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Biomedical Engineering—BS

Improving Lives through Enhancing Health Care

Biomedical engineering—rated as the best job in health care in 2014 by Forbes and the best job in America in 2013 by CNNMoney/PayScale—is at the intersection of engineering, biology, and a desire to help others through preserving and restoring health. The discipline seeks to enhance the many facets of health care, including developing methods for repairing and replacing damaged or diseased organs, measuring the internal structures of the human body in health and in disease, developing new diagnostic tools, and applying technology in other ways to make our lives healthier and safer.

Biomedical engineers specialize in understanding living systems and predicting the body’s interactions with external materials or devices—minimizing the risk of adverse effects. These professionals draw upon numerous engineering disciplines to solve complex problems on the front lines of biology, medicine, and research and development:

  • Designing prostheses or artificial organs
  • Engineering cells to regenerate diseased or injured tissue
  • Developing new materials, such as stents, for implantation in the body
  • Conducting clinical trials of new medical devices
  • Combating disease with research
  • Building customized devices for unique health care or research needs
  • Collaborating with researchers and other health care professionals on medical solutions
  • Designing ergonomic equipment and workplaces

Educational Objectives and Outcomes for the Department of Biomedical Engineering