Biomedical Engineering

B.S. in Biomedical Engineering

Why study Biomedical Engineering?

Biomedical engineering is an exciting, rapidly growing field that allows graduates to apply their knowledge and skills to the prevention of injury and improvements in the diagnosis and treatment of medical disorders. UC’s biomedical engineering curriculum has two tracks: biomechanics and medical device innovation. Biomechanics emphasizes the study of forces, motions, shape changes (deformations) and failure of biological tissues and organ systems. Medical device innovation emphasizes the design and development of new medical products and surgical instruments.

Admission Requirements

Admission criteria for this program vary based on the relative strength of test scores, class rank, GPA and co-curricular activities.  Please see the Freshman Class Profile for this major in the Quick Facts sidebar on this page for the range of academic credentials typically accepted into this program. Test scores in the lower range may be acceptable with higher class rank and/or GPA.   

Freshmen applying to this program should also have completed the following college preparatory subjects:

  • English (4 units)
  • Mathematics including algebra, geometry and either pre-calculus or calculus (4 units)
  • Science, including Chemistry and Physics (3 units)
  • Social sciences (3 units)
  • Electives (5 units)

Biomedical engineers have a solid foundation in the theory, methods and applications of engineering at the interface with biology and medicine. Successful biomedical engineers are innovative thinkers and use math and science to solve problems. Skills in calculus, physics and chemistry are particularly important.

Graduates of this major pursue many different careers.  A few examples include:

  • Medical device design
  • Technical sales
  • Medical device manufacturing
  • Medical equipment testing and maintenance
  • Biomedical research and product development
  • Technical advising

Hands-on training is stressed in biomedical engineering at the University of Cincinnati. Students gain professional industry experience through UC’s nationally ranked cooperative education program.  Students frequently co-op with companies such as Atricure, Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Biomet & Depuy, and with research laboratories in the College of Engineering and Applied Science, the College of Medicine, and in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. 

Atricure, located in West Chester, OH, designs and manufactures surgical instruments to treat cardiac disorders.  Ethicon Endo-Surgery, located in Blue Ash, Ohio, is a division of Johnson & Johnson and designs and manufactures medical instruments for minimally invasive surgery. Biomet and Depuy, located in Warsaw, Indiana, design and manufacture total join replacements and other orthopedic implants. The president and co-founder of Biomet is a graduate of the UC College of Engineering and Applied Science. 

Transfer students in good standing from accredited colleges and universities will be considered for admission to the college at the first, second and third-year levels. The degree requirement of professional practice experience normally precludes acceptance beyond the third-year level. For further detailed information such as required grade point average, please refer to the Transfer Students page.

Students changing majors from outside programs or colleges within UC will be considered based on the same criteria as outside transfers.

International students must display proficiency in the English language through successful completion of the TOEFL.  The College of Engineering and Applied Science requires a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test), 213 (computer-based test), or 79 (internet-based test). 

International applicants who score a minimum of 480 on the critical reading portion of the SAT will not be required to take the TOEFL.

Application Deadlines

Freshmen must begin the program during fall semester. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. High school students who wish to be considered for scholarships must apply by December 1 of their senior year. 

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The biomedical engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Contact Information

Office of Undergraduate Student Enrollment
653 Baldwin Hall, PO Box 210018
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0018
(513) 556-5417

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Program Code: 20BC-BME-BSBME