Biomedical Engineering, B.S.E.
Biomedical engineers integrate engineering technology, biomedical science, mathematics, and creative problem-solving skills to improve health and quality of human life. They are innovators who design novel medical devices and build synthetic replacement components for the human body. Biomedical engineers develop life-saving technologies like artificial organs, surgical robots, and advanced prosthetics.
Grand Valley's Biomedical Engineering (B.S.E.) program prepares students for engineering careers and leadership roles. It integrates academic studies with hands-on learning and paid professional experiences in actual engineering companies. Grand Valley also offers a graduate program in engineering for those who want to expand their knowledge and skills.
Why Study Biomedical Engineering at Grand Valley?
- Prepare for a career where you can directly impact lives by
designing medical devices, modeling physiologic systems, and
developing medical instrumentation.
- Work with state-of-the-art motion capture equipment, tools for
testing physiologic signals, and advanced prototyping capabilities
to design and analyze biomedical systems.
- Complete real-world hands-on projects in small, student-focused courses.
- Partner with industry supporters who sponsor capstone design projects, fund engineering scholarships, and provide career opportunities.
- Join a group of successful graduates who have achieved a nearly
100% placement in industry-based careers or advanced graduate study.
This tool shows an overview of potential career opportunities for this major. Actual salaries, employment opportunities, and job titles may change over time.
Location & Format
All undergraduate students begin their academic career on the Allendale Campus. Students in this major continue their upper division studies downtown on the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus.Format:
- Face To Face
A degree in biomedical engineering involves coursework in:
- Anatomy and physiology
- Bioelectric potentials
- Biomedical imaging and image processing
- Engineering mechanics of human motion
- Medical device design
- Modeling of physiological systems
Combined Degree Programs
This undergraduate degree can be combined with a master's degree to save you time and money, and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, students save $8,500 in our combined degree programs and take up to four fewer classes than if earning the degrees separately.
You can even build your own combined degree from programs in different disciplines to further personalize your education and meet specific career goals.
REAL-WORLD EXPERIENCEHands-on learning and other fieldwork not only deepen your mastery of your discipline but also give you the edge employers seek. Visit our experience matters page to see the work GVSU students are doing in their co-ops and internships.
Students with no previous college credit, or those who have not completed the 64-semester-hour engineering foundations course sequence, are pre-majors. Students who intend to pursue the B.S.E. degree are urged to declare an engineering major as soon as possible.
The School of Engineering admits students directly to major standing as freshmen. This honor is reserved for students who have both a 29 or higher composite score and a 32 or higher mathematics score on the ACT and a 3.6 or higher high school GPA.
Admission to major standing in the B.S.E. program requires a secondary application. Applicants must meet at least the following:
- A GPA of 2.7 or above in the engineering foundations course sequence;
- Completion of each course in the engineering foundations course sequence with a grade of C (2.0) or above with not more than one repeat in each foundation course; and
- Completion of EGR 289 in preparation for placement in cooperative engineering education.
See catalog for details.
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“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.”
MSE BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING, MEDBIOINC