The Roy J. Carver Department of Biomedical Engineering grants MS, fast-track BS/MS, and PhD degrees in biomedical engineering. Under the guidance of faculty associated with the department, a student may plan a course of study in a wide variety of areas. The educational experience can be broadly or narrowly directed and is limited only by the range of teaching and research activity currently conducted by the university.

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Areas of biomedical engineering

The research and educational activities span the following broad areas of biomedical engineering:

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    Biomedical Imaging


    Biomaterials/Tissue Engineering


    Cardiovascular Biomechanics

    Blood cells

    Cellular Engineering

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    Computational Genomics


    Musculoskeletal Biomechanics

    In addition to the core BME faculty, the department has close affiliations with faculty throughout the College of Engineering as well as the College of Medicine.

    The goal of graduate study in the Roy J. Carver Department of Biomedical Engineering, at both the M.S. and Ph.D. levels, is to educate students more deeply and broadly than is possible at the B.S. level in the discipline of Biomedical Engineering. The students can then apply this knowledge toward a professional career in engineering design and development, or may pursue a career in academic education.

    Each student's course of study is based on his/her background, career objectives, and sound academic practice. The course of study is normally in an area in which the departmental faculty has teaching and research expertise. These areas include musculoskeletal and cardiovascular biomechanics, biomaterials, tissue engineering, biomedical imaging, computational biology and bioinformatics, and cellular systems modeling. An individual program for each student may be developed from courses offered by our department and other departments in the College of Engineering, especially Mechanical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, or basic science departments in the Colleges of Liberal Arts and Medicine.

    Students desiring a more general program may combine disciplines, while those desiring some specialization in any particular field may accommodate these preferences through the combination of departmental courses and appropriate electives from other departments of the College of Engineering and the University.

    Current Graduate Students

    2020-2021 Graduate Program Committee: