The University of Texas at
Arlington has received approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating
Board to begin offering a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering.
Jean-Pierre Bardet, the new UT
Arlington College of Engineering
dean, said the program is important for UT Arlington, the region and the
“Biomedical engineering is all
about helping people,” he said. “It’s important for engineering to respond to
the needs of the medical profession and people. It’s all about getting people
healthier and improving their quality of life.”
UT Arlington Provost Ron
Elsenbaumer said this approval expands the University’s reach.
“We’re casting a wider net for
students interested in this discipline,” Elsenbaumer said.
UT Arlington has had a graduate
bioengineering program for nearly 38 years, one of the longest running graduate
programs of its kind.
Khosrow Behbehani, chairman of
the bioengineering department,
said he and others in the College have received numerous calls about whether UT
Arlington offers a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering.
“We knew there was demand,”
Behbehani said. “Recruiters also had been consistently asked whether UT
Arlington had an undergrad bioengineering program when they went out to talk to
high school students at college nights and other events.”
The official start date for
offering the bachelor’s degree is undecided.
“We want to make sure we have
everything ready to go first,” Behbehani said.
He said the department has about
two years before entering freshmen start needing specialized classes for the
new undergraduate degree. Until then, they could take other required courses.
He said UT Arlington committees, The University of Texas System and the
Coordinating Board have approved the undergraduate curriculum.
Behbehani said three goals were
important in meeting curriculum needs for bioengineering undergraduate
students. Those were: ensuring the coursework prepared them for a successful career
in bioengineering and met the national accreditation standards; ensuring
graduate school and medical school requirements were met since many of the
students would seek one of those advanced degrees; and providing specialization
in one of the two highly important and modern areas of biomedical engineering –
medical imaging and biomaterials/tissue engineering.
“We wanted to make sure these
undergraduate students could have both breadth and depth in their knowledge of
bioengineering,” Behbehani said. “We have well-established research and faculty
in both of those specializations.”
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