Biomedical Engineering at MSU - Biomedical engineering integrates physical, chemical, mathematical, and computational sciences and engineering principles to study biology, medicine, behavior, and health. It advances fundamental concepts; creates knowledge from the molecular to the organ systems level; and develops innovative biologics, materials, processes, implants, devices and informatics approaches for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, for patient rehabilitation, and for improving health. An engineering degree with the biomedical concentration prepares students for traditional engineering as well as bioengineering careers.

Examples of biomedical engineering:

Artificial organs
Systems biology
Medical imaging systems
Biomechanics of injury and wound healing
Sports medicine
Robotics for telemedicine
Tissue engineering

For more information on careers, go to the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) website at:

Where is Biomedical Engineering at MSU?

Active programs in biomedical engineering are distributed across four departments-Mechanical Engineering; Chemical Engineering and Materials Science; Biosystems Engineering; and Electrical Engineering. It is offered as a departmental concentration in mechanical engineering, and chemical engineering and materials science, and as a college concentration in the other majors. Students may elect to compete a concentration as part of a B.S. program by taking groups of biomedical electives. These electives apply the fundamental engineering science of their discipline to solving biomedical problems.

Why is there no is Biomedical Engineering degree at MSU?

Biomedical engineering solutions require knowledge of an underlying engineering discipline. For example, building better knew replacements requires understanding of mechanical engineering and materials science. Students at MSU choose an engineering discipline and select biomedical electives as part of that department's curriculum to receive a concentration in biomedical engineering.

What is the advantage of a concentration in Biomedical Engineering?

Completing a biomedical engineering concentration within a traditional engineering discipline increases the career options for students. Employers in the biomedical industry hire engineers for engineering expertise, often teaming them with health professionals. By completing a B.S. with a biomedical concentration, a student is fully qualified in Biosystems, chemical, electrical, materials, or mechanical engineering, but with documented expertise in solving biomedical problems. In this way, a student is fully prepared for either a professional position in biomedical engineering or for graduate or professional school (M.D., D.O., D.V.M., J.D.) or any other employment in the underlying engineering discipline studied.

What if I want more information on Biomedical Engineering?

The curricula for each department that offers a biomedical engineering concentration may be found at the following websites:

Biosystems Engineering (.pdf)

Chemical Engineering (.pdf)

Electrical Engineering (.pdf)

Materials Science and Engineering (.pdf)

Mechanical Engineering (.pdf)