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Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineers are innovators whose designs enhance people's lives. They integrate the engineering and biomedical sciences to analyze and solve problems in biology and medicine. Thereby, they can design novel medical devices and build new artificial replacement components for the human body.

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Program Overview

At GVSU, we offer a graduate major and an undergraduate minor in biomedical engineering. The minor program is available to students majoring in any of the 5 engineering majors - Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Interdisciplinary Engineering.

Why Study Biomedical Engineering at Grand Valley?

Students in the biomedical engineering program can expect:

  • Personal attention in small classes and extensive hands-on and project-based learning in our student-focused, state-of-the-art facilities.
  • Study/work abroad available.
  • Three semesters of paid cooperative-education work experience prior to graduation in recognized domestic and international engineering companies, including leading biomedical companies.
  • Acquisition of the skills and knowledge needed to bring innovative medical products to market.
  • A nearly 100-percent placement rate.
  • Scholarships and tuition waivers.
  • A combined bachelors/masters program for high-achieving students to complete rapidly the B.S.E. in any of GVSUs engineering majors and the M.S.E. in biomedical engineering.

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For More Information

School of Engineering
136 Kennedy Hall
(616) 331-6750

Graduate Admissions Office

Application Deadline

Deadline for fall semester is March 31; winter semester is September 1. The $30 nonrefundable application fee is waived if the applicant has previously applied to Grand Valley State University. Please visit

Location & Format

Undergraduate students in this minor and graduate students with this emphasis study downtown on the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

Format: Face To Face


The undergraduate minor and the M.S.E. degree in biomedical engineering involve coursework in:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Bioelectric potentials
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomedical imaging and image processing
  • Engineering mechanics of human motion
  • Medical device design
  • Modeling of physiological systems

Career Options

The following are just a few options for biomedical engineers:

  • Biomedical equipment engineering
  • Clinical engineering
  • Medical device design
  • Medical imaging
  • Medical school


“Grand Valley, my department, and my advisor are all active in making sure I have opportunities to get out and present the work I’ve done here and meet people in my field. It helps me get a lot of connections and diverse experiences in Biomedical Engineering.”