Course Overview

Biomedical Engineering: Engineering the Human Machine is a summer STEM course that introduces high school students to the field of biomedical engineering and the application engineering principles at the interface of biology and medicine. Students will be acquainted with the fundamentals of biomedical engineering through lecture, workshops, experiments and virtual clinical immersion.

Clinical simulation depicts real-life clinical case situations to allows students to learn skills; develop clinical reasoning abilities; and to become familiar with the use of biomedical and clinical technology in a safe environment. Students will be exposed to clinical practices in different hospital departments, including but not limited to orthopedics, radiology, radiation oncology, rehabilitation, neurology, pathology, pediatrics, infectious disease, and surgery.

Mobile healthcare and telemedicine have become more prevalent, empowered by apps, sensors, wearables, augmented virtual reality, digital and information technology, and the cloud and the Internet of Things, consequently leading to unprecedented and multifactorial transformation in the healthcare landscape. Through hands-on sessions, students will learn about medical equipment, digital diagnostics, telemedicine, microcontrollers in medical applications, app development and computer-aided design. Students will purchase a set of microprocessor and electronics for prototyping and testing.

All students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Completion and have the opportunity to request a Syracuse University noncredit transcript.

Course Objectives

Upon successful course completion, students will:

  • Obtain a broad exposure to different disciplines and careers in biomedical engineering
  • Possess a greater appreciation for the breadth of studies in biomedical engineering
  • Appreciate the urgency and importance of developing medical technology solutions to healthcare problems
  • Appreciate the utility of medical technology in medicine
  • Build a mathematical, physical, biological and chemical foundation in biomedical engineering

Course Information

Course Prefix and Number: SCN 072

Format: On Campus (at Syracuse University)

Eligibility: Students must be of rising high school sophomore, junior, or senior status – or a 2022 high school graduate.  Students should have taken at least one year of biology and have interest in math, engineering, or health and life sciences.

Credit: Noncredit

Grading: Pass/Fail


  • Residential: $3,585
  • Commuter: $2,730

Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees.  Discounts and scholarships are also available.

Program Information

Summer College – On Campus: Experience what college is really like: take a college-level course, live in a residence hall, have meals with friends in a dining hall, and participate in activities and events on campus.

“I enjoyed creating the final project and also learning more about the fundamentals of biomedical engineering. The professor and TAs were extremely helpful to our class with our projects. It was great being able to meet others who are interested in the same field as me.”

— Summer College – Online Biomedical Engineering Student, 2020

Course Dates and Details

ProgramCourse DatesClass Time (Eastern Time)Credit/NoncreditStatus
Summer College – On Campus 2-Week Session I: Sunday, July 3 – Friday, July 15, 2022 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.NoncreditClosed
Students will break for lunch for approximately one hour. Class times subject to change.

Course Requirements

Required Supplies

Students should budget for required textbooks and supplies.

Student Expectations

Students must:

  • Attend to all academic requirements
  • Be on time for all class sessions
  • Be attentive and engaged
  • Complete all academic requirements

Typical Day

Tentative Schedule

Coming soon!

When class is over, and on weekends, students can look forward to various Summer College – On Campus activities to meet and connect with other students! Check out our On Campus Experience page for more information!

Faculty Bios

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

Douglas Yung is an associate 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.S. in electrical engineering and mathematics from UCLA in 2003 and a Ph.D. in bioengineering from Caltech in 2008. Yung 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. Professor Yung is an advocate of hybrid teaching and a learning environment replete with project-based hands-on work, experiential activities and peer collaboration, a style departing from traditional top-down expository pedagogies.

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