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Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering

Prosthetics, robotic surgery, tissue engineering and medical imaging are just some of the areas that biomedical engineers in the 21st century are exploring.


(USA Today College Guide 2017)

As a Union College biomedical engineering major, you will be part of an interdisciplinary program that bridges engineering and the life sciences. You will learn to apply engineering principles and analytical approaches to the study of biological systems as you seek to understand how engineering devices and materials are used in biomedical applications.


Our biomedical engineering majors take foundation and core courses in biology, biomechanics, bioinstrumentation and biosignals. They choose from among a range of upper-level electives in these areas.

"It's easy to build one-on-one relationships with professors who are more than happy to help with coursework, research, internships and advice."
- Ben Wilkinso

Courses in biomechanics focus on approaches to understanding the structural properties and dynamics of biological cells, tissues and systems, and of engineered devices with biological and biomedical applications. Courses in bioinstrumentation and biosignals explore how sensors are engineered to obtain useful signals from cells or the human body, which can be used in biomedical applications.


Biomedical engineers are employed in universities, industry, hospitals, research facilities, government regulatory agencies and teaching institutions. Some biomedical engineers have advanced training in other fields, as in the case of those who also earn an M.D. degree, thereby combining an understanding of advanced technology with direct patient care or clinical research.

Careers by field:

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Meet some of our faculty

David Cotter

Jennifer Currey

Associate professor
Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Special interests: Bone health as it relates to exercise

Sudhir Khetan

Sudhir Khetan

Assistant professor
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Special interests:  Long term preservation of degradability in tissue engineering systems

Shane Cotter

Shane Cotter

Associate professor
Ph.D., University of California at San Diego
Special interests: Speech and image processing, biological signal processing and bioinformatics

Palmyra Catravas

Palmyra Catravas

Associate professor
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Special interests: Characterization of musical instruments and related signal processing

After Union

Research management, Partners HealthCare

Associate project engineer, Stryker Orthopaedics

Sales engineer and marketing coordinator, Sheaumann Laser, Inc.

CAD engineer, ConforMIS Inc.

Mechanical engineer, Ephesus Lighting

Research assistant, Pediatric Oncology, Children's Hospital