Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

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 24100. In order to be eligible to move from Freshman Engineering to BME, students must:

  • Submit a brief application and faculty recommendation form, both also available from the BME department (SL220). This application should be submitted to the BME department (electronically or to SL 220) by April 1 in the academic year prior to enrolling in BME 24100 (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.

Biomedical Engineering Program Objectives

The program educational objectives of our biomedical engineering undergraduate program are to integrate engineering and life science principles into a comprehensive curriculum that produces graduates who can achieve the following career and professional accomplishments, if desired:

  • Meet employer expectations in medical device companies or other health or life science related industries.
  • Pursue and complete advanced graduate degrees in biomedical engineering, or related engineering or life science areas.
  • Pursue and complete advanced professional degree programs in medicine, law, business, or other professional areas.

The above program objectives are based on achieving a set of assessable program outcomes at the time the students have completed the undergraduate curriculum and are outlined below:

Program Outcomes

Upon completing the undergraduate BME degree, our students will possess:

a. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering

b. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data

c. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability

d. an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams

e. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.

f. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

g. an ability to communicate effectively

h. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context

i. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning

j. a knowledge of contemporary issues

k. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Enrollment and Graduation Numbers

The undergraduate Biomedical Engineering program headcount and graduation numbers can be found here: