Undergraduate

The Institute for Biological and Medical Engineering administrates two undergraduate insterdisciplinary majors of the School of Engineering: Major in Biological Engineering and Biomedical Engineering.

Major in Biological Engineering

ppt11 Biological Engineering is a science that integrates engineering with life sciences on a molecular and cellular level. In other words, biological engineering is a discipline which uses cuantitative and systemic engineering analysis to understand, model and simulate the behaviour of biological systems in order to design and build biotechnological solutions. These allow us to solve a broad spectre of needs, from diagnostic, treatment and disease prevention tools to manufacture production prooducts, biodegradable plastics and biofuels, pharmaceutical products, biorremediation of contaminated soils and envioronmental sustainability.
This major does not have limited capacity

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Major Advisor: Prof. Eduardo Agosín

E-mail: agosin@ing.puc.cl




Student representative: Francisco Llull

E-mail: fallull@uc.cl


Major in Biomedical Engineering

gif scanner Biomedical Engineering applies knowledge and engineering approaches to Medicine and Biology to contribute to human health. The major develops the capacity to apply innovative solutions to human health care problems, with and interdisciplinarity approach. It also lets articulate knowledge to participate in diverse projects to overcome and solve high-complexity problems through mathematical models development and application. This program has limited capacity of 24 students, if interested you have to apply during your second year of Engineering. The Biomedical Engineering major offers the option to get a Civil Engineer or Medical Doctor professional title. There is a special application for the last one, please visit the following link, there are only 5 vacants per year of admission. You can find more information about the major application in this link.

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Major Advisor: Prof. Daniel Hurtado

E-mail: dhurtado@ing.puc.cl



Delegado de Major: Yair Dorón Ventura

E-mail: ymdoron@uc.cl

 

 

 



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Which are the research areas of the Institute of Biological and Medical Engineering?

The Institute of Biological and Medical Engineering is an interdisciplinary academic unit at Universidad Católica where research, academia and extension are developed in the interplay between technology, health and sciences. It is part, simultaneously, of the faculties of Engineering, Medicine and Biological Sciences. It is constitute by faculty and students from different experiences and professional backgrounds including engineering, physics, biology and medicine. In one hand, the IIBM seek to apply the engineering principles and the concept of engineering design to diverse aspects of medicine and biology; and in the other hand, to apply cells, alive organisms and the biological principles to solve specific problems of engineering, medicine and many other disciplines. The ultimate goal is to develop biomedical engineering, biological engineering, and biotechnology to impact society. Within the IIBM’s research areas are found “Biomedical Images”, “Biomaterials”, and “Bioengineering”, among others. For more information related to faculty research, enter here.

Major in Biomedical Engineering

Which is the labor field?

There are opportunities in:

  • Companies of diagnosis equipment, monitoring, and medical therapy.
  • Companies of biomedical technology.
  • Pharmaceutical companies.
  • Biotechnological companies.
  • Departments of clinical engineering at hospitals and medical centers.
  • Universities and research institutes.
  • Agencies and companies of the evaluation and transference of sanitary technologies.
  • Personal entrepreneurship– innovation and development.
  • Start-ups in general.

What does the major program about?

The Major in Biomedical Engineering program will provide the necessary tools to address the most relevant problems about human health issues, by profit the engineering competencies.

The biomedical engineering is the result of the application of principles and techniques of engineering in the medicine field. A biomedical engineer can performance in diverse fields as tissue engineering; physiological phenomena modeling; design and construction of products and technologies for health matters; administration and management of technical resources linked to a health system in an institution related to this area.

What is the difference between biomedical engineering and biochemistry?

The difference between research developed by a biomedical engineer or a biochemist is an engineer has more quantitative competencies (mathematics, biophysics) to do research. In any case, the research projects can or cannot be very different depending on the training level hold by the graduate studies of the researcher (commonly PhD). In this end, it is common to find biomedical engineers involved in biochemical research groups, due to the highly complementary of these scientific specialties.

What is the difference between biomedical engineering and biological engineering?

The Major in Biomedical Engineering program is focused on applications to human health using engineering as the main tool, while in the case of the Major in Biological Engineering program

The Major in Biological Engineering program is focused on applications to human health using engineering as the main tool while in the case of the Major in Biological Engineering program is focused on the use of biology (mainly cellular biology) as a tool to different applications, including the who are involved to medicine, engineering and processes, among others. There is a fluent interaction between both programs.

When students must apply to the major program?

Students who enter to the Engineering program of Universidad Católica must attend to a common study plan or bachelor. This common study plan (bachelor) consists in obligatory courses of basic sciences (mathematics, physics, chemistry) and crosscutting tools needed by each engineer, no matter its specialty would be. It is suggest taking the exploratory course at the third semester. During the third semester, students must apply and declare the major they chose. At the fourth semester students, apply to their first major’s course and finish the common study plan.

Which is the process to enter the major? Which are the deadlines for application?

The Major in Biomedical Engineering program has a limited number of vacancies per year (24 students), that is why there is an acceptance process. For more information about the selection, process enter here (pdf in Spanish only). At the third semester, students must apply and declare the major they chose. The Undergraduate Area of the School of Engineering will inform the specific deadlines annually. 

Which is the process to articulate my engineering studies with medicine? Am I going to be a doctor after that?

For more information about the selection process and application details to articulate with the Pre Medicine Track enter here (pdf in Spanish only). At the fourth semester the application to the major must be done, while the Undergraduate Area of the School of Engineering will annually publish specific deadlines.

The Major in Biomedical Engineering offers two different paths to get the professional degree:

  • If a student take the General Track, finishes its first cycle obtaining the Bachelor in Engineering Sciences. After that, students can continue towards obtained some of the traditional degrees that the School of Engineering offers.
  • If a student take the Pre Medicine Track, which annually has 5 vacants available, after their acceptance and fulfilling every necessary requirements, after finishing the first cycle and obtaining the Bachelor in Engineering Sciences, the accepted students can continue their medicine studies still obtain the Medical Doctor degree. However, the Pre Medicine Track would not permit to continue to obtain a professional degree in Engineering.

Could I obtain a professional degree in Biomedical Engineering?

No, the professional degree of Biomedical Engineer does not exist currently. After finish their bachelor studies, students can apply to different programs:

  • Continue towards obtain a professional degree as UC Civil Engineer with different specializations as Electrician Civil Engineer or Mechanical Civil Engineer.
  • Continue towards obtain a professional degree as UC Medical Doctor combining it with the Pre Medicine Track (previous acceptance to this program).
  • Continue towards obtain a professional degree as UC Civil Engineer and articulate it with Master in Engineering Sciences. A previous application to the undergraduate program it is required.
  • Continue towards obtain an undergraduate degree (master or PhD) at UC or any other institution. A previous application to the undergraduate program it is required.
  • Market debut: entrepreneurship or early job position.

Which are the professional Engineering degree that are more consistent?

The most similar degrees to the Major in Biomedical Engineering, General Track, are the Electrical Civil Engineer or Mechanical Civil Engineer, and Industrial Civil Engineer with specializations in Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering.