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Top 10 Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Universities in the U.S.

Read about the top 10 universities that offer undergraduate programs in biomedical engineering. Find brief summaries of three of these schools, as well as a list of other universities around the country that provide training for aspiring biomedical engineers.

School Overview

Undergraduate programs in biomedical engineering teach students how biological, medical and engineering technologies can be used to improve human health. Each of the schools profiled below has an undergraduate biomedical engineering program that's accredited by ABET Inc., formerly the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. Additionally, each of these schools has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for excellence in biomedical engineering programming.

Top 10 Universities with Undergraduate Biomedical Engineering Programs

1. Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD

As of 2011, Johns Hopkins University had the top undergraduate program in biomedical engineering, according to U.S. News & World Report. In the same year, the school also ranked 13th on the USN&WR list of national universities.

Through the Department of Biomedical Engineering in the Whitaker Institute, undergraduates can pursue a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering program, which offers concentrations in computational biology and biological systems engineering; microsystems and nanotechnology; tissue and cellular engineering; sensors or instrumentation. Required coursework includes studies in physics, calculus, chemistry and algebra. Students also learn about biosystems, models and simulation programs, and the use of statistics in thermodynamics; lab work in biomedical engineering is also part of the program.

2. Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA

The Georgia Institute of Technology ranked second on U.S. News & World Report's list of undergraduate biomedical engineering schools in 2011. Additionally, the university made The Princeton Reviews Best Southeastern College and Best Value Public College surveys for the same year.

The Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering is a combined effort between Georgia Tech's College of Engineering and Emory University's School of Medicine. Students can pursue a minor or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biomedical Engineering, as well as undergraduate research opportunities. Biomedical engineering majors can also participate in an international study option, approximately six months in length, which requires them to take courses, do independent research or work for a biomedical company.

3. University of California - San Diego

In 2011, the University of California in San Diego (UC San Diego) ranked in the top five on the U.S. News & World Report survey of undergraduate biomedical engineering programs, as well as among the top ten public universities. In the same year, the university also made The Princeton Review's Best Value Public College and Best Western College lists.

Located in the Jacobs School of Engineering, the Department of Biomedical Engineering offers four majors, including general bioengineering, biotechnology and bioinformatics, as well as a pre-medical track. Students who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher might qualify for the 5-year combined B.S./Master of Science (M.S.) in Bioengineering program.

List of Ten Good Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Universities in the U.S.

School Name Distinction Location
Carnegie Mellon University Undergraduate biomedical engineering program offers six tracks of study Pittsburgh, PA
Columbia University Undergraduate biomedical engineering curriculum has a physical focus New York, NY
Duke University Elective course sequences in electrobiology or tissue engineering, among other areas Durham, NC
Georgia Institute of Technology Georgia Tech Lorraine program in Lorraine, France Atlanta, GA
Johns Hopkins University Biomedial Engineering Society Baltimore, MD
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Biomechanics Traineeship Program for students Cambridge, MA
University of California - San Diego Senior Design capstone project for biomedical engineering majors San Diego, CA
University of Texas at Austin Scholarships for biomedical engineering majors Austin, TX
University of Virginia Research-based biomedical engineering curriculum for undergraduates Charlottesville, VA
Washington University in St. Louis Undergraduate program in biomedical engineering includes a cooperative experience Saint Louis, MO

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