Biomedical Engineering, B.S.

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Biomedical engineering is a branch of engineering responsible for defining and solving problems in biology and medicine. This field is always attractive to students who want to help others. Students are drawn to the excitement of working with living systems and applying technical solutions to complex problems.

What do biomedical engineers do?

Biomedical engineers design medical devices and instruments; develop and test medical procedures and products to make them safe, efficient, and effective; and conduct research to expand knowledge of human physiology and pathology.

At Rose-Hulman, biomedical engineering students complete an in-depth sequence of courses in one of the three areas below:

  • Bioinstrumentation uses electrical signal acquisition and analysis for medical imaging, developing implants such as pacemakers or cochlear implants, and patient-monitoring equipment.
  • Biomaterials focusus on developing materials to replace, repair, or interact with tissues in the body - like polymers, ceramics, metals, and tissue-engineered grafts for medical implants.
  • Biomechanics involves the studey of forces, stresses, strains, and flows in devices or in the body, including, for example, the study of motion in joints, deformation of materials, and fluid flow in blood vessels.

For complete details about the program's course requirements with suggested curricula, see the undergraduate course catalog.