​Why study Biomedical Engineering?

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

Studying biomedical engineering allows students the opportunity to learn the principles of engineering and biology to solve problems at molecular to whole-body levels. Undergraduate students work with engineering and medical faculty on projects ranging from surgical devices and imaging techniques to bioactive materials and drug delivery systems. The BS 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.

BME at WashU

No. 18
Undergraduate program in U.S. News ranking (2016)

22%
of 2015 BME graduates went on to attend medical school