Engineer your future — and the world's — with a biomedical engineering bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Biomedical Engineering (BME) is a field that is focused on the application of engineering principles and design concepts to address problems in medicine and healthcare. Rooted in science, math, biology and engineering, the biomedical engineering program will encourage you to analyze, model and design biomedical engineering devices, systems, components and processes. Projects throughout the program, including a senior capstone project, will build skills in teamwork, communication and creative problem-solving, helping you to identify, formulate and solve complex engineering challenge. These projects help you work toward answering key challenges in the medical field.
The ability to explore and make discoveries is a critical component of the major. A new, groundbreaking research agreement between UW-Eau Claire and Mayo Clinic Health System will provide you with unique research opportunities and workplace immersion experiences. Student internships and/or co-op experiences are also highly encouraged. The BME curriculum has been designed to identify and explore the most important emerging areas in biomedical engineering, such as imaging, 3D printing, implantable medical devices, bio-compatible materials and tissue engineering.
As a result of longer life expectancy and higher rates of healthcare spending that increase the demand for new technologies and tools, biomedical engineering graduates are in high demand as they can bridge the gap between understanding engineering concepts and the biomedical problems that are being addressed. Exercising informed judgment and data-driven decisions, our grads help address the increasing need for biomedical solutions, particularly around those that serve the health care needs of an aging U.S. population. You may go on to design implants, improve pacemakers, create engineered tissues, develop new medical imaging tools and so much more. With countless career paths throughout a variety of industries, you and your biomedical engineering degree are certain to better lives and make a difference.
An in-demand degree. The need for biomedical engineers is growing. According to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, the number of biomedical engineering jobs is expected to grow by 12.12% from 2016-2026. Nationally, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects job growth of 7.2% during the same time frame.
Unparalleled research opportunities. The curriculum within the biomedical engineering program allows for direct clinical research experiences working with UW-Eau Claire faculty and Mayo Clinic physicians and scientists. Community-based service as well as internships with governmental, nongovernmental and private organizations in our region also are readily available.
A personalized education. Small classes throughout the biomedical engineering major allow for exploration, meaningful discussions and firsthand field experience. Not only will you have direct access to faculty and groundbreaking research projects, but you'll also have opportunities to work with the same state-of-the-art instrumentation and tools found in industry today. This type of experience is not something you would normally get at larger campuses — or so early in your college career.
Real-world learning. We believe that in order to get the most out of your education, you need to have practical experiences outside of the classroom. Many UWEC students take their studies to the field through immersion programs, study abroad or the National Student Exchange — opportunities we proudly offer to all Blugolds.
Engaged faculty. All UWEC courses are taught by expert, caring faculty who make you and your success their top priority. Here, you won't just be a number. Professors will know you by name and do all they can to support you in earning your degree and finding a career path you love.
Biomedical engineering program details
- Program length: four years
- Offered: in person
- Campus: Eau Claire
- This major does not require a minor.
- Students majoring in this program will earn a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree.
- Women and Gender Minorities in STEM
- Pre-Professional Health Club
With a degree in biomedical engineering from UW-Eau Claire, you'll quickly find countless job opportunities await you. Graduates leave with the knowledge and skills necessary to apply engineering practices to solve human health problems, developing interventions that preserve and promote health and well-being. Students may find themselves working in manufacturing environments or at universities, hospitals, research facilities, medical institutions or healthcare and technology companies.
Because so many fields need biomedical engineers— from medical to fitness to devices to orthopedics — you'll be able to take your pick when it comes to career paths. Whether you enjoy direct interaction with patients or working in a more behind-the-scenes engineering role, you'll have everything you need to make your mark — and an impact.
Biomedical engineering jobs
- Biomedical engineer
- Manufacturing engineer
- Quality engineer
- Biomedical scientist
- Medical device manufacturer
- Sales representative
Curriculum within the biomedical engineering major is rigorous, intentional and experiential. Coursework strongly encourages creative problem-solving. Applying principles of engineering, biology, human physiology, chemistry, calculus-based physics, mathematics and statistics, you'll interpret data and solve bio/biomedical engineering challenges.
For those interested in a career in medicine, the growing program is compatible with the pre-medical track at UWEC. For those who are not interested in medical school but want to stay involved in the medical area, the biomedical engineering major is also an excellent choice.
What classes do biomedical engineering majors take?
Your classes may cover topics like:
- 3D printing
- Biological system analysis
- Biomedical instrumentation
- Cell and tissue engineering
- Medical and implantable devices
- Medical imaging
Learn more about the comprehensive biomedical engineering major in the UWEC course catalog.
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