What is Biomedical Engineering?

Biomedical Engineering (BME) is the application of engineering principles and methods to solve problems in the medical and biological areas. Students in this program work with living systems, apply advanced technology to complex problems in medical care, and observe how their work directly impacts the delivery of human health care. Specialized areas of BME include: bioinstrumentation; biomaterials; biomechanics; cellular, tissue, and genetic engineering; clinical engineering; medical imaging; orthopedic engineering; rehabilitation engineering; and systems physiology.

Career Opportunities

A master of science degree in biomedical engineering prepares students for employment in many industries including government and medicine. This profession is continually expanding as a result of the immense interest from public, government, scientific, and medical communities to improve quality of life. Employment opportunities include working with artificial organs, electrical muscle stimulators, drug delivery systems, artificial joints, prosthetics, and medical imaging technologies.  CNN Money lists Biomedical Engineering as the number one engineering field in America! Read about it at:  http://money.cnn.com/pf/best-jobs/2012/snapshots/

Entrance Requirements:

GPA of at least 2.7 in undergraduate course work.

GRE score of at least 150 Quantitative and at least 142 Verbal for applicants (1) whose undergraduate degree is not in engineering or (2) whose undergraduate degree is not from and ABET-accredited engineering program

Additional pre-requisite course work may be required if your undergraduate degree is not in engineering.

Letters of recommendation are recommended but not required.

Master Course-Option Focus Areas and Course Offerings:

Biomaterials/Biomechanics - Faculty Advisors: Dr. Tarun Goswami, Dr. Chandler Phillips, Dr. David Reynolds

Biomedical Ergonomic Engineering - Faculty Advisors: Dr. Chandler Phillips, Dr. David Reynolds

Biomedical Signal/Imaging Processing - Faculty Advisors: Dr. Thomas Hangartner, Dr. Ping He

Biomedical Systems Engineering - Faculty Advisors: Dr. Thomas Hangartner, Dr. Chandler Phillips, Dr. David Reynolds

Neuroengineering - Faculty Advisor: Dr. Chandler Phillips

Degree Requirements

  • Minimum 30 semester hours
  • Minimum 15 hours of 7000 level or above from BIE Department
  • Maximum 8 hours thesis
  • BME or IHE 6010 - Ethics in Engineering Research & Practice
  • Minimum 18 hours of program specific courses
  • Minimum 6 hours of BIE Department approved courses with a mathematics or statistics content

Preapproved Math/Statistics courses

  • BME 7110 (3) Biomedical Signals
  • EGR 7050 (3) Design & Analysis of Egr Experiments
  • IHE 6120 (3) Probability for Engineers
  • IHE 6130 (3) Statistics for Engineers
  • IHE 7300 (3) Research Methods in HFE
  • IHE 7711 (3) Integer Optimization and Heuristics