Undergraduate Program

The Biomedical Engineering Concentration

Biomedical engineering applies the tools of engineering to the challenges of biology and medicine.

The undergraduate program in biomedical engineering is an independent concentration that is governed both by the Division of Biology and Medicine and the School of Engineering.  Though its undergraduate advising faculty are drawn exclusively from the School of Engineering in order to facilitate ABET accreditation, students can take courses from and do research with, faculty from engineering, the various departments of biology, and the Brown-affiliated hospitals in Rhode Island.  Compared to other ABET accredited programs across the nation Brown's is notably more flexible in keeping with the spirit of our open curriculum.  Still, students must complete a challenging and fulfilling schedule as they master both fundamental biology as well as the theory and practice of modern engineering. 

Students graduate with a ScB in Biomedical Engineering signifying that they will: 

  1. Find scientific and technical careers that address societal needs related to health care delivery, industry and medicine.
  2. Successfully apply the principles of engineering and science, along with problem solving skills and critical thinking, to a broad spectrum of biomedical engineering problems.
  3. Function effectively on teams and will appreciate the broad social, ethical, economic, and environmental consequences of their lifelong education.

The program’s primary emphasis is on the fundamentals of biomedical engineering, but also allows students to personalize their curriculum. This exciting curriculum prepares students for careers in biomedical engineering and biotechnology, as well as careers in diverse areas such as medicine, law, business, and health care delivery. BME students learn to apply the principles of engineering and science, along with problem solving skills and critical thinking to a broad spectrum of problems in biomedical engineering. Further, BME is a sound foundation for life long education with its emphasis on the use of teamwork, effective communication skills and an understanding of broad social, ethical, economic and environmental consequences.