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Biomedical Engineering


Biomedical Engineering (BSE)
Honors Courses
Four-Year Graduation Plan
Selective Admission

Biomedical engineering links biology, medicine, and engineering to improve human health. Many engineering students choose this major as preparation for medical school.

Typical responsibilities for biomedical engineers include working closely with physicians to design and evaluate prosthetic devices such as heart valves or spinal and hip implants; working with new materials for implants and tissue-generated implants; performing computer analysis of medical images; and using computers to analyze genetic structures and functions.

Why Study at Iowa? 

The BSE program in biomedical engineering is one of six Undergraduate Engineering Programs offered by the College of Engineering, which offers excellent opportunities for students to participate in undergraduate research, internships, study abroad, and student organizations.

Course Work 

Focus area options in biomedical engineering include:

  • Biomaterials
  • Bioinformatics
  • Bioimaging
  • Cardiovascular biomechanics
  • Cellular engineering
  • Musculoskeletal biomechanics
  • Pre-medicine

See Biomedical Engineering in the UI General Catalog for more information.

Admission Requirements

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Student Opportunities 


Iowa graduates have job placement rates ranging from 86-100 percent, depending on their area of study, and our Pomerantz Career Center offers multiple resources to help students find internships and jobs.


The Office of Admissions and the Office of Student Financial Aid are great resources for students seeking scholarships.

Application Process

Apply to the College of Engineering.

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