Biomedical Engineering

What is Biomedical Engineering?

Biomedical engineers are professionally trained to apply engineering analysis and design to clinical applications. Biomedical engineers understand how the human body functions as a complex system and can design medical interventions to help protect, identify and/or treat diseases and injuries. The systems designed by biomedical engineers will improve patient outcomes and quality of life while decreasing the financial burden of medical care to society.

What Type of Careers are Available for Biomedical Engineers?

Biomedical engineers have numerous career opportunities to choose from and have the fastest rate of employment growth compared to all other fields of engineering! They are employed by hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, medical device and testing companies, government agencies, universities, and medical schools.

BME Minor Program Focuses on Research!

Virginia Tech's biomedical engineering minor program is uniquely suited to provide research opportunities to all enrolled students. Our School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences (SBES) faculty is committed to undergraduate research exposing students to state-of-the-art research laboratories.

Minor Application Dates

To apply for the Biomedical Engineering (BME) minor, a Change of Major/Minor application for the College of Engineering must be completed. Application dates are at the end of spring, the end of summer, and the end of fall.

Application Policies for Applying for the BME Minor:

Applicants must be enrolled in one of the degree granting programs in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech. Applicants must have a minimum overall GPA of a 3.0.

Notifications of acceptance will be made at the conclusion of the application time period.

Graduate Student Opportunities

As a result a unique collaboration between Virginia Tech and Wake Forest, graduate students can pursue the following degrees: an M.S. or a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, and 2 combination degrees offered through the two medical schools involved; a combination M.D./Ph.D. through Wake Forest Medical School, and a D.V.M./Ph.D. degree through the Veterinary School on the VA Tech campus. Students graduating from SBES earn a diploma carrying the names of two major universities - Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. There is also an Option in BME offered on the VT campus for engineering students in other disciplines.

Students may currently specialize in one of eight major areas of concentration:

  • Biomaterials and Medical Devices
  • Biomechanics
  • Biomedical Imaging
  • Cardiovascular Engineering
  • Nanomedicine and Nanobioengineering
  • Neuroengineering
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Translational Cancer Research

One campus is chosen as "home base" but students have the opportunity to experience both environments and the faculty of each through courses taught by video broadcast, and by inter-campus visits. Many research projects are collaborative efforts between faculty and students across the two locations. All PhD students experience a required Clinical Rotation course much of which is given at Wake Forest's Baptist Hospital, traditionally ranked as one of America's top 50 hospitals.

Financial support is available for students on both campuses. Traditionally first-year students are offered either a full fellowship or a Graduate Teaching Assistantship which provides a competitive stipend and pays full tuition. Students are also hired by faculty to be graduate research assistants, and often summer internships in select programs become available.