Biomedical engineering is a fast growing and wide ranging field that produces important innovations to improve our quality of life. SDSU has been preparing students for careers in biomedical engineering for more than 30 years. Contact Dean Lewis Brown to find out how you can tailor your engineering degree at SDSU for a career in biomedical engineering.
What is Biomedical Engineering?
It's where mechanics meets medicine. Biomedical engineers apply the concepts of engineering and the physical sciences to medicine and biology with the objective of enhancing human experience by improving the quality and effectiveness of patient care. It's also a very entrepreneurial field with new jobs constantly emerging. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, employment for biomedical engineers is expected to rise by 62 percent from 2010 to 2020.
What do Biomedical Engineers do?
Biomedical engineering is a vast field ranging from surgical robots, artificial organs and prosthetics to diagnostic tools and therapies. Many of our engineering graduates have taken steps to prepare themselves for a career in biomedical engineering while at SDSU and are now employed in a broad range of careers including:
- Medical device research & development
- Medical instrumentation design
- Biomedical communications and digital signal processing
- Medical and/or biomedical research
Biomedical Engineering Minor vs. Major
Since biomedical engineering is an application of traditional engineering to the life sciences, and not a distinct discipline of its own, it is important for a student with an interest in biomedical engineering to complete a degree in the traditional engineering discipline of his/her interest. Most biomedical engineers have backgrounds/degrees in:
- Electrical or computer engineering
- Mechanical engineering
- Engineering physics
- Materials science engineering
While it is possible to obtain an undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering at some institutions, a student receives a stronger engineering background by completing a traditional engineering degree (such as in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, etc.) that is enhanced with extra life science and biomedical engineering studies. SDSU offers this option with our minor in biomedical engineering program. Those students who want to be best prepared for a career in biomedical engineering, either as an engineer or scientist, should complete both the traditional degree and the minor in biomedical engineering.