About Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineering encompasses biological, physiological, medical and social systems, design, and development of complex, knowledge-intensive systems. Biomedical engineering educates individuals in the art of product and process development for the improvement of human health and quality of life.

The field is excellent for those considering healthcare, agricultural, aquaculture, bioprocesses, biotechnology, environmental, food, microbial system, and rehabilitation engineering.

Graduates are employable in oversight organizations such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), medical centers, and research institutions.

The biomedical engineering curriculum builds upon the base provided by Watson College's first-year engineering program.


The Bachelor of Science program in Biomedical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org, under the commission’s General Criteria and Program Criteria for Bioengineering, Biomedical, and Similarly Named Engineering Programs.


The mission of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Binghamton University is to provide interdisciplinary research and education at both undergraduate and graduate levels. We aim to advance human health and aid in the economic development of the region, state, and country by providing state-of-the-art, accessible and affordable education. We seek to prepare our students to serve their communities by creating a free and open learning environment that fosters their intellectual and ethical growth, advances the frontiers of scientific inquiry, and contributes with distinction to the international community of scholarship. BME’s program ranking has consistently moved up in the nation, based on U.S .News & World Report. We have attracted more and more brilliant undergraduate and graduate students, particularly minority students.

The BME Department strives to nurture young biomedical engineers who will bridge the present with the next generation of technologies. The BME Department looks to
cultivate leaders and foster entrepreneurship to advance human health and well-being in a new medicine era. This is accomplished through the integration of engineering principles, physical sciences, advanced biology and lifelong learning in biomedical engineering. With this integration, our students gain an understanding of biophysical phenomena, disease prevention, diagnostics, disease treatment, health care systems and regulatory considerations. We engage motivated and talented undergraduate and graduate students in the classroom, research laboratory and clinic. We impart the spirit of our mission to them as we prepare them for future careers as professional, knowledgeable and ethical leaders in academia and industry.

Our students earn a bachelor of science (BS), master of science (MS), doctor of
philosophy (Ph.D.), or a 4+1 accelerated BS/MS combined degree in biomedical

Program Educational Objectives

The biomedical engineering program educates well-rounded students, preparing them to be leaders in the industry, academic, business, education and entrepreneurship, and to succeed in a global environment. In particular, they will:

  • Succeed in the practice of engineering or other professional activities by
    drawing upon their biomedical science and engineering foundations.
  • Advance science discoveries and technology innovations by applying
    problem-solving abilities and multidisciplinary perspectives.
  • Succeed in post-baccalaureate studies and professional advancement.

The program will be assessed by the constituents we serve, including alumni and
current students, as well as representatives from industries, medical schools and
graduate schools.

Student Outcomes

There are outcomes that must be satisfied by students before graduating:


  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

BME-specific Outcomes

B1. Applying principles of engineering, biology, human physiology, chemistry, calculus-based physics, mathematics (through differential equations) and statistics;

B2. Solving bio/biomedical engineering problems, including those associated with the interaction between living and non-living systems;

B3. Analyzing, modeling, designing, and realizing bio/biomedical engineering devices, systems, components, or processes; and

B4. Making measurements on and interpreting data from living systems