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. 

The BME program educational objectives 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 or for graduate study in BME and related fields;

  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 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.