BS in Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering is a vibrant and rapidly expanding field both in content and opportunities. As our technological infrastructure expands and our fundamental knowledge in the life sciences is now at the basic molecular level, Biomedical Engineers are poised to continue to make major advances. There are about 100 Biomedical Engineering Departments and Programs in the US. Most offer graduate degrees at the MS and PhD level while only about half this number offer undergraduate degree programs. ABET, Inc. lists about 25 accredited biomedical/bioengineering undergraduate degree programs. Many of these are more than 25 years old, but the fact that the number of programs has doubled in the past 5 years and that it takes at least 4 -5 years before a program is able to apply for accreditation the outlook is for a real boom in the number of accredited undergraduate programs in the coming years. This commitment to growth in Biomedical Engineering education is concomitant with the industrial and research opportunities available to well trained graduates in the field.
Students are eligible to enter the Biomedical Engineering program when they have satisfied their freshman prerequisites and are ready to begin BME 22200. In order to be eligible to move from Freshman Engineering to BME, students must:
- Submit a brief application, also available from the BME department (SL220). This application should be submitted to the BME department (SL 220) by April 1 in the academic year prior to enrolling in BME 22200 (typically the second semester of the freshman year).
- Pass their freshman prerequisite classes (ENGR 195, 196, 197; MATH 165, 166, 171; PHYS 152; CHEM-C 105, 125 and either 106 or BIOL-K 101) with grades of C or higher, and with an overall GPA in these courses of 2.5 or higher.
The BME program has thus far been able to accommodate all interested students who satisfy these minimum requirements. As interest in the program grows, however, the application process may become more competitive.