Top Biomedical Engineering Schools In US

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Biomedical Engineering is an emerging discipline that mixes engineering studies with biology. Thus in this field of study, principles of engineering are applied to the field of medicine to find better solutions for healthcare problems and improve diagnosis and therapeutic services. Many top Engineering and technology institutes around the world now have a separate Biomedical Engineering Department under them that offers undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level programs in biomedical engineering.

Typical example of an undergraduate and postgraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering is that of – Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering and Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering. Recognized Biomedical Engineering courses are usually accredited by ABET – Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. In the United States more than sixty biomedical engineering courses have been so far accredited by ABET. The terms Biomedical Engineering and Bioengineering are usually used interchangeably. In this article we will list few good Schools in USA providing accredited Biomedical Engineering degree programs.

The Whiting School of Engineering under the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is perhaps one of the leading names in Biomedical Engineering around the world.

The Department of Biomedical Engineering under the Whiting School of Engineering was established in the year 1970. The department has more than 500 undergraduate students and more than 130 post graduate students. The Department of Biomedical Engineering has also received a Leadership Award in Biomedical Engineering from the Whitaker Foundation. The Department offers undergraduate, master level, doctoral level degrees and post doctoral fellowships in Biomedical Engineering. The department conducts research in the areas of Neuro engineering, Tissue Engineering, Molecular and Cell Systems, Cardiovascular Systems, Systems Neuroscience etc. For more details visit http://www.bme.jhu.edu/academics/applications.htm


The Department of Biological Engineering under the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was established in the year 1998. The department offers the following academic programs in Biomedical Engineering – BE SB degree at the undergraduate level, Undergraduate Minor Program in Biomedical Engineering, Undergraduate Minor Program in Toxicology and Environmental Health, ME Program in Biological Engineering, Leaders for Global Operations Program, Ph.D in Bioengineering and also in Applied Biosciences. For more details about the programs contact be-acad@mit.edu or visit http://web.mit.edu/be/programs/


The Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering under the Georgia Tech and Emory University offers undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level programs in Biomedical engineering. The Department offers a B.S. degree program in biomedical engineering and graduate degrees in the following majors – Biomedical Engineering, Bioengineering, Bioinformatics, Computational Science & Engineering and Robotics. The Department of Biomedical Engineering features in the top ten in terms of NIH Funding in USA for research activities. For more details visit http://www.bme.gatech.edu/


The University of California San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering also has a Bio Engineering division. The Department of Bio Engineering has nearly 900 undergraduates and 200 post graduates students. This department consistently features in top three biomedical engineering units in USA. The Bioengineering department offers – three undergraduate majors in Bioengineering, Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, the 5 year integrated BS/MS Program in bioengineering, Masters of Engineering (M. Eng.) degree, M.S. program, Ph.D. degree in bioengineering and the joint M.D./Ph.D. program with the School of Medicine. For more details visit http://www.be.ucsd.edu/


The Pratt School of Engineering under the Duke University also has a top ranked Biomedical Engineering department which offers extensive research in the areas of – Biomechanics, Biomedical imaging, Biomolecular and tissue engineering and in Electrobiology and neural engineering. The department offers – undergraduate major in biomedical engineering, Master of Engineering (MEng) in biomedical engineering, Master of Science (M.S.) in biomedical engineering and the Doctor of Philosophy degree. For more details visit http://bme.duke.edu/



The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences also offers undergraduate and graduate level programs in bioengineering. The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences offers the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) in Bioengineering, Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) in Chemical and Bio molecular Engineering, Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree in Biomedical Science, Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) Program in Bioengineering, Master of Biotechnology program and the MSE Program in Chemical and Bio molecular Engineering. For more information visit http://www.seas.upenn.edu/


The Boston University’s College of Engineering also has a Biomedical Engineering department. The Department of Biomedical Engineering at Boston was established in the year 1966. The department offers the following academic programs in biomedical engineering – Bachelor of Science degree, Master of Science, Master of Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy degree, MD/PhD program and the BS/MD (ENGMEDIC) program with the School of Medicine. The Department of Biomedical Engineering at Boston conducts extensive research in the areas of – Cell & Tissue Engineering, Micro & Nano Biosystems, Bio molecular Engineering, Computational Bioengineering, Multiscale Biomechanics, Bio imaging and in Systems and Synthetic Biological Engineering. For more details visit http://www.bu.edu/academics/eng/departments/biomedical-engineering/

The George R. Brown School of Engineering under the Rice University also has a Department of Bioengineering. The department offers the following academic programs in bioengineering – Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering, Master of Bioengineering, Master of Science degree in Bioengineering and the Doctor of Philosophy in bioengineering field. For more details mail bioeng@rice.edu or visit http://bioe.rice.edu/


Stanford University also has a joint Bioengineering department under the School of Engineering and the School of Medicine. The department offers the following programs – Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering, undergraduate majors include Bioengineering, Biomedical Computation, Biomechanical Engineering, Master of Science in Bioengineering, Ph.D. degree and the M.D. /Ph.D. degree program. For more information visit http://bioengineering.stanford.edu/ or mail bioengineering@stanford.edu

Other notable Bioengineering departments that offer research based, undergraduate and graduate programs in bioengineering in USA and the Universities to which they are related are – Biomedical Engineering Department of the University of Michigan (http://www.bme.umich.edu/), Bioengineering division of the University of Washington (http://depts.washington.edu/bioe/), Biomedical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin (www.bme.utexas.edu/), Department of Biomedical Engineering at University of Virginia (http://bme.virginia.edu/), Department of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University in the City of New York (http://www.bme.columbia.edu/), Biomedical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (www.bme.cmu.edu/), Biomedical Engineering at Yale University (http://www.seas.yale.edu/departments-biomedical.php), Biomedical Engineering at University of Connecticut (www.bme.uconn.edu/), Biomedical Engineering Interdepartmental Program at University of California, Los Angeles (http://www.bme.ucla.edu/), Biomedical Engineering at UC Davis College of Engineering (http://www.bme.ucdavis.edu/) etc.