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The Marquette University and Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Biomedical Engineering program is committed to delivering the highest quality educational experience possible, preparing students to face every challenge and leverage each opportunity in their area of expertise.

In addition to partnering with industry leaders to shape the future of biomedical engineering, the biomedical engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, setting the global standard for programs in applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology. Additionally, both Marquette and MCW have received accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association in Chicago, for graduate level studies leading to master’s and Ph.D. degrees. In 2011, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the accreditation body for all U.S. medical schools, awarded a full, eight-year accreditation to MCW – the longest period of accreditation possible.


Marquette's Department of Biomedical Engineering is dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the Jesuit tradition.  We use engineering, science, and design principles to improve healthcare in the service of humanity.  Our team provides excellent undergraduate and graduate education, discovering and disseminating new knowledge and developing modern leaders and problem solvers. We guide students to live and work in meaningful and ethical ways.  We foster collaboration and innovation with our industrial and academic partners.  Our mission is to inspire faculty and students to be men and women for others.


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

  1. Participate as a technical contributor and member of a design and/or development team.
  2. Communicate effectively with individuals and teams with a wide variety of backgrounds.
  3. Pursue professional or graduate degrees or employment in the biomedical industry.
  4. Understand the legal, ethical, economic, regulatory and social requirements of medical device design and biomedical engineering research.
  5. Define, solve and implement solutions to a problem.
  6. Progress in developing leadership skills.
  7. Engage in lifelong learning.

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.


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

A: Apply knowledge of math, science and engineering to solve problems encountered in the biomedical field.

B: Design and conduct experiments; analyze and interpret data.

C: Design a system component or process to meet desired needs with realistic constraints.

D: Function on multi-disciplinary teams. 

E: Identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.

F: Understand professional and ethical responsibility.

G: Convey technical information in written and oral form to technical and nontechnical persons.

H: Understand the impact of engineering solutions on people, cultures and environments.

I: Recognize need for and ability to engage in life-long learning.

J: Knowledge of contemporary issues. 

K: Ability to use techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

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

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)

 Annual Student Enrollment

Fall Semester Census
2017 2018
Biomedical Engineering Program
396 401


Undergraduate Degrees Awarded

Academic Year
Biomedical Engineering Program
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If you have any questions or comments regarding the Marquette University and Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Biomedical Engineering, we are here to help!
(414) 288-3375 (for Marquette)
(414) 955-8671 (for MCW)

Mailing Address:
Olin Engineering Center
Room 206
1515 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53233