Earn Your BS in Biomedical Engineering from the UA
Tap Into the Tucson Campus
Bridge Medical Care and Engineering
Earn your BS in biomedical engineering – one of the fastest growing college majors and fields of engineering – at the University of Arizona main campus in Tucson.
UA Biomedical Engineering is a top choice for students looking to combine strong engineering skills and knowledge of biological sciences to develop new medical technologies in areas such as biomaterials, biosensors, devices and imaging systems.
Start your biomedical engineering career at the UA and work to improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, cardiovascular disease, neurological disorders, musculoskeletal injuries and metabolic diseases.
Apply to UA BME, and gain the skills to create the newest medical devices and treatments!
Do Your Studies in Phoenix
Small, Team-Based Approach in Urban Settings
Starting in fall 2023, students can also attend the UA’s biomedical engineering degree program in Phoenix. This degree track is offered downtown in partnership with the College of Medicine – Phoenix.
Apply to BME Phoenix. For information on how to apply now to BME Phoenix, please email academic advisor Diana Wilson, firstname.lastname@example.org.
UA Biomedical Engineering core classes provide a solid foundation in math, physics, chemistry, biology, physiology and engineering.
Our flexible curriculum allows students to create their own specializations or to follow established paths aimed for careers in:
- Biomedical Imaging
- Biomedical Informatics
- Biomedical Technology and Devices
- Medicine or Health-Related Professions
A Design Mindset
The UA Department of Biomedical Engineering continues to develop and enhance skills-based design classes, on the vanguard of a college-wide vision for a four-year engineering design experience.
Building upon the hands-on elements of the introductory ENGR 102 course, BME offers a design course for sophomores with a focus on electro-mechanical systems and programming. Next up: a junior-year medical device laboratory, and then participation in the college’s interdisciplinary senior design capstone program.
Outside the Classroom
Hands-on Learning at Its Best
Interdisciplinary research with world-renowned faculty, as early as your first year, is an integral part of the UA biomedical engineering student experience. Work on designing and building imaging machines and prosthetics or improving processes for genomic testing and drug administration, for example. With the UA’s co-located colleges of engineering, medicine and science, see firsthand how biomedical engineering translates to better patient care. Additionally,
- Get on-the-job training in internships.
- Acquire leadership experience and professional connections in clubs and organizations.
- Work on real-world projects in the Engineering Design Program.
Profession With Growth Potential
Demand for biomedical engineers continues to rise in industry, government labs, universities and hospitals.
University of Arizona BME graduates are working for companies such as Banner Health, Cognizant, C.R. Bard Inc., Epic Systems Inc., Medtronic, Roche-Ventana, Sunquest, SynCardia Systems and W.L. Gore & Associates.
Not only is a UA undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering excellent preparation for a career in biotechnology, but it also lays the groundwork for acceptance to outstanding graduate programs, medical schools, physician’s assistant programs, and even law schools.
(National Science Foundation)
Students in the Spotlight
Generous Approach to Genetics
Justine Bacchus received the 2014 Anna Salazar Memorial Engineering Scholarship for Women from SynCardia Systems Inc. during her junior year. After graduation, she took a full-time position with the local company, which manufactures artificial hearts.I want to help people understand their genetic makeup and how they can have healthy and happy lives, even while having a genetic disorder.
Fermin Prieto came to the United States when he was 14 not knowing a word of English. At the UA, he served as president of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and was accepted to five medical schools when he graduated in 2017.I developed a personal mission of serving the Hispanic community in rural areas that are in need of medical providers.
A Sense of Swell
Biomedical engineering and physiology double major David Johnson and his teammates created a wearable device for physicians to remotely monitor swelling in patients. The team won the Ventana Medical Systems Award for Innovation at Engineering Design Day 2018.There isn’t anything that really does this clinically, where you can measure swelling ambiently and leave a patient alone.
Inspired By Twin Brother
Dani Spencer, Class of 2019 Wildcat gymnast, knew she would go into a health profession after seeing how a brain surgery eliminated her twin brother’s epileptic seizures. An episode of “60 Minutes” about prosthetic limbs solidified her choice of biomedical engineering.The engineers found a way to connect neurons with the prosthetic so that a person could use their arm. I remember going, ‘Wow! That is something I can do!’