What is a biomedical engineer?

A biomedical engineer uses traditional engineering expertise to analyze and solve problems in biology and medicine, providing an overall enhancement of health. Students choose the biomedical engineering field to be of service to people, to experience the excitement of working with living systems, and to apply advanced technology to the complex problems of medical care. Biomedical engineers work with health care professionals (e.g., physicians, nurses, therapists, and technicians) and may be called upon in a wide range of capacities such as designing instruments, devices, and software.  Biomedical engineers incorporate knowledge from many technical sources to develop new medical procedures and conduct research in an effort to solve clinical problems.

For more information about biomedical engineering, please visit the Biomedical Engineering Society home page atbmes.org.

For questions about undergraduate admissions or transfer credit, please email engineering@uiowa.edu.

Why should one study biomedical engineering at the University of Iowa?

Biomedical Engineering at the University of Iowa offers unlimited opportunities for motivated students. From independent research to summer programs and student societies, mentoring programs, many students do it all. Our curriculum provides a strong foundation in both engineering and the biological sciences, with the freedom to explore a variety of topics and specialize in advanced areas of research.  Read more about biomedical engineering.

For undergraduate application information, please visit the Office of Admissions biomedical engineering application instructions.

Student Outcomes

Students will graduate from the Biomedical Engineering Department with the following attributes:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • An ability to communicate effectively
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues
  • An ability to use techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice 

Educational Objectives

The following educational objectives set forth by the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Iowa describe the expected accomplishments of our graduates within a few years of graduation:

  • Contribute to the biomedical field through the responsible design of devices, systems, processes, and policies that improve human health.
  • Pursue a wide range of career options, including those in industry, academia, and medicine.
  • Advance to leadership positions in their chosen field.