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 the freshman-year engineering program in Watson College.


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


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:


a. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
b. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
c. An ability to design a system or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints.
d. An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
e. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve bioengineering problems.
f. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
g. An ability to communicate effectively.
h. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
i. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, lifelong learning.
j. A knowledge of contemporary issues.
k. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

BME-specific Outcomes

l. Applying principles of engineering, biology, human physiology, chemistry, calculus-based physics, mathematics (through differential equations), and statistics.
m. Solving bio/biomedical engineering problems, including those associated with the interaction between living and non-living systems.
n. Analyzing, modeling, designing and realizing bio/biomedical engineering devices, systems, components, or processes; and making measurements on and interpreting data from living systems. 


  • Total undergraduate student enrollment (as of fall 2022; full- and part-time): 199
  • Undergraduate degrees granted (2021-22): 57