There are at least five Christian colleges across the United States that offer programs in biomedical engineering. These schools are scattered amongst four states and vary in size, denomination and other unique factors. Learn more about these schools and their biomedical engineering programs.
The 4-year Christian schools that offer biomedical engineering programs are located primarily on the East and West coasts. Compare the schools and their denominations and tuition rates below.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|California Baptist University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Southern Baptist||Riverside, CA||$32,256|
|George Fox University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Friends||Newberg, OR||$35,016|
|Geneva College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Reformed Presbyterian Church||Beaver Falls, PA||$26,070|
|Messiah College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Interdenominational||Mechanicsburg, PA||$34,160|
|Cedarville University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Baptist||Cedarville, OH||$29,156|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
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Description of the Christian Colleges with Biomedical Engineering Programs
Although biomedical engineering programs are not common at Christian colleges and universities, the few that offer them provide students with diverse spiritual growth opportunities and stand out in a variety of ways. Offered primarily at the undergraduate level, the biomedical engineering programs at each school are also unique. Here we discuss each school and their program more in depth.
California Baptist University
In 2016, the NCES reported that California Baptist University had about 6,940 undergraduates. The school offers a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering that typically has about 45 students in the program, according to the school's website. The program also has a student chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society and requires some interesting coursework, including courses in bioimaging and rehabilitation engineering. Students at the university can invest in their spiritual life by attending chapel services and/or participating in discipleship and compassion ministries, such as Tribes, Discipleship Groups and the Refugee Service Project.
George Fox University
George Fox University in Oregon offers a concentration in biomedical engineering with their bachelor's degree program in engineering. The program has two tracks, allowing students to specialize in designing medical devices or incorporate chemistry and biology courses to serve as a pre-physical therapy program and prepare for a doctoral degree in physical therapy. According to the NCES, the school had a little over 2,700 undergraduate students in 2016. For spiritual formation, the university offers chapel services, life groups, spiritual retreats, service opportunities and service trips/pilgrimages.
Geneva College provides a variety of unique adventure and service learning opportunities to develop teamwork and leadership, as well as promote local and global involvement. Students can also go on immersion trips, participate in small-group Bible studies and attend chapel to grow spiritually. Students interested in biomedical engineering can pursue the Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a concentration in the field. The concentration requires additional coursework in chemistry, biomedical engineering and math to the required general engineering coursework. Geneva College had about 1,460 undergraduate students in 2016, per the NCES.
Messiah College also offers a concentration in biomedical engineering in their bachelor's degree program in engineering. The program trains students in the value of technology for the human body and its applications to the medical field. Students wishing to grow in their faith can participate in the school's worship community, small groups, AROMA sports ministry, Bible studies at the Loft, and/or service projects. In 2016, the NCES reported that the college had about 2,790 undergraduate students.
Cedarville University had 3,380 undergraduate students in 2016, per the NCES. The university has a nationally recognized engineering program and offers a minor in biomedical engineering to its students pursuing a bachelor's degree in computer, mechanical or electrical engineering. Students with the minor are required to take additional courses in biomedical engineering, physiology and anatomy. In addition to chapel services, the university provides students with a variety of ministries to help them grow in their faith, including global and domestic missions trips, HeartSong Ministries (traveling worship), discipleship groups and student leadership.