BIO Medical Engineering ABET Accreditaiton

Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering

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What is Biomedical Engineering?

Biomedical Engineering (BME) is a multidisciplinary field that incorporates concepts in engineering and science to solve a vast array of problems in human health and medicine. Due to its public health importance and multidisciplinary nature, there is a high demand for expertise in the rapidly growing field of BME. Further there is broad employability for our students upon graduation, with a vast and diverse range of careers in the medicine, health, and engineering sectors.



Our overarching goal is to produce a well-equipped, diverse population of biomedical engineers aimed at solving problems involving human health and well-being. Our mission is to serve the technological needs of society, especially within District of Columbia and Washington Metropolitan Region. We strive to create new opportunities for the community, as well as public and private industries, within the District and beyond. We aim to create a nurturing academic environment for our students, extending even beyond the classroom, that supports individual and group success and confidence. We value critical thinking, innovation, ethical and professional responsibility, teamwork, and leadership.

About the Program


Of approximately 100 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) nationwide, UDC is only one of the few to offer a distinctive Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biomedical Engineering (BME) degree. The BME program is housed within Department of Mechanical Engineering which has recently added new courses, such as Bioinstrumentation, Biomedical Engineering Seminar, Special Topics in Biomedical Engineering: Biomedical Imaging, and Biomedical-related Senior Capstone Design.

Biomedical Engineering faculty member receives NSF’s prestigious Alan T. Waterman Award

$1.9M NIH NIA Grant Awarded on Advancing Aging Research and Education

$7.3 Million in NIH funding to advance Biomedical Research Infrastructure awarded to UDC

UDC Biomedical Engineering BrochureProgram of Study

Entering Fall 2019

Entering Fall 2018

Entering Spring 2015



Total 126-credit-hour curriculum consists of

General Education Courses 21
Engineering Science and mathematics Courses 40
Engineering Design Courses 50
Biomedical Engineering Design Project/Technical Electives 15

Program Enrollment & Graduation Data


BS in Biomedical Engineering
Enrollment Fall 2016 Fall 2017 Fall 2018 Fall 2019 Fall 2020
0 7 13 22 17
Degrees Awarded July 2015- June 2016 July 2016 – June 2017 July 2017 – June 2018 July 2018 – June 2019 July 2019 – June 2020
0 0 0 0 4

4 graduates were recognized at the May 2021 Commencement.


ABET Accreditation Information

Program Educational Objectives

Dr. Lara Thompson

Dr. Lara Thompson , Ph.D. Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Director of Biomedical Engineering Program and Laboratory

The following program educational objectives have been established.

Graduates of the biomedical engineering program are expected within a few years of graduation to have:

  1. Established themselves as practicing professionals and/or be engaged in advanced study in biomedical engineering or a related field;
  2. Demonstrated successful ability to work, independently and as members of a professional team with effective communication skills (both written and oral), on the formulation and design of complex engineering solutions while incorporating knowledge of living, physiological, and biological systems;
  3. Committed to lifelong learning via ongoing professional training and development, leadership, and/or research to gain a deeper understanding of the social, ethical, and environmental context of changing global conditions.

Student Outcomes
Students graduating from the Biomedical Engineering program will have acquired the following:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. An ability to apply the engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration for public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies