Degree Programs

BS Biomedical Engineering

The BS degree program in Biomedical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Biomedical engineering is an interdisciplinary field in which the principles and tools of traditional engineering fields, such as mechanical, materials, electrical, and chemical engineering, are applied to biomedical problems. Engineering plays an increasingly important role in medicine in projects that range from basic research in physiology to advances in biotechnology and the improvement of health care delivery. By its very nature, biomedical engineering is broad and requires a foundation in the engineering sciences as well as in physiology and other biological sciences.

MS Biomedical Engineering

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The Master of Science degree program in Biomedical Engineering is well-suited for individuals who desire depth in engineering as applied to living systems, with a practical and rigorous experience. Graduates will be well-equipped to make significant contributions to the biomedical field.

Our MS program objectives are designed to provide graduates:

  • with an advanced engineering education applied to human health and physiology to prepare practicing engineers for the many diverse career opportunities in biomedical engineering;
  • a foundation that enables graduates to maintain currency in their fields;
  • job-entry education for the more complex and evolving interdisciplinary area of biomedical engineering; 
  • the necessary preparation for those who plan on further study in engineering and/or medicine, leading to the Doctor of Engineering, MD, Ph.D, or MD/Ph.D. degrees.

The regular programs offered by the Department of Biomedical Engineering are:

  • MS in Biomedical Engineering (Thesis or Approved Project track*), and
  • MS in Engineering with Specialization in Biomedical Engineering is not accepting students at this time.  

*The Thesis or Approved Project track, MS in Biomedical Engineering, requires a Faculty Advisor.  

MS applicants who apply through CSU Mentor must apply through MS BMED.  The MS Engineering with Specialization in BMED is unavailable at this time.

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MS Biomedical Engineering, Specialization in Regenerative Medicine

Prepares students for careers in regenerative medicine and related fields. Specifically, our graduates are prepared for immediate employment in regenerative medicine, biotechnology, or medical technology companies, as well as research specialists/laboratory managers at universities or research institutes. Program graduates are also well-prepared to matriculate into bioengineering doctoral programs or graduate programs in the health professions. 

For more information on, visit the Regenerative Medicine Program Website

Information for Non-Engineering Applicants

The BMED graduate program welcomes applicants from non-engineering or non-BMED majors! In order to make sure that you are at the same pace or at least on the same track as our engineering students, we ask that you take a look at the suggested courses before applying. To do so, click the "Information for Non-Engineering Applicants" section header. Should you have questions about the graduate program, please contact David Clague, the BMED Graduate Program Advisor.