Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Program
Biomedical Engineering is a highly interdisciplinary field of engineering which combines a fundamental understanding of engineering principles with an appreciation of the life sciences. Biomedical Engineers are prepared to solve problems in the health care industry and interact equally with other engineers and health care professionals. Students are prepared to embark on careers in research, design and development of medical devices, instrumentation, analysis tools, clinical evaluation methods, systems and processes, and other forms of medical technology.
- Apply principles of engineering, biology, human physiology, chemistry, calculus-based physics, mathematics (through differential equations) and statistics.
- Solve bio/biomedical engineering problems, including those associated with interactions between living and non-living systems.
- Analyze, model, design, and realize bio/biomedical engineering devices, systems, components, or processes.
- Make measurements on and interpret data from living systems.
- The co-op program provides paid, flexible, industry experience. It is a great way to earn money while getting experience in industry.
- The curriculum focuses on the design of medical devices and hands-on laboratory experiences to reinforce technical concepts from the classroom. Students have freedom to tailor their coursework toward specific career paths such as design of prosthetics and implantable devices.
- Paid undergraduate research opportunities are available in the areas of tissue engineering, biomaterials, and biomechanics on federally-funded projects.
- Nationally recognized design teams apply what students learn in the classroom while making friends, traveling, and building their resumes.
- Many scholarships are available to significantly decrease the cost of going to school, from major-specific scholarships to some where all students are automatically considered for when applying.
- Tutoring and academic support is available at no additional cost to undergraduate students.
All students who meet the minimum requirements for admittance into The University of Akron and intend to major in biomedical engineering are accepted into the College.
If you are coming directly from high school, your high school records determine which first semester classes are right for you.
Admissions process: Learn how our engineering admissions process works.
Deadlines: Review deadlines and important dates in the Office of Admissions.
How to apply? See step by step details on how to apply to The University of Akron.
A degree in biomedical engineering prepares you for careers in research, design and development of medical devices, instrumentation, analysis tools, clinical evaluation methods, systems and processes, as well as for post-baccalaureate studies in engineering, law, or medical school.
Recent UA graduates with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering make a median starting salary of $63,000. We have placed graduates at companies such as Perkin-Elmer, GE Healthcare, Zimmer Biomet, The Cleveland Clinic and Pfizer.
“My favorite biomedical engineering experience so far has been working in the lab. I get to work with with amputee subjects and motion capture software in the gait lab.”
—Allison Testa, biomedical engineering student
Curriculum guides & courses
Curriculum guide: Biomedical Engineering
Courses: Review all our biomedical engineering classes.
The biomedical engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org, and has specific program educational objectives and student outcomes that prepare graduates to enter the professional practice of engineering.
For more information
Direct questions to:
Dr. Joan Carletta
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies