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Degree Biomedical Engineering, BS

Major in biomedical engineering

As a biomedical engineer, you can apply engineering tools to solve problems in biology and medicine. This unique engineering discipline allows you to make a difference in society’s health as a professionally trained engineer, but with a specialized focus on the medical and biological applications of classical engineering principles.

At a glance

Biomedical engineering department

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Program and degree information

View the Undergraduate Guide for information on requirements, four-year plans and more.

Determine what kind of student you will be and learn more about what information you need to apply.

Freshman A freshman includes anyone who is currently a student in high school or who has not taken college coursework since graduating from high school.
Transfer Student A transfer student is anyone who has attended another college or university after graduating from high school and wishes to enroll in an undergraduate degree program at UW–Madison.
Cross-campus Student Cross-campus transfer students are students who are currently enrolled in another school or college at UW-Madison who wish to transfer into the College of Engineering.
Reentry Student Students who previously attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison as an undergraduate and would like to complete their first undergraduate degree will need to apply for reentry admission. Reentry students are those who have not been enrolled in courses for a semester or more.

Tuition and segregated fee rates are always listed per semester (not for Fall and Spring combined).


The College of Engineering is committed to recognizing the potential and accomplishments of incoming and enrolled students by supporting their education through a variety of scholarships at the college and departmental level.


Program Educational Objectives for the Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering 

We recognize that our graduates will choose to use the knowledge and skills that they have acquired during their undergraduate years to pursue a wide variety of career and life goals, and we encourage this diversity of paths. Whatever path graduates choose, be it a job, postgraduate education, or volunteer service, be it in engineering or another field, we have for our graduates the following objectives, that they will: 

  1. exhibit strong skills in problem solving, leadership, teamwork andcommunication; 
  2. use these skills to contribute to theircommunities; 
  3. make thoughtful, well-informed careerchoices; 
  4. demonstrate a continuing commitment to and interest in their own and others’ education 


Learning Outcomes

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies


The B.S. in Biomedical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the commission’s General Criteria and Program Criteria for Bioengineering and Biomedical and Similarly Named Engineering Programs.

View the UW-Madison Guide for information on all biomedical engineering courses.


A broad menu of courses means you can choose a specialization—a resume-boosting opportunity to place greater emphasis on education in one of four areas in biomedical engineering, beginning in your junior year.

  • Bioinstrumentation and medical devices (related to ECE)
  • Biomedical imaging and optics (related to ECE, CS, Medical Physics)
  • Biomechanics (related to ME)
  • Biomaterials, cellular and tissue engineering (related to CBE and MS&E)

Our undergraduate program was founded with engineering design as the backbone of the curriculum. Every semester BME students solve real-world biomedical engineering projects from a client list composed of university faculty (particularly from medical and life sciences), individuals with specific biomedical challenges, and industry sponsors. Students benefit from the close interactions with faculty and clients and have access to state-of-the-art teaching lab facilities that enables them to become skilled engineers and learn by doing.

Learn more about our design curriculum.

The BME Design program is made possible in part by the generous contribution of Peter Tong and the Tong Family Foundation.

Become a BME Design client and submit an unmet need.

Research opportunities

You’re an undergrad at a university known for its world-changing research. As an undergrad, you can be part of that—whether in a lab in our department, elsewhere in engineering, or even in other schools or colleges across UW-Madison! And if you discover a passion for research, want to further specialize in your field, or simply enjoy the process of learning in an academic setting, you can get any of those through our advanced master’s and PhD degree programs, too!

Research experience

As an undergrad, you can help pioneer new knowledge or technologies on your own or as a researcher in a professor’s lab.  It’s a great opportunity to apply what you’re learning in class, explore a field or topic that interests you, and gain insight into what it’s like to be a graduate student.

Biomedical Engineering: Research, MS

As a master’s student in biomedical engineering, you’ll apply engineering tools in your research as you solve problems in biology and medicine.

Biomedical engineering news

We are known for world-changing discoveries, and we collaborate with each other, with colleagues across the globe, and with industry and government partners to develop solutions to the challenging problems not only of today, but of the future. Dig into our latest research news and endeavors!

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