCEPREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
      ExploreYear 1
      • Explore “What Can I Do With This Major” to learn about employers in your field of study.
      • Build a LinkedIn profile, connect to at least 10 people, and check out the VCU alumni page.
      • Join Students Today Alumni Tomorrow (STAT) to connect to VCU traditions, networking opportunities, and fellow Rams.
      • Access your free credit report and begin making responsible credit choices to prepare for your future.
      • Attend Engineering Internship/Career Fairs.
      ExperienceYear 2
      • Get familiar with the research process with the VCU Libraries Research Basics Guide. Ask questions about how to use the library.
      • Schedule an appointment with your advisor and explore minors, certificates, and skills-based value added courses.  
      • Talk to your professors about research interests, picking future classes, and strategies for success in your program.
      • Continue progression in engineering and mathematics coursework.
      • Consider short-term, semester and year-long Study Abroad opportunities.
      • Get to know other VCU students and meet new friends from all over the world at a monthly Global Café.
      • Join a cultural or identity-related organization.
      • Identify ways in which you are culturally uninformed. Begin to learn the historical and current events that have shaped cultures to which you have been underexposed.
      • Complete a “Gap Analysis” Strategic Plan with your academic or career advisor.
      • Gain practical experience related to career goals through internships, shadowing, part-time work, or independent skill building.
      • Create an ePortfolio to document academic/professional experiences, accomplishments, and reflections.
      • Attend Career & Internship Fairs and other professional development events. 
      • Apply for internships, co-ops, and VIP Teams.
      • Get plugged into VCULink to connect with students and alumni.
      • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
      • Consider who you would ask to serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.   
      • Meet with a coach at The Money Spot to set financial goals, understand student loans, and create spending plans.
      • Attend Engineering Internship/Career Fairs.
      • Consider attending a national career fair (SWE, SHPE, NSBE) for employer exposure.
      Year 3
      • See your academic and career advisors regularly to discuss your progress towards graduation and career planning.
      • Enhance your business, software, technology and creative skills using LinkedIn Learning.
      • Deepen your expertise at finding information in your discipline by working with your subject expert librarian & using research guides.
      • Attend or present a poster at a scientific meeting or conference.
      • Begin consideration of your technical elective and preferred program “track.”
      • Apply to be a Diversity Ambassador with the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.
      • Richmond is known for hosting a wide array of festivals! Learn about new cultures, food, and music by attending one of these events.
      • Update your resume to include how you have developed your communication and interpersonal skills for future work on multidisciplinary and multicultural teams.
      • Attend culturally diverse events like art, music, and food festivals and exhibitions at VCU and beyond.
      • Practice communication and interpersonal skills that embrace cultural differences, particularly in professional settings.
      • Talk to advisors, faculty, and Career Services about graduate school versus a job.
      • Research graduate/professional schools at least 1 year in advance of deadlines. Study for and complete any exams the summer before senior year. 
      • Prepare for job offer negotiation by researching salaries, benefits, and other opportunities for flexibility.
      • Research graduate programs to determine the competitive applicant profile, including GPA, prerequisite coursework, and entrance exam scores.
      • Attend Engineering Internship & Career Fair.
      ExcelYear 4
      • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor a semester before your anticipated graduation to ensure all graduation requirements will be met. 
      • Choose courses teaching content and skills most relevant to your preferred post-graduation opportunities.
      • Declare any outstanding minors for which you may already have credit (Math, Chemistry (premed), Physics).
      • Serve in a leadership role on campus or as a board member of a local community organization.
      • Apply for a year-long service or fellowship opportunity after graduation through programs like Peace Corps, Fulbright Student Scholars, Literacy Lab, Richmond Teacher Residency, or AmeriCorps.
      • Attend professional conferences that offer student rates or scholarships (see professional organizations listed above).
      • Participate in civic organizations related to your interests; like tutoring and engineering outreach with local schools.
      • Volunteer at an organization devoted to the arts, environment, education, or policy.
      • Read scholarly articles about diversity in your field.
      • Reflect on your own cultural competency, and be prepared to answer interview questions that outline how you have worked with diverse populations.
      • Continue to explore cultures beyond your own through scholarly and recreational avenues.
      • Visit the Museum District’s many offerings, such as the VMFA and the Virginia Museum of History and Culture.
      • Complete exams, applications, or self-marketing activities for after graduation.
      • Consider training to become an educator through programs like RTR, which prepares graduates from a variety of majors to become effective teachers in high-need schools.
      • Research prospective employers and create a job or graduate school search strategy at least 8 months before graduation.
      • Have a personal statement or cover letter reviewed and do a mock interview with your Career Services office. 
      • Engage with the VCU Alumni Association at Grad Fair, Grad Bash, and by joining a VCULink Industry Network and alumni chapter as you prepare to graduate.
      • Attend Engineering Internship/Career Fairs.
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