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BBE Student Opportunities

Your opportunities include our state-of-the-art labs, multidisciplinary projects and working directly with medical professionals on new devices.

Hands-on Experience

At Rose-Hulman, you’ll start to hone your lab skills very early on, with hands-on research using state-of-the-art lab equipment. You’ll also gain new insights, share your work, attend conferences, and gain valuable research experience. 

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Senior Research Projects

Every biology major completes a four-quarter independent research project with the guidance of a faculty mentor. You’ll be responsible for proposing the scope of your research, designing and conducting experiments, collecting and analyzing data, and drawing defensible conclusions. You’ll then present your work to the community in a formal oral presentation and a written thesis. This is just one opportunity for you to practice your scientific inquiry and management skills, while gaining experience communicating your findings to a larger audience.
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Multidisciplinary Research

As a Biology or Biomedical Engineering student, you’ll have many opportunities to collaborate with students and faculty in other fields through research and through involvement in campus organizations. One such organization is Engineers Without Borders, a multidisciplinary group where students can apply their knowledge and skills to real-world problems, often helping some of the planet’s neediest people. Another opportunity is the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition, which brings the best multidisciplinary teams from around the world to compete to produce biological parts, educational materials, and functional biological machines.


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Many Rose-Hulman grads have gone on to have rewarding schools as physicians. With constant advances in technology, medical schools are very interested in students with engineering and science backgrounds. 

Talk with your advisor to find what courses you'll need to prepare yourself for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). If medical school is in your future, we can help you get there. 

Majors, Minors, and Master's

We offer majors in Biology, Biomedical Engineering, and a second major in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. We also offer a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering.

Bachelor of Science in Biology

A Biology major can open doors to graduate studies, medical school, environmental science, and other exciting career possibilities.

Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering

ABET_Engineering_Accreditation_CommissionIf you love engineering, the life sciences, and helping others, biomedical engineering is a wonderful career option. Many of our graduates find careers designing medical devices, conducting research, or even working as accident reconstruction engineers. It’s an exciting field combining the principles of engineering with the biological life sciences. 

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (Second Major Only)

A second major in biochemistry & molecular biology is a strong supplement to any life sciences program. This second major provides the background and understanding necessary to open up career possibilities in the natural and life sciences fields.

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.

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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. 

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Biology Minor

Biomedical Engineering Minor

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Minor


We were making the first step out of the age of chemistry and physics, and into the age of biology.

- Jeremy Rifkin

Economic and social theorist, writer, public speaker, political advisor, and activist.

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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

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