Department Mission

To educate the biomedical engineering leaders of tomorrow who will apply fundamental engineering principles to the responsible solution of problems in biology and medicine, to contribute to human disease management, and to bring engineering innovation and technology to the clinic while creating knowledge and enhancing global prosperity.

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)

Graduates of the Biomedical Engineering Program will within five years of graduation:

  1. be engaged in professional practice in industry, academia, or government related to biomedical engineering; and/or
  2. have enrolled in an academic program pursuing a graduate, medical, law, business, or other professional post-graduate degree.

Students may achieve these objectives through completion of the baccalaureate program leading to the B.S. degree. To ensure selection of the appropriate concentration and courses to meet individual interests and goals, students should consult their academic adviser as early as possible. The Biomedical Engineering Program at Rensselaer is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Outcomes of the Undergraduate Curriculum

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to demonstrate:

  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics

  • an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors

  • an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences

  • an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts

  • an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives

  • an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions

  • an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Enrollment and Graduation Data



Enrollments Degrees Awarded
Year   1 2 3 4 UG Total Grad Total Bachelors Masters (MS/MEng) Doctorates
13/14 FT 110 103 78 100 391 55 76 15 6
PT           2
14/15 FT 85 107 106 94 392 53 72 16 8
PT           5
15/16 FT 95 87 108 122 412 47 97 17 3
PT           0
16/17 FT 122 100 87 124 433 50 101 11 6
PT           2
17/18 FT 118 105 103 104 430 63 108 22 10

FT = full time, PT = part time