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Biomedical Engineering (BME) is the application of engineering principles and problem-solving techniques to biology and medicine. BME knowledge and skills play important roles in modern healthcare — from diagnosis and analysis to treatment and recovery, and from the proliferation of implantable medical devices (such as pacemakers and artificial hips) to more futuristic technologies (such as stem cell engineering and 3D printing of biological organs).

Biomedical engineers differ from other engineering disciplines that have an influence on human health. How? Biomedical engineers use and apply an intimate knowledge of modern biological principles in their engineering design process. Subdisciplines in BME include design and development of active and passive medical devices, orthopedic implants, medical imaging, biomedical signal processing, tissue and stem cell engineering, and clinical engineering, just to name a few.

Priya Shah (Biomedical Engineering and SciTech Honors Program) in research laboratory.Why BME at UAB?

Are you looking for a major that can help you adapt to the rapidly changing scientific landscape? Are you interested in entering the biomedical engineering industrial workforce, medical school, health professional programs, or graduate school? Our curriculum helps prepare you for these possibilities.

Get the Most Out of Your Undergraduate Studies

We offer a degree in Biomedical Engineering. You can enhance the degree with concentrations and our new Neuroengineering Minor, or join the honors program and be mentored by faculty members. Your studies will culminate in a capstone design experience — you'll be a member of an interdisciplinary team solving real-world engineering problems. The biomedical engineering B.S. degree program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET

If you know you want to go on to graduate school, you should consider our Fifth Year Master's Program.

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Research and Hands-On Learning

All of our courses are taught by full-time BME faculty members, who are active and productive researchers. Their expertise will be part of your classroom experience. We have high-quality facilities for laboratory experiments, computer simulations, and lab-based projects that give you hands-on learning experiences with instrumentation, computer simulations, and lab techniques common to the discipline.

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