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Program Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes

Program Educational ObjectivesThe overall goal of the Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering (B.S.B.) is to prepare graduates to succeed in professional careers by equipping them with the conceptual and technical expertise sought after by top graduate and medical schools, as well as companies seeking technical skills in bioengineering. Recognizing that graduates may embark on a number of different educational and career paths, the program educational objectives that graduates are expected to exhibit or achieve with the BSB from Rice University are:
  1. Graduates demonstrate technical and/or professional skills, which may include engineering problem-solving, scientific inquiry, and/or engineering design, to solve challenging problems in bioengineering and related fields.
  2. Graduates are accomplished at communicating and working collaboratively in diverse work environments.
  3. Graduates seeking further education at graduate, medical or other professional schools find appropriate levels of success in admission to and progression through these programs. Graduates entering professional careers find appropriate career progression and success.

Bioengineering student outcomes 

The Department of Bioengineering has documented student outcomes that prepare graduates to attain the program educational objectives. By the time of graduation, students are expected to demonstrate: 

(a) An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering.
(b) An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
(c) 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.
(d) An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
(e) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
(f) An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
(g) An ability to communicate effectively.
(h) The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
(i) A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in long-life learning.
(j) A knowledge of contemporary issues
(k) An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Last revision - 09/30/2016