A group of undergraduate Biomedical Engineering students stand in front of their research poster.

Academic Programs

Bachelor of Science, Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering is the application of engineering tools to solve problems in biology and medicine. It is an interdisciplinary engineering discipline practiced by professionals trained as engineers, who often work in teams including engineers, physicians, biologists, nurses and therapists. Biomedical engineers assert their expertise in designing new medical instruments and devices, applying engineering principles to understanding and repairing the human body, and for medical decision-making. Fields of study in biomedical engineering include bioinstrumentation and medical devices, biomedical imaging and optics, biomechanics, or biomaterials, cell and tissue engineering.

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Master's and PhD, Biomedical Engineering

Graduate students in biomedical engineering often wish to practice engineering or engage in research in an engineering specialization in medicine and biology. Our biomedical engineering faculty and affiliated faculty come from the various colleges and professional schools throughout the university. They specialize in biomedical engineering areas as diverse as biomechanics, bioinstrumentation, biomedical imaging and biophotonics, micro and nano technology, systems biology, biomaterials, cellular engineering, tissue engineering, neuroengineering, and rehabilitation and human performance.

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Information on College of Engineering Admissions

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Student Organizations

Engineering students at UW-Madison can participate in more than 50 engineering-affiliated student organizations; a few especially dedicated to community building and outreach are listed below.

A group of Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) members.


Since 1997, The Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) has supported students who are interested in the application of science and engineering principles to medicine through academic, personal, and professional development.


Members of the Biomedical Graduate Student Association (GSA) gathered at Union South bowling alley.


The Biomedical Graduate Student Association (GSA) promotes social networking and professional development of Biomedical Engineering graduate students.

A group of children holding up silver letters that spell EXPO.

Engineering EXPO

Engineering EXPO is an annual, two-day, student-run event that welcomes a wide array of visitors to campus to explore the possibilities unlocked by an education in engineering.

Community members and students from elementary to high school are encouraged to engage representatives from Fortune 500 industry leaders, engineering student organizations on campus, and individuals displaying their engineering projects and ideas.


Engineering World Health

Engineering World Health (EWH) works to improve health-care in disadvantaged areas by creating solutions, repairing resources, and educating residents. All students, scientists, and engineers interested in advancing the status of health care in under-served areas are encouraged to participate.

Members of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Chapter of Engineering Without Borders in Mukono, Uganda.

Engineers Without Borders

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Chapter of Engineering Without Borders builds a better world by educating internationally-responsible engineers and students. The chapter strives to embody the Wisconsin Idea—that education should influence people’s lives beyond the classroom—by providing engineering and social services in Wisconsin and in under-served communities around the globe.

Members of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) dressed in lab coats and hairnets ready for a facilities tour.

Society of Women Engineers

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), founded in 1950, is a not-for-profit educational and service organization. SWE is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women. SWE empowers women to succeed and advance in those aspirations and be recognized for their life-changing contributions and achievements as engineers and leaders.