School and Ranking Information
Since there are no schools located directly in Elk Grove, CA, that provide programs for those aspiring to become a biomedical engineer, students seeking this type of education must look to institutions within a 25-mile radius of the city. The following schools have been chosen as the top three in the Elk Grove area based on program offerings, rankings and graduation rates:
- Winner: Emerging as the winner is the University of California - Davis, which is a highly ranked national university that has the highest graduation rate of these three schools and awards the highest number of degrees in biomedical engineering. It is also the only one of the three offering a master's degree and a doctorate in this field of study, in addition to a bachelor's degree program.
- Runner Up #1: Taking the second spot is the University of the Pacific, due to its national ranking and high graduation rate. The university offers a bachelor's degree program in bioengineering.
- Runner Up #2: California State University - Sacramento is not nationally ranked, but it earns the second runner up spot because of its regional ranking and because it is the closest school to Elk Grove with biomedical engineering studies. Students can earn a 4-year degree in this field of study.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||University of California - Davis||University of the Pacific||California State University - Sacramento|
|Rankings (2013)||38th for National Universities*, 8th for Top Public Schools among National Universities*, 7th for Undergraduate Biological/Agricultural Engineering Programs, nationally*, 18th for Graduate Biomedical Engineering/ Bioengineering Programs, nationally*||106th for National Universities*, 45th for Best Value Schools among National Universities*||62nd for Western Regional Universities*, 20th for Top Public Schools among Western Regional Universities*|
|Location||Davis, CA (25.3 miles from Elk Grove)||Stockton, CA (31.1 miles from Elk Grove)||Sacramento, CA (12 miles from Elk Grove)|
|School Type||4-year, public||4-year, private not-for-profit||4-year, public|
|Tuition and Fees (2012-2013)||$13,877 (in-state, undergraduate); $36,755 (out-of-state, undergraduate); $13,107 (in-state, graduate); $28,209 (out-of-state, graduate)**||$38,320 (undergraduate)**||$6,620 (in-state, undergraduate); $18,278 (out-of-state, undergraduate)**|
|Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Degrees Offered||Bachelor's, master's, and doctoral||Bachelor's||Bachelor's (in biological science with biomedical concentration)|
|Bioengineering and Related Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2011||82||8||Not available|
|Most Popular Bioengineering Program (2011)||Bachelor's (61 degrees awarded)||Not applicable||Not applicable|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) for 2005 Entering Class||82%**||60%**||42%**|
|Noteworthy||Rated 1st alongside UC Berkeley and Penn State for producers of Fulbright scholars in 2012-2013***||N/A||The college is the home of the California Smart Grid****|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report (2013 data), **NCES College Navigator, ***Chronicle of Higher Education, ****CSUS
Winner: University of California - Davis
- Undergraduates can create their own biomedical engineering emphasis through course selection, or they can choose among six biomedical engineering specializations
- Students have access to research opportunities and the school's Center for Molecular and Genomic Imaging
UC Davis is well known for its strong biological sciences programs. Students interested in bioengineering have several paths to choose from at this institution. The courses included in the bachelor's program for biomedical engineering teach students about the principles of engineering, physical science, mathematics, and life science. Students may choose a concentration such as biomechanics, medical devices, imaging, or systems and synthetic biology. Graduates may seek employment in laboratories, research institutes, hospitals, and government agencies, or they may pursue professional or graduate studies. Students can take additional premedical courses if they intend to enroll in medical school.
Master of Science and PhD degree programs in biomedical engineering are also offered. Both programs include courses on molecular biology in engineering, bioengineering physiology, and biomedical signals; the PhD program also has a course on biological engineering mathematics. These programs prepare students to work in biological system modeling and biological device design. Students can choose from tracks in cellular and molecular systems, musculoskeletal biomechanics, or biomedical imaging.
Runner-Up #1: University of the Pacific
- Bioengineering students can complete a co-op and a comprehensive senior project
- There are three bioengineering career path specializations: bioelectrical, biomechanics, and biomedical
University of the Pacific offers a highly technical Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering degree program. Students' upper-division requirements include courses like engineering physiology, engineering ethics, biomaterials, and material mechanics. The bioelectrical path focuses on electrical design and systems analysis for students who want to design diagnostic instruments; the biomechanical career path focuses on mechanics of the human body and of medical devices; and the biomedical path focuses on living and synthetic tissue implants.
Runner-Up #2: California State University - Sacramento
- Biological sciences undergraduates can complete extensive research through an honors program
- Practical biology work experience and internships are available to bachelor's degree students
CSUS has a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences degree program that offers a biomedical science focus, which prepares students for graduate study. Biomedical students are required to take more organic chemistry courses, and there is a stronger emphasis on physiology, microbiology, and molecular biology. This is not a substitute for a biomedical engineering program, and graduates would need to complete a biomedical engineering master's degree program at another institution to be eligible for employment in the field.