Modern applications of Biomedical Engineering encompass a wide range of technical areas. The goal of the Rutgers Biomedical Engineering Department is to educate its students with a broad base in core biomedical engineering, and provide depth in the frontier areas of biomedical engineering profession through exposure to key areas of specialization. The entire spectrum of these application areas is organized into three distinct “tracks.” Every student is urged to carefully select one of the three tracks. Based on the choice of the track, the student can then design the appropriate technical electives, life-science electives, and departmental electives supportive of the track at junior and senior levels. In the event there are specific questions related to each track, track faculty advisors should be contacted.
Biomechanical engineers focus on tissue and fluid mechanics, while rehabilitation engineers emphasize prosthetics and assisted devices. Both tracks prepare students for the medical device industry (for orthopedic, imaging, and cardiovascular devices) and positions involving direct contact with healthcare, rehabilitation, and human performance. Students seeking advanced degrees in engineering, medicine, and physical/occupational therapy should consider this track.
Special Degree Tracks
In the third year, students who have maintained a 3.2 university cumulative grade-point average may apply to the undergraduate director of their major department to be admitted into the James J. Slade Scholars Program. Each Slade Scholar prepares a plan of study under the guidance of a three-member faculty committee and the Honors Committee of the School of Engineering. Upon successful completion of the honors program and with the recommendation of the committee, department, and the honors committee of the School of Engineering the student will receive a special honors certificate. Successful completion of the honors program is also noted in the conferred degrees and honors listed in the commencement program. See www.soe.rutgers.edu/oas/slade for more information.