Become an engineer with purpose
Build upper-limb exoskeletons and body-powered prosthetics. Design electronic wearables. Develop computer-based tracking systems for clinical practices. At Marymount University, our Bachelor of Science program in Biomedical Engineering combines engineering with medicine to improve health care around the globe.
Learn from faculty with diverse expertise
Our Biomedical Engineering faculty are expert educators and include leaders in research who design 3D-printable prosthetic limbs and assistive devices built for low-resource regions of the world.
Top technologies for achieving goals
In small classes, you’ll work in digital fabrication, electronics, and virtual reality testing labs. Students create custom electronic wearables, body-powered prosthetics, and more. All the while, they:
- Gain foundational knowledge in physical, health, and/or life sciences.
- Learn innovative tech solutions that address barriers that limit participation in society.
- Contribute to valuable research towards further graduate study.
- Extend learned skills to professional practice in industry, research, and government.
Capstone projects with successful outcomes
Your capstone projects will demonstrate the engineering design process — from ideation to development and testing. Successful outcomes will enable you to:
- Solve complex problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
- Apply engineering design to solutions in public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
- Communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
- Recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations.
- Function effectively on a team that provides leadership, creates a collaborative and inclusive environment, establishes goals, plans tasks, and meets objectives.
- Experiment, analyze, and interpret data.
- 120 credits (includes core curriculum, 10 foundational courses in engineering, and 6 courses in biomedical engineering)
- $1,190 per credit hour
- In-person classes
- Fall and Spring intakes
- Accredited by SACSCOC
- Completed application submitted through the Marymount Application or Common App
- High school transcripts
- Letter(s) of recommendation (optional)
- Personal essay (optional, although highly encouraged)
- A résumé may be provided should an applicant have any gaps in enrollment
- Non-native English speakers must meet our English Language Proficiency Requirement
- Students or former students of schools outside the U.S. may be considered international applicants, regardless of citizenship or immigration status, and be subject to additional international admissions requirements
Marymount University does not consider SAT/ACT scores for admission or scholarship purposes.
Program Curriculum Snapshot
BIOE 102: Intermediate Engineering Design
Biomedical engineering involves applying engineering principles and materials to medicine and health care. This course builds on principles of Introduction to Engineering Design and introduces students to biomedical engineering. The course begins with a review of core engineering principles, expanding to specializations within the field of biomedical engineering and connecting the concepts to real-world examples in medicine and health care.
BIOE 202: Anatomy and Physiology for Engineers
This course introduces the concepts of mathematical models and describes physiological systems using applied mathematics and engineering principles. Physiological systems will include a comprehensive study of muscle, nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine, and musculoskeletal, beginning with applied biophysical concepts in cell anatomy and physiology leading into the various physiological systems. This course also incorporates a laboratory that uses the knowledge-based tools gained through lecture and implements them in practice using exercises in biochemical and physiological calculations, osmosis, electrical network simulation of diffusion, EEG, blood pressure, ECG, spirometry, and musculoskeletal anatomy.
BIOE 411: Biomaterial Engineering
Principles of materials science as it relates to the use of materials in the body. Characterization of biomaterials. Study of the properties of biomedical materials used as implants, prostheses, orthosis, and medical devices in contact with the human body. Analysis of physical, chemical, thermal, and physiological response factors associated with materials and implant devices used in the human body.
Career and Salary Possibilities
Jobs for biomedical engineers exist in a diverse range of high-growth industries such as:
- Health care
- Biomedical device design
- Wearable technology
- Computational modeling
- Data sciences
The median annual salary for a biomedical engineer in 2021 was $91,410, significantly higher than the total median across all occupations tracked by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Jobs in biomedical engineering are projected to grow 5% by 2029.
Meet Our Faculty
Welcome to the School of Science, Mathematics & Engineering in the College of Sciences and Humanities at Marymount University. Our School is committed to your education. We have plans and programs that provide a wide range of opportunities, both in the area and abroad. Opportunities for you to be involved in research and service alongside our faculty make us unique and provide life-changing, hands-on experiences that can give you an edge as we help you achieve your goals. We have great plans for your future.
The School offers undergraduate degrees in Biochemistry (B.S.), Biology (B.S. and B.A.), Biomedical Engineering (B.S.), Mathematics (B.S.), and Mechanical Engineering (B.S.). We also have a very strong Education program which will prepare you to teach high school biology or mathematics.
In addition to these majors, we have a wide range of minors to ensure your education is focused and tailored to your needs. These minors include Pre-Chiropractic, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Occupational Therapy, Pre-Ophthalmology, Pre-Osteopathic Medicine, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Physician Assistant, Pre-Podiatry, and Pre-Veterinary Medicine, as well as Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physical Science.
Our faculty are passionate about helping students succeed now and in the future. They will spend many hours with you to build your path to success through the sciences and mathematics, which can take you many places. Along the way, there will be many ways to explore and develop your career through internships, seminars, speakers, presentations, and research. You will be able to sample and learn about the endless opportunities for your future. Our connections to industry and alumni experts will help you join like-minded individuals who can offer you advice through our mentor program.
Marymount’s proximity to Washington, D.C., provides students with many possibilities when fulfilling the program’s required internship for academic credit. Potential internship sites include renowned public and private research institutions, leading health care agencies and hospitals, and high-profile federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
I am honored to be the Founding Director of a School that is grounded in excellence for education, research, and service. Please explore our website to learn more about our faculty, students, and staff, and our many initiatives that are shaping the future of science and mathematics worldwide.
Todd Rimkus, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology and Physical Sciences
Founding Director, School of Science, Mathematics & Engineering