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Creativity, Research, Design: Characteristics of Tulane's Undergraduate Program

Tulane's Department of Biomedical Engineering is one of the original BMEN departments in the United States (founded in 1977), and has been accredited continuously since 1981.  There are many distinctive features to our curriculum that make us one of the strongest departments in the nation. We have a philosophy of 'rigorous breadth' in this curriculum.

Distinctive features of Tulane's BMEN undergraduate curriculum:

  • One full year of Anatomy and Physiology. In the first semester of the junior year, all students take a Human Anatomy course with a Gross Anatomy laboratory. The second semester is a Quantitative Physiology course that is taught by faculty from Tulane's School of Medicine
     
  • Two and one-half years of Mathematics, culminating in the course "Mathematical Modeling and Analysis of Biological Systems"
     
  • Junior-level "domain" courses in Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, Biomechanics and Biotransport, Biosignals and Bioimaging, and Biomedical Design. Each student is required to complete two domain courses with a follow-up graduate-level course.
     
  • Each student participates in a full one-year group design project to develop devices to aid individuals with disabilities in the New Orleans community.
     
  • Each student participates in a full one-year individual research project with required thesis, where they conduct independent research in a laboratory either in the Biomedical Engineering Department, or with affiliated laboratories;
     
  • Students who have a cumulative 3.4 GPA at the end of the first semester of the junior year and have a suitable project are eligible to enroll in our 5th year MS program. This program allows students to complete a thesis Masters degree in their fifth year, and the tuition for the 5th year of study is only 35% of Tulane's graduate tuition.

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