People often compare the human body to a machine, made up of systems that work together to keep itself running. Like machines, though, pieces of the body can break down. This is where the exciting world of biomedical engineering comes in.
As a biomedical engineering major, you’ll build a foundation for a future that could take many directions. You might look for the chemical signals in the body that warn of cancer. You might invent a new and improved type of prosthetic (artificial) hand. You might refine the robots that doctors are just beginning to use in some surgery.
Biomedical engineering majors learn how to use engineering to solve health and medical problems.
“[Biomedical engineering] aids many people … That really appealed to me, that I'd have a great impact on society.”Vanessa, senior, biomedical engineering, Case Western Reserve
Are You Ready To...?
- Work as part of a team
- Spend a summer or a semester in an internship
- Do research that might get published
- Spend a lot of time working on projects in the lab
- Handle a heavy workload of math and science
- Take possibly five or six years to complete your degree
It Helps To Be...
A creative, curious problem solver who loves to know how things work. This is a great major if you’re interested in medicine and have a mind for building things.
- Is the department accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology?
- Will you have to fulfill any requirements before declaring the major?
- Will you have the chance to work with professors on their research?
- What are the labs like? Will you have the same access as grad students?
Did You Know?
Many biomedical engineering programs include the courses you’ll need to take to get into medical school.
As a biomedical engineering major, you’ll probably have the chance to complete a capstone project during your senior year. Students in the past have worked on projects in the areas of cell and tissue engineering, genetics, and vaccines.
You’ll work alone or with a team, and though these are usually lab or design projects, you may also need to write a thesis (long research paper) discussing your work. And who knows? Your research might even be published.