University of Minnesota
Department of Biomedical Engineering

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Undergraduate Program

Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering (B.Bm.E.)

The Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering (B.Bm.E.) is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Biomedical Engineers apply the fundamentals of mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology to solve medically-relevant problems. Examples of biomedical engineering activities include medical device design fabrication and testing, prosthesis fabrication, ergonomics and human factors, physiological function monitoring, home health care technology development, biomedical informatics, functional imaging and tomography, biomaterial development and biocompatibility, artificial tissue and organ fabrication, cell- and biomolecule-based sensors and therapeutics, gene therapy development, and biomedical microsystems.

While these examples represent current areas of interest, biomedical engineering continues to change rapidly with advances in biology, medicine, and technology. Therefore, it is a goal of the program to ensure that students have sufficient breadth in their studies to be able to adapt and develop new opportunities and areas of application during their professional career. At the same time the program seeks to promote sufficient depth in one area of biomedical engineering that students can develop particular expertise in an area of their choosing.

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Key features of our undergraduate program are:

These features are consistent with our Program Educational Objectives (PEOs):

Graduates of the B.Bm.E. program are expected to be able to attain at least one of the following within a few years of graduating:

  1. Be employed as a biomedical engineer, or engineer, scientist, or professional in a related field, and/or providing societal service, using knowledge and skills learned in the program..

  2. Be progressing toward an advanced degree in one of the following: a) biomedical engineering, or related field of science or engineering; b) medicine, or other health professional program; or c) law, business, or other professional degree program.

These PEOs are consistent with our Student Outcomes (SOs):

(1) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics

(2) an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors

(3) an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences

(4) an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts

(5) an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives

(6) an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions

(7) an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

(8) an understanding of biology and physiology, and the capability to apply advanced mathematics (including differential equations and statistics), science, and engineering to solve problems at the interface of engineering and biology

(9) the ability to make measurements on and interpret data from living systems, addressing the problems associated with the interaction between living and non-living materials and systems

Which serve our Constituencies:

1) Current students in the B.Bm.E. program

2) Alumni of the B.Bm.E. program

3) Practicing engineers in the biomedical device industry

4) Science and engineering graduate faculty at other universities

For more information on ABET accreditation, Student Outcomes, and Constituencies, please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies at

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