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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

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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

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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

Student Outcomes and Program criteria

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

Student Outcomes

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

Program Criteria

1.    An understanding of biology and physiology

2.    The capability to apply advanced mathematics, science, and engineering to solve the problems at the interface of engineering and biology

3.    The capability to apply statistics to solve the problems at the interface of engineering and biology

4.    The ability to make measurements and interpret data from living systems

5.    The ability to address problems associated with the interaction between living and non-living materials and systems.