Departmental Facts (BME)

Biomedical Engineering @ The University of Iowa

The Department of Biomedical Engineering at The University of Iowa was established in the Fall of 1974. Since that time, there has been a phenomenal growth in the undergraduate enrollment. At any given time, there are about 300 students declared as Biomedical Engineering majors. Some interesting characteristcs of the department include:

  • In terms of national entrance examination scores (ACT mean scores and SAT), the quality of the Biomedical Engineering students exceeds that of any other program on campus.
  • The BME Department occupies the position of vanguard, facilitating strong collaborations with the College of Medicine.
  • The department offers students great flexibility in career preparation. With the proper selection of elective courses, the curriculum affords numerous engineering specialities, or the opportunity to pursue advanced degrees in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy, or law.
  • Approximately 1/3 of the BME students are women.
  • The department has a strong graduate program awarding MS and PhD degrees in Biomedical Engineering
  • The department has a joint BSE/MS degree