Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering
Student demonstrates a standing-paraplegic omni-directional transport device.
Undergraduate Bret Olson demonstrates a prototype for SPOT (standing paraplegic omni-directional transport).(Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

Advisor: Students who are admitted to the College of Engineering should see their assigned advisor. Students in other schools and colleges should attend an information session.

Field of Study: The design of medical devices, instruments, and treatments and the application of engineering tools for solving problems in biology and medicine; an engineering discipline that is practiced by professionals trained primarily as engineers, who specialize in medical and biological applications.

Entry Requirements: All pre-engineering students (regardless of Engineering major) take the same basic science and math courses to satisfy the “General College Requirement (GCR)” and transfer into a degree-granting program as soon as they are eligible. Since space is limited, the admission criteria for BME are higher than the minimum required for other degree programs in the College of Engineering. As a result, applicants are asked to submit a supplemental statement after applying to the BME program – and consider this statement strongly when reviewing applicants.

Possible Careers: Biomedical engineer; physician; veterinarian; attorney; technical sales position; research or technical support position in academic, government, or industry labs; university or college faculty positions

Special Opportunities & Additional Information

Selected Required Courses
  • Intro Biology: Zoology 101-102; or Biology 151-152; or Biocore
  • Calculus: Math 221, 222, 234, and 319 or 320
  • General Chemistry: Chem 109 (or Chem 103 and 104)
  • Organic Chemistry: Chem 343 (or Chem 341 if not taking Chem 344-345)
  • Physics: EMA 201 (preferred or Physics 201), EMA 303 or ME 306, and Physics 202
  • Statistics: Stats 324