Undergraduate Major

Biomedical Engineering (BS)

Take the inside track to a career that combines engineering and medical technology and requires an understanding of complex living systems to find ways to improve the quality of human life.

Biomedical engineering student in lab

Program Overview

Biomedical engineers play a critical role in the design of artificial organs, prostheses, instrumentation, medical information systems, health management and care delivery systems, medical devices used in various medical procedures, and imaging systems.

Our biomedical engineering program is designed to offer both a core understanding of traditional engineering disciplines, and an in-depth knowledge of the body. Our courses emphasize experimental and analytical coursework to gain a strong understanding of medical technology and complex living systems.

The biomedical engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. See recent enrollment and graduation data.

Program Options

The curriculum at Widener encourages analytical thinking in a hands-on environment. You will share a common curriculum with all engineering majors with a focus on the fundamentals of mathematics, science, and engineering during your freshman and sophomore years. You can pursue technical electives within biomedical engineering that include topics such as bioimaging, cell and tissue engineering, biosignal and biomedical devices, and rehabilitation engineering.

Through your biomedical engineering courses, you will work with other health-care professionals in training while experiencing clinical immersion opportunities.

During senior year, you'll participate in a year-long project that simulates both the technical and business aspects of a professional engineering project, ranging from creative conception and design to prototyping and validation. Patenting is often a part of this process.

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You can apply for admission to the program any time after your second semester for freshmen or after the first semester for transfer students.

Minor and Dual Degree Options

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Biomedical Engineering Minor 

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Interested in medical school? Or any other health care professions, including osteopathic, dental, veterinary, or others? With careful planning, students can complete the requirements for the biomedical engineering degree and pre-med/pre-health professions.

Interested biomedical engineering students are advised to complete 2 additional biology courses (with laboratories), 2 organic chemistry courses (with laboratories), and 1 English course.

The biomedical engineering program coordinates with the Widener Health Professions Advisory Committee to see to your success in both programs. 

For an inside track into your career, the School of Engineering offers an optional cooperative education program where you can complete up to 1 year of professional work experience and graduate within 4 years, unlike other universities that extend the length of the undergraduate programs.

As a co-op student, you'll spend your first year in the classroom, but in your sophomore year you'll spend 4 months working in the industry. Your third year can contain up to 8 months of work experience and you'll finish your final year on camps.

This co-op allows you to start your professional career 1 year earlier than a typical 5-year co-op program and earn an additional year of salary. You may also have the opportunity to receive full-time employment from your co-op or internship employers upon graduation.

View all of the co-op opportunities available. 

Admissions Opportunities

Need a new laptop to start college? The School of Engineering awards laptops to high school and transfer students who meet the following requirements.

  • Graduate high school with a combined math and critical reading SAT score of 1310 or higher or ACT composite score of 28 or higher with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale or transfer with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better (on a 4.0 scale) and have completed 1 calculus and 1 science course approved for engineering. 
  • Enroll in 1 of Widener’s engineering majors – biomedical, chemical, civil, electrical, mechanical, or robotics – and remain enrolled full time for 4 semesters pursuing a designated engineering curriculum.

Students who meet the above criteria are guaranteed a laptop. 

A Widener application for admission is required. No separate application for a laptop is required.

The Engineering LLC provides freshman engineering students a unique opportunity to live and learn together through a variety of co-curricular activities and social events.

This peer support system eases the transition to college. Monthly meetings introduce freshmen to scholarly faculty work and diverse programming complements the classroom while addressing personal development, academic skills, and success in the engineering profession.

To request housing in the engineering LLC, look for an email from Admissions after you've made your deposit describing how to complete the online housing application.

Learn more about Living Learning Communities

The engineering honors program is an exciting opportunity for academically talented students to enrich their engineering education with advanced honors courses, an honors seminar, collaboration with faculty on research, civic engagement, and professional and leadership development opportunities.

Students can complete their program of study in 4 years graduating with a certificate of honors in engineering.

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Program Highlights

17:1 Student-Faculty Ratio

Small class sizes allow faculty to make you the priority.

1 Year Paid Co-op

Gain up to 1 full year of compensated work experience and still graduate within 4 years.

Advisory Board

Meet the industry leaders who provide assistance and direction to support the school in its future growth and development.

Top 10

We're ranked among the 10 best colleges for engineering.

70% Funding

offered to eligible students to complete their bachelor's and master's in 5 years.

Chemistry Engineering Student in Lab

Award-Winning Research

Shape the future of biomedical engineering and partner with award-winning faculty on innovative research including preventing birth-related injuries, and creating mobile health tools. Undergraduate students work with the faculty on a wide variety of research topics. Their efforts have resulted in them presenting at conferences and being published in scientific journals. 

Biomedical engineering facult mentoring student in lab

Faculty Mentorship

From small class sizes to student and faculty research projects, faculty are invested in your success. Here, you'll learn from faculty, not graduate assistants, as you prepare for your career in engineering.

Biomedical engineering career preparation student at CHOP

Career Preparation

Start to make your dream job a reality through our co-op program, where you can complete professional work experience and graduate in 4 years. The benefit: you'll not only save educational costs but you'll also start your career earlier than most engineering graduates. 

Interdisciplinary work between biomedical engineering nursing students

Interdisciplinary Training

You can participate in a multidisciplinary biomedical device development course that includes a clinical immersion with nursing students. You will work together to identify unmet needs observed through clinical settings in places like Delaware Orthopedic Surgery, Scheie Eye Institute and A.I. DuPont.

Faculty

Engineering education at Widener is distinguished by close student-faculty interaction. Meet the faculty who will lead you to a powerful engineering career.

Anita Singh
Associate Professor

"Student learning is best nurtured in a problem-based learning environment. I attain this goal by exposing my students to hands-on experiences, not just in a classroom, but also outside of the class setting through clinical immersions."

James R. Peters
Assistant Professor

"My teaching philosophy is to foster curiosity, to encourage discussion and the exchange of ideas, and to impart not just knowledge but an understanding of that knowledge and how it can be applied. It is my belief that students should be taught how to think and not what to think."

Sachin P. Patil
Professor

"At Widener, we are at the forefront of combining rigorous academics with experiential learning, and accordingly we train you in applying the unique chemical engineering knowledge to a wide variety of fields, ranging from chemicals and petrochemicals to more modern applications in bioengineering, nanotechnology, and pharmaceuticals."

Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

Here you'll graduate with the skills that put you ahead of the curve to excel in your career in biomedical engineering.

Recent Employers & Industry Connections

  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Merck
  • GE Healthcare
  • W.L. Gore & Associates
  • Terumo
  • Glaxo Smith KlinelMSE
  • Globus Medical
  • Shriners
  • Depuy Synthes

Outlook & Outcomes

Potential Careers

  • Intellectual property lawyer
  • Medical devices and implants
  • Medical professional (MD, PhD)
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Research & development

Industry Growth

Employment opportunities in biomedical engineering are expected to grow by 7% from now to 2026. Increasing technologies in medical devices, along with the medical needs of the aging population, will require the services of biomedical engineers.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Co-Op Placement

Almost 30% of Widener sophomores and 50% of juniors pursue the co-op program. It's an invaluable learning experience that can help prepare you for your future career.

Industry Insiders

You have direct access to industry leaders, including many alumni of the program, though the School of Engineering Board of Advisors.

External Industry Advisory

The biomedical engineering department has several constituents that serve to provide feedback for continuous improvements and program development.

Pride Perspectives

Hear from our students about their experience in the biomedical engineering program.

Classes are small. So you can actually have that deep conversation with professors. It turns into an almost individual class and becomes better in the learning process.

Luis Aguilar

Luis's Story

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