What is Biomedical Engineering?

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The Biomedical Engineering B.S.

The exciting field of biomedical engineering involves developing devices and procedures that solve medical- and health-related problems by combining a knowledge of biology and medicine with engineering principles and practices.

Whether you want a career in medicine, public health or the rapidly growing biotechnology industry, a biomedical engineering bachelor’s degree from Florida Tech gives you a strong background in biology and engineering and experience in biomedical instrumentation and biomechanics.

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Why Choose Florida Tech for Biomedical Engineering?

As a biomedical engineering student at Florida Tech, you’ll benefit from one-on-one guidance from professors and industry partners dedicated to mentoring our students.

Florida Tech’s faculty is a big reason we’re one of the top biomedical engineering schools. Many faculty members are involved in research related to biomedical engineering and are experts in mechanical and aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, electrical and computer engineering and computer science.

Our professors showcase their biomedical engineering expertise in areas such as optical tomography for cancer detection, blast-related injury research, speech production, artificial intelligence, orthopedics and medical trauma prevention.

The biomedical engineering program at Florida Tech is a close-knit community led by faculty members who are passionate about student success. Our small class sizes and low student-to-faculty ratio encourage close collaboration and mentorship, as well as individual creativity and leadership.

At Florida Tech, internships for biomedical engineering provide real-world experience and prepare you to stand out in the job market after college. We’re in one of the largest high-tech workforce areas in the country—that means numerous internship and employment opportunities for our students.

Through the cooperative education, or co-op, program and capstone projects, you’ll have opportunities to work closely with a faculty advisor and local leaders representing the biotechnology, health care or medical industries, and with local physicians at medical centers and hospitals around Brevard County.

At Florida Tech, the high-tech tools of biomedical engineering are at your disposal. Learn in labs dedicated to experimentation and research in lasers, instrumentation, medical imaging, microscopy, neural imaging, physiology, biomaterials and biomechanics.

Our location also makes Florida Tech the perfect place for a biomedical engineering degree. Our 130-acre campus is in the heart of the Space Coast — NASA-Kennedy Space Center on Cape Canaveral is just north of us. We’re minutes away from the Indian River Lagoon, the most diverse estuary in North America and home to more than 4,300 species of plants and animals.

When it’s time to kick back and relax, you’re just minutes from 72 miles of beautiful beaches and a short trip from the Florida Keys or the Orlando theme parks. But you won’t have to travel far for rest and relaxation. We also have a rich campus life with intramural and collegiate sports, over 200 campuswide student organizations and clubs, and a wide variety of social activities.

As Florida's STEM University, Florida Tech is one of the best schools for premed and a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering is excellent preparation for medical school. Florida Tech alumni with an interest in biomedical engineering often pursue careers as physicians and other health care practitioners in a variety of specialties.

Here, you will find the coursework, research opportunities and advising you need to be ready to apply to medical school. We also offer special direct admission pathways into select programs through our partnerships with Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine (located right on the Florida Tech campus) and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Learn more about premed at Florida Tech.

Beyond the classroom, you can build career experience by participating in academic organizations like Tau Beta Pi (the engineering honor society), the Biomedical Engineering Society student chapter, the Premed Club (campus chapter of the American Medical Student Association) and many more.

The Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta) biology honor society teaches students from all disciplines about biology and recognizes students for outstanding academic achievements. Membership is the perfect way to network with other biological sciences students to learn about biology internships and student research opportunities.

Careers in Biomedical Engineering

Careers in biomedical engineering center on the systems, products and instrumentation of the medical industry.

Our graduates gain expertise in engineering and biology, which opens many career doors. They design computer software that runs complicated instruments, such as 3D X-ray machines. They use their knowledge of chemistry and biology to develop new drug therapies. And they rely on their mathematics and statistics skills to build models to understand the signals transmitted by the brain or heart.

Jobs for biomedical engineers include:

  • Biomedical engineer
  • Design engineer
  • Product engineer
  • Plant engineer
  • Medical scientist
  • Physician and surgeon
  • Health care policy advisor
  • Health care consultant
  • Clinical engineer
  • Medical imaging specialist
  • Rehabilitation engineer
  • Systems physiologist
  • Biomechanical engineer

Looking ahead to your future career can be exciting! Keep in mind that certain roles may entail additional prerequisites, such as an advanced degree.

Florida Tech Career Services assists students, alumni and employers in their search for careers and employee candidates. We help students develop career plans and job-search skills. Explore our Career Toolbox to learn more about our services and access additional resources.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), provides information about specific jobs, including median annual pay, working conditions and job outlook, among other things. Check the handbook for information on the outlook for bioengineers and biomedical engineering.

Advanced Degree Options

Many of our biomedical engineering graduates pursue advanced degrees, either at Florida Tech or at other prestigious graduate schools and medical schools. Florida Tech master's and doctoral degree programs well suited to biomedical engineering graduates include:

Explore the Biomedical Engineering, B.S., Curriculum

The Biomedical Engineering, B.S., Curriculum

Careers in biomedical engineering and biotech require a strong quantitative background in biomechanics, bioelectronics and biotransport—skill areas supported in our curriculum.

The biomedical engineering curriculum integrates biological sciences, engineering and applied technical training—perfect preparation for medical school and professional careers.

The biomedical engineering learning experience is enriched by design courses that use teamwork to solve real-world biotechnology problems.

Classes include:

  • Biomedical Software and Programming
  • Biofluid Mechanics
  • Biomedical Engineering Design
  • Bioethics


Check the catalog for a description of all courses.

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Research Like a Pro, With the Pros

You won’t have to wait until you graduate to be part of some pretty amazing biotech research experiences.

As an undergraduate, you’ll have opportunities to work with your professors in faculty-led research that includes:

  • Lasers for cancer detection and therapy
  • Medical imaging
  • Cardiovascular engineering
  • Neural engineering

You’ll top off your biomedical engineering degree with a senior capstone project, a three-semester sequence that results in a presentable, professional project that will stand out on your résumé.

Working in collaboration with your peers and area physicians, you’ll conceptualize, design, construct and present a project with potential applications for device manufacturers and clinicians. You’ll present your work to industry leaders and employers and may participate in international events.

Learn more about Biomedical Engineering at Florida Tech on the website.

State-of-the-Art Laboratories and Facilities

Our many campus resources and facilities providing support for student research and projects put Florida Tech among the top biomedical engineering schools. As an undergrad, you will get experience working in the:

  • Machine shop
  • Electronic shop
  • Laser, optics and instrumentation laboratory
  • Structural testing laboratory
  • Applied perception laboratory
  • Materials laboratory

In our newest facility, the Gordon L. Nelson Health Sciences building, you’ll access cutting-edge technology and state-of-the-art teaching labs in human anatomy, augmented and virtual reality tools, and facilities for orthopedics, tissue studies and advanced computational simulations.

The High Resolution Microscopy and Advanced Imaging Center features the latest in electron microscopy technology and facilities for the culture of eukaryotic cells.


The Biomedical Engineering (Bachelor of Science) program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the General Criteria and the Program Criteria for Bioengineering, Biomedical and Similarly Named Engineering Programs. Additional information can be found on the department’s ABET information page.

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