Biomedical Engineering weaves a strong life science foundation with multidisciplinary engineering fundamentals for investigating and understanding living systems using quantitative assessment tools, engineering living systems, and developing novel biomedical sensors and devices. Biomedical Engineering is listed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as one of the fastest growing occupations in the U.S. for the decade ending in 2018. Biomedical engineers conduct research, design, develop and evaluate systems and deliver products that address health-related problems. They apply science and technology in support of improved healthcare.
The objective of the undergraduate program in biomedical engineering at Florida International University is to produce graduates that continue in advanced study in engineering, medicine or the sciences and/or professional practice as a biomedical engineer in industry. Biomedical Engineering students are trained to demonstrate proficiency in one or more of the following areas: clinical application of biomedical engineering tools, product development, manufacturing, and commercialization in the biomedical industry; participation in diverse teams; and biomedical research. Our graduates are also prepared to meet their professional responsibilities by providing service to the community through leadership skills, ethical decision making and effective communication.
The Biomedical Engineering department is endowed by the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, the Ware Foundation and the State of Florida. We have a growing alignment with the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and the College of Arts and Sciences. We are the only department in the nation offering an accredited BS in Biomedical Engineering at a Minority and Hispanic serving institution.
Besides a BS major, we also offer the opportunity to enroll in a BS/MS, a BS/MS (Professional track), and a BS/MS Engineering Management. Non-majors can enroll in a minor in Biomedical Engineering.
Prospective students are encouraged to apply as early as possible, in order to complete the admissions process. Requirements include a high school degree from an accredited institution, official SAT/ACT scores, transcripts from all previously attended post-secondary institutions. Students transferring from a public university or college within the state of Florida must submit passing scores from the College Level Academic Test (CLAST).
Financial aid and Scholarships
FIU and the College of Engineering and Computing offer a variety of financial aid opportunities and scholarships to qualified students. The amounts and eligibility requirements of these awards vary depending on the type of award. Merit-based financial assistance is highly competitive, hence, students are encouraged to apply early.
The curriculum consists of 128 credit hours. Lower division requirements include at least 60 hours of pre-engineering credits. Up to 90 academic credits may be transferred from an ABET accredited institution of higher education. In addition, all students must meet the University Foreign Language Requirement, must pass the CLAST or have it waived, and must meet all of the state and university requirements for graduation.
Undergraduate Minor in Biomedical Engineering
Undergraduate students majoring in any other discipline may earn a minor in biomedical engineering by completing the required 22 credit hours of course work. Students majoring in electrical or mechanical engineering may earn the minor in biomedical engineering by completing 21 credits, and may apply the minor towards a five-year accelerated degree program combined with the Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering.