Biomedical Engineering

About the biomedical engineering major

Biomedical engineering is a discipline that advances knowledge in engineering, biology, and medicine. This cross-disciplinary work integrates engineering sciences with biomedical sciences and clinical practice.

Examples of biomedical engineering include devices such as implantable cardiac pacemakers, joint replacement implants, biomedical imaging, and innovative drug delivery systems. This major requires you to have a strong interest in science, mathematics, medicine, and the life sciences.  

Skills and abilities this major develops: an understanding of complex medical issues; application of math, scientific, and engineering principles to analyze and to solve problems; the use of engineering tools; creativity; and effective communication.  

Engaged learning experiences

Regardless of your major or future career, engaged learning is vital to your present and future. It makes you more marketable for jobs and professional schools upon graduation, it enables you to build deeper connections with faculty and staff in your field of study, and it makes your learning personal by connecting your interests and values with the curriculum from your classes. Check out the three ideas below for places to get started, or learn more at IU Indianapolis’s Institute for Engaged Learning website.

Quick facts

Sample coursework

  • Biomeasurements
  • Biomedical engineering design I and II
  • Biosignals and systems
  • Cell/tissue behavior and properties
  • Multivariate calculus
  • Organic chemistry

Possible careers

  • Clinical application engineer
  • Clinical research associate
  • Project development engineer
  • Quality assurance specialist
  • Senior R & D engineer

Where could I work?

  • Beckman Coulter
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • IU Indianapolis
  • Philips
  • Roche
  • Zimmer Biomet

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Cluster

This major belongs to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) cluster. The STEM cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in the sciences, technology, engineering, informatics, and computing. The STEM cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools.

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