Programs & Degrees


What is Biomedical Engineering?

Biomedical engineering is the application of engineering practices to human health issues. Biomedical engineering technologies improve the lives of people every minute of every day. Biomedical engineers have developed and improved the technologies used to diagnose and treat a wide range of diseases. Examples of new and exciting technologies under development by biomedical engineers are:

  • Improved imaging methodologies for cancer detection
  • Novel methods to analyze medical images and present additional information to physicians
  • New technologies to understand electrical conduction abnormalities in the heart to better respond to heart attacks and arrhythmias
  • New technologies to provide selective delivery of drugs, such as chemotherapy agents, to areas of interest in the body without damaging healthy tissues

Biomedical Engineering at GW

GW's Department of Biomedical Engineering offers a bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering which is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) (  GW's biomedical engineering (BME) program takes advantage of the unique combination of resources and opportunities that the engineering school can provide BME students through its connection with GW's medical school and hospital, as well as the biotech industries and world-class laboratories in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. BME students can focus their studies depending on their interests and career goals by selecting appropriate technical electives. Potential focus areas include bioinformatics, telemedicine, instrumentation, pre-medicine, biomechanics, imaging, and other areas as directed by the student's academic advisor.

Students benefit from a program designed to go beyond the traditional engineering curriculum, including a BME seminar, a capstone design sequence and assistance for securing summer internships at world-class research laboratories in the Washington, D.C. area.




Students majoring in biomedical engineering may elect to study one of the following options offered by the Department. Please click on any of the program options below to find its complete curriculum.

Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering

Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering (5-year program)

Minor in Biomedical Engineering