What Is Biomedical Engineering?

Biomedical engineering is the intersection of engineering, biology, and a desire to help others through preserving and restoring health. These engineers design health-related products and solutions, with the central goal of improving quality of life.

The Discipline

The discipline focuses on healthcare, including developing methods for organ transplants and promoting the healing of damaged organs; measuring the internal structures of the human body for medical diagnostics and disease prevention; designing prostheses, medical tools, equipment, and custom medical devices; creating materials and structures that are safe for internal use, such as stents; designing custom medical devices; and applying technology in other ways to make us healthier.

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The Career

Biomedical engineers are employed in scientific research and development; the pharmaceutical industry; the manufacturing of medical equipment, supplies, and instruments; academia; government; and more. Sometimes they work in universities and hospitals, and in research institutions, they may also supervise labs and conduct research.

The median annual wage of biomedical engineers was $81,540 in October 2013.

Examples of Positions Held by Biomedical Engineers

Diversify your career opportunities. A bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering will get you started on the path to a lively career in industry, medicine, or academia, with faculty mentors available to guide you every step of the way. Students interested in a career in research, medicine, or academia should explore graduate education options.

Jobs held by our graduates include the following:

  • Research biochemical engineer
  • Product developer
  • Product analysis engineer
  • Prosthetist
  • Bioenvironmental engineer
  • R & D engineer
  • Tissue processing technologist
  • Clinical research specialist
  • Rehabilitation engineer
  • Design engineer

Employers of Our Biomedical Engineering Graduates Include

  • Kimberly-Clark
  • Zimmer
  • Boston Scientific
  • Beckman Coulter
  • Stryker
  • General Motors
  • Medtronic
  • Caterpillar
  • Schlumberger
  • Pioneer Surgical
  • BD Diagnostics
  • Mayo Clinic
  • University of Michigan

Our Bachelor of Science Degree

The bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering at Michigan Tech offers undergraduate students many unique, hands-on learning opportunities:

Prepare for Medical School

The curriculum offers excellent preparation for medical school, other health professional programs, and graduate school. Approximately 30 percent of our graduates enroll in a graduate degree program, half of which go on to earn an advanced medical, dental, or veterinary degree.

Early-Admission Opportunities

The University’s Early Assurance Program provides early admission to medical school for qualified students, especially those wishing to practice in underserved areas; program partners include Michigan State University College of Human Health, and Wayne State University School of Medicine.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Undergraduate research opportunities are plentiful. On average, six students work alongside each faculty member, researching biomaterials and tissue engineering; biomechanics; or instrumentation/physiological measurements.

Real-World Experience

Get ready to contribute on the job from day one. Our students benefit from hands-on experiences ranging from to Senior Design to internships/co-ops. Gain real-world experience in the medical device industry, a medical research lab, or a hospital.

Enhance Your Degree with an Emphasis Area

Enhance your degree with an emphasis in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, materials science and engineering, or biotechnology by taking elective courses in these areas.