Biomedical engineers use their understanding of science, medicine, and engineering to create devices, procedures, and materials that monitor and improve human health. Purdue’s Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering (BME) curriculum incorporates engineering fundamentals, design, and analysis, as well as coursework in organic chemistry, biochemistry, biomaterials, bioelectricity, biomechanics, and biological heat and mass transfer. Students gain hands-on engineering experience through intensive lab coursework and by solving real-life biomedical problems.
Note: The First-Year Engineering Program is the entry point for all beginning engineering students. They must complete the First-Year Engineering requirements before entering the engineering school of their choice. The mission of this student-oriented service program is to advise, teach and retain outstanding students for Purdue's College of Engineering. This core curriculum includes courses in math, chemistry, physics, computer programming, and communication skills, as well as introductory engineering coursework taught in the new Ideas to Innovation (i2i) Learning Laboratory. The First-Year Engineering Program provides students with a firm foundation and initial understanding of engineering and career options to assist them in identifying which of Purdue's engineering disciplines is the right fit. Our professional academic advisors, faculty and student advisors are dedicated to assisting beginning engineers with the first-year experience.
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Careers in Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical engineers can work in medical device, consumer goods and pharmaceutical companies, universities, hospitals and government agencies; enroll in graduate school; or attend a professional school such as medical, dental, veterinary, business, or law. Specific responsibilities can include:
- developing biocompatible materials and devices for implantation, such as artificial organs, cardiac pacemakers and defibrillators, joints, and tissue constructs
- designing advanced imaging or diagnostic technologies
- using nanotechnology to develop micromachines for repairing cell damage and altering gene function
- creating sensors for measuring blood chemistry
- developing advanced pharmaceuticals and pharmaceutical delivery systems
Transfer to Biomedical Engineering
Purdue admits to individual majors. Transfer students must meet Purdue's overall transfer criteria, as well as any major-specific requirements. Before you apply, check the closed programs page to confirm this major is open to transfer students. If it is, refer to the information below for major-specific transfer criteria.
GPA Requirements: 3.7 GPA. Application wil not be reviewed until you contact the BME advising office and receive a plan of study approval. Email: WeldonBMEUndergrad@purdue.edu using "transfer plan of study review" in the subject line, or call 765-494-2995
Contact InformationCindy Holderbaum