Undergraduate Major

Biomedical Engineering Major (BS) Degree

Pursue a bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering and take the inside track to a career that combines engineering and medical technology 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 major 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.

Biomedical Engineering Degree 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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Eligible biomedical engineering students can earn both a bachelor of science and a master of science in engineering degree in just 4 to 5 years through the Loading.... This is a great option to take advantage of if you are considering a master's degree.

Learn how you can save on tuition during your 5th year

Customize your engineering degree by pursuing a dual degree in:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Robotics Engineering

Interested students should contact the chairs of both departments or the School of Engineering dean's office for more information.

Minor Options for Biomedical Engineering Majors

Customize your engineering degree by pursuing a minor in the School of Engineering such as robotics or chemical, or with other disciplines such as biology.

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Biomedical Engineering Minor 

Non-biomedical engineering majors that are interested in biomedical engineering can pursue a Loading... in the interdisciplinary field in which engineering principles are integrated with the study of biology. Interested students should contact the chair of the department. 

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. 

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.

Learn more about the engineering honors program

Admissions Information

In addition to the robust scholarship opportunities available to undergraduate students, students pursuing an accelerated master's through the 4+1 program can also apply for graduate-level scholarships and assistantships during for fifth year of study.

To apply, please speak with your program advisor during the spring semester of your senior year.

Program Highlights for Biomedical Engineering Majors

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.

School of Engineering Advisory Board

Industry leaders provide assistance and direction to support the school in its future growth and development.

70% Funding

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

Chemical and Biomedical Engineering major works 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. 

School of Engineering Biomedical engineering faculty mentor engineering major in lab. Widener's School of Engineering is considered one of the top schools for engineering; offering degrees across many engineering fields.

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 major 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.

Living Learning Communities (LLCs)

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.

Clubs & Organizations

Biomedical engineering majors have the opportunity to join various clubs and organizations across campus and beyond to expand their network, including the Tau Beta Pi - Engineering Honor Society, Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), and many more.


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

Sachin P. Patil

"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."

Anita Singh
Chair of Biomedical Engineering

"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."

Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

Our graduates leave poised for career success in the growing field of biomedical engineering

Outlook & Outcomes for Biomedical Engineers

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 6% by 2030. 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.

Recent Employers

  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Merck
  • GE Healthcare
  • W.L. Gore & Associates
  • Terumo

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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