Biomedical Engineering Programs Graduating Only M.S. and Ph.D. Degrees In 2009

Here is a list of 36 schools which graduated only Master of Science and Doctors of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering in 2009.  The list should save some time for students and parents looking for a bachelor of science program in Biomedical Engineering.


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Colorado State University
Cornell University
CUNY Graduate School and University Center
Emory University
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Florida State University
Medical College of Wisconsin
Mercer University
Ohio State University-Main Campus
Ohio University-Main Campus
Oregon Health & Science University
Pennsylvania State University-College of Medicine
Polytechnic Institute of New York University
Portland Community College
San Diego State University
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Stanford University
The University of Tennessee
The University of Texas at Arlington
The University of Texas at San Antonio
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
University of Arizona
University of California-Los Angeles
University of California-San Francisco
University of Florida
University of Maryland-College Park
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
University of Nevada-Las Vegas
University of Nevada-Reno
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Oklahoma Norman Campus
University of South Florida-Main Campus
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Wake Forest University
Wayne State University

6 thoughts on “Biomedical Engineering Programs Graduating Only M.S. and Ph.D. Degrees In 2009

  1. Hi, Joaquin. Emily forwarded your blog to us here at the CSU School of Biomedical Engineering. Kevin is offline until next week and asked that I respond, as I’m the adviser for our new 5-year dual-degree program.

    In browsing a few of your other posts, I think you pegged the reason we have a dual degree. Our industry advisers agree with you – they said they wanted the depth of a traditional engineering degree AND the breadth of BME. Typically, the problem with a “standalone” general degree is that it doesn’t have the depth they wanted. They felt that, generally, it was more effective to teach the biomedical side of things to a traditionally-trained engineer than to hire a broadly-trained BME who didn’t have enough depth.

    Either way, though, the ramp-up time for a freshly minted bachelors’ degree grad was significant. So, with the dual degree, we are predicting that ramp-up time will decrease, the students will be better prepared, and, in fact, it should open some more doors to their employability (or future grad school).

    The dual degree provides the depth of a traditional engineering major (here at CSU that means Chem/Biological, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering) with the breadth and life science background of Biomedical Engineering.

    General information on the degree (and curriculum) can be found here:

    There’s also a link there w/some quotes from our industry advisers:

    Info on our School, which is the oldest BME program in the state, can be found here: We currently have about 50 graduate students and are expecting to have 50 freshman enter the dual-degree bachelor’s program Fall ’11.

    Feel free to email me at or call 970-4941-7077 if you have other questions..

  2. Actually, this is inaccurate. Beginning Fall 2011, Colorado State University will offer a new undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering, one of the very few undergraduate biomedical engineering programs offered in the Western United States. In this five-year, dual-degree program, students will graduate with a degree in biomedical engineering as well as a traditional engineering discipline such as electrical engineering, chemical and biological engineering, or mechanical engineering.

    1. Dear Emily,

      I think we are writing about two different topics. I am referring to past 2009 first baccalaureate degree in Biomedical Engineering data reported to the NCES. You are referring to a future event beginning in the future Fall of 2011. I reread the paragraph I wrote and added “in 2009” to clarify.

      I would be very interested in seeing the rationale that drove the development of the dual degree because I have been championing a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering degree with a high density of traditional engineering content for several years on this blog. Do you have the curriculum published in a public forum? I would be glad to highlight the program on this blog after I get a chance to review it.

      Thank you,

      Joaquin Mayoral

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