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Biology & Biomedical Engineering – Majors & Minors

If you love engineering, science, math, and helping people, the biological life sciences are for you! We proudly offer undergraduate degrees in biology and biomedical engineering and a second major in biochemistry and microbiology. If you want to pursue graduate study, we also offer a master’s degree in biomedical engineering.


Summary of Degree Requirements

  • 52 Biology Credits
  • 12 Biology Elective Credits
  • 32 Humanities & Social Science Electives (24)/Free Electives Credits (8)
  • 13 Humanities & Social Science Credits (12)/CLSK (1)
  • 63 Math, Chem., Physics Credits
  • 12 Science/Technology Electives
  • 4 Biomedical Engineering Credits
188 Total Credits

Biomedical Engineering

Summary of Degree Requirements

  • 52 Biomedical Engineering
  • 28 Engineering Science & Mechanics
  • 24 Humanities & Social Sciences
  • 63 Biology (16), Physics (12), Math (27), Chemistry (8)
  • 16 Technical Communication, Bioethics
  • 8 Free Electives
  • 1 College & Life Skills
192 Total Credits

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Master’s Degree, Program Minors

You can earn a second major in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. We also offer a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering, and several program minors.
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Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Offered exclusively as a second major or as a minor, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology gives you an opportunity to augment your education in this technically-important field. If your first major is in chemistry or chemical engineering, you’ll find considerable overlap with your biochemistry and molecular biology courses. Students from other disciplines are also encouraged to participate, but will have to take more courses to complete the major.

To earn this second major, you’ll need 81 credit hours, including courses in organic chemistry, biochemistry, physical chemistry, and genetic engineering. Elective courses include subjects such as virology, cancer biology, and genomics and proteomics. For more details, see the Course Catalog.

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Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering

If you love math and the physical sciences, have the analytical skills of an engineer and a life scientist’s understanding of biology, this master’s degree program may be your perfect fit.

The graduate program in biomedical engineering is truly interdisciplinary, including faculty from Applied Biology & Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, and Optical Engineering.

The program is intended for students with a bachelor’s degree in any engineering discipline. Applications from students with different undergraduate majors are considered for admission on a case-by-case basis with the understanding that substantial additional undergraduate coursework may be required.

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A minor in biology, biomedical engineering, or biochemistry and molecular biology will add another important dimension to your education, expanding your career potential and your understanding of the life sciences.

The Biology minor requires courses in cell structure and function, evolution and diversity, and additional courses in biology or related area. 

A minor in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology requires courses in cell structure and function and three courses in general chemistry. Also, students must complete five additional courses that could include Mendelian and Molecular Genetics, Prokaryotic Cell and Molecular Biology, Eukaryotic Cell and Molecular Biology, Genetic Engineering, among others.

A minor in Biomedical Engineering provides a biomedical engineering background to undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in the biomedical and healthcare fields. Requirements include Cell Structure & Function or Comparative Anatomy and Physiology and also four area electives, which may include courses such as Biocontrol Systems, Soft Tissue Mechanics, Genetic Engineering or other choices.

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Joint M.S./M.D.

Indiana University, Terre Haute Center for Medical Education and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology have initiated a jointly administered, combined degree program to support the increasingly important field of biomedical engineering.

For students who are principally interested in the practice of medicine, the program provides the opportunity for in-depth study, the application of engineering principles to important medical problems and medically relevant research in a biomedical engineering area of their preference. For students who view their career goals to lie in the engineering domain, the program affords them an unparalleled opportunity to learn the normal structure and function of the human body, how these change in the diseased state and what methods for diagnosis and therapy are currently accepted. 

Graduates of the program will receive the degree of M.D. from Indiana University School of Medicine and the M.S. degree from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. It is anticipated that graduates of the program will be highly competitive for career opportunities in the clinical, academic or industrial arenas.

For More detailed information on the M.S. in Biomedical Engineering please visit the graduate studies page.

Career Possibilities

Our labs, classes, and research opportunities will not only prepare you for a rewarding and exciting career, but also for graduate study. Our programs include hands-on experience far beyond what is often available to undergraduates.

Check out some careers you could pursue with a Biology or Biomedical Engineering degree

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Research Scientist

With a Ph.D., a research scientist can work in a variety of fields, from a commercial setting working with and testing products, to an academic environment conducting experiments and reporting the findings of research. Research scientists can improve products and processes, expand scientific understanding and impact real-world applications through their findings. The median annual salary for a research scientist is $77,028, according to PayScale.

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Biomedical Engineer

Biomedical engineers combine engineering principles with medical and biological sciences to design and create equipment, devices, computer systems, and software used in healthcare. Demand for biomedical engineers is projected to be far above the average profession for at least the next decade. Biomedical engineers typically need a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering or bioengineering from an accredited program in order to enter the occupation. Alternatively, they can get a bachelor’s degree in a different field of engineering and then either choose biological science electives or get a graduate degree in biomedical engineering. The median annual wage for biomedical engineers was $86,220 in 2015, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Medical Scientists

Medical scientists conduct research aimed at improving overall human health. They often use clinical trials and other investigative methods to reach their findings. Medical scientists typically have a Ph.D., usually in biology or a related life science. Some medical scientists get a medical degree instead of a Ph.D., but prefer doing research to practicing as a physician. The median annual wage for medical scientists was $82,240 in 2015, accoding to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


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Kay C Dee

Dr. Dee earned her M. Eng. and Ph.D. degrees in biomedical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She then taught at Tulane University before joining the faculty at Rose-Hulman in 2004. She has received several honors and awards for her teaching and research, including Professor of the Year from Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation. Her research interests include student learning styles, helping faculty to be most effective in the classroom and assessments of teaching and learning. She also authored the textbook An Introduction to Tissue-Biomaterial Interactions.

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Contact Us

Department of Biology and Biomedical Engineering
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
5500 Wabash Avenue
Terre Haute, IN 47803