Biomedical Engineers are a Special Breed

Enjoy math, physics & chemistry? Interested in biology and medicine? Consider a career in biomedical engineering.

This is where some of the toughest problems in medicine get solved.

Biomedical engineers integrate the basic principles of biology with the design and optimization tools of engineering in an arena where the stakes are high and the results can be life-changing. The field brings physicians and engineers together to save lives and improve healthcare.

“The power of BME is you’re able to have conversations with clinicians, understand their problems, and meet their needs.”

BME alumni Ryan Thomas

The Michigan BME undergraduate degree program provides a strong foundation in the life sciences and engineering, preparing students to work in the biomedical industry or transition into Medical school or graduate studies in BME through the Sequential Undergraduate/Graduate Studies (SUGS) program.

Biomedical Engineering tracks

  • Biocomputation
  • Biomedical Imaging & Bioelectrics
  • Biomechanics
  • Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Engineering
  • Medical Device Development
  • Neural Engineering
  • Pre-Health
  • Systems Biology
  • Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine

Financial Help

Discover ways to finance undergraduate degrees and achieve your goals on the Michigan Engineering scholarship site.

Course List

Visit the Engineering Course Guide to see an overview of the classes BME undergraduates take to complete their degrees.

BME Major

Learn about the BME major and how it can lead to careers in solving challenges in medicine and life sciences for the benefit of humanity.

Undergraduate Admissions

Declare BME as Your Major

Students apply to the Biomedical Engineering undergraduate program at the end of their freshman year. Engineering students ready to declare Biomedical Engineering can begin the declaration process by following this process:

Declaration Requirements

Students can declare or change into any undergraduate engineering major if they have completed at least one full term of courses on the U-M Ann Arbor campus, have an overall U-M GPA of 2.0 or better in courses taken at the U-M Ann Arbor campus and be in good standing, and have completed or earned credit by exam or transfer for at least one course in each of these categories:

  • Calculus (e.g. Math 115, 116 or 156)
  • Calculus-based physics lectures (e.g. Physics 140 or 160) or chemistry lectures (e.g. Chemistry 130 or 210)
  • Required engineering courses (Engineering 100, 101 or 151)
  • A grade of C- or better is required in the core math/science courses

How Do I Declare My Major in BME?

First, make sure you fulfill the requirements. Then, you can set up a time to declare your major by reaching out to bme-advising@umich.edu

Transferring to the University of Michigan or from another unit on campus? Please see the College of Engineering Recruitment and Admissions webpages for transfer students and view the transfer-specific program requirements.

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Meet with an advisor

Discuss your specific BME education and career goals, and which courses can set you on a path to achieve them.

For more information on undergraduate admissions at the University of Michigan please see Michigan Engineering admissions.

Undergraduate Program Contact

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