Biomedical engineering (BME) is the study of biomedical technology — machines and devices that bridge the gap between the human body and the world of mechanical and electrical engineering. Biomedical engineers apply a multi-disciplinary knowledge of engineering, biology, kinesiology, medicine, and biomechanical principles to the design and development of biological and health systems such as artificial organs, prostheses, instrumentation, and medical information systems. They work to solve problems that have a direct influence on health and health care technologies. Advances in biomedical engineering have led to such innovations as artificial joints, the pacemaker, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and kidney dialysis.
Cedarville University added the biomedical engineering minor to support students' growing interest in biomedical technology and as an extension of Cedarville's nationally recognized engineering programs. The biomedical engineering minor, part of the School of Engineering and Computer Science, allows all three types of CU engineering majors (computer, electrical, and mechanical) to apply their discipline to the medical field by taking classes in biomedical engineering, anatomy, and physiology.
One of only a few Christian institutions offering the BME minor, Cedarville is preparing students to apply their engineering skills and knowledge to serve others in such fields as the allied health industry, the biomedical devices industry, or graduate research in biomedical engineering.