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Biomaterials Engineering

A challenging program for the rapidly developing biomaterials industry

Do you have a passion for exploring the possibilities of employing advanced technologies in the bio/medical field? The Biomaterials Engineering program at Alfred University is designed to educate engineers as leaders in addressing issues that arise from the interface between non-living materials and biological systems. Here you'll become well prepared to enter the workforce as a Biomaterials Engineer, or further your educational and career goals in healthcare professions by advancing to graduate, medical, or law school.

School

Campus Locations

Main Campus - Alfred, NY

Major

Biomaterials Engineering (BS)

Minor

Biomaterials Engineering

Program Contact

Scott Misture

misture@alfred.edu

607-871-2438

Why study Biomaterials Engineering at Alfred University?

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A hands-on curriculum that introduces students to biomaterials in their first year of college.

Research Opportunities

Plenty of opportunities for undergraduate research and access to state-of-the-art research facilities.

Small Classes

Experience the benefits of enrolling in an engineering program with small classes with dedicated faculty.

What Do Biomaterials Engineers Do?

Biomaterials Engineers apply their knowledge of engineering and biology to design, develop and test health systems and products. Implantable devices like pacemakers, defibrillators, and artificial joints must be biocompatible while carrying out complex chemical, mechanical, and electrical functions. Sensors used in medical diagnostics must recognize pathogens while ignoring a multitude of closely related molecules.

What Will You Study?

As a student in our Biomaterials Engineering program, you will get a solid foundation in both materials science and cellular biology. You will be introduced to core engineering, general biology, and exploration labs in your Foundations curriculum as a first-year student. From there, you'll gain the expertise needed to solve real-world biomaterials problems through a blend of classroom and laboratory experiences. During your senior year, you will work on a thesis project with a faculty advisor on topics like anti-inflammatory bioactive glasses, ceramic orthopedic implants, and bone-healing materials.

What Will You Do After Graduation

The Biomaterials Engineering program is designed to educate engineers who will become leaders in addressing the issues that arise from the interface between non-living materials and biological systems. Graduates are well prepared to further their educational and career goals in the healthcare professions, including medical school, graduate school, or law school. Our graduates are also employed at prestigious companies and organizations as engineers, research scientists, analysts, and teaching faculty.

The engineering curricula are reviewed annually and updated when necessary to ensure continual improvement based on feedback from students, faculty, and employers.

Mathematics

  • Math 151 - Calculus I
  • Math 152 - Calculus II
  • Math 253 - Calculus III
  • Math 271 - Differential Equations

Physical Sciences

  • CHEM 105 - General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 106 - General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 310 - Basic Organic Chemistry
  • BIOL 202 - Biology II
  • BIOL 307 - Anatomy and Physiology: Nerves, Muscles, Bones
  • BIOL 362 - Molecular Cell Biology
  • BIOL 402 - Immunology (student's choice)
  • BIOL Elective
  • PHYS 125 - Physics I

Engineering

  • ENGR 101 - Introduction to Engineering
  • ENGR 102 - Computer Aided Design
  • ENGR 104 - Computer Aided Engineering
  • ENGR 110 - Technical Communications
  • ENGR 11x - 2 Engineering Explorations Labs (student's choice)
  • ENGR 160 - Freshman Seminar
  • ENGR 305 - Engineering Statistics (or BIOL 226)
  • ENGR 360 - Undergraduate Seminar

Material Sciences

  • CEMS 214 - Structure and Properties of Materials
  • CEMS 215 - Microscopy and Microstructural Characterization
  • CEMS 216 - Bonding and Structure of Materials
  • CEMS 235 - Thermodynamics of Materials
  • CEMS 334 - Introduction of Polymers
  • CEMS 336 - Physical Metallurgy I
  • CEMS 347 - Spectroscopy
  • CEMS 349 - X-Ray Characterization
  • CEMS 368 - Introduction to Bioengineering
  • CEMS 465 - Biocompatibility
  • CEMS 466 - Skeletal Tissue
  • CEMS 468 - Biomedical Materials
  • CEMS 480 - Thesis

Mechanical

  • MECH 211 - Statics
  • MECH 241 - Mechanics of Materials I

Miscellaneous

  • ENGL 101 - Writing I (if needed)
  • GP/HUM/SS/Arts - 4 Classes (student's choice)
  • Tech Elective - 2 Classes (student's choice)
  • Phys Ed Requirement (4 credits)

The minor in Biomaterials Engineering is ideal for students who would like to learn more about biomaterials while majoring in Biology, Chemistry, or any of our other Engineering majors. An average of “C” or better must be attained in courses submitted for the minor

Core Courses

  • BIOL 211 Biochemistry and Cell Biology
  • CEMS 214 Materials Structure and Properties
  • CEMS 368 Introduction to Bioengineering
  • CEMS 465 Biocompatibility 
    or 468 Biomedical Materials
  • CHEM 310 Basic Organic Chemistry
    or 315
    Organic Chemistry I

Elective Courses (Choose 2 Courses from the following list)

  • BIOL 302 General Microbiology
  • BIOL 307 Anatomy and Physiology: Nerves, Muscles and Skelton
  • BIOL 308 Anatomy and Physiology: Viscera
  • BIOL 375 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
  • BIOL 376 Animal Physiology
  • BIOL 402 Immunology
  • BIOL 420 Biochemistry: Proteins and Metabolism
  • BIOL 422 Biochemistry: Nucleic Acids
  • CEMS 466 Skeletal Tissue

What Will You Do?

Biomaterials Engineering majors study the interaction between non-living materials and biological systems. Our graduates will develop next generation biomaterials devices for applications such as:

  • New diagnostic instruments (including bimolecular materials hybrid devices such as gene chips).
  • Novel therapeutic strategies such as tissue engineering and implants for biosensors and targeted/controlled drug delivery systems
  • New biomaterials for classic applications such as orthopedic devices.

Program educational objectives (or PEOs) are broad statements that describe what we expect graduates of AU's biomaterials engineering program to attain 3-5 years after graduation. PEOs are reviewed and revised regularly to ensure that the program educational objectives are relevant to the needs of today's employers.

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)

During the first few years after graduation:

  1. Graduates will be qualified for careers in the medical device industry alongside related, and general, materials fields. Graduates will occupy positions with high technical skill requirements and managerial responsibility.
  2. Graduates will be prepared to continue their educational endeavors in both technical and non-technical fields including graduate studies in Biomedical Engineering, Tissue Engineering, Medical Devices, general materials and other science and engineering majors; MBA programs, medical and veterinary schools, law school or short course/workshops applicable to growth within a chosen technical field.
  3. Graduates will be prepared to lead in the development of their professions including society activities, scholarly publications and student recruiting and mentoring.

Program Outcomes (Student Learning Outcomes)

Graduates of the Biomaterials Engineering program at Alfred University will have:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Nationally, about a third of biomedical materials undergraduates go straight on to the job market, a third to graduate school (law, business, etc.), and a third to medical school.

Within the past few years, graduates have obtained jobs as:
  • Lab Technician/Fluid Dynamics Specialist - AluChem, Inc.
  • Quality Control Engineer - Alveolus
  • Technician III - Adecco Technician at Corning, Inc.
  • Orthopedic Surgery, Biomedical Materials Engineer - Medical College of Ohio at Toledo
  • Sales Engineer - Filtros Ltd.
  • Associate Development Program - Nobel Biocare Procera, Inc.
  • Project Analyst - Bristol Meyers Squibb
  • Research Chemist - Battelle at Pacific Northwest National Labs
  • Process Engineer - Corning, Inc.
  • Inorganic Chemistry Research Contractor - General Electric
  • Research Engineer - Schott Inc.
  • Nuclear Power School Instructor - U.S. Navy

Faculty / Staff

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