Biomedical Engineering

Unlocking innovation at the intersection of science and medicine

You will focus on enhancing human health through various areas of specialization, including biomedical optics, biomaterials, orthopedic biomechanics, biophysical interactions, drug delivery, and biosensor development with a BME program accredited Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

You'll receive a comprehensive educational experience that prepares you to make a significant impact in the field upon graduation. Throughout your studies, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Acquire a solid foundation in engineering principles while actively engaging in research in biomedical focus areas. These research activities have practical applications in various medical fields such as oncology, orthopedics, ophthalmology, dermatology and more.
  • Master mathematical methods, programming skills and the fabrication of prototype medical devices, equipping you with the necessary tools to tackle complex challenges in the biomedical engineering domain.
  • Develop essential skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, communication and management, enabling you to effectively contribute to interdisciplinary teams and succeed in your future endeavors.
  • Gain a deep understanding of the increasing significance of leadership and ethics in the engineering field, cultivating your ability to make informed decisions that consider the broader impact of your work.

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Program Information

This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, focusing on enhancing human health through various areas of specialization, including biomedical optics, biomaterials, orthopedic biomechanics, biophysical interactions, drug delivery and biosensor development.

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Hear From Students

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The Biomedical Engineering Program at Duquesne allows me to explore several disciplines, from understanding the nervous system to the use of prosthetics. I work closely with my professors on areas of science that really matter to me.”

Skyler Wrubleski B.S. in biomedical engineering and BSN, dual degree candidate
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This program allows for mentorship from the professors, creating an environment that promotes each student to reach his or her full potential. I believe with all of the instruction that I receive, I will be successful in what I choose to do with my biomedical engineering degree.

Eric Linder Biomedical Engineering Alum, '19



Prepared For Anything

The demand for biomedical engineers is rapidly growing, both nationally and in Pennsylvania. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook 2021-2031 from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, this field is expanding at an above-average rate, presenting numerous career opportunities for aspiring engineers.

Upon completing our biomedical engineering program, you can expect to:

  • Secure fulfilling employment in a biomedical engineering-related field, as our curriculum prepares you to excel in the industry.
  • Pursue further education in graduate or professional-degree granting programs, should you choose to advance your knowledge and expertise.
  • Maintain professional competence within your chosen industry through ongoing learning and skill development.
  • Demonstrate professionalism and ethical conduct, as well as a commitment to serving others, in a manner that upholds the values of the engineering profession.

Equipped for Every Challenge

Additionally, our program equips you with a range of engineering competencies, allowing you to:

  • Identify, analyze, and solve intricate engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  • Employ engineering design principles to develop innovative solutions that meet specific needs, while considering factors such as public health, safety, welfare, and global impacts.
  • Communicate effectively with diverse audiences, utilizing strong verbal, written, and presentation skills.
  • Recognize and navigate ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering contexts, taking into account the broader implications of engineering solutions on a global, economic, environmental, and societal scale.
  • Collaborate effectively within teams, providing leadership, fostering collaboration, setting goals, planning tasks, and achieving objectives.
  • Conduct and evaluate experiments, analyze and interpret data, and exercise engineering judgment to draw meaningful conclusions.

By enrolling in our Biomedical Engineering program, you are embarking on a rewarding educational journey that will empower you to shape the future of healthcare and make a meaningful difference in the lives of others.

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Course Offerings

Our comprehensive curriculum consists of 133 credit hours, with a focus on engineering, encompassing 52 credit hours. Alongside fundamental math and science courses, students will engage in hands-on laboratory experiences and participate in the Bridges Common Learning Experience. The engineering component of the program includes a range of specialized courses carefully designed to equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge for their future careers. Please note that specific courses may be subject to change.

  • BMED 100 - Intro to Biomed Engineering
  • BMED 110 - Intro to Programming for Engineers
  • BMED 201 - Biomed Electronics & Instrumentation I
  • BMED 202 - Biomed Electronics & Instrumentation II
  • BMED 210 - Thermodynamics
  • BMED 220 - Introduction to Biomaterials
  • BMED 310 - Biomedical Signals and Systems
  • BMED 320 - Biofluid Mechanics
  • BMED 430/530 - Engineering Computation
  • BMED 431/531 - Engineering Computation II 
  • BMED 440W - Biomedical Engineering Capstone I
  • BMED 441W - Biomedical Engineering Capstone II
  • BMED 444/544- Introduction to Biomedical Imaging
  • BMED 448/548- Introduction to Tissue Engineering
  • BMED 449/549 - Biomedical Optics
  • BMED 451W/551W - Biomed Microdevices I
  • BMED 452/552 - Biomed Microdevices II
  • BMED 453/553 - Mathematical Modeling in Cell & Tissue Engineering
  • BMED 456/556 - Digital Image Processing Using MATLAB
  • BMED 457/557 - FDA Approval Process for Medical Devices
  • BMED 550 - Environmental Adaptations & Rehabilitation Technology
  • BMED 490 - Research in Biomedical Engineering
  • BMED 491 - Internship
  • BMED 492 - Independent Study