Facilities & Resources
Biomedical Engineering Laboratories
As a student of Biomedical Engineering, you’ll have many opportunities to improve your understanding of your field through hands-on research in one of our state-of-the-art laboratories. You’ll have access to our teaching and research labs, instrumentation lab, and our tissue culture lab. You will also have the opportunity to make use of our Orthopaedic Biomedical Engineering Lab, which we operate in cooperation with the Joint Replacement Surgeons of Indiana Research Foundation.
Access to our labs has enabled our undergraduate and graduate students to do the work necessary to publish research papers and journal articles, advancing orthopedic medicine and health care in general. We know you’ll find the right lab for the work you chose to pursue.
Majors, Minors, and Master’s
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (Second Major Only)
Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering
For graduates with an engineering degree who wish to pursue a career in health care, a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering is an exciting choice. This program draws heavily on your engineering knowledge while applying that knowledge to the biological life sciences.
Minor in Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Biochemistry & Microbiology
We encourage students from any major to consider expanding their knowledge of the life sciences by completing a minor in biology, biomedical engineering, or biochemistry & microbiology. The minor will expose you to entirely new career and research possibilities in an exciting and growing field.
Biology is a software process. Our bodies are made up of trillions of cells, each governed by this process. You and I are walking around with outdated software running in our bodies, which evolved in a very different era.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.