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,, under the commission’s General Criteria and Program Criteria for Bioengineering, Biomedical and Similarly Named Engineering Programs.

Student Outcomes

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

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

  2. 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

  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences

  4. 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

  5. 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

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

  7. 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
16/17 FT 122 100 87 124 433 50 101 11 6
PT           2
17/18 FT 118 105 103 104 430 60 108 22 11
PT           3
18/19 FT 120 108 100 103 431 62 85 13 12
PT           3
19/20 FT 105 79 91 135 410 75 102 14 5
20/21 FT 107 60 68 136 371 94 105 20 5
21/22 FT 70 74 70 92 306 98 73 23 7
22/23 FT 107 60 68 136 371 94      

FT = full time, PT = part time