Biomedical Engineering Program

The BS program in Biomedical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET:

Program Educational Objectives

The Biomedical Engineering Department at Columbia University is dedicated to preparing our graduating students for the following:

  1. Professional employment in areas such as the medical device industry, engineering consulting, biomechanics, biomedical imaging, and biotechnology
  2. Graduate studies in biomedical engineering or related fields
  3. Attendance at medical or dental school

Student Outcomes

We strive to ensure that our students successfully attain the following:

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


Undergraduate Enrollment and Graduation Data

Graduates of our program go on to graduate studies, medical school, and employment. Students have gone onto sectors including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, diagnostics, governmental oversight organizations (FDA, NIH, OSHA, etc.), and even finance. Through the program, students can meet entrance requirements for graduate training in the various allied health professions. For instance, no more than three additional courses are required to satisfy entrance requirements for most U.S. medical schools, and can be chosen to also fulfill elective requirements for graduation.

A statistical breakdown of each class is available below (numbers as of Spring 2017):

  2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Sophomores 34 39 50 41 39 43
Juniors 41 46 46 55 53 44
Seniors 36 40 47 42 53 53
  2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Graduates 35 40 41 41 49 51
Percent Graduated 97% 100% 87% 98% 92% 96%