Mission Statement


The mission of the Department of Biomedical Engineering is to provide leadership in education, training and cutting-edge research by translating science and engineering to solve important challenges in medicine and life sciences to the benefit of humanity.


To provide students with the education needed for a rewarding career.


The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) defines the Program Educational Objectives as accomplishments that are expected of our graduates within a few years after graduation. In recognition of the fact that BiomedE graduates may pursue a broad range of careers, the BiomedE Program Objectives are phrased to reflect the preparation provided by the program for these career options. The Program Educational Objectives for the Department of BiomedE are that our students are:

Within 3-5 years after graduating, our students are:

  1. Actively engaged in and making contributions to post-graduate opportunities, whether they are entry-level biomedical engineering positions, graduate study in engineering, medicine, or other professional degree programs, using the skills and knowledge gained from rigorous instruction in the engineering sciences and biology, with a complementary emphasis on laboratory and design experience.
  2. Applying critical thinking, curiosity, teamwork, communication, and other non-technical skills, acquired through a program of related technical electives that deepens understanding in a particular subject, to a variety of careers.


Graduates of the Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Michigan will have been exposed to or will have gained:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to biomedical engineering problems [ABET: 3a].
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data [ABET: 3b].
  3. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints. [ABET: 3c].
  4. An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams [ABET: 3d].
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems [ABET: 3e].
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility [ABET: 3f].
  7. An ability to communicate effectively[ABET: 3g].
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context [ABET: 3h].
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning [ABET: 3i].
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues [ABET: 3j].
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice [ABET: 3k].
  12. An ability to apply principles of engineering, biology, human physiology, chemistry, calculus-based physics, mathematics (through differential equations) and statistics [Program: 1].
  13. An ability to solve bio/biomedical engineering problems, including those associated with the interaction between living and non-living systems [Program: 2].
  14. An ability to analyze, model, design, and realize bio/biomedical engineering devices, systems, components, or processes [Program: 3].
  15. An ability to make measurements on and interpreting data from living systems [Program: 4].

Enrollment and Graduation Data

In Fall 2018, 343 undergraduates were enrolled in the program. In AY17-19, 103 degrees were awarded. For other terms, the University Registrar publishes the number of students enrolled annually in this program, and the number of degrees granted each term by this program.