Undergraduate Education

Biomedical engineers are on the cutting edge of modern medicine. They work in a variety of environments, from manufacturing to hospitals, to academic institutions and research facilities.

Specialty areas in the field of biomedical engineering include:

  • Bioinstrumentation – the development of instruments used to diagnosis and treat medical conditions
  • Biomaterials – the design of materials used in medical devices or implants
  • Biomechanics – the use of mechanics to solve biological or medical problems
  • Clinical engineering – use of medical technology to optimize healthcare delivery
  • Rehabilitation engineering – the creation of devices used to help patients with impairments
  • Regenerative medicine – the use of tissue engineering to restore, maintain, or improve damaged tissues or organs
  • Systems physiology – the understanding of how human systems function and respond to changes in the environment. 

Program Educational Objectives & Student Outcomes

The goal of the South Dakota Mines Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Program is to prepare students for successful careers by equipping them with the knowledge, skills, and competencies sought by employers and graduate/professional programs. South Dakota Mines aims to produce graduates from the Biomedical Engineering program who demonstrate the following within a few years of graduation:

  • Appropriate levels of success and career progression/advancement in professional careers.
  • Appropriate levels of success in admission to and progression through graduate, medical, or other professional programs.
  • Pursuit of opportunities for professional development, growth, and service.

These educational objectives are attained through the following student outcomes set forth by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET):

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics 
  2. An ability to 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. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences 
  4. An ability to 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 context
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies


Program Contact

Dr. Steve Smith
Department Head
Nanoscience & Nanoengineering
Steve.Smith@sdsmt.edu
Phone: (605) 394-5268
Office: EP 220  

Dr. Johnica Morrow
NANO-BME Program Coordinator
Nanoscience & Nanoengineering
Johnica.Morrow@sdsmt.edu
Phone: (605)-394-1911
Office: EP 235A