The UAB Department of Biomedical Engineering is a joint department, belonging to both the UAB School of Engineering and the UAB School of Medicine. Originally founded in 1979, the department was a graduate-only program until 2001 when the bachelor’s degree was established.

The department was recreated as a joint department in 2014 in an attempt to foster the highest levels of research while offering a world-class BME education.

Presently, the BME department offers degree programs leading to the bachelor’s, master’s (thesis based) and doctoral degrees and is helping make UAB the first choice for top students from all over the world.

The Biomedical Engineering Bachelor’s degree program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Our first bachelor’s students graduated in 2002. Currently, the Department of Biomedical Engineering consists of 13 full-time faculty, 44 graduate students and 156 undergraduate students.  To date we have graduated 138 bachelor’s, 278 master’s and 86 doctoral students.




The vision of the BME Department is “to be an internationally recognized, research oriented department of biomedical engineering; a top choice for undergraduate and graduate education.”


The mission of the BME Department is to “improve health care by making scientific discoveries, solving problems and advancing technology using quantitative methods; to prepare graduates to succeed in the evolving fields of biomedical engineering and biotechnology.”