The fundamental goal of Penn Bioengineering is to provide students with a broad, flexible curriculum that gives them experience with a wide range of subject areas and intellectual approaches, to prepare them to function creatively and independently in a diverse range of settings. A distinctive feature of Penn Bioengineering is the emphasis on experiential learning, through an extensive series of bioengineering laboratory and clinical courses as well as wide opportunity for independent study and research.
Therefore the objectives of the Bioengineering program are to educate students who:
1. Can directly work in a wide variety of technical or analytical fields that draw upon their broad knowledge of science, mathematics, engineering, and analytical methods; and/or who are prepared to undertake further professional training in first-rank graduate programs in engineering and science, or medical school.
2. Have the ability to solve bioengineering problems at the interface of engineering, life sciences and medicine.
3. Can function at a professional level, using teamwork and communication skills, and taking responsibility for self-educating themselves.
4. Have sensitivity for environmental, social and economic context and a strong commitment to ethical practice.
Multidisciplinary ability: ability to apply fundamental science and engineering in an integrative fashion, to effectively work and solve problems at the interface of engineering, life sciences, and medicine (ABET criteria 3a, 3b, 3e, 3d, 8)
Problem solving approach: ability to pose, identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems (ABET criterion 3e).
Problem solving methods: ability to apply diverse techniques, methods, and tools towards the solution of engineering problems (ABET criteria 3e, 3k).
Experimentation: Ability to develop an hypothesis, design and carry out an experiment to test that hypothesis; ability to analyze experimental data, and to use statistics in experimental design and analysis; ability to make measurements on and interpret data from living systems (ABET criteria 3a, 3b, 3c, 3e, 3k, 8)
Design: ability to participate in creative, synthetic, integrative activities of Bioengineering design; understanding of the engineering process and design driven research (ABET criteria 3c, 3e, 3k)
Professional orientation: ability in effective oral and written communication skills; ability for reliable independent work as well as teamwork experience; judgment and appreciation of the bigger picture; ability to recognize and appreciate ethical principles and standards; a basis in the humanities and social sciences; aspiration and habits to keep learning throughout life (ABET criteria 3f, 3g, 3h, 3i, 3j, 3k)