Biomedical engineering is a highly interdisciplinary field at the intersection of traditional engineering disciplines and medicine. Our program prepares students to assess, design and test solutions to medical problems.

UMass Lowell is the first public university in Massachusetts to offer an undergraduate major in biomedical engineering. Our vibrant and growing program features a rigorous curriculum, world-class faculty and innovative research. Graduates of our program are well-rounded, versatile and highly sought-after professionals in the medical device and biotechnology industries.

Our students learn core biomedical engineering topics such as bioinstrumentation, biomechanics, biomaterials and quantitative physiology before choosing a track. Students can specialize in the areas of medical device design, cell and tissue engineering, or biomechanics. Due to our comprehensive curriculum, our graduates have the broad experience necessary to interact successfully with engineers and scientists across these areas, while obtaining valuable field-specific skills through their track studies.

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    Students in the biomedical engineering program learn how to design and create medical devices and equipment. The curriculum requires a series of courses in basic science and mathematics that provide a firm understanding of the fundamentals, help students develop analytical techniques and serve as the basis for specialized engineering courses. Woven throughout are courses in the arts, humanities and social sciences that help students broaden their perspectives, develop effective communication skills and gain exposure to the concepts of values and ethics.

    Students in our program can choose one of three tracks:

    Biomechanics Track

    Biomechanics is the application of mechanics to biological systems. This track centers on the anatomical and physiological basis of human motor capabilities and cardiopulmonary functions. The goal of this track is to equip students with the skills required to understand and describe the internal and external forces acting on or inside the body, as well as the effects created by these forces. 

    Track fundamental courses: BMEN.4315 Biomechanics II, BMEN.4320 Biofluid Mechanics

    Cellular and Tissue Engineering Track

    Cellular and tissue engineering involves the application of engineering principles to problems in cellular and molecular biology, material science and tissue regeneration particularly as they relate to human health. The goal of this track is to equip students with the quantitative tools necessary to understand, manipulate, and control cellular and sub-cellular processes, biomaterials, and engineered tissue substitutes.

    Track fundamental courses: BMEN.4100 Biological Principles for Cellular and Tissue Engineering, BMEN.4110 Tissue Engineering, BMEN.4120L Cell and Tissue Engineering Lab

    Medical Device Design Track

    Medical device design and development is a complex process consisting of regulations, specifications, application requirements and end user needs. This track prepares students to design, develop, manufacture and introduce a medical device to the market. Upon completion, students are expected to be able to evaluate needs, functional requirements and specifications while assuring quality and managing risk.

    Track fundamental courses: BMEN.4030 Medical Device Design I and BMEN.4040 Fundamentals of Medical Device Regulation. 

    Pre-health Professions Preparation

    Students can also choose to complete the requirements for graduate education in one of the health professions, including medicine, dentistry, veterinary or physician’s assistant, with only a few additional courses.

    Students on a pre-health professions path take Principles of Biology I and II (BIOL. 1110 and BIOL.1120) along with Experimental Biology I and II (BIOL.1170L and BIOL.1180L) instead of Biology for Engineers and Lab (BIOL.2100 and BIOL.2120L). Students take an additional semester of Organic Chemistry with Lab (CHEM.2230 and CHEM.2300L). Students should also take Biochemistry (BIOL.4190 or CHEM.4500 along with BIOL.2330L).

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    Research Opportunities

    Our students have the opportunity work alongside renowned faculty who are conducting groundbreaking research. Students also participate in two senior capstone projects that synthesize course knowledge and experimental skills into a team-based, collaborative experimental study supervised by faculty, which may include participation from industry representatives.

    First-year students can also be considered for the Undergraduate Research Opportunities and Collaborations Award, a merit-based scholarship awarded through the early action admission process.

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    Co-op Program

    Explore potential career paths and apply your learning in the real world – all while earning money. As a biomedical engineering student, you can take advantage of our highly successful Professional Co-op Program, which integrates full-time work experience with relevant coursework. 

    This three-phase academic program is coordinated and supervised by co-op staff in full partnership with faculty. Students who successfully complete the full Professional Co-op cycle may substitute the full cycle for one professional elective.

    Fun Outside the Classroom

    Solving problems is fun, and at UMass Lowell you can put your learning into practice. Students can connect in a variety of ways outside of the classroom, including: 

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    Bachelor’s-to-Master's Program

    Get on the fast track to an advanced degree with our combined B.S.E./M.S.E. program

    • Available to juniors and seniors with a grade point average of 3.0 or better
    • Offers a continuous, coordinated sequence of courses 
    • Reduced credit-hour requirements can save you time and money

    If you meet all the requirements, you can earn a B.S.E. at the end of your fourth year and an M.S.E. at the end of your fifth year. 

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    UMass Lowell's biomedical engineering program offers a wide variety of career paths, and roles such as product development engineer, product manager, R&D test technician, biomedical engineering technologist and post-market clinical assistant.

    Alumni of our program have worked at:

    • Advantage Resourcing
    • Brigham and Women’s Hospital
    • Cynosure
    • Cytiva
    • Hemanext
    • NxStage Medical