Undergraduate Study
ABET Objectives & Outcomes

Northwestern's biomedical engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Our Mission

To provide education that prepares students to lead, innovate, and self-educate throughout their careers in bioengineering and biomedical professions and industries.

Program Educational Objectives

  • Career Achievements – Using a knowledge base with a core foundation in engineering and biology, our students will be able to apply their skills to a variety of challenges in their chosen field. Our graduates will demonstrate skills such as innovation, creativity, adaptability, and critical thinking to solve problems in the biomedical industry, medicine, academia, and consulting.   
  • Professionalism – Our graduates will demonstrate leadership in their chosen fields, and make decisions that are socially and ethically responsible. Graduates will function effectively in multidisciplinary team environments and communicate to a variety of audiences.
  • Life-long Learning – Our graduates will build and expand upon their undergraduate foundations by engaging in learning opportunities throughout their careers.

Student Outcomes

The following are the student outcomes of the biomedical engineering department. When our students complete their degrees, we expect them to have:

  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  • an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  • an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • 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
  • 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
  • an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  • an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies
  • experience in applying principles of engineering, biology, human physiology, chemistry, calculus-based physics, mathematics (through differential equations) and statistics
  • experience in solving bio/biomedical engineering problems, including those associated with the interaction between living and non-living systems
  • experience in analyzing, modeling, designing, and realizing bio/biomedical engineering devices, systems, components, or processes
  • experience in making measurements on and interpreting data from living systems.