Duke Biomedical Engineering | Undergraduate Study

Undergraduate Program

Become a creative engineer, inspired and equipped to make an impact

What does tomorrow’s engineer need to know? At Duke Biomedical Engineering, we’ve thought hard about this question.

Highly Ranked

  • #3 biomedical engineering program in the country–U.S.News & World Report
  • #3 highest median starting salary ($70,000)–Medical Product Manufacturing News

More »

From your very first semester at Duke, our signature educational experience will immerse you in:

  • Hands-on design
  • Data science
  • Computing
  • Research
  • Entrepreneurship

At Duke BME, we are preparing creative engineers who are inspired and equipped to solve complex societal problems.

Customize Your Degree

Our program is flexible—to match your interests.

Choose a dual-major option, or take an elective course sequence such as:

  • Biomedical imaging and instrumentation
  • Biomechanics
  • Electrobiology
  • Biomolecular and tissue engineering

Learn more: View slides from our info session for first-year students.

Prepare for a Great Career

We prepare our undergraduates to advance to industry, graduate work or professional school:

  • Many go into industry or consulting
  • A third attend graduate school
  • About a fifth enter medical or dental school


Click to see deadlines and application instructions:

APPLy to Duke 

Program Educational Objectives

We expect that, a few years after graduation, graduates of our program will be on track to become leaders in corporate, professional, and academic communities. In particular, they will:

  • Advance in their careers in biomedical engineering or related areas of industry, academia and medicine
  • Engage in life-long learning, for example, by enrolling in graduate or professional degree programs or receiving advanced training for professional advancement
  • Utilize their engineering experience in creating new knowledge or enabling technologies for improvement of human health and health care
  • Understand the social and ethical implications of their work

Students Outcomes and Program Criteria

Undergrad Lab

Our students will have the following capabilities upon completion of their degrees:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • An ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • An ability to communicate effectively
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context
  • A recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

In addition, as biomedical engineers, our students will have:

  • Understanding of biology and physiology
  • Capability to apply advanced mathematics, science and engineering to solve the problems at the interface of engineering and biology
  • Capability to apply statistics to solve the problems at the interface of engineering and biology
  • Ability to make measurements on and interpret data from living systems
  • Ability to address problems associated with the interaction between living and non-living materials and systems