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Biomedical Engineering

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College of Engineering

Biomedical Engineering

Engineering Meets Biology

Biomedical engineering applies quantitative engineering analysis and design to biological, medical, and behavioral health problems. It is a field dedicated to revealing basic knowledge of disease mechanisms to improve human health, and to developing new technologies and therapies to improve the quality of life.

The aim of our undergraduate program is to provide students with the training necessary to bridge the gaps between medicine, engineering and biomedical research. We provide a broad background in chemical, mechanical, materials science and electrical engineering to prepare students for careers in biomedical research and design with a quantitative engineering emphasis. Our undergraduate program is also designed to provide students with sufficient coursework for advanced training at graduate, medical or physical therapy schools or in other allied health professions.

Focus areas include:

  • Musculoskeletal & Neural Engineering includes the study of the normal growth and aging, function, injury, degeneration, repair, regeneration, rehabilitation, and augmentation of musculoskeletal and neural tissues and systems
  • Cancer Diagnosis and Therapy applies experimental and computational approaches to explore biomechanical function across multiple scales: the molecule, cell, tissue, organ, and whole body.
  • Disease Modeling includes determining underlying mechanisms of human disease using computational models of molecular, cellular, and higher-level systems.
  • Tissue and Regenerative Engineering is used to study, model and modify biomolecules (including nucleic acids and proteins) and cells, as well as to determine the regulatory networks that control genetic, biochemical, cellular, and physiological functions.

Areas of study

  • Biomechanics and neural engineering
  • Tissue and regenerative engineering
  • Systems and computational biology
  • Cancer therapies and diagnostics

Career options

  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Product Development Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • System Test Engineer
  • Medical Device Sales
  • Research and Development Engineering
  • Product Specialist
  • Technical Support Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Product Specialist
  • Quality Engineer
  • Consultant
  • Business Technology Analyst
  • Research Scientist
  • Entrepreneur

Graduate programs

  • Masters of Science/Engineering
  • MBA
  • PhD
  • Medical School
  • Pharmacy School
  • Dental School
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physicians Assistants

What’s special about this program?

BME at UD delivers an innovative and exceptional education program enabling students to apply quantitative engineering design and analysis to biomedicine. Beginning freshman year, students are exposed to the engineering design process and potential career options available for BME graduates. Throughout the curriculum, students also practice teamwork and develop writing and presentation skills, making them desirable candidates for a variety of career paths, in addition to their technical excellence.


The biomedical engineering undergraduate program at UD represents an interdisciplinary effort to understand and address problems at the interface between engineering and biology. As a result, many of our faculty have joint appointments in other departments that include Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer and Information Sciences, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.


Our program equips students with a strong foundation in mathematics and the life sciences, as well as engineering analysis and design. It enables students to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems based on fundamental biomedical concepts; to design and conduct laboratory experiments; and to critically analyze and interpret data. The curriculum includes courses in bioinstrumentation, systems physiology, biomaterials, biomechanics, cell and tissue engineering and medical imaging. It also fulfills the requirements for advanced training in medical school and other allied health professions.