Why Study Biomedical Engineering?

Studying biomedical engineering allows our students to learn the principles of engineering and biology in order to solve problems from the molecular level to the entire human body.

bme-undergrad-class.jpgOur students work with engineering and medical faculty on projects ranging from surgical devices and imaging techniques to bioactive materials and drug-delivery systems.

Washington University offers a four-year curriculum leading to a baccalaureate degree, which is designed to prepare students for graduate school, medical school or for work in the industry. Biomedical engineers have a tremendous impact on the lives of people around the world, developing life-saving cures and improving quality of life.

The Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering requires completion of the courses in the core curriculum, four upper-level engineering electives (Tier), five humanity/social science electives and two general electives. Students in BME may also receive up to six units of academic credit for a research or design project.

More than 60 percent of undergraduate students take part in biomedical engineering research. Campus research opportunities include our Center for Innovation in Neuroscience and Technology Fellowship, the McKelvey Undergraduate Research Scholars program, the Summer Undergraduate Research Awards and the WashU BioSURF Program.