The biomedical engineering undergraduate curriculum at The University of Akron combines a basic understanding of engineering principles with an appreciation of the life sciences.

What is Biomedical Engineering?

Biomedical engineers study and perform research on the engineering aspects of biological systems to create new devices and procedures to improve health and quality of life. Students are prepared for careers in research, medical device development, instrumentation, analysis tools, clinical evaluation methods, systems and processes, and other forms of medical technology.

With a degree in biomedical engineering, students are prepared to enter post-baccalaureate study in engineering, law, or medical school.


The biomedical engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, and has specific program educational objectives and student outcomes that prepare graduates to enter the professional practice of engineering.

Admission Requirements

A new first-year student can be directly admitted to their intended major in the College of Engineering if they meet the following requirements:

  • High school GPA of 3.4 or higher
  • At least 24 composite ACT or at least 1110 composite SAT
  • At least 24 math ACT or at least 560 math SAT

Students interested in engineering who do not meet these academic requirements can still be admitted to The University of Akron as a student with an intended major in engineering, with a pre-admission status. After certain criteria are met, students with pre-admission status can apply for full admission to the College of Engineering.  


Review the deadlines and important dates on the handy chart provided by the Office of Admissions. 


Individuals who graduate with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from The University of Akron make an average starting salary of $57,000. We have placed graduates at companies including Zimmer Biomet and The Cleveland Clinic.

Curriculum & Courses

The biomedical engineering undergraduate program offers three specialty areas depending the student's interest: Biomechanics Track, Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Track, and Instrumentation, Signals, and Imaging Track.

  • The Biomechanics Track is designed for those students interested in mechanical engineering with specialization in the areas of cardiovascular, orthopedic, rehabilitation engineering or system simulations.

  • The Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Track is designed for those students interested in the cellular aspects of biomedical engineering with specialization in material interactions with the human body, and the design and development of biomaterials including tissue engineering and drug delivery systems.

  • The Instrumentation, Signals and Imaging Track is designed for those students interested in electrical engineering with specialization in biomedical instrumentation, signal and image processing, imaging devices, detectors, or system simulations.

Review our curriculum guides.

Review our biomedical engineering classes.