The Department of Biomedical Engineering provides undergraduate instruction leading to a bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering.
Our distinguished faculty includes internationally renowned researchers in biomedical science and engineering.
Students interact with faculty to pursue cutting-edge biomedical engineering research. They develop professional skills to become leaders in the field. The program places strong emphasis on inter- and transdisciplinary teaching and learning, and offers opportunities for students to design and implement innovative ideas and technologies in a dynamic, enriched, cutting-edge environment. Students have career opportunities in academia, industries and businesses, working to improve human health and well-being through scientific and technological innovations.
The biomedical engineering curriculum builds upon the base provided by the freshman-year engineering program in Watson College Engineering Design Division.
There are four tracks in the department. Juniors should declare their concentration by completing this online form.
- Biomaterials and Bio-pharmaceutical Technology
- Biomedical Devices and Instrumentations
- Computational Biosystems
Suggested four-year curriculum
(by year of entry)
- Transfer Curriculum, International Transfer Curriculum
The biomedical engineering curriculum can help satisfy the necessary coursework required by most medical schools, if certain electives are taken. Prospective undergraduate students should contact Pre-health advising for advice on course selection and follow the Watson Advising Office.
You may choose to begin a coordinated pre-med- focused BME curriculum that includes four years of undergraduate work with accommodation of all courses needed in preparation for the MCAT exam. The BME program recommends that pre-med students meet with the pre-health advising office at least once per semester to get the most up-to-date information on Medical school admission requirements and the MCAT exams.
If you do not have a faculty adviser, or if you are not sure who is your faculty adviser, contact Michelle Beavers, undergraduate program coordinator.
After the declaration of major in biomedical engineering, each student is assigned a faculty adviser who will provide guidance throughout the student's stay at Binghamton.
Each semester, during course pre-registration periods, each student is required to meet with his or her assigned faculty adviser. Print out and bring in a copy of your DARS report to every meeting.
In these meetings, there will be:
- A careful review of the DARS report to ensure he or she is maintaining satisfactory progress toward completion of program and university General Education requirements
- Review of the student's course selection for the following semester to ensure prerequisites are met
- Providing guidance in the selection of technical and professional electives and humanities and social sciences courses
- Discussion of academic issues (GPA, course load, transfer credits, etc.)
- Discussion of personal, career path or graduate school planning issues.
Additional support is also available from Watson College Student Services
Biomedical Engineering Honors Program
The Biomedical Engineering (BME) Honors Program is designed for high-caliber students who are interested in more vigorous and in-depth academic challenges.
Students enrolled in this program will have access to a variety of research opportunities unavailable to other students.
Biomedical engineering minor
A biomedical engineering minor is open to students in all majors. It is designed to provide non-BME students a solid foundation in biomedical engineering and an in-depth training in professional skills in addition to their study in their primary major. This training will empower students to develop new professional skills, leading to more job opportunities.
Complete your BME bachelor's and master's degrees in five years to help push your career prospects to the next level.
Suggested pathway to matriculation in MS in prosthetics and orthotics (practitioner program)
Prosthetics and orthotics practitioners work with patients to adapt the prosthetic or orthotic based on an individual patient's need. If you are wanting to focus on design and research, a BME graduate school concentration in neural engineering or rehabilitation science may be more appropriate. Note that this is not a BME track, an official advising sheet, or a study plan affecting how students complete the BME curriculum. It serves only as guidance to help students who are interested in this path. The suggested pathway can be found here.
The bachelor of science programs in engineering are licensure qualifying programs. Students in a bachelor of science program in engineering who are within 20 credits of graduation or who have graduated from one of Binghamton University’s EAC/ABET-accredited bachelor of science programs in engineering are automatically eligible to sit for the NCEES FE exam (National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying, Fundamentals of Engineering exam). Click here for exam pass rates.
Please note: Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of programs in Watson College, participate in certain activities or projects, and/or obtain professional engineering licenses. Students who have concerns about such matters are advised to contact Watson College's Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Dean's Office.
Students who have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are advised that their vaccination status, regardless of religious and/or medical exemption status, may impede their ability to complete the requirements of programs in Watson College and/or participate in certain activities or projects. Students who have concerns about such matters are advised to contact the Watson College Dean's Office.