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Program Overview

The School of Engineering’s Bioengineering curriculum provides both breadth and depth across a range of engineering domains such as mechanical, electrical, computer, and software engineering. This program prepares graduates to have an understanding of biology and physiology, as well as the capability to apply advanced mathematics, science, and engineering concepts to solve problems at the interface of engineering and biology.

Fairfield students are taught how to make measurements on—and interpret data from – living systems. They also learn how to address problems associated with the interaction between living and non-living materials and systems. The bioengineering curriculum blends theoretical knowledge with hands-on experiential learning, and culminates with an interdisciplinary team-based senior capstone design project.

In the first year of study, Fairfield engineering programs place a major emphasis on the fundamentals of engineering, computer science, mathematics, and basic sciences to provide a strong foundation for further study of electrical, computer, mechanical, and materials engineering concepts.

Following this preparatory work, advanced courses in bioengineering further develop knowledge in the discipline, with a heavy emphasis on design assignments. Through elective courses, students have the option of specializing in a specific area of bioengineering. Students on a pre-medicine track can also prepare for medical school entrance by taking their elective courses in psychology, sociology, organic chemistry, biology and biochemistry.

Accreditation

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Fairfield University’s four-year Bachelor of Science program in bioengineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABEThttp://www.abet.org.

Student Learning Outcomes

Bioengineering students will graduate from the program with the ability to perform and execute the following:

1

Problem-Solving

Identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.

2

Produce Solutions

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.

3

Communicate

Communicate effectively with a range of audiences.

4

Recognize

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.

5

Cooperate & Collaborate

Function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.

6

Draw Conclusions

Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.

7

Apply Knowledge

Acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Requirements & Curriculum

The bioengineering curriculum provides both breadth and depth across the range of engineering domains such as mechanical, electrical, computer or software engineering. The program prepares graduates to have an understanding of biology and physiology, as well as the capability to apply advanced mathematics, science and engineering to solve the problems at the interface of engineering and biology. The bioengineering curriculum prepares graduates with the ability to make measurements on and interpret data from living systems and to address the problems associated with the interaction between living and non-living materials and systems. The bioengineering curriculum blends theoretical knowledge with hands-on experiential learning that culminates with a year-long, interdisciplinary team-based capstone design project.

Required Courses

Major Requirements
Digital Design I and Digital Design I Lab
Fundamentals of Programming
Introduction to Electric Circuits
Electric Circuits Lab
Embedded Microcontrollers and Embedded Microcontrollers Lab
Fundamentals of Engineering
Engineering Graphics I
Mathematical Analysis
Materials Science
Biomechanics
Biomedical Instrumentation
Biomedical Signal Processing
Biomedical Imaging
Biomedical Visualization
Senior Design Project I
Senior Design Project II
Natural Science Requirements
One (1) Biology elective with lab
General Chemistry I and General Chemistry I Lab
General Chemistry II and General Chemistry II Lab
Organic Chemistry I and Organic Chemistry I Lab
Calculus I for Chemistry, Engineering, and Physics Majors
Calculus II for Chemistry, Engineering, and Physics Majors
Calculus III for Chemistry, Engineering, and Physics Majors
Ordinary Differential Equations
General Physics I and General Physics I Lab
General Physics II and General Physics II Lab

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Bioengineering Enrollment

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Bioengineering Enrollment

Enrollment Year First-Year Sophomore Junior Senior Total Enrollment Degrees Awarded in May
2018–19 17 10 10 5 42 5
2017–18 16 8 5 6 35 5
2016–17 8 9 6 0 23 0
2015–16 5 5 0 0 10 0
2014–15 5 2 0 0 7 0

Life After Fairfield

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Life After Fairfield

The School of Engineering aims to graduate students with leading-edge engineering skills and additional competencies in oral and written communications and critical thinking who possess:

  • A well-developed cultural orientation
  • An understanding of economic values
  • A sense of ethical and social responsibility

Fairfield's engineering programs graduate liberally educated engineers equipped with knowledge and experiential skills so they may successfully enter the mainstream of industrial/manufacturing activity, education, or government service, or to continue with postgraduate studies. Our close interactions with industry enable employment of our graduates in all sectors of industry, government, and academe.

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Internships

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Internships

There are two types of internships students can attain: internships for academic credit and non-credit internships. Internships for academic credit must be approved by faculty and are connected to an academic course. Some departments have lists of available for-credit internships and some may approve internships that you find on your own as well.

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Faculty

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Faculty

The School of Engineering faculty are a community of leading-edge scholars who are dedicated to their students, research, and teach with passion. If you have an interest in engineering — no matter the focus — our exceptional faculty will get you on the path to success.

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