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

As engineers increasingly have become involved with projects in the life and health sciences, biomedical engineering has emerged to bridge the gap between these sciences and engineering.

Biomedical engineers consult with physicians to design and evaluate prosthetic devices, work with new materials for implants and tissue-generated implants; perform computer analysis of medical images; and use computers to analyze genetic structures and functions.

Why Iowa?

The BSE program in biomedical engineering is one of eight 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.

Students choose to study engineering at Iowa because of the college's academic excellence, individual attention, small-college environment, camaraderie, and tremendous opportunities. U.S. News & World Report ranks Iowa's undergraduate program in the top 20 percent of engineering programs nationwide.

Engineering student support services include free tutoring in math, science, and engineering courses for your first two years.

About 525 first-year students and 100 transfer students enroll each year. Women account for over 29 percent of Iowa's engineering students; the national average is 20 percent.

BSE/MS Fast-Track Degree Program

This program is for eligible students who plan to complete both the BSE and MS degrees in biomedical engineering at Iowa. Students apply in the second semester of their junior year and, if admitted, will enter that program in the first semester of their senior year. The fast-track program allows for 12 credit hours to be counted toward both their BS and MS degrees.


Biomedical Engineering
Focus Areas
Biomechanics and Biomaterials
Cellular Engineering
Computational Bioengineering
  Honors Courses
  Four-Year Graduation Plan
  Selective Admission
Admission Process

Careers and Outcomes

Iowa graduates have a 95 percent job/grad school placement rate within six months of graduation. Our Pomerantz Career Center offers multiple resources to help students find internships and jobs. 

Engineering is a well-respected profession that is used as a foundation for a variety of careers in industry, medicine, law, government, and consulting.

Engineering majors hold eight of the top ten spots on the list of top-paid majors for bachelor's degree graduates, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

Engineering Career Services develops and promotes experiential education and professional opportunities for students. Professional staff coordinate the college's co-op and internship program, engage in employer outreach, and host an engineering career fair each semester. 

Student Opportunities

In addition to more than 500 Student Organizations, Iowa students choose from more than 100 Study Abroad Programs and multiple Undergraduate Research Opportunities.


The University of Iowa provides a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students through the Iowa Scholarship Portal. Scholarships are available to first-year, transfer, and currently enrolled students. For additional details on scholarships for your program of study, check directly with the department or college. 

Apply early for scholarships. The College of Engineering offers Engineering First-Year Scholarships as well as many other scholarship opportunities for sophomore, junior, and senior students. To learn more, visit the College of Engineering Scholarships.

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


Course Work

Course work includes mathematics and basic sciences, engineering topics, general education (humanities and social sciences), and an elective focus area. Students may choose one of these focus areas or customize their studies to align with their interests or career objectives: 

  • Bioimaging
  • Biomechanics and biomaterials
  • Cellular engineering
  • Computational Bioengineering