Biomedical engineering student at The University of Akron

Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Program

Biomedical engineering applies fundamental engineering principles and problem-solving techniques to address medical problems. Biomedical engineers bring the latest technologies and innovations into medicine to improve human health and health care.

Program Highlights

  • The co-op program provides paid, flexible, industry experience. It is a great way to earn money while getting experience in industry.
  • The curriculum focuses on the design of medical devices and hands-on laboratory experiences to reinforce technical concepts from the classroom. Students have freedom to tailor their coursework toward specific career paths such as design of prosthetics and implantable devices.
  • Paid undergraduate research opportunities are available in the areas of tissue engineering, biomaterials, and biomechanics on federally-funded projects.
  • Nationally recognized design teams apply what students learn in the classroom while making friends, traveling, and building their resumes.
  • Many scholarships are available to significantly decrease the cost of going to school, from major-specific scholarships to some where all students are automatically considered for when applying.
  • Tutoring and academic support is available at no additional cost to undergraduate students.

Admission Requirements

All students who meet the minimum requirements for admittance into The University of Akron and intend to major in biomedical engineering are accepted into the College.

If you are coming directly from high school, your high school records determine which first semester classes are right for you.

Admissions process: Learn how our engineering admissions process works.

Deadlines: Review deadlines and important dates in the Office of Admissions.

How to apply? See step by step details on how to apply to The University of Akron.

Career Opportunities 

A degree in biomedical engineering prepares you for careers in research, medical device development, instrumentation, and analysis tools, as well as for post-baccalaureate studies in engineering, law, or medical school.

Recent UA graduates with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering make a median starting salary of $63,000. We have placed graduates at companies such as Perkin-Elmer, GE Healthcare, Zimmer Biomet, and The Cleveland Clinic.

Biomedical engineering student Allison Testa at The University of Akron

Student spotlight

Biomedical engineering student Allison Testa at The University of Akron

“My favorite biomedical engineering experience so far has been working in the lab. I get to work with with amputee subjects and motion capture software in the gait lab.”

—Allison Testa, biomedical engineering student

Biomedical engineering focus areas:

  • Biomechanics
    Specializes in the mechanics of human motion with a focus on restoring mobility and function to individuals with neurological disorders or limb loss. Strong emphasis on the design of prosthetics, orthotics, and exoskeletons.
  • Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering
    Focuses on the cellular, mechanical, and material aspects of the repair and replacement of damaged or diseased human body tissues and organs.
  • Medical Device Design and Development
    Design and development of therapeutics or diagnostic equipment for medical applications such as implantable devices, imaging systems, and instrumentation.
  • Pre-Healthcare
    UA’s biomedical engineering program prepares students for graduate studies in the areas of physician’s assistant (PA), physical therapist (PT), occupational therapist (OT), orthotist and prosthetist (O&P), or physician (MD/DO).

Curriculum guides & courses

Curriculum guide: Biomedical Engineering

Courses: Review all our biomedical engineering classes.


The biomedical engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, and has specific program educational objectives and student outcomes that prepare graduates to enter the professional practice of engineering.

For more information

Direct questions to:

Dr. Joan Carletta
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies