Biomedical Engineering


The Sc.B. program in Biomedical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, It is jointly offered by the School of Engineering and the Division of Biology and Medicine as an interdisciplinary concentration designed for students interested in applying the methods and tools of engineering to the subject matter of biology and the life sciences. The education objectives of the Biomedical Engineering program are to prepare graduates: (1) to be employed in careers of useful service to society, including scientific and technical areas within medicine, industry, and health care delivery; (2) to demonstrate the ability to apply the basic principles of engineering and science, as well as problem solving skills and critical thinking, to a broad spectrum of biomedical engineering problems; (3) to demonstrate their ability to work in teams, and to effectively communicate and understand the broad social, ethical, economic and environmental consequences of their lifelong education. The student outcomes of this program are the (a) - (k) Student Outcomes as defined by the "ABET Criteria for Accrediting Engineering Programs (available online at" The Biomedical Engineering concentration shares much of the core with the other engineering programs, but is structured to include more courses in biology and chemistry, and a somewhat different emphasis in mathematics.

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Student Goals

Students in this concentration will:

  • Gain fluency in contemporary biology
  • Be able to apply the tools of an engineer (the ability to quantify, synthesize, and integrate) to living systems and other subject matter in biology
  • Apply problem solving skills and critical thinking to a broad spectrum of biomedical engineering problems
  • Work collaboratively
  • Communicate effectively
  • Engage in a capstone experience focusing on biomedical engineering, design, research and modeling


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Honors and Capstones

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Every student pursuing an Sc.B. in Biomedical Engineering must complete at least one semester of independent research. Students aspiring to receive Honors in Biomedical Engineering must complete a thesis project representing the culmination of two or more semesters of research. An oral presentation is also required. Students must have a research advisor, typically a Brown faculty member from the Division of Biology and Medicine. Upon completion of the research, the faculty advisor and a second reader provide an evaluation in which the student’s work must be assessed as satisfactory or better in order for Honors to be awarded. Quality grades (A, B, and/or S with distinction) within the concentration are also required for Honors. Please see the department's website for a complete description of program requirements.

Liberal Learning

This concentration allows you to address the following Liberal Learning goals:

  • Collaborate fully
  • Engage with your community
  • Develop a facility with symbolic languages
  • Experience scientific inquiry

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Graduating Class

Year Total Capstone Honors
201115 15 11 
201216 16 
201318 18 
201426 26 17 
201527 27 17 

Alumni Pathways

Alumni have gone on to careers in biomedical engineering as well as medicine, law, business, and health care delivery.

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If you are an advisor and would like to make changes to the information on this page, contact, or email Dean Besenia Rodriguez.