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 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.

About 525 first-year students and 100 transfer students enroll each year. Women account for over 27 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 seek 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.

Course Work

Course work is organized into four stems: mathematics and basic sciences, engineering topics, general education (humanities and social sciences), and an elective focus area suited to your interests. Students may follow a pre-defined biomedical track or customize their studies to pursue additional interests.

Focus area options in biomedical engineering include:

  • Bioimaging
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biomechanics and biomaterials
  • Cellular engineering

See Biomedical Engineering in the UI General Catalog for details.

Admission Requirements

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Student Opportunities

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

Engineering student organizations, fraternities and sororities, and national honorary societies offer many opportunities to develop your leadership abilities.

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

Faculty, Facilities, and Resources

Iowa's nationally and internationally renowned faculty members, including physicians and practicing engineers, teach all of the college's engineering classes, including those for first-year students. No engineering classes are taught by teaching assistants.


On average, 93-98 percent of our graduates are employed in their field of study or pursuing advanced education within seven months of graduation.

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 Professional Development (EPD) develops and promotes experiential education and professional opportunities for students in the College of Engineering. Professional staff coordinate the college's co-op and internship program, engage in employer outreach, and provide opportunities for students to network with employers, including an engineering career fair each semester and other programming related to career development.

EPD also offers individual advising and class presentations on topics such as resume and cover letter preparation, job and internship search strategies, interviewing skills, and job offer evaluation.


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.

Application Process

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Apply to the College of Engineering.


Biomedical Engineering (BSE)
Focus Areas
Biomechanics and Biomaterials
Cellular Engineering
Honors Courses
Four-Year Graduation Plan
Selective Admission


Biomedical Engineering Major
Biomedical Engineering Major