BME brochure (.PDF)
Established in 1997, the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis (BME at WashU) seeks to provide a first-class engineering education that prepares students for a variety of careers and a cutting-edge graduate program that advances basic science with the hope of improving the diagnoses and treatments of human diseases.
Diagnosing and treating complex diseases are among the world’s most significant long-term challenges. Yet these present some of the greatest possibilities for improving global quality of life. Historically, physicians have approached diseases with standardized treatments, but recently, through a convergence of disciplines, physicians, scientists and
engineers are beginning to understand the medical and health potential of cutting-edge research in areas such as genome and imaging sciences, novel medical devices, and new drugs and delivery methods.
Mission & Objective
The departmental mission is to serve society as a center for learning and knowledge-creation in engineering and science for the purpose of advancing biology and medicine.
Our overall objective is to prepare those in our biomedical engineering training programs for a variety of career paths. To that end, our undergraduate curriculum is designed to provide technical proficiency, as well as communication and other professional skills so that our graduates will be able to:
- Pursue careers in the biomedical engineering industry or related fields.
- Engage in further study (e.g. MS, PhD) of biomedical engineering or related fields.
- Seek advancement in professional degrees (e.g., in medicine, dentistry, law)