|U of M Launches Undergraduate Degree in Biomedical Engineering
For release: July 18, 2005
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Beginning this fall, the University of Memphis' Herff College of Engineering will offer an undergraduate degree program in biomedical engineering that builds on the college's successful joint graduate program with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
Recently approved by the Tennessee Board of Regents and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, the bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering is one of only two programs of its kind offered at a public university in Tennessee.
Since there are no similar state-supported undergraduate programs in Arkansas, Kentucky, or Mississippi, students who live in those states will be able to attend the Herff College's program and pay Tennessee in-state fees under auspices of the Academic Common Market. Under the ACM policy, states may share specified academic degree programs through an exchange of students across borders at in-state rates.
As the most rapidly growing field in engineering, biomedical engineering combines biology and medicine with engineering to advance healthcare through the creation of innovative devices and procedures. Biomedical engineers collaborate with scientists, other engineers, and practicing physicians on projects such as orthopedic implants, artificial organs, cardiovascular prostheses, and improved medical imaging techniques. Such advances are critical to meet the increasing needs of an aging population.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of biomedical engineers is expected to increase faster than the average for all occupations through 2012. Among many factors creating a favorable outlook for careers in that field are the aging of the U.S. population and its demand for more novel combination implants and devices with biological components, non-invasive treatments, and specialized healthcare equipment.
Eugene Eckstein, chairman of the Herff College of Engineering's Department of Biomedical Engineering, also views the local employment market favorably. "As the biotechnology industry in Memphis continues to expand, it will need a steady supply of skilled employees," said Eckstein. "Although many positions require a graduate degree in biomedical engineering, there are employment opportunities for those who earn a bachelor's degree in the program. Students who complete an undergraduate program may immediately fill positions such as R&D design engineer, research and test engineer, regulatory specialist, quality engineer, technical field or sales engineer. Others may continue their education, earning master's, doctoral, medical, dental, or other professional degrees."
The Herff College of Engineering now offers undergraduate degree programs in biomedical, civil, computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering, as well as computer, electronics, and manufacturing engineering technology. Graduate programs are offered in biomedical, civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering and engineering technology.
More information on the bachelor of science degree program in biomedical engineering is available from the Department of Biomedical Engineering at 901-678-3733.
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