Program Overview

New for 2020! This two-week program introduces participants to the field of biomedical engineering and the application engineering principles at the interface of biology and medicine. Participants will be acquainted with fundamentals of biomedical engineering through lecture, workshops, experiments and field trips. Hands-on activities include programming, app development, wearable biomedical devices, biomechanics testing, biomaterial testing, biosensor development, biotechnology and electrophysiology. Participants will also have the opportunity to explore the booming biomedical industry through site visits, seminars, and presentations from industry experts. This program also includes a design project to address real-world medical problems.

Program Objectives

Successful course completion should result in the following student outcomes

  • Obtain a broad exposure to different disciplines and careers in biomedical engineering
  • Possess a greater appreciation for the breadth of studies in biomedical engineering
  • Develop a focus on the area of students’ interests as they define their educational goals
  • Build a mathematical, physical, biological and chemical foundation in biomedical engineering
  • Exhibit good teamwork skills and serve as effective members of project teams

Engineering Track

Interested in learning more about the field of engineering? Summer College students can choose an additional engineering program in a consecutive session and receive 10% off both sessions. Choose two additional engineering programs and receive 15% off all three sessions (Scholarship and Financial Aid will apply to each program attended). Or build your own track and explore even more of what Syracuse University has to offer!

Session I: June 27 – July 10: Civil & Environmental Engineering or Astro-Bioengineering: Searching for the Limit of Life

Session II: July 11 – July 24: Aerospace Engineering or Biomedical Engineering: Engineering the Human Machine

Session III: July 25 – August 7: Renewable & Alternative Energy Engineering

 View all programs by session date to build your own track!

Learn more about Biomedical Engineering:

Program Dates & Details Eligibility Requirements Program Cost Program Requirements Typical Day Faculty Bio

Program Dates & Details

Session Dates

Session II: July 11 – July 24, 2020
Duration: 2-weeks


Credit: Noncredit
Grading System: Pass/Fail

Eligibility Requirements

Preferred rising Juniors and Seniors. Students should have taken one year of biology and have interest in math, engineering, or health and life sciences. Students must be a minimum of 15 years of age by the orientation and move-in date. For full Summer College admission requirements, view the Admissions Overview and Eligibility page.

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Program Cost

Program Cost:

  • Residential: $3,560
  • Commuter: $2,746

*Please visit our Program Costs page for more detailed information. Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees in March.  Discounts and scholarships are also available.

Program Requirements

What to Pack

  • Textbook and materials will be provided upon arrival
  • Immunization shot record required for hospital visit
  • Close toed shoes

Please refer to the Packing List page for additional items to bring to campus.

Student Expectations

Students must:

  • Attend to all academic requirements
  • Be on time for all sessions
  • Be attentive and engaged
  • Respect rules and policies related to visiting and use of University labs
  • Respect rules and policies when visiting healthcare facilities
  • Complete all academic requirements

This is an academically rigorous, college-level program. Students are expected to complete nightly homework assignments and actively participate in group projects. Students are expected to attend all classes every day, arrive on time, and meet all academic obligations. Free time will vary as each program is unique, as is the subsequent workload.

Typical Day

Tentative Schedule

A typical day is as followed:

09:00 – 09:30 Introduction of program
09:30 – 10:00 Ice breaking
10:00 – 11:00 Lecture: Introduction to Biomedical Engineering
11:00 – 12:00 Lab: Basic laboratory techniques (pipetting, cell culture)
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 15:30 Field Trip: CNY Biotech Accelerator
15:30 – 17:00 Project introduction, project time and brainstorming

When class is over, and on weekends, students can look forward to various Summer College trips and activities. Check out our Campus Activities page for more information!

Field Trips

Students will get to visit local hospitals, a local biomedical company, and on-campus research labs.

End Event

July-24 afternoon 1-3 pm project showcase and final presentation

Parents are welcomed.

Final Academic Obligation

Students are permitted to leave on Friday, July 24 upon the completion of the last class. If students have any questions regarding their final academic obligation, we encourage them to reach out to their instructor. Please refer to the Move-Out page for important information regarding the checkout process.

Faculty Bio

Douglas Yung – Assistant Teaching Professor, Bioengineering, College of Engineering & Computer Science

Douglas Yung is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering at Syracuse University and the Director for the Bioengineering undergraduate program. He earned his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics from UCLA in 2003 and a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from Caltech in 2008. He worked as a NASA Postdoctoral Fellow at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California on sensor development, microfluidics, and bacterial spore viability. He joined the Department of Electronic Engineering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong as an assistant professor in 2009. Douglas has long been intrigued by the interfacing of microbes with engineering tools on a micro- and nano-scale. He is unraveling methods to rapidly assess the viability of superbugs and harness energy from extremophiles using a combination of electrochemical, optical techniques and MEMS devices. He is an advocate of a hybrid teaching and learning environment replete with project-based hands-on work, experiential activities and peer collaboration, a style departing from traditional top-down expository pedagogies.