Frequently Asked Questions

Why study biomedical engineering?
  • You enjoy learning about life sciences and can appreciate the usefulness of mathematics.
  • You like to build things...things that make life better.
  • You want to enter a vibrant field with great possibilities regarding employment and creativity.
  • You envision a career track in the medical or manufacturing industries, research, graduate studies, medical or similar professional doctoral programs, or law school.

What can someone do with a major in biomedical engineering?

Careers in biomedical engineering (BME) are growing. Biomedical engineers can work in a variety of industries including manufacturing, research, healthcare, government and education. Dr. Viator's own students have used their BME degrees as a gateway for many career and educational opportunities including:

  • Funded MS and PhD programs
  • Medical and dental schools
  • Start-up companies - as owners or employees
  • Mid- and large-size companies
  • Law school (patent law)
  • Graduate business programs including MBA

How many students enter the Department of Engineering each year?

The Biomedical Engineering major has limited enrollment. Each fall, approximately 30 freshmen will enter the program. Students work closely with classmates and faculty. The small class sizes emphasizes high quality classroom experience and mentored research.

Is the Biomedical Engineering program accredited?

Yes, the Biomedical Engineering BS program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Can I take a specialized course at another university?

Yes. Students enrolled at Duquesne can take advantage of the Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education's (PCHE) Cross-Registration program. During the Fall and Spring term, a student may be permitted to register for a course at one of the approved member institutions to enhance their program of study when the option is not available at Duquesne. Prior approval from the Program Director is necessary before enrolling in a PCHE course. 
Details regarding the Cross-Registration Program.

Additionally, the Program Director has the ability to grant permission for students to enroll in summer coursework at accredited institutions.

What opportunities will be available for research and internships during the program?

There are research opportunities within the Department of Engineering, within other academic units at Duquesne and through cooperative relationships with other universities. Students are also encouraged to participate in summer opportunities including the Duquesne University undergraduate research symposium, internships and professional development programs. A biomedical engineering advisory board is in development as well as corporate partnerships, both which will provide regional internship and research opportunities.

What is tuition for the program?

Please see the undergraduate tuition page for current rates.  The biomedical engineering major tuition is the same as the rate for "Liberal Arts, Business, Education, HMS, Nursing, Natural and Environmental Sciences..."  You can also find forms and information regarding financial aid on their website.

Will Duquesne accept my AP scores?

Please refer to the Duquesne University AP Scoring Chart.