The biomedical engineering curriculum is interdisciplinary in nature, incorporating courses in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science and engineering.

A solid foundation in the mathematical, physical and life sciences is necessary for the engineer to function effectively in a medically or biologically oriented problem-solving environment.

Biomedical engineers must communicate with life scientists, physicians and other health care providers to describe and model complex biological systems; collect and analyze experimental or clinical data; understand the capabilities and limitations of sophisticated instrumentation; and understand the principles of design.


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Learning Objectives

Within a few years of graduation, our alumni are expected to:

  • participate as technical contributors and members of design and/or development teams;
  • communicate effectively with individuals and teams with a wide variety of backgrounds;
  • pursue professional or graduate degrees or employment in the biomedical industry;
  • understand the legal, ethical, economic, regulatory and social requirements of medical device design and biomedical engineering research;
  • define, solve and implement solutions to a problem;
  • progress in developing leadership skills; and
  • engage in lifelong learning.

Learning Outcomes

The Biomedical Engineering Program has the following student learning outcomes for its undergraduates:

  • apply knowledge of math, science and engineering to solve problems encountered in the biomedical field;
  • design and conduct experiments, and analyze and interpret data;
  • design a system component or process to meet desired needs with realistic constraints;
  • function on multi-disciplinary teams;
  • identify, formulate and solve engineering problems;
  • understand professional and ethical responsibility;
  • convey technical information in written and oral form to technical and nontechnical persons;
  • understand the impact of engineering solutions on people, cultures and environments;
  • recognize need for and ability to engage in life-long learning;
  • demonstrate knowledge of contemporary issues;
  • demonstrate ability to use techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice. 

Program Criteria

While not specified as student outcomes, the program does assess student fulfillment of BME program criteria, including:

BME.1 Understand Biology and Physiology (BME program-specific criteria)

BME.2 Apply Math, Science and Engineering to problems at the interface of engineering and biology (BME program-specific criteria)

BME.3 Make measurements on and interpret data from living systems, addressing the problems associated with the interaction between living and nonliving materials and systems (BME program-specific criteria)


BME Program DATA


Annual Student Enrollment

Academic Year 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Students Enrolled (Fall) 365 373 396 401 360 322


Undergraduate Degrees Awarded

Academic Year 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Degrees Awarded 67 93 72 80 80