What is 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 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
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.
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.