Biomedical Engineering at Florida Tech
Welcome to biomedical engineering at Florida Tech and thank you for your interest in our program. Biomedical engineering is an interdisciplinary field in high demand thanks to significant strides in research, medicine, and technology. Biomedical engineering encompasses a wide spectrum of specialties; examples of research concentrations in our department are as follows:
- Biomagnetism and oxidative stress
- Vascular tissue engineering
- Ultrasound imaging and therapeutics
- Orthopedic biomechanics
- Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy
- Non-invasive imaging for early cancer detection
Upon completion of a degree in biomedical engineering, students may continue their studies in graduate school, enter a career in industry, medical school, law school, or health-related graduate programs. With our low student-to-faculty ratio, our graduates leave FIT prepared for their next endeavor. Our faculty members are internationally renowned researchers. In addition to obtaining prestigious research grants from government agencies and corporations, they have published articles in well-respected journals, and written books. They have all made valuable contributions to the biomedical engineering field as well as to medicine and society.
Biomedical engineering is an exciting field that is concerned with the application of engineering and science methodologies, to the analysis of biological and physiological problems and to the delivery of health care. Biomedical engineering involves developing devices and procedures that solve medical and health-related problems by combining their knowledge of biology and medicine with engineering principles and practices. The biomedical engineer requires the analytical tools and broad physical knowledge of modern engineering and science, fundamental understanding of the biological or physiological system, and familiarity with recent technological breakthroughs.
In biomedical engineering at Florida Tech, Students Enjoy
- Small classes and a strong community of ambitious undergraduate & graduate students working together with the faculty & staff
- Opportunities to be involved in meaningful research projects working hand in hand with graduate students and faculty
- Opportunity to interact with local medical community and become engaged in high-level medical research or clinical immersion experience
- Working on Senior Year Design projects to build practical prototypes / devices in conjunction with Florida Tech faculty and practicing physicians
- BS, MS, and Ph.D. programs with pre-med, co-op, and fast track (combined BS and MS degree) options
- Balanced curriculum that prepares students for employment in industry, medical or graduate school, and lifelong learning
Premed and Biomedical Engineering
One of the major objectives of the BS in Biomedical Engineering is to prepare students with an interest in medical careers for medical school. Biomedical Engineering is one of many majors offered at Florida Tech that serve as preparation for further training in medical, veterinary, or allied health professions. Currently there are five other majors specifically designed for Florida Tech pre-medical students. The programs of study are biology, chemistry, physics, biochemistry, and molecular biology. Students interested in the Premed Program will be co-advised by Chair of Pre-Med Studies.
Our Mission is to Educate Biomedical Engineers Who Make a Difference
As a top biomedical engineering school, our mission is to pursue excellence in biomedical engineering education, research, and innovation by imparting knowledge for improving human health. This will be accomplished by offering innovative educational programs that integrate biological sciences and engineering, and apply engineering tools, methods and practices to solve technical issues in biology and medicine. Graduates of top biomedical engineering school programs are highly-skilled biomedical engineers who understand the ethical, social and economic implications of their work and will be able to fill diverse professional roles in industry, graduate school, and medical professions.
Our graduates will be able to choose the future they want
With a valuable undergraduate or graduate degree from a top biomedical engineering school, students can choose the direction of their future. One direction is to use this degree in a medical career, attending medical school. The engineering background that comes with this degree allows graduates to bring an invaluable prospective to the healing profession. If the decision is to take an engineering direction there are high paying positions in industries that design cutting-edge medical devices offering graduates a chance to improve people’s lives through technology.
Our mission to ensure that our graduates have the knowledge and the skills to choose the future they want.
What do Biomedical Engineers do?
Graduates in biomedical engineering work with medical scientists, to develop and evaluate systems and products such as artificial organs, prostheses (artificial devices that replace missing body parts), instrumentation, medical information systems, health management and care delivery systems using his/her knowledge of engineering to create new equipment or environments for such purposes as maximizing human performance, or providing non-invasive diagnostic tools.
The education experience is enriched through design courses where students work as teams to solve biomedical engineering problems and interact with local practicing physicians through internship opportunities. For students planning to attend medical school, this curriculum includes courses in the sciences that satisfy the entrance requirements of most medical schools with the selection of Organic Chemistry 2 and Biochemistry as technical electives.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of biomedical engineering jobs is projected to grow 23 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growing technology and its application to medical equipment and devices, along with an aging population, will increase demand for the work of biomedical engineers.