Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Biomedical Engineering is to:

  • advance human understanding, health, and quality of life through internationally recognized research, discovery, and invention in the area of biomedical engineering;
  • educate world-class Ph.D. scientists and engineers for accomplishment in research, academics, medicine, and industry;
  • educate nationally-recognized B.S. and M.S. graduates for success and leadership in industry and preparation for future study in medicine, science, and engineering;
  • transfer scientific discoveries and biomedical technology to the private sector nationwide;
  • train students throughout the College of Engineering in biobased solutions to traditional engineering problems and the application of their specialty to biological and biomedical science.

Educational Objectives

The biomedical engineering undergraduate program is dedicated to preparing graduates for professional careers. We educate students such that our graduates will be:

  • successful in graduate programs, in professional schools, including medicine and law, or in a biomedical engineering aligned career;
  • able to effectively communicate and solve problems at the interface of engineering and biology appropriate to their chosen profession, as well as understand and apply standards of ethical behavior;
  • motivated to pursue life-long learning, including understanding contemporary questions at the interface of science, medicine, technology, and society.

Student Outcomes

Graduates of the undergraduate program will have acquired the following skills and experiences to achieve the program educational objectives:

Undergraduate Engineering Program Outcomes (ABET A-K)

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • 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
  • an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • an ability to communicate effectively
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

BME Specific Program Outcomes

  • Applying principles of engineering, biology, human physiology, chemistry, calculus-based physics, mathematics (through differential equations) and statistics
  • Solving biomedical engineering problems, including those associated with the interaction between living and non-living systems
  • Analyzing, modeling, designing, and realizing biomedical engineering devices, systems, components, or processes
  • Making measurements on and interpreting data from living systems


The Biomedical Engineering Bachelor Degree Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Contact an Advisor

Erica Fearnley

Academic Advisor
Undergraduate Program


Heather Palmer

Academic Advisor
Undergraduate Program


Prof. Kelly W. Broadhead

Academic Advisor
Undergraduate Program


Prof. Douglas A. Christensen

Undergraduate Minor Program


Prof. Rob MacLeod

Associate Chair
Undergraduate Studies