The Department of Biomedical Engineering offers a four-year curricular leading to a professional baccalaureate degree, a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering (BS).
Our overall objective is to prepare those receiving a bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering for a variety of career paths. To that end, our undergraduate curriculum is designed to provide technical proficiency, and other professional skills so that our graduates will be able to:
- Pursue careers in the biomedical engineering industry or related fields.
- Undertake advanced study (e.g., MS, PhD) in biomedical engineering or a related field.
- Complete professional degrees (e.g., in medicine, dentistry, law).
In the first two years, you will build a foundation in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology and traditional engineering disciplines. In your later years, you will integrate these foundational studies to create models of physiological processes and develop technologies to interact with biological systems. Finally, you will tailor your training with high level elective courses that will allow you to specialize in areas of interest to you. You'll meet all these goals through hard work, planning and open communication with professors and academic advisers. The BS in Biomedical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
Bachelor's/Master's Program in Engineering
This program allows current BME undergraduate students to earn a master's degree with only one additional year of study. Interested engineering students should discuss the program with their adviser by the end of their junior year in order to best develop a plan for their senior year leading into their master's year. With adviser and departmental approval, up to six graduate-level units can be shared between the BS and MS degrees; however, the combined program still requires students to complete a minimum of 150 units in total.
Biomedical engineering is also excellent preparation for various professional schools, particularly medical schools. Many students complete their premedical requirements while obtaining their BME degrees. Premedical preparation is not a major, but rather entails fulfilling the requirements needed for entry to medical school. These generally consist of one year of college level biology, chemistry, mathematics, English and one year of organic chemistry with laboratory. Further information can be obtained by visiting the Premedicine webpage and contacting the School of Engineering & Applied Science's Health Professions Advisor, Ron Laue: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cooperative experience is available to upper level students at numerous life science/technology companies both in the St. Louis area and nationwide. This experience is particularly valuable for students wishing to enter industry. However, since most companies ask that students spend the equivalent of one semester and a summer, it may be difficult to complete the degree requirements in eight semesters, unless students enter with sufficient advanced placement credits and/or take summer courses.
We strongly encourage undergraduates to pursue laboratory or industrial research during the school year or summer break. Many Washington University faculty have research openings for students.