Who They Are
Biomedical Engineers focus on applying engineering knowledge and techniques to solve biological and medical problems. They have created such devices as pacemakers, artificial skin, artificial organs, and automated insulin injectors.
What They Do
They design and build new devices, instruments and techniques to treat people suffering from injuries or diseases. They also design and adapt computer software for medical uses such as laser systems for eye surgery and computer-based systems for diagnosing diseases.
Where They Work
They often work in a lab setting. Biomedical engineers provide a vital link between advancing technology and health care treatment. They often work with a multidisciplinary team of surgeons, nurses, occupational therapists and medical specialists where they may be involved in clinical trials or demonstrating medical devices and equipment.
Several career paths are available to biomedical engineers. Those interested in work in industry will often pursue a Master's degree in addition to a B. S. in biomedical engineering or related engineering discipline, such as chemical or electrical engineering. Students interested in advanced research in industry or academic settings will pursue a doctorate degree. Students interested in clinical applications and treating patients may pursue combined degrees, such as the M.D./Ph.D. Specialties in the area include biomaterials, medical imaging, bioinstrumentation, biomechanics, clinical engineering, cellular, tissue and genetic engineering etc.
The U of M offers both an undergraduate and graduate program in biomedical engineering, based out of the College of Science and Engineering.
Preparing to Apply
Students interested in applying to a biomedical engineering graduate program should look into the prerequisites for their program of interest. At the University of Minnesota, those with an engineering degree do not have explicit prerequisite courses. Those with an outside degree need to have completed courses in calculus, linear algebra, physics, and more.
The U of M program does not have a GRE requirement. A GPA of at least 3.5 for the PhD program and 3.2 for the Master program is preferred, but not required.