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Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering

SIU Student taking samples in Biomedical Engineering Lab

The Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering program offers a transformative educational experience designed to shape the future of healthcare. Rooted in a multidisciplinary approach, the program equips students with a solid foundation in engineering principles, biology, and healthcare technology. Through hands-on labs, cutting-edge research opportunities, and close collaboration with faculty, students delve into diverse topics, from medical device design to biomechanics. The program's format combines rigorous coursework with real-world applications, preparing graduates for careers in research, industry, or healthcare. With a focus on innovation, ethical practices, and community impact, SIU's Biomedical Engineering program nurtures the next generation of healthcare pioneers.

SIU Biomedical Engineering Student

Degree Requirements

The Biomedical Engineering degree program is accomplished by fulfilling the requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree.

  • Total Degree Requirements: 126 credit hours
  • University Core Curriculum: 39 credit hours
  • Major Requirements: 87 credit hours

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The Pre-Medical Specialization within our program is tailored for students with a strong ambition to pursue a medical degree after graduation. This specialized track seamlessly integrates the rigorous engineering curriculum with the essential pre-medical coursework, ensuring that students are well-prepared for the challenges of medical school. By offering a robust foundation in biology, chemistry, and physics alongside biomedical engineering expertise, we provide our students with a comprehensive skill set that not only makes them competitive medical school applicants but also equips them to excel in the ever-evolving field of healthcare.

Capstone Option for Transfer Students

The Capstone Option is available to students who have earned an Associate in Engineering Sciences (AES) degree with a minimum cumulative 2.0/4.0 GPA on all accredited coursework prior to the completion of the AES, as calculated by the transfer institution's grading policies. The Capstone Option reduces the University Core Curriculum requirements from 39 to 30 hours, therefore reducing the time to degree completion. Students interested in the Capstone Option should contact the College of Engineering, Computing, Technology, and Mathematics Advisement Office to develop a personal coursework pathway to degree completion

Program Objectives & Student Outcomes

Labs and Research Centers

We have made a substantial investment of millions of dollars in its state-of-the-art research labs and centers for biomedical engineering students because we believe in nurturing innovation and empowering the next generation of healthcare pioneers. These investments reflect our commitment to providing students with cutting-edge resources and facilities, ensuring that they have the best possible environment to explore, experiment, and excel in the field of biomedical engineering.

By equipping our students with access to top-tier labs and cutting-edge equipment, we enable them to embark on transformative research journeys. These labs serve as hubs of innovation, where students can tackle complex healthcare challenges, from developing life-saving medical devices to unraveling the mysteries of human biology.

Research Opportunities

We offere an exceptional environment for research enthusiasts to thrive. As a student, you have the unique opportunity to actively participate in ongoing research alongside dedicated faculty members. From cutting-edge biomedical imaging for breast cancer detection to the fascinating world of robotic-assisted surgery and the intricacies of stem cell research, we provide a diverse range of research avenues. Whether you're delving into cancer mechanobiology, exploring spinal cord stimulation, diving into gene analytics, or revolutionizing drug delivery methods, we offer a vibrant ecosystem where your research ambitions can soar.

The McNair Scholars Program further amplifies these research opportunities. Designed to empower low-income, first-generation college students, and underserved groups in higher education, the McNair Scholars Program lays the foundation for academic excellence. With a strong mentoring network, McNair scholars are not only fully supported but also actively engaged in educational and professional development activities.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Southern Illinois Biomedical Engineering program step into a world of abundant career opportunities, primarily centered around the thriving medical technology sector. Armed with a deep understanding of engineering principles and specialized biomedical knowledge, our alumni are well-prepared to make a significant impact in the field. Many of our graduates find rewarding positions within medical technology companies, where they design, develop, and improve life-saving medical devices and systems.

Additionally, our program equips you with the expertise needed to excel in clinical settings. Graduates often secure roles as clinical engineers within clinics and hospitals, where they take on the crucial responsibility of managing and maintaining complex and expensive diagnostic equipment and laboratory facilities. This multifaceted skill set makes our graduates invaluable assets in the healthcare industry, contributing to the advancement of medical technology and the delivery of high-quality patient care.

Student Organizations

The Biomedical Engineering Society is a dynamic registered student organization that serves as a cornerstone for aspiring biomedical engineers. The organization is committed to fostering skill development, providing a platform for hands-on experience, and offering invaluable networking opportunities. Through a range of events, workshops, and collaborative initiatives, our chapter empowers its members to sharpen their expertise, keeping them at the forefront of biomedical engineering advancements. Beyond skill development, this vibrant community serves as a networking hub, connecting students with peers, faculty, and industry professionals who share a passion for healthcare innovation.

SIU Robotics presents an outstanding opportunity for students looking to immerse themselves in the world of competitive robotics. As a collegiate robotics team, we are dedicated to pushing the boundaries of innovation and technology. Choosing SIU Robotics means becoming part of a driven community that thrives on competition, innovation, and teamwork while gaining practical skills that can propel your career in robotics and technology to new heights.

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Contact Information

Haibo Wang
Program Coordinator

Engineering E-4D
1230 Lincoln Dr
Carbondale, IL 62901

Laura Morgan,
Academic Advisor

Engineering D-104
1230 Lincoln Dr
Carbondale, IL 62901