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Biomedical Engineering

About the Department

Biomedical engineering at Ohio State began in 1971 as a center within the Department of Electrical Engineering. Professor Herman Weed pioneered the center and developed a graduate program to address the applications of engineering to health care and agriculture. The center is also meant to address the basic science approach in physiology, engineering and physics.

Biomedical engineering combines engineering expertise with physical, chemical and mathematical sciences to solve problems in biology, medicine, behavior and health. Biomedical engineers are employed by pharmaceutical industries, government agencies, biomedical product companies, universities, medical center labs and emerging high-tech industries


Current hiring and long-term trends for biomedical engineering careers continue to have a positive outlook. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of biomedical engineering jobs is predicted to increase by 72 percent between 2008 and 2018, a much faster rate than the average growth for all occupations.

A majority of all biomedical engineers are employed by manufacturing industries, primarily in the medical instruments and supplies industries. Many pursue further professional training in medicine, dentistry, veterinary, law, and business, or further their education in graduate school. Biomedical engineers find jobs in health services, government agencies, or as independent consultants.

Newer areas of biomedical engineering are experiencing rapid growth, such as computer-assisted surgery and cellular/tissue engineering. In addition, the rehabilitation and orthopedic engineering specialties are growing, increasing the need for more biomedical engineers.

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering
Combined BS/MS in Biomedical Engineering
Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering
Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering

Minor in Biomedical Engineering


Biomedical engineering research at Ohio State covers a wide array of technological and medical applications. Today, 17 scientists serve as core faculty of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and more than 60 researchers throughout the university collaborate to provide extensive resources. Their research and teaching covers tissue engineering, micro- and nanotechnology (biomaterials), and imaging on a cellular and molecular scale.