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Biomedical Engineering

Overview

Are you a prospective engineering student interested in the advancement of human health? Biomedical engineering, a new and rapidly-growing field, combines engineering with biology and medicine to create diagnostic and therapeutic tools, improve healthcare, and detect, repair, and treat diseases.

Research and development work in biomedical engineering can span from cutting-edge prosthetics and regenerative tissue growth to diagnostic devices and optical imaging.

While career paths vary, biomedical engineers share one essential trait — a passion for shaping the future of human health and medicine.


As a student in biomedical engineering, you will learn skills such as:

  • Biomaterials and tissue engineering
  • Implementation and ethics of new solutions to biomedical challenges
  • Computational tools to investigate models of cellular phenomena

Exciting electives to fine-tune your degree include Immunology; Gene Therapy; Biotransport; Orthopedic Biomechanics; Biorobotics; and Bioinstrumentation.

Students pursuing biomedical engineering at UMass Amherst can also choose from three tracks: biomechanics, biomaterials, and sensors and instrumentation.

Careers

Graduates of the biomedical engineering program are prepared for various careers, including medical equipment design and manufacturing, scientific research and development services, and pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing.
 

 Esha, a sophomore biomedical engineering (BME) studentRead an interview with Esha, a sophomore biomedical engineering (BME) student here at UMass Amherst.


Resources

Undergraduate Admissions;Student Organizations; Research Centers, Institutes, and Programs; The College of Engineering Office of Student Affairs; Engineering Career Development and Experiential Learning Center; College of Engineering Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Contact / Undergraduate Advisor

The College of Engineering is dedicated to providing personal guidance and mentoring to all students. For more information or questions about biomedical engineering, please contact Natalia Kolk, academic advisor and director of alumni affairs, at nkolk@umass.edu.