Biomedical engineering is a cutting-edge field that is also thousands of years old. When archaeologists uncovered a prosthetic toe on an Egyptian mummy dating back about 3,000 years, they may have uncovered human's first attempt to use technology to solve a medical problem.
Today, biomedical engineers are applying that same basic principle to increasingly complex challenges, including 3D printing human organs, designing bandages that can intelligently administer medication, and developing robotic limbs that provide advanced movement and sensing technologies.
What can I do with a degree in biomedical engineering?
Biomedical engineering is a highly interdisciplinary field that includes experts in cell biology, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, pharmaceuticals, medicine and many more fields. At the University of Nevada, Reno, our biomedical engineering program emphasizes the fundamentals of electrical engineering, including instrumentation, sensors, signal processing, and advanced image processing.
We offer a bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. in biomedical engineering. The bachelor's degree is good preparation for students looking to go to medical school or who want to enter the health care industry in fields such as technical sales, hospital equipment support or equipment testing and design. Many careers in biomedical engineering, especially those that involve research or design, require a master's degree or Ph.D. in the field, and a large number of graduates of biomedical engineering programs go on to pursue graduate studies.