Biomedical Engineering

Saint Louis University's biomedical engineering degree offers the flexibility of three unique tracks of study whether you are interested in going into the industry, grad school or medical school. 

Biomedical engineering at SLU

Major in Biomedical Engineering

Offered through SLU’s Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology, each track combines the University’s strengths in medical and life sciences with its engineering expertise. There is also an accelerated five-year Bachelor of Science to Master of Science option available.

SLU's biomedical engineering major offers you a foundation in core engineering classes and allows you to integrate undergraduate research into your experience starting your freshman year.

You'll have opportunities for collaborative research in areas such as biomechanics and orthopedics, tissue engineering, kinetics and metabolism, neuroengineering, medical robotics, medical imaging and more.

Many students also participate in SLU's Medical Scholars Program or the University Honors Program.

Highlighted Courses

Plenty of room is built into the curriculum for you to explore electives in and out of the biomedical engineering department, or to pursue a minor from another discipline.

  • ECE 3100: Signals and Systems
  • BME 3200: Biomechanics
  • BME 4400: Biomaterials
  • BME 4050: Biomedical Instrumentation
  • BME 4100: Biosignals
Internships and Careers

Summer internships and cooperative education programs are offered through hospitals affiliated with SLU and in the regional health care industry. You may also be able to pursue independent study in an area of biomedical engineering that interests you, under the guidance of a faculty member.

SLU's biomedical engineering graduates have a variety of career paths open to them, including industrial or consulting positions. Students can also continue their studies in graduate school or professional school such as medicine, veterinary medicine or even business administration.

Our curriculum allows students to specialize in and explore biomedical engineering, while still providing a solid background in biological and physical sciences, mathematics and basic engineering.

Faculty

Parks College’s low faculty-to-student ratio allows our world class faculty to inspire our students, feed their curiosity, awaken their minds and to instill in them the joy of lifelong learning. Our staff members are also dedicated to student success — every student is known to the faculty and staff by name.

Tuition and Fees

Saint Louis University takes pride in being one of Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges.

For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.

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Admission Requirements

A cumulative 3.00 high school GPA is recommended for freshmen applicants and 2.70 college GPA for transfer applicants.

We recommend an ACT composite score of 24 or higher (minimums of 22 in English, 24 in mathematics, 22 in reading comprehension and 22 in scientific reasoning), or a SAT composite score of 1160 and a SAT math sub score of  620. (If your SAT scores predate 2016, a SAT composite score of 1100 or higher with a SAT math sub score of 600 will be accepted.)

Fifteen total units of high school work are recommended: three or four units of English; four or more units of mathematics including algebra I and II, geometry and precalculus; three or four units of science including general science, introduction to physical science, earth science, biology, physics or chemistry; two or three units of social sciences including history, psychology or sociology; and three units of electives.

Objectives and Outcomes

Program Objectives

The undergraduate program is designed to meet the following specific objectives in order to fulfill the departmental and Institutional missions.

  • Graduates will have established themselves as practicing engineers in biomedical engineering and health related positions in industry, government and academia.
  • Graduates will have acquired advanced degrees or be engaged in advanced study in biomedical engineering or other fields related to their long term career goals. Graduates will attain a major milestone in their career development within the first five to seven years.

Biomedical Engineering Student Outcomes

The student outcomes for the biomedical engineering undergraduate program at Saint Louis University are directly correlated with the required ABET outcomes of criterion 3 and criterion 8. Specifically, student outcomes a through m correspond to criterion 3 (a through k), while outcomes l and m correspond to sections of criterion 8.

Biomedical engineering graduates will demonstrate:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering;
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
  3. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability;
  4. an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams;
  5. an ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems;
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
  7. an ability to communicate effectively;
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context;
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning;
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues;
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice;
  12. an understanding of biology and physiology, and the capability to apply advanced mathematics (including differential equations and statistics), science and engineering to solve the problems at the interface of engineering and biology;
  13. an ability to make measurements on and interpret data from living systems, addressing the problems associated with the interaction between living and non-living materials and systems.

Minor in Biomedical Engineering

SLU's minor in biomedical engineering requires 18 credits of coursework, including a course in physiology and at least five biomedical engineering courses. At least three of the biomedical engineering courses must be selected at the 4000-level, and all courses must be 2000-level or above.

Normally, each course is three credit hours, and may include review sessions and lab projects. The grades in all biomedical engineering courses must be C or better.


On-Campus Opportunities

Organized Research Experiences

The flexible nature of this degree offers students increased opportunity to experience research. More than 25 percent of our undergraduate biomedical engineering students participate in an organized research experience within the department.