Biomedical Engineering


Biomedical engineers conduct research and study the engineering aspects of biological systems to create new devices and procedures to improve health and quality of life. The biomechanics track focuses on mechanical engineering fundamentals, with specialization in:

  • cardiovascular mechanics
  • orthopedics
  • rehabilitation engineering
  • system simulators

Students graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering.

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Our faculty

  • are actively involved in research funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation
  • partner with local healthcare systems for on-site learning opportunities
  • bring industry experience to the classroom

Akron Advantage

Hands-on research

Experience biomedical engineering firsthand through our research facilities:

  • Biofluids Laboratory
  • Bone Biomechanics and Mechanobiology Lab
  • MEMS Lab
  • Conquer Chiari Research Center

Real-world experience

Gain important practical professional experience through the optional co-op and placement program. Through co-op, you’ll alternate semesters of work and school following your sophomore year. As an added benefit, you’ll earn a competitive salary.

UA's highly regarded student design teams allow students at all levels to apply classroom theory to a major design project. Our design teams consistently rank highly in national and international competitions.

Student organizations

Interact with other engineering students and professionals in the field through organizations such as:

  • Tau Beta Pi (engineering honors society)
  • Women in Engineering
  • National Society of Black Engineers
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
  • Biomedical Engineering Society
  • Engineers for a Sustainable World
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Sample Curriculum

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Career Opportunities

A degree in biomedical engineering paves the way to many careers in research and development, including:

  • the manufacturing of medical instruments and supplies
  • orthotics
  • health services
  • government agencies
  • consulting services


Opportunities are growing for biomedical engineers as the demand for more sophisticated medical equipment and procedures continues to increase.

Career services

Career Services helps students and alumni explore and reach career goals. They connect students to employers for internships, jobs, and careers.