In this course, you will learn how engineers think as they explore the field of biomedical engineering. You will be taught the fundamentals of naturally derived tissue replacement materials, synthetic replacement materials, cell interactions with materials, and the mechanical properties of materials. Through engaging discussions with the instructor and your classmates, you will also consider the ethical implications of various biomedical engineering designs. You will utilize all of this knowledge and understanding as you tackle an interesting design challenge - the development of a novel coronary artery bypass material.
By the end of this course and through participation in the engineering design process, you will be able to:
• Discuss the importance of the mechanical and material properties in replacement tissue design;
• Apply fundamental biology, physiology, and math principles to develop and then analyze the effectiveness of biomedically engineered materials;
• Gather and interpret data from experiments involving natural and biomedically engineered materials, and use this knowledge to propose and modify biomedically engineered designs;
• Consider the societal implications of decisions surrounding the ethical design of biomedically engineered materials; and
• Design and build a prototype of a biomedically-inspired tissue.
This course is meant to serve as an introduction to the field of biomedical engineering and more broadly to the engineering design process. It will help you determine whether you are interested in future study in biomedical engineering. Participating students should be eager and curious to learn, and willing to apply prior and newly acquired math and science content knowledge.
Students who have completed Algebra 1 and Trigonometry are best prepared to participate in this course. Some basic exposure to biology is beneficial, but not required.
Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.