Undergraduate Biomedical Engineering @ The University of Iowa

The undergraduate curriculum in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Iowa combines a rigorous engineering education with training in the basic life and applied medical sciences. The program emphasizes materials, solid mechanics, computer science and quantitative measurement, mathematical modeling, and analysis of biological systems and processes.

The faculty strive to develop materials that allow students to acquire analytical and computational tools needed for innovative work in the physical, biological, and engineering sciences. Department faculty members have teaching and research expertise in areas related to cardiovascular and fluid biomechanics, musculoskeletal biomechanics, biomaterials and tissue engineering, bioinstrumentation, biosystems, biomedical imaging, biological signal analysis, bioinformatics and computational biology, and other allied fields.

The curriculum stresses theoretical concepts, hypothesis formulation and testing, experimental design issues, data acquisition, and computational approaches to data analysis and model interpretation. The curriculum culminates in a two-semester capstone design experience, during which each senior completes a technical design project under the direction of a faculty supervisor.

A History of Achievement

The Department of Biomedical Engineering at The University of Iowa was established in the Fall of 1974. Since that time, there has been a phenomenal growth in the undergraduate enrollment. At any given time, there are about 300 students declared as Biomedical Engineering majors. Some interesting characteristics of the department include:

  • In terms of national entrance examination scores (ACT mean scores and SAT), the quality of the Biomedical Engineering students exceeds that of any other program on campus.
  • The BME Department occupies the position of vanguard, facilitating strong collaborations with the College of Medicine.
  • The department offers students great flexibility in career preparation. With the proper selection of elective courses, the curriculum affords numerous engineering specialities, or the opportunity to pursue advanced degrees in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy, or law.
  • Approximately 1/3 of the BME students are women.
  • The department has a strong graduate program awarding MS and PhD degrees in Biomedical Engineering
  • The department has a joint BSE/MS degree

For questions regarding undergraduate admissions or transfer credits, please email engineering@uiowa.edu.